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American Carnage: The Wars Of Donald Trump

The Wars of Donald Trump provides the first assessment of the Trump administration’s damage to American governance. The book is not concerned with the investigations of Robert Mueller; the illegal payoffs to the president’s paramours; or the corruption of the Trump family. Instead, it identifies efforts to politicize the military and intelligence communities; the efforts to undermine and degrade essential departments and agencies; and the attacks on science and regulation. The final chapter suggests what is needed to be done to reverse the damage and correct the political process.

“Mel Goodman has spent the last few decades telling us what’s gone wrong with American intelligence and the American military; he is also telling us how to save ourselves.”
—Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker

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The Media and the Military Mindset

U.S. national media have been lazy in their treatment of our military—pandering to the military itself and using retired general officers with ties to the military-industrial complex as spokesmen. The United States is largely in an arms race with itself, but the media typically ignore bloated defense spending. It is past time to reinforce Martin Luther King’s address to the Riverside Church in 1967 that linked chronic domestic poverty and military adventurism.

Interview on The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen show Jan. 14

Hear my call in the 2nd part of the podcast.
Arnie discusses foreign policy and national security under Trump.

Trump’s Latest Debacle: an Incompetent and Deceitful National Security Team

For the past three years, the conventional wisdom has been that the United States and the Trump administration have been fortunate in not having to face a national security crisis. The killing of Qassim Suleimani is Trump’s first (self-inflicted) crisis, and his national security team has failed in every aspect.

Goodman letter in NY TIMES

In the Mideast, U.S. Foreign Policy Gone Awry

A reader cites the many ways that U.S. policy toward the Middle East has created more problems and terrorists.

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