On Friday February 8th, host Esty Dinur interviewed author Melvin Goodman about his recent book “National Insecurity The Cost of American Militarism.” Goodman is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He was division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1986. He was a senior analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, State Department from 1974 to 1976.
“Upon leaving the White House in 1961, President Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the dangers of a “military industrial complex,” and was clearly worried about the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on outsized investments in military spending. As more and more Americans fall into poverty and the global economy spirals downward, the U.S. is spending more on the military than ever before. What are the consequences and what can be done?
Melvin Goodman, a 24-year veteran of the CIA, brings peerless authority to his argument that U.S. military spending is indeed making Americans poorer and less secure, while undermining our political standing in the world. Drawing from his first-hand experience with war planners and intelligence strategists, Goodman offers an insider’s critique of the U.S. military economy from President Eisenhower’s farewell warning to Obama’s expansion of the military’s power. He outlines a much needed vision for how to alter our military policy, practices and spending in order to better position the U.S. globally and enhance prosperity and security at home.”
-City Lights Publishers
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