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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (2012)

Tekijä: Rachel Maddow

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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.
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I was expecting a book about the bi-partisan support of the military industrial complex, and the privatization of war. Honestly that was only a small portion of this book.

About 1/2 was about Reagan, 1/4 was about defense contracting, and privatization, and 1/4 of it was about the maintenance (or lack thereof) on the US nuclear warhead supply.

Don't get me wrong, I hate Reagan as much as the next guy, and I think he's the worst and most destructive president the US has had in the post-WWII era. But this book was too much. Literally half of the book was just explaining events from Reagan's presidency. It almost felt like it should have been its own book.

The book is extremely well researched, and Maddow is extremely well qualified to discuss the topic, but I'd be lying if I didn't mention that it definitely seemed a bit biased. She with an extremely snarky and disparaging tone when talking about events in the Bush/Reagan administration, and that negative tone seems largely absent when discussing some of the concerning topics in the Clinton/Obama era (still some snark though).

I definitely don't regret reading this, I think it was extremely informative, particularly regarding Iran-Contra, and the Cold War. But I'm not sure I'd recommend it due to some of the other issues I had with it. ( )
  Andjhostet | Jul 4, 2023 |
recommended by Sharabaugh
p. 55 " The Think Tanks and Very Important Committees of the permanent national security peanut gallery are now so mature and entrenched that almost no one thinks they're creepy anymore, national security liberals have simply decided it's best to add their own voices to them rather than criticize them."
I guess there is some bias here...

got a bit better, but still biased. ( )
  pollycallahan | Jul 1, 2023 |
Perfectly on point and told in Maddow's clear voice. What I appreciate more than anything is her ability to take problems which overwhelm me with frustration and hopelessness and approach them as both understandable and solvable. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
I like all of Maddow's main points, and I agree with her general thesis (America has accidentally slipped into the very military-industrial complex we were warned about and this is undesirable and unsustainable). The book kind of read like a collection of newspaper articles without a narrative thread tying everything together, which made it hard to really dive into it. I found myself jumping around a lot. Still, if you're looking for more reasons to dislike the Bush-Cheney era, there's a lot to love in Drift. ( )
  bookwrapt | Mar 31, 2023 |
My parents got this when it first came out, and I read it two weeks later. It lay prominently on the coffee table, as that's where we placed good books we wanted others to read. I was so excited. We watched her news program regularly, and my parents had listened to her when she was on the "Unfiltered" program. They were delighted when she got her own show, and insisted my brothers and I watch with them. I continued to watch with them for years, and when I moved out and didn't buy a tv, I would ask my parents what she'd talked about on her show. I'm quite active on Twitter, and follow her show's one regularly. Sometimes I watch parts of programs on Youtube. I was thrilled to read a magazine interview with her that adored her as much as we did. I wasn't sure what to expect from her first book, considering there's such a difference between the medium of television versus books, but finally opened the book. And immediately complained to my mom about how slow it was, for the first hundred pages. A bunch of information was being jammed into my brain about stuff from a long time ago, and surely there was an update. "It's slow in the beginning, but it matters, and she connects it all," my mom reassured me. She was right. I set the book down, finished, three days later with an aching head and a new sense of frustration. I'm so glad the book was published. The worst thing I can comment was that wow, it felt like history 201 lecture after history 201 lecture the entire time. I even started to jot down notes to keep track of everything, then looked at them and shook my head. I remember how excited I was for Maddow to hopefully write another book, though. Despite the heftiness of the information, she does manage to make it interesting and I learned a lot. I wanted her to keep writing about stuff. I recommended her book to five different people the next day. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 28, 2022 |
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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.

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