AMERICAN MILITARISM 1970: A Dialogue on the Distortion of our National Priorities and the Need to Reassert Control over the Defense Establishment. by Erwin & Judith Nies McFadden.--Eds. Knoll

AMERICAN MILITARISM 1970: A Dialogue on the Distortion of our National Priorities and the Need to Reassert Control over the Defense Establishment.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Called together by ten discontented Congressmen feeling stymied by the institutional, limits of Congress and hoping to gain new perspectives on how to make national policy change possible, the ""Congressional Conference on the Military Budget and National Priorities"" of March 1969 attracted a prominent array of liberals, doves, and other birds of like feather in Democrat's, Republican's, nonpartisan's, scientist's, scholar's, and former government official's clothing to stew over the ABM system and the arms race, once and future Vietnams, and the militarization of foreign policy and domestic life. This book contains the report of the Congressional sponsors, excerpts from the conference deliberations, and an epilogue by the perdurable Senator Fulbright. From two days of expounding and chatting by such people as John Kenneth Galbraith, Richard Goodwin, George McGovern, Hans Morgenthau, Gaylord Nelson, and Marcus Raskin, what emerges is the predictable appeal for a critical reassessment of our national security bureaucracy, a redefining of our purposes and our World role, and a restructuring of American society; and also a call for the broadest possible public debate ""to translate public anxieties into political understanding and thus forge a new political will to reverse present policies."" The public should find the ""debate"" intelligently and succinctly stated here

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1969
Publisher: Viking