All posts tagged: Vietnam War

Wars Of The United States

Afghanistan—11 years, 5 months (so far) Vietnam War—10 years, 9 months Second Iraq War—8 years, 10 months Revolutionary War—8 years, 5 months Civil War—4 years, 6 months World War II—3 years, 9 months Korean War—3 years, 2 months War of 1812—2 years, 7 months Mexican War—2 years, 1 month First Iraq War—7 months Spanish-American War—4 months Robert DeVries Related articles Top 10 deadliest American wars ( The Last Time America Declared War (

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. “One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of “privateers”; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rust­ing nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even …