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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military…

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (original: 2012; edição: 2013)

de Rachel Maddow (Autor)

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Maddow shows how deeply militarized our culture has become--how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission.
Título:Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Autores:Rachel Maddow (Autor)
Informação:Crown (2013), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power de Rachel Maddow (2012)


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thought provoking. I'll give it that. ( )
  royragsdale | Sep 22, 2021 |
Such a good book. I listened to the audiobook, which Rachel reads. It was like listening to a really long version of her show opening.

It was very interesting to learn more about events I lived through, like the Iran-Contra stuff, but that I was too young/innocent/uninterested at the time to understand.

The gist of the book is that we've wandered VERY far from the vision and intent of the Founding Fathers in requiring that the President go to Congress if he wants to go to war, which has led to the US being, basically, continually at war for a very long time. We are also in a time when the average US citizen is not touched by the wars we are waging. She makes good arguments for ending this. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
Drift is a political debate book where Rachel Maddow argues that the American military is now roaming free, at a substantial cost to the American people for very little benefit. She builds a story starting with the intention of the people writing the American constitution back in the 18th century, through the World Wars, with most of the focus on what happened in the 80s (Iran-Contras) and afterwards.

I am not qualified to argue the facts in this book. It might be the naked truth or biased for some reason, but after reading it I believe Maddow has a point, and that is the point that goes as a red thread through the book:

There should not be an active American military whose actions can't be seen and felt by the American people.

If a country can wage war against others without the people feeling it, that war will not be scrutinized as much as it should be. War is dirty. It must not be run without deep thought and general consensus that it is worth it.

Do I agree? It seems convincing. Is it a good book? Not bad. Not great either.

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  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Rachel brings us a clear, well-documented account of how our military has expanded and changed since WWII. She takes us from the entry into Vietnam, through Johnson's and Reagan's presidencies, and on through to Iraq, Pakistan, and beyond. She shows us how each step was taken that led to where we are now. And where are we?

A president can wage war now without bothering the rest of us. Fewer than 1% of US citizens are in the military, and as a rule we tend not to care about modern-day mercenaries: the employees of Brown, Kellogg, & Root, Halliburton, and Blackwater by whatever its current name is. At this time the private companies are putting more boots on the ground than is the US military. Because of sloppy or nonexistent oversight, these companies are costing us far more than just the cost overruns: they have wiped out our image in many companies, where they behave as ungovernable bullies - and in fact they are.

The privatization of war has consequences beyond even this, however. We can spend our way into and out of wars and keep going on about our business. We see no difference in our day to day lives. We don't pay for these wars in sacrifice or any other way. And therefore we have become numb to what they really are.

Years ago I remember reading an economics textbook. I remember little of it, but I remember this point: you can't have a successful economy manufacturing destruction. You have to build, not destroy. It is hard for any of us "regular folks" to comprehend the deficit we've created by waging these wars, and even harder to comprehend that payment will have to be made. In fact, it appears that collection has started. Our economy has been in the tank for a while now. It isn't just because of inflated housing.

I don't read many "political" books. I'm not a political junkie, although like many I hold strong views. This may be why I personally like Rachel so much. She does the work! And she explains it really really well. She rarely gets it wrong because she's passionate about facts. I came away from this book understanding how our constitution got to be irrelevant, how our standing army gradually and then exponentially increased, how we started farming out the work, even how we built up our nuclear arsenal, and even after the end of the cold war how we keep building it.

At the end Rachel offers us a checklist of what we need to do to get back on track. I believe that every member of congress and the president and his advisers all need to read this book and pay attention. I think it's possible that many of them are so caught up in day to day politics that they have lost the thread. It's here, it's clear, and we all need to pay attention.

I can't leave it there. Rachel brings to this tale all of her usual wit, which helps when we try to swallow. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Maddow's delivery of this audiobook is superb, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has heard her speak, seen her on television, or heard her on radio in the past. It is, in trademark style, well-researched and foot-noted with just the right amount of sly humor to get you past the distressing details you may or may not have been aware of in America's march to endless war. About the time she gets the the frightening final chapters covering the outsourcing of war to private and extra-governmental agencies, the ludicrous idea that 800,000 contractors with "top secret" clearance keeps us "safer" and the state of our ever-aging and increasingly terrifying number of decaying nukes it's almost more than a thoughtful person can take. She ends by outlining a few sensible actions that need to be taken to reverse this dangerous and frankly unAmerican trend. If only the political will to make those changes could be mustered... I despair at average Americans taking any such actions but remain, like Maddow, convinced that's the only way to head off lasting disaster for the American experiment. ( )
  Nikchick | Mar 21, 2020 |
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War, in Maddow's world, is not in need of abolition so much as proper execution, which sometimes means more massive and less hesitant execution. LBJ "tried to fight a war on the cheap," Maddow quotes a member of Johnson's administration as recalling. On the other hand, when Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf propose five or six aircraft carriers for the First War on Iraq, Maddow recounts that this "would leave naval power dangerously thin in the rest of the world." Dangerous for whom?
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Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, becasue it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debt and taxes; and armies and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes and the opportunities of fraud growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could reserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

Those truths are well established. They are read in every page which records the progession from a less arbitrary to a more arbitrary government, or the transitions from a popular governmet to an aristocracy or monarchy.

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