US Entering New Era of Dirty Wars?
A Whig History of Pop Music
J. Arthur Bloom
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.