1/18/19 Sheldon Richman on America’s Bipartisan Pro-War Consensus

Sheldon Richman talks about his latest in the TGIF series, “America’s War Culture.” He brings up the disturbing phenomenon that presidents are praised the most when they bomb another country, and that in lists of America’s supposed greatest presidents, those who presided over major wars usually adorn the top. This is obviously a bad incentive from a humanitarian perspective, because anytime the president gets into hot water he knows he can start or escalate a war and immediately receive praise from the media and a jump in popularity. This has been true so far of President Trump as well, although he seems surprisingly eager to pull the U.S. out of Syria and Afghanistan. In general, Richman says this blind opposition to Trump among democrats has come to totally dominate their party, and may haunt them when one of their own eventually takes power, with republicans then empowered to use the same tactics they deployed against Trump.

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Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of the Libertarian Institute and the author of America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited. Follow him on Twitter @SheldonRichman.

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Scott Horton is Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, podcasts the Scott Horton Show from scotthorton.org, and is the Opinion Editor of Antiwar.com. He’s conducted more than 4,500 interviews since 2003. He is also the author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan (2017). He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.