National Security: Then and Now

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Princeton University professor of history and public affairs Julian Zelizer talks about his new book, Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security - From World War II to the War on Terrorism (Basic Books, 2010).


Julian Zelizer

Comments [11]

gaetano catelli from downtown manhattan

your guest, while earnest and well versed in the historical record, hasn't told us anything we haven't known all along.

eg, Barack Obama as the second term of Jimmy Carter -- that's news?

Jan. 05 2010 09:51 PM
greg caulfield from New York


Jan. 05 2010 03:11 PM
Nate from Manhattan

I'm disappointed

That the guest was allowed to get away with equating what Cheney is doing now to campaign rhetoric from previous years.

What Cheney is doing now is unprecedented. When has an out-of-office president or vice president criticized a sitting administration in the quantity and in quality? When have we seen such insolent, slanderous and defamatory invective? And when have we seen the main stream media legitimize it by giving it so much air time?

Jan. 05 2010 11:34 AM
Shelly from Albany

I think people (maybe the press) need to start endorsing Obama's pluralized (specific, case-to-case) approach to foreign policy.

The alternate was the Bush/Cheney years.

Jan. 05 2010 11:28 AM
Tom from UWS

Whoa! RE: last caller's suggestion that the war on terror be based in Saudi Arabia: it's crucial to remember that Bin Laden's stated gripe with the US was the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia.
Insensitivity to realities on the ground can get us into a lot of trouble - and have.

Jan. 05 2010 11:25 AM
Uos from Queens

mark is f'in insane..

Mecca is in saudi arabia.. what a nutbag. you think the threat of terrorism is bad now? seriously. nut.

Jan. 05 2010 11:24 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Good guest, but, no freedom re this topic to comment. I will pass.

Jan. 05 2010 11:23 AM
Mark Mazur from Irvington NY

Criticism, even politcally infused, is OK, but pathetic comments like 'Obama thinks if he avoids the phrase 'war on terror' he doesnt think were at war are ignotant and debased. Someone should stopper windbag Cheney. The crushing failures of the administration he served in (ran??)are why Obama has been pressed to accelerate in Afghanistan now - 9 years later. Bush-Cheney had one huge, clearly defined security job: destroy Al Quaeda. And they failed abjectly to ahciveve it.

Jan. 05 2010 11:22 AM
Leslie from Norwalk, CT

Why is it that whenever a president declares war, both sides of the aisle in congress get on board without serious questioning.

Jan. 05 2010 11:22 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Hey, Brian, why did WNYC just blot out 2 comments about possible Cuban terrorists?

[[BL Moderator Writes: We removed the comments about Cuba because they looked like they were intended for the first segment, on the TSA screening list, not this one. Sorry for the confusion.
-BL Show-]]

Jan. 05 2010 11:19 AM
Jenn from South Bound Brook NJ

This is a link to an interesting documentary from the BBC. After watching you may wonder how much of what we hear is based on a fearmongering myth.

Jan. 05 2010 11:19 AM

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