The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a drifted from linking the sacrifices of our armed forces around the world to the. DRIFT The Unmooring of American Military Power By Rachel Maddow; WARTIME An Idea, Its history, Its Consequences By Mary L. Dudziak. Rachel Maddow argues that the decision to take America to war has become too easy. The Unmooring of American Military Power.

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A few quick thoughts–first, she does address the fact that Congress has never effectively asserted itself to stop a president with a “bead on war.

Maddow should have addressed amwrican events in this book more than she did. Anyway, an excellent book. Her book Drift about the change in US military policy is well-researched provides a lot of insight into how America modified executive power in declaring war from being necessarily approved by Congress to war by proxy using mercenaries. Throughout, Maddow treats the military with the respect it is due, but calls out numerous politicians and power-players at the top including many military commanders who have misused military power and managed it badly — with the result that American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines get the short end of the stick, and no appreciable societal benefit of the post-WWII style is provided.

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The exceptions, of course, are those in the military, guard, and reserves and their families, for whom she maint “Drift” is not what some might expect; this is no kumbya-ish “Peace Good, War Bad” diatribe.

If you read only one book on politics this year or even if you have no plans to read anyyou should really read this one – I can’t think of a more important message that everyone needs to hear. Maddow has said that she wrote Drift because the topic deserved a long-form format that could not be adequately addressed in her television program. Unfortunately, the trend did not improve under the last two Democratic Presidents, in fact it got worse. I am sure I will lose all credibility in the eyes of anyone reading this if I admit I originally picked it up due to my giant and long-standing crush on Rachel Maddow.

Panelists talked about how war reporting and press relations with the military have changed since the Vietnam War. Strangelove, actually, and I would happily read an entire book about Boneheaded Nuclear Program Decisions. But after a generation or two of shedding the deliberate political encumbrances to war that they left us In the first five years of the Iraq war the suicide rate of military personnel doubled.


Again, only a couple of anectodes.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

And therefore we have become numb to what they really are. He played a gung-ho-rata-tat-tat-shoot-em-up-bang-bang-gotcha soldier, and he liked it. Her first book, Drift explores the premise that the manner in which the United States goes to war has gradually become more uunmooring and less democratic.

She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan’s radical presidency. 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 s “One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in At this time the private companies are putting more boots on the ground than is the US military.

Rachel Maddow is one of the very few political talkers that I can listen to because of her calm, well reasoned arguments. This went along fine until Vietnam, when the presid The story of Drift goes something like this: If you added up what every other country spent on its military inthe US ;ower budget was about half that total; by milutary, those two numbers were equal.

And another proposal here: 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.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

Highlights for me I am sure I will lose all credibility in the eyes of anyone reading this if I admit I originally picked it up due to my giant and long-standing crush on Rachel Maddow. Maddow concludes with a list of policies that can if not curtail, can hold back this evolution. It’s good, good indeed for what it covers. The long-term geopolitical strategic situation in the Gulf and Central and Southern Asia is not really what Maddow was addressing, so, hey, it’s cool.

Mar 26, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: With no check on its growth and no rival for its political influence, the super funded, super empowered national security state has become a leviathan The separation of the military and the making of war from every-day American life; the increasing out-sourcing, hence, obscuring, of components of the war machinery that ought to be visible to citizens of a democracy; the undermining of US image and substance through arbitrary use of force and the loosing on unsuspecting civilian populations of massive numbers of DynCorp and KBR “support” personnel who are not subject to military, or US, regulations and scrutiny–Maddow does a great job of tracing how this came to pass, why it’s harmful, and how it could, and still can be, reversed.


The disincentives to war deliberately built into our American system of government- particularly the citizen soldier, and leaving the power to declare war with Congress instead of the President – we’ve worked around them.

People who like Rachel will love the book. FDR had his undeclared destroyer-vs-submarine war with Germany.

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Now, under Presidents Bush and Obama, war has become a jnmooring of life for the US people – something that we expect and don’t really notice that much anymore. There is no denying she is a liberal, but she did a massive amount of research to produce this book. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. After a quick examination of the country’s initial amerucan of the importance of making the population feel the costs of war across the board, Maddow launches into a really fascinating if chilli Any book that points out unmooing Jeff Sessions is an idiot and manages to use the word chickenshittery multiple times is off to a akerican start, but Drift goes the extra mile and provides an interesting and well-researched study of military bloat and the U.

Apr 07, Paul Gleason rated it it was amazing. I remember little of it, but I remember this point: That is fascinating, but I do wish Maddow had offered a bit more on how often presidents just did what they wanted to in a longer unnmooring view, Congress be damned.

I believe that every member of congress and the president and his advisers all need to read this book and pay attention. We ought to see that constitutional inheritance as a national treasure, yet we’ve divest ourselves of it without much of a debate. And there are other ways that Congress, even with their war-declaring power effectively gelded, can make trouble, oversight committees and the like.