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This review is from: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (Hardcover)
Drift is one of those conveniently smallish books where 275 pages generates enough questions to fill a 900 page volume, and that is where its value lies. This is a book that makes you think! In fact it takes you longer to read it because you have to stop so often to work out the pros and cons of what you have just read. Strangely enough that in itself makes the reading of this book even more interesting.
One is left to wonder which way our future will fall when it comes to government run institutions verses private contractors. Maddow champions a return to government control, though she clearly illustrates that in real life sometimes the people control the government and sometimes they are manipulated by the government or the Industrial giants into being a subordinate follower.
When all the arguments are boiled down, a lot of what this book is about is whether our decisions to go to war should be made by one man, our president or the 250 members of Congress. I wouldn't trust any decision of today's congress and would favor the president. But if one of the present candidates, say Santorum, was to become president then I would trust any political body, including the PTA to make a better decision. And therein lies the bigger problem that the author doesn't address.
This book unleashes thousands of questions and though the author offers up some answers, the facts she puts forward forces the reader to think most of it out on their own and that gives this work incredible depth. This is an easy, light read that leads you into many dark places where decisions will have to be made soon, because not making them will drive us more into a Military democracy and away from the Capitalist democracy we have always been. A worthwhile and very necessary read.