The American way of war guided missiles, misguided men, and a republic in peril

by Jarecki, Eugene.

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In his famous farewell address in 1961, President Eisenhower urgently warned Americans to guard against the "disastrous rise of misplaced power" in the leviathan he dubbed the military-industrial complex. As Eugene Jarecki powerfully portrays in this piercing and necessary book, Eisenhower's worst fears have been realized. The complex has grown so large and powerful, with tendrils reaching so wide and deep into our political system, economy, and culture, that it is dramatically undermining our democracy, fueling an excessive militarism and an imperialist impulse that has propelled the United States into a series of horribly misguided military actions--culminating in the Iraq debacle.

Based on extensive interviews with a who's who of high-level insiders from the Beltway, the Pentagon, and the defense sector, as well as in-depth historical research, Jarecki traces the troubling story of the evolution of the complex and how it so forcefully exerts its corrupting influence. Vital listening at this crucial juncture as the nation grapples with the profound challenge of Iraq, Jarecki's penetrating examination is sure to generate wide acclaim and lively debate.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A scholar and documentary film maker (Why We Fight), Jarecki presents a succinct explanation of why modern presidents can make war whenever they feel like it. Jarecki writes that America's founders worried about presidential belligerence, so the Constitution gave war-making authority to Congress, which declared all our foreign wars through WWII--and none afterward. Drawing on historical research and interviews, he emphasizes that the young America was less isolationist than histories proclaim, invading Canada and Mexico several times and taking great interest in international affairs. But war fever really arose only with the start of the Cold War. Suddenly presidents commanded an enormous peacetime force and wielded the immense powers Roosevelt had acquired in WWII. Since then, Congress has gone along with presidential decisions to make war (then grumble if it doesn't go well). Today President Bush asserts that terrorism requires a perpetual state of emergency and that he will launch a pre-emptive war if he detects a threat to America's security. In this illuminating--and to some, perhaps, discouraging--book, Jarecki says there is only a modest groundswell of opinion to curb presidential powers. (Oct. 14) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Bush, George W. -- (George Walker), -- 1946- -- Political and social views.
National characteristics, American.
Militarism -- United States -- History.
Executive power -- United States -- History.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Causes.
Interviews -- United States.
United States -- History, Military.
United States -- Military policy.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-2009.
Publisher [Old Saybrook, CT] :Tantor Media,2008
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Drummond, David, (narrator)
Participants/Performers Read by David Drummond.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
Description 10 audio discs (12 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781400109807
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