National Insecurity

National Insecurity

The Cost of American Militarism

eBook - 2013
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"Mel Goodman has spent the last few decades telling us what's gone wrong with American intelligence and the American military, and now, in National Insecurity, he tells us what we must do to change the way the system works, and how to fix it. Goodman is not only telling us how to save wasted billions--he is also telling us how to save ourselves." -- Seymour M. Hersh, The New YorkerUpon leaving the White House in 1961, President Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the dangers of a "military industrial complex," and was clearly worried about the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on outsized investments in military spending. As more and more Americans fall into poverty and the global economy spirals downward, the United States is spending more on the military than ever before. What are the consequences and what can be done?Melvin Goodman, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA, brings peerless authority to his argument that US military spending is indeed making Americans poorer and less secure while undermining our political standing in the world. Drawing from his firsthand experience with war planners and intelligence strategists, Goodman offers an insider's critique of the US military economy from President's Eisenhower's farewell warning to Barack Obama's expansion of the military's power. He outlines a much needed vision for how to alter our military policy, practices, and spending in order to better position the United States globally and enhance prosperity and security at home.Melvin A. Goodman is the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy. A former professor of international security at the National War College and an intelligence adviser to strategic disarmament talks in the 1970s, he is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed The Failure of Intelligence.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780872865952
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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StarGladiator
Jan 22, 2017

Goodman isn't a complete idiot, but he's not altogether that far removed, either. He lives under the illusion he is an expert at something, but fails to convey it to those of us with a little knowledge and background.
His establishment and status quo thinking can be quite bizarre; I was reminded of that again when I heard him hold forward on Donald Trump's lack of expertise in anything [except winning elections, doing some amazing deals, starring opposite Bo Derek, et cetera, et cetera, and I'm no Trump fan and have NEVER voted for any republicon] - -although I admit that Goodman was honest about how the so-called CIA report citing that the Steele report [that Brit who compiled some gossipy thing for Hillary Clinton's campaign] had beem refuted now, multiple times [so-called sources cited contradicted Steele publicly] et cetera.
Goodman is completely clueless on global strategy and tactics, the importance of Russia to the US survival interests - - and THAT is one really important point.
What we really need is to have teams of forensic accountants and auditors, accompanied by teams of US Marshals, arrive on every floor of CIA headquarters, do a complete forensic analysis, and then begin arresting those employees there! Goodman slammed Trump for appointing Gen. Flynn, about the only appointment I would agree with and the first decent one in my lifetime to that position of nat'l security advisor! [Oh yeah, and BTW, when Goodman was at the CIA was among their very worst years, and most mass murderous behavior!]

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