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House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power Paperback – Bargain Price, June 4, 2007
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I was surprised to not see in the otherwise excellent bibliography any reference to Lewis Mumford's Pentagon Of Power: The Myth Of The Machine, Vol. II and this confirms my impression that each generation reinvents the wheel, and discovers persistent truths for itself. The author does quote Dwight Eisenhower to good effect--apart from the normal quote warning us of the military-industrial complex, General and President Eisenhower is quoted on page 206 "National Security over the long term requires fiscal restraint," and on page 387, "People want peace so much, that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it." I point to General Smedley Butler's book, ...Read more ›
Readers may disagree with Carroll's conclusion, namely that the Department of Defense is now dominant over both the legislative and executive branches of government and leading us inevitably to unending war. But he must not be dismissed as a liberal crank.
There are conservatives in America who believe that the Founders established limited government, a tradition of non-involvement in foreign wars, and civilian control over the military. Carroll's arguments are dismissed at our peril.
Carrol, because of his father's position as a centrally located Air Force general, and eventually first head of the Defense Intellegence Agency, has been afforded remarkable access to opinions of and inteviews with many of the players who were responsible for many of major decisions and events that were so important to the American experience from his birth in 1943 during the week the Pentagon, the House of War, was dedicated, to the current disasterous administration of the man who characterizes himself as The Decider, that very worst president of the United States, George W. Bush.
Carrol, a defrocked Catholic priest, and I am certain a major disappointment to his father and all the father's military comrades who knew him, has amazing insights in the happenings in every adminstration from FDR to GWB.Read more ›
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This book shows how I'll informed the public is and how poor the media isPublished 7 days ago by Brian Grennan
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I wrote in a review of "1968" that it was un-hip. "House of War" is hip. The author's Dad worked in the Pentagon and rose to 3-stars; his kid here rejected that,... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by David F. Mcginnis
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