December 21, 2016

In this episode of the Scrum, Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis speak with Boston University Professor Emeritus Andrew Bacevich
a keen analyst of American foreign policy and relations between civilians and the armed forcesabout the strikingly militaristic nature of president-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Remember: Trump denigrated the military’s leaders during the campaign. Thus far, though, he's tapped four generals for key roles, a number that’s  without precedent in recent American history. Bacevich believes this is a deeply troubling development—but he also sees at least one significant glimmer of hope in Trump’s approach to international relations.
Andrew Bacevich's books include The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War; The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism; and most recently, America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History. His insights pack an extra punch because Bacevich is a former military man himself: he rose to the rank of Colonel in the US Army before retiring and becoming an academic.
Take a listen—and as always, we'd love to know what you think. You can reach us on Twitter at @reillyadam and @kadzis or by email at scrum@wgbhnews.org.

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