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

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In the sobering aftermath of America's invasion of Iraq, Eugene Jarecki, the creator of the award-winning documentaryWhy We Fight, launches a penetrating and revelatory inquiry into how forces within the American political, economic, and military systems have come to undermine the carefully crafted structure of our republic -- upsetting its balance of powers, vastly strengthening the hand of the president in taking the nation to war, and imperiling the workings of American democracy. This is a story not of simple corruption but of the unexpected origins of a more subtle and, in many ways, more worrisome disfiguring of our political system and society.While in no way absolving George W. Bush and his inner circle of their accountability for misguiding the country into a disastrous war -- in fact, Jarecki sheds new light on the deepest underpinnings of how and why they did so -- he reveals that the forty-third president's predisposition toward war and Congress's acquiescence to his wishes must be understood as part of a longer story. This corrupting of our system was predicted by some of America's leading military and political minds.In his now legendary 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of "the disastrous rise of misplaced power" that could result from the increasing influence of what he called the "military industrial complex." Nearly two centuries earlier, another general turned president, George Washington, had warned that "overgrown military establishments" were antithetical to republican liberties. Today, with an exploding defense budget, millions of Americans employed in the defense sector, and more than eight hundred U.S. military bases in 130 countries, the worst fears of Washington and Eisenhower have come to pass.Surveying a scorched landscape of America's military adventures and misadventures, Jarecki's groundbreaking account includes interviews with a who's who of leading figures in the Bush administration, Congress, the military, academia, and the defense industry, including Republican presidential nominee John McCain, Colin Powell's former chief of staff Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, and longtime Pentagon reformer Franklin "Chuck" Spinney. Their insights expose the deepest roots of American war making, revealing how the "Arsenal of Democracy" that crucially secured American victory in WWII also unleashed the tangled web of corruption America now faces. From the republic's earliest episodes of war to the use of the atom bomb against Japan to the passage of the 1947 National Security Act to the Cold War's creation of an elaborate system of military-industrial-congressional collusion, American democracy has drifted perilously from the intent of its founders. As Jarecki powerfully argues, only concerted action by the American people can, and must, compel the nation back on course.The American Way of Waris a deeply thoughtprovoking study of how America reached a historic crossroads and of how recent excesses of militarism and executive power may provide an opening for the redirection of national priorities.
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display_description 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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subject_facet Bush, George W. -- (George Walker), -- 1946- -- Political and social views, Executive power -- United States -- History, Interviews -- United States, Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Causes, Militarism -- United States -- History, National characteristics, American, United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-2009, United States -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy, United States -- History, Military, United States -- Military policy
table_of_contents Introduction: Mission creep -- The tip of the spear -- The arsenal of democracy -- Fear in the night -- Big white men -- John Boyd, Donald Rumsfeld, and the meaning of transformation -- The missing "C" : an insider's guide to the complex -- Shock and awe at home -- Conclusion: If I ran the zoo.
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title The American way of war : guided missiles, misguided men, and a republic in peril
title_display The American way of war : guided missiles, misguided men, and a republic in peril
title_full The American way of war : guided missiles, misguided men, and a republic in peril / Eugene Jarecki, The American way of war: guided missiles, misguided men, and a republic in peril [electronic resource] / Eugene Jarecki
title_short The American way of war :
title_sort american way of war guided missiles, misguided men, and a republic in peril
title_sub guided missiles, misguided men, and a republic in peril
topic Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- Political and social views, Executive power United States History, Interviews United States, Iraq War, 2003-2011 Causes, Militarism United States History, National characteristics, American, United States Foreign relations 2001-2009, United States Foreign relations Philosophy, United States History, Military, United States Military policy
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