and a hard rain fell: A GI's True Story of the War in by John Ketwig

By John Ketwig

The vintage Vietnam battle memoir, ...and a difficult rain fell is the unforgettable tale of a veteran's rage and the unflinching portrait of a tender soldier's odyssey from the roads of upstate big apple to the jungles of Vietnam. up-to-date for its twentieth anniversary with a brand new afterword at the Iraq conflict and its parallels to Vietnam, John Ketwig's message is as suitable this present day because it used to be 20 years ago.

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The second set of hypotheses covers the dialectical relationship between state power and armament. The third is about economic function of armament, while the fourth is about state power and autonomy. One can easily note close parallels between H4-1 and H4-2 on the one hand and H2-2 on the other. That is, the level and especially, composition of state power largely determines the degree of the autonomy of the military or the pro-armament coalition. Likewise, H1-3 and H4-2 refer to the same thing viewed from different perspectives.

Whether the military is in charge does not matter. 91 However, it does not mean that more liberal or democratic governments always constrain armament. 93 Hence, a more dialectical conception of the state and state power is required. That is, the relationship between coercion and hegemony is not zero-sum, and the hegemonic project or the mobilisation of popular support does not necessarily require more welfare spending as it is usually assumed by the welfare liberals. 94 The US arms buildup drive under President Reagan is a good example.

56 Basically, the incrementalism model performs better – the first conclusion would be that the hypothesis of internally stimulated armament usually prevails. However, we cannot but doubt whether the incrementalism model (Xt = ƒ Xt–1) is an explanation or just a mere prediction without an explanation. If it is a prediction based on description, we need an explanation; if it is an explanation, it is a shallow one at best. A time-series budgetary data like those of population or GNP is highly auto-correlated, but we do not explain GNP by GNP .

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