Iraq's Effects; Heating Oil Scam; J Street on Obama's Middle East Trip

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Friday, March 22, 2013

It's been ten years since the start of the Iraq war. The phones will be open for you to call in, especially if this war was the first of your adulthood, and talk about how the Iraq war shaped your ideas of war and the U.S. role in the world. Plus: an investigation into whether New Yorkers have been scammed on home heating oil; J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami on President Obama's trip to the Middle East; and why President Coolidge still matters.

Open Phones: The Iraq War Generation

We're marking the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war by asking for comments from those of you young enough to have your view of war shaped by Iraq (as opposed to Vietnam). What lessons have you drawn about war, the US's role in the world, our leaders, and more? And how do you think it compares to the way your parents (Vietnam) and grandparents (WWII) talk about the lessons of war? Call 212-433-9692 or comment here.

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Congress and War

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History and Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at The Cato Institute and author of several books including, The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free, discuss how current Congressional Republicans' positions on war and defense spending have been influenced by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Heating Oil: Cheated and Poisoned

New York Times reporter William Rashbaum talks about the investigation into whether tens of thousands of New York customers were cheated by the dilution of heating oil with hazardous waste oil.

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J Street Bullish on Obama's Trip to Israel?

President Obama has been in Israel and the West Bank this week. Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, discusses why he thinks it might be more productive than most think.

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Listening to "Silent Cal" Coolidge

Coolidge was president in the 1920s when the U.S. faced crises with public sector unions, wars abroad and violence on its southern border. Charles Johnson says we should listen and learn from "Silent Cal" today. He is the author of Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America's Most Underrated President (Encounter Books, 2013).


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Open Phones: Twitter's Birthday Follow-Friday

It's Twitter's 7th birthday, and today is "Follow Friday." So, who should your fellow Brian Lehrer Show listeners follow and why? Recommend up to three tweeters from any walk of life - we'll compile the links on this page (and of course tweet it when we do!)

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