||[Jun. 6th, 2012|11:07 pm]
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can't believe a Rachel Maddow book got a back cover blurb from Roger Ailes!
The book laments the fact that it's too easy for us to go to war today, between a much stronger executive power (which she traces back to Reagan - good coverage of Grenada and the Iran-Contra scandal), huge roles for military contractors, and the fact that calling up the National Guard/Army reserves is no longer a big deal (they've been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last 10 or so years). She also touches on the fact that maaaaybe we shouldn't maintain such a large nuclear arsenal, and points out that it's very hard to make a smaller armed forces even when there are some parts (like our nukes) that aren't nearly as necessary anymore.
(paper copy, available for borrowing)
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