Relevant Reading:US Entering New Era of Dirty Wars?
Russell CrandallAmerica’s Dirty Wars: Irregular Warfare from 1776 to the War on Terror
Russell CrandallA Whig History of Pop Music
J. Arthur BloomYeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé
Good evening, podcast listeners! This week we broaden our focus to include both a reflection on America’s tendency to engage in irregular warfare, and an examination of the history and the future of pop music.First, Davidson College professor of American foreign policy Russell Crandall discusses so-called “dirty wars,” what he calls an “inescapable, indelible” element of the U.S. warfare experience. But while the U.S. may have plenty of experience with this kind of fighting, Crandall reminds us that this isn’t unique: French involvement in Algeria and Soviet engagement in Afghanistan are also examples of irregular warfare.Then, J. Arthur Bloom, opinion editor at the Daily Caller, stops by to discuss a recent defense of “poptimism” by rock journalist Bob Stanley, and highlights where he thinks Stanley’s book falls short in this endeavor, and why.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous, and J. Arthur Bloom @j_arthur_bloom on Twitter.