Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

You know her as host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which has catapulted her into darling status in the hearts of the political left. She’s humorous, snarky, and undeniably intelligent (public policy degree from Stanford; politics Ph.D. from Oxford). So whatever your opinions regarding Maddow’s sociopolitical stances—and how she expresses them—getting a solid handle on her arguments can be a great way to bolster your own. In Drift, Maddow insists that America has become too comfortable with making war, has gradually allowed in elements that feed our fighting (e.g., a rise in executive authority), and a fresh debate is needed to reassess U.S. foreign policy and who gets to make decisions that send our soldiers into battle. If you’re skeptical regarding this piece of writing, here’s a word from (surprise, surprise) chairman and CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes: “Drift never makes the case that war might be necessary. America would be weakened dramatically if we had underreacted to 9/11. However, Rachel Maddow makes valid arguments that our country has been drifting towards questionable wars, draining our resources, without sufficient input and time. People who like Rachel will love the book. People who don’t will get angry, but aggressive debate is good for America. Drift is a book worth reading.”

Here’s a clip of Maddow talking recently to an non-TV audience about Drift and how she has more in common with Americans who vehemently disagree with her (and know how to have a passionate, civil discourse) than Americans who are indifferent toward the issues: