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How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon
by Rosa Brooks
The first serious book to examine what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased.
Once, war was a temporary state of affairs—a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today, America’s wars are everywhere and forever: our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Today, military personnel don’t just “kill people and break stuff.” Instead, they analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates. You name it, the military does it.
Rosa Brooks traces this seismic shift in how America wages war from an unconventional perspective—that of a former top Pentagon official who is the daughter of two anti-war protesters and a human rights activist married to an Army Green Beret. Her experiences lead her to an urgent warning: When the boundaries around war disappear, we risk destroying America’s founding values and the laws and institutions we’ve built—and undermining the international rules and organizations that keep our world from sliding towards chaos. If Russia and China have recently grown bolder in their foreign adventures, it’s no accident; US precedents have paved the way for the increasingly unconstrained use of military power by states around the globe. Meanwhile, we continue to pile new tasks onto the military, making it increasingly ill-prepared for the threats America will face in the years to come.
By turns a memoir, a work of journalism, a scholarly exploration into history, anthropology and law, and a rallying cry, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything transforms the familiar into the alien, showing us that the culture we inhabit is reshaping us in ways we may suspect, but don’t really understand. It’s the kind of book that will leave you moved, astonished, and profoundly disturbed, for the world around us is quietly changing beyond recognition—and time is running out to make things right.
About the Author
Rosa Brooks is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, a columnist for Foreign Policy, and a law professor at Georgetown University. She previously worked at the Pentagon as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; in 2011, she was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Brooks has also served as a senior advisor at the US Department of State, a consultant for Human Rights Watch, and a weekly opinion columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post,The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines, and she is a frequent television guest, with appearances on the Charlie Rose Show, the Rachel Maddow Show, the Today show, Meet the Press, and Erin Burnett OutFront. Brooks lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband Joe, her daughters Anna and Clara, and a Brittany spaniel named Scout.
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WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
Week of Feb 26-Mar 4, 2017
1. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly met with Mexico’s president last week: who currently holds that office?
A. Enrique Peña Nieto
B. Vicente Fox
C. Felipe Calderón
D. Ernest Zedillo
Correct answer: A. Enrique Peña Nieto
2. Omar Abdel-Rahman, aka “The Blind Sheikh,” died in a North Carolina prison at the age of 78. He was convicted of conspiracy related to which terrorist act?
A. the Oklahoma City Bombing
B. the attack on the Pentagon
C. the 1993 World Trade Center bombing
D. the Charlie Hebdo attack
Correct answer: C. the 1993 World Trade Center bombing
3. The Yemeni army lost its second-in-command when he was killed in a Houthi missile attack. The Houthis are backed by which nation?
A. Saudi Arabia
Correct answer: D. Iran
4. The Malaysian government announced this week that tests on Kim jong nam’s skin showed that the half-brother of North Korea’s leader died from exposure to which banned chemical weapon?
Correct answer: A. VX
5. For the first time in three years, leaders from Syrian president Bashar Assad’s government met with representatives of the Western-backed rebels for peace talks. This diplomatic initiative, known as what, follows three failed attempts to permanently end the conflict?
A. The Cairo Declaration
B. Geneva I
C. Moscow Protocol
D. Geneva IV
Correct answer: D. Geneva IV
6. Iran announced plans to purchase 950 tons of uranium ore from Kazakhstan to turn into nuclear fuel, with the help of which nation?
C. Saudi Arabia
Correct answer: B. Russia
7. The world’s oldest leader turned 93 this week: Who was it?
A. Queen Elizabeth II of England
B. Béji Caïd Essebsi of Tunisia
C. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe
D. Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait
Correct answer: C. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe
8. A man drove into a crowd, killing one person and injuring two others in which German city?
Correct answer: B. Heidelberg
9. Tensions between Morocco and the Polisario Front over the disputed territory of Western Sahara threaten the 1991 ceasefire that ended a decades-long armed conflict; this week Morocco’s king called on the United Nations to intervene to keep the situation from deteriorating any further. What mineral is known to exist in abundance in Western Sahara, and is likely at the root of the renewed tensions?
C. Iron ore
Correct answer: D. Phosphate
10. The scandal over misuse of public funds by which French presidential candidate accused of paying family members for fake parliamentary jobs deepened this week when France’s financial prosecutor appointed a magistrate to investigate the charges?
A. Marine LePen
B. Benoît Hamon
C. François Fillon
D. Emmanuel Macron
Correct answer: C. François Fillon
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