When President Harry S. Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War he probably saved the republic from a situation where military men ran roughshod over civilian rule when it came to the prosecution of foreign affairs. Today we face a potentially similar crises as the Trump Administration is filled with military men making foreign policy decisions especially in the wake of the departure of the dangerously right-wing, but civilian Steve Bannon. Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss this among other things and the following:
- Are the military men keen on asserting American world dominance and confrontations with Russia and China?
- Is Donald Trump’s impusivness and inconsistency a threat to world peace.
- What does the Syria strike mean for the greater threat of North Korea? Does it hurt Trump’s chances of getting Russian and Chinese buy-in to contain Pyongyang?
- The need for engagement with Russia is important but many Democrats and MSNBC/CNN pundits will allege collusion and foul play if any Trump Administration official talks to the Russians. Does this limit the options of this administration to conduct a robust foreign policy?
- Why are neoliberals, neoconservatives and Trumpites all together in Syria?
- Did the US not learn anything from the failures of George W. Bush and Barack Obama wars in the Middle East?
and much, much more…
Audio after the jump