Drift The Unmooring of American Military Power

ISBN-10: 0307460991
ISBN-13: 9780307460998
Edition: 2013
Authors: Rachel Maddow
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Description: The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war."One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could  More...

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 3/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war."One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of "privateers"; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rust­ing nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine.Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow'sDriftargues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we've arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today's war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan's radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse.Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seri­ously funny,Driftwill reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power--and who gets to make those decisions.From the Hardcover edition.

Prologue: Is If Too Late to Descope This?
G.I. Joe, Ho Chi Minh, and the American Art of Fighting About Fighting
A Nation at Peace Everywhere in the World
Let 'Er Fly
Isle of Spice
Stupid Regulations
Mylanta, 'Tis of Thee
Doing More with Less (Hassle)
"One Hell of a Killing Machine"
An $8 Trillion Fungus Among Us
Epilogue: You Build It, You Own It
Notes on Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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