Containing the National Security State

Book Party Zoom with Mel

As many of you know, Mel Goodman has a new, recently published book out entitled Containing the National Security State. This book represents more than 100 of his editorials that assess the militarization of U.S. governance and U.S. foreign policy. These articles describe the bloated defense spending of the United States; the billions of dollars wasted on fool’s errands abroad; the unnecessary modernization of U.S. nuclear weapons; and the intense operational tempo of the military that is leaving our domestic priorities without adequate resources. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning about the “military-industrial-congressional complex” has never been more frightening. These editorials suggest what is needed to be done to reverse the damage of the past 20 years.

In a couple of weeks, it will be four years since we held a book-signing party at our home for Mel’s last book, Whistleblower at the CIA. Unfortunately, due to Covid, we are unable to host another book-signing party at our home right now.

However, we would like to invite you to join us for an exciting and interesting evening zoom party with Mel to discuss his new book and answer any questions you may have.

Below please find the link to purchase the book through its publisher, Politics, and Prose. Scheduling the zoom party 6 weeks in advance should give everyone sufficient time to purchase the book, read it, and, if interested, submit questions for Mel.

https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781624293207

Once you RSVP, we will send you a link.
Laurie and Bruce Lyons
(301) 332-7930

Date

Jun 16 2021
Expired!

Time

7:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 16 2021
  • Time: 7:00 pm

Location

Virtual Event
Zoom

This is a virtual gathering via Zoom Webinar

Organizer

Laurie and Bruce Lyons
Phone
(301) 332-7930
Email
laurielyons@comcast.net

Recent News and Latest Book

More Bloat For Bloated Defense Spending

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American Exceptionalism: Our Gun Culture at Home and Abroad

There is an insidious and unspoken connection between our gun culture at home and abroad.  U.S. politicians and pundits believe that huge defense budgets provide international security for the United States, and many Americans believe that personal weapons provide safety at home.  We don’t question the use of deadly weaponry in unnecessary wars overseas; Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan are the most recent examples.  At home, there are more guns than people — 120 guns for every 100 people.  The United States is exceptional because some of the same weapons designed for war are available to teenagers fighting their personal demons.

Containing the National Security State

Containing the National Security State