Rachel Maddow’s Drift

Rachel Maddow’s book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power is a good narrative of how the US turned from a strong military superpower into a bloated military superpower, how the decision power to enter war shifted from country to commander-in-chief and of all the skirmishes, scandals and absurdities on the way. It’s very, very rare that I agree with Roger Ailes, but one part of his blurb on the back of the book is accurate: “People who like Rachel will love the book. People who don’t will get angry, but aggressive debate is good for America.” 

Also, the book ends with a discussion of the United States’ massive nuclear power, how difficult it is to maintain thousands of unused warheads, and how questionable the necessity of a Armageddon-strength arsenal is these days. I look up and minutes later the New York Times tells me that the US will “bolster missile defense to deter an attack by North Korea.” (Quote link to Nytimes.com; here the same story on NPR.)

I guess the nuclear saber-rattling will never end.

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