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.
Once you RSVP, we will send you a link.
Laurie and Bruce Lyons
Recent News and Latest Book
Dangerous “War Scares” Of 1974, 1983, And 2021: What Needs To Be Done?
The United States over the past five decades has had dangerous experiences with “war scares.” This demands an assessment of options for reducing the possibility of a war scare that could result in an actual war, particularly in the nuclear age. U.S. and allied military exercises are particularly dangerous because military doctrine, particularly in communist states, argues that military exercises are an effective way of hiding an actual first strike operation.
Is It Biden’s Turn to be Boxed In?
It was known as early as 2006 that additional troops would not make a difference; that the Afghan government would collapse without U.S. support; and that the Afghan government was a criminal syndicate. In private meetings with Obama, Biden dismissed the intelligence community’s view of the Taliban as nothing more than a “new al Qaeda.” It wrongly predicted that the Taliban would project a “global jihadist ideology.” The fact that Biden was so right 12 years ago probably explains his stubbornness in standing up to the Pentagon, which was still arguing for a “conditions based withdrawal.” Biden was not going to allow the Pentagon to pursue its “forever war” any longer.