By Stephen Glain
A masterful account of the way sixty years of yankee militarism created the chilly battle, fanned many years of pointless clash, helped to gasoline Islamist terror, and threatens to bankrupt the country.
For many of the 20th century, the sword has led earlier than the olive department in American international coverage. In eye-opening type, State vs. Defense exhibits how the US really operates as a superpower and explores the consistent pressure among the diplomats at kingdom and the soldiers at Defense.
State vs. Defense characterizes the entire nice figures who crafted American overseas coverage, from George Marshall to Robert McNamara to Henry Kissinger to Don Rumsfeld with this underlying topic: the United States has turn into more and more imperial and militaristic.
Take, for instance, the Pentagon, which as of 2010, stated the focus of 190,000 troops and 115,000 civilian staff within 909 army amenities in forty six nations and territories. the cost of America’s military-base community in another country, in addition to the cost of its nationwide protection country at domestic, is gigantic. The invoice is available in at good over $1 trillion. that's equivalent to just about eight percentage of GDP and greater than 20 percentage of the federal price range. (By comparability, China, Russia, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea, the 5 international locations Pentagon planners many times trot out as traditional threats to the nationwide healthiness, have a cumulative defense price range of simply over $200 billion.) Quietly, gradually—and necessarily, given the load of its vast price range and imperial writ—the Pentagon has all yet eclipsed the kingdom division on the heart of U.S. international policy.
In the culture of classics comparable to The clever males, the easiest and the Brightest, and Legacy of Ashes, State vs. Defense explores how and why American leaders succumbed to the sirens of militarism, how the republic has been misplaced to an empire, and the way “the military-industrial advanced” that Eisenhower so famously forewarned has set us on a stark direction of monetary peril.