History of Intervention

Friday, September 27, 2013

Gary Bass, politics and international affairs professor at Princeton University and author of the new book The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide, discusses this history and the track record of international intervention.


Gary Bass

Comments [6]


Your guest extols the virtues of US involvement in other countries when deemed necessary. While the US was rebuilding Japan and Germany into peace loving capitalist economies it was also interfering, sometimes brutally, in the development of alternative economies in other countries. The CIA did all it could to defeat the possibility of socialist wins in Italian post war elections for instance, going so far as to support mafia candidates in places like Sicily. As for Germany, what we have is a country with its boot on neck of other European countries, economically speaking. Guess we taught them well.

Sep. 27 2013 11:49 AM
John from Bklyn

Back then, I was the guest on Long John Nebel’s radio show - with a panel of his Republican regulars.

The point of my over-the-transom letter was that Nixon’s murderous Pakistan policy showed him to be uniquely immoral. I did not advocate for McGovern; I just said that this policy showed that there was something seriously wrong with President Nixon.

Sep. 27 2013 11:45 AM
Soldier's Father from Pelham, NY

To Prof. Bass: Please show some real respect -- it's "Professor Bacevich" or "Colonel Bacevich", not just "Bacevioh". You sound like a living example of his point on people who say "Thank you for your service" with no more sincerity than "Have a Nice Day".

Sep. 27 2013 11:45 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Well, there has been an international ban on chemical weapons since 1925. Should we change that? We have a ban on nuclear weapons for countries that signed the NPT. Should we change that too? What's wrong with nuclear weapons? Whatever the case, we should try to uphold international treaties or face the consequences.

Sep. 27 2013 11:39 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

It's become the habit since the Holocaust to call every massacre "a genocide." GEnocide is a very specific term. It means to try to wipe out a specific group of people because of their race, religion, ethnicity, etc. Major massacres in wars have been going on since war began amongst the Mesopotamian city-states over 5 or 6000 years ago. It's to wipe out competitors for resources, and often to enslave them as well. They usually didn't occur to wipe out a people because of their racial, religious or ethnic composition, although that might have been give as an excuse.

The Israelites were instructed to wipe out the Amalekites because the latter would always remain an eternal enemy. Hitler used a similar excuse to try to wipe out the Jews, whom he said would be a constant enemy to the "Aryans."

Sep. 27 2013 11:36 AM
whoindatgarden from Brooklyn

Maybe by reading this book, listening to the author many Americans will get to know the thuggery of the great Kissinger. Maybe people will be willing to see how racist and arrogant he was/is and Nixon was.
Nixon /Kissinger opened the door for Business owners of the U.S. to do business in China. The deal struck with corrupt Communist Chinese regime is still reaping benefits for the rich and shaped the trade imbalance that sustains still now.

Sep. 27 2013 11:32 AM

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