Next month's selection of readings will focus on defense and foreign policy. With President Obama's selection of former Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, the President has signaled a philosophical break and repudiation of the neoconservative policies of his predecessor. Despite Hagel's background as a former Republican Senator, he was a consistent critic of the Iraq war and neoconservatism, and opposition to his selection has come from remaining neoconservative elements in the foreign policy community. This coming debate over Hagel's nomination will serve as a nice backdrop for this month's reading, which will focus on Defense and Foreign Policy.
Our two books are:
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein
As always you only need to read one of the books to be prepared to discuss the themes of the month. I'm looking forward to seeing you all next month!