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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

At Peace with War

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

Joseph J. Ellis

2018OCT16

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2018-11-09

"Only a small group of veterans who are currently committing suicide in record numbers have to experience first hand that the United States is engaged in a perpetual war." - Joseph J. Ellis, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us (2018OCT16)

The 1991 Gulf War was a success, but had some ominous themes:
- Bush's dream of a "New World Order" cast in America's image
- increased executive power to act without congress
- an American presence in the middle east
- no 'peace dividend' from an end to cold war military spending

At Peace with War: The recent American wars have been:
- bought on credit
- largely fought by a working class minority
- unsuccessful; Iraq has been driven into the orbit of Iran,
Sunnis have been radicalized, resulting in ISIS

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