For Americans, military matters are rarely considered. After all, without a draft, less than one-half of one percent of the nation has any direct involvement with military issues. The Congress is in a similar state largely unaware of military concerns as a Chinese wall has been erected between the military brass and the civilian leadership that makes decisions about its future.
Congressman Peter Welch returned this week from a Congressional oversight trip to Libya and Egypt. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Vermont’s at-large Democratic representative about the reason for, and his assessment of, the trip.
The turmoil in Egypt has brought horrific violence and few good options for the U.S. WAMC’s Alan Chartock spoke with Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, about where the Arab Spring protests have led.
If we can believe the observations of commentators over more than two centuries, Americans have always wanted to be liked. We want people to like us, not to fear or feel coerced by us. That works well for a democracy where politicians want people to vote for them.
For the first half of today's panel, Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Joe Donahue are joined by James Ketterer - Director of International Academic Initiatives & Senior Fellow at Bard College and just returned from 2-years in Egypt to discuss Egypt.
For the second half of the show, Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Commissioner of Major League Baseball talks about the current and on-going steroid scandals in the sport.
Obviously I’ve been following the news from Egypt like everyone else. You don’t need commentators to tell you that ousting a democratically elected government is undemocratic and unacceptable. But I want to talk about Morsi’s mistakes because they illustrate a major misunderstanding of democracy.
Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Ray Graf moderates.
This morning our discussion topics include: • In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary • Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit • U.S. Embassy Tweets Jon Stewart's Egypt Monologue; Diplomatic Incident Ensues • Latest Updates on the Gun Violence Debate • Leno Blesses ‘Tonight Show’ Succession Plan