|Debt And The New American Exceptionalism|
Let’s tick them off: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. Whew." ~ Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Post
As for the West’s ongoing war in the Islamic world, surely the time has come to acknowledge its futility. The application of military power will not change “them.” At best, it may be able to protect “us.” The central tenet of US military policy in the Islamic world should be to butt out, and the sooner the better.
We have arrived at a teachable moment. Whether we will learn what that moment has to offer remains to be seen." ~ Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston Globe
|The American Exceptionalism Sweepstakes|
Podcast source: YouTube: The Limits of Power and the End of American Exceptionalism
Radioactive Risks From Fracking Waste
New techniques allow companies to extract oil and gas from deep in the ground, but as Matt Richmond of WSKS and the Allegheny Front tells Steve Curwood, naturally radioactive rocks above the Marcellus shale in the eastern U.S. can create a dangerous waste product.
Podcast source: living on earth: Radioactive Risks From Fracking Waste
Americans Are Disappointed About The Economic Recovery
Scott Horsley reports on a survey by Rutgers University that found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. Only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.
Podcast source: npr: Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery
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