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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That being said, I must confess that I wasn’t really expecting much out of her book. Proposals Towards the amercian, Maddow offers some proposals aimed at improving the current situation: To prevent this, the power to declare war was given to congress in the belief that, with so many people with different and conflicting agendas, it would be much harder to get such a declaration.

Some contractors were doing the exact same job that somebody in the military was doing with double the paycheck.

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Maddow argues that this requirement has been stretched and loosened by some Presidents to the point that today the Executive can do pretty much what it pleases when it comes to sending troops to war. Easy to say, hard to do. Insightful, well powsr, and terrifying. Since, all of the following presidents have used their executive power to americaj war, against the founding fathers express instructions that no one person should be able to take the country into war. Maddow makes a point about the erosion of Congressional power re war.

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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Against a president who [seems] bent on war, Congress [needs] to vigorously and sometimes preemptively assert its own authority Jun 05, Jay Connor rated it it was amazing. She does the work! People who like Rachel will love the book.


I am reminded of the foolishness of President Obama attempting to come to reasonable compromises with the bomb-throwers of Tea Party persuasion who have taken the Republican Party captive.

I think that is a good point, and seeking a better balance in this highest-level relationship is a worthy cause. Putting aside her well known politically liberal persona, Drift is the kind of book any American from any political affiliation should read, analyse and expand into their own understanding of America’s relation to its military force. April 21, Media after Vietnam Panelists talked about how war reporting and press relations with the military have changed since the Vietnam War.

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One of my favorite things about this book is that it is written by a talk show host, someone involved in the hour news cycle and isn’t a book of partisan bullshit. Maddow writes that Lyndon B. Or during our worst Caribbean adventures? This is a scholarly examination of a clear and present danger, independent of party or ideological affiliation. Yes, Mi,itary was conducted poorly by Johnson and Nixon. Rachel Anne Maddow is an American radio personality, television host, and political commentator.

It reads just like one of Maddows’ shows: When I read about Jimmy Carter saying that the US priority should be cutting its oil consumption, I also remember a Buick commercial that had a guy standing in front of a big house and saying, I worked 25 years of my life for this, and now I’m supposed to buy a small car?

Currently there is a nuclear bomb buried in a swampy field in Goldsboro Crift Carolinait was too swampy to dig it out so they just left it there. Overall, we’re weaker for it, and at enormous cost. Drift debuted unmoorkng the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover nonfiction, [10] where it remained at number one for five weeks [11] and remained in the top 10 for an additional two weeks. That would be an entertaining and smart duo to run the country. I am sure I will lose all credibility in the eyes of anyone reading this if I admit I originally picked it up tthe to my giant and long-standing crush on Rachel Maddow.


Nov 14, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: See all on Book TV.

To back this up, the book’s nine chapters analyze the nation’s military commitments over the past 80 years and ties it back to the orignal intent expressed by t Maddow’s “Drift” was discussed briefly during an international relations lesson here at the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth.

But, a variety of trends have eliminated or reduced the historic factors that have made war a difficult choice. All freedoms burn so nicely on the pyre of national security, or claims of national security anyway. It makes her case much stronger. Sounds like trying to discourage Presidents from making war, pretty much Another adventure by LBJ, simultaneous with his Vietnam escalation.

How could anybody not be worried? Maybe TugPush or Prod would have been more fitting titles? I’m going to be a bit contrarian and down-rate this book. It has happened–and is still happening–because particular presidents of both parties desired some international objective and choose the path of least resistance to accomplish it.