Category Archives: Military

Bordewich Interview – Podcast May 6, 2019

What Were The Founders Thinking? Democratic Perspective welcomes constitutional scholar and author Fergus Bordewich. To understand how we got to where we are, he says it’s important to understand the historical context of the constitutional convention and the First Congress. … Continue reading

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Podcast December 31, 2018

2018 In Review. The Democratic Perspective crew looks back at 2018, addressing some of the biggest stories of the year. Mike Cosentino explains Trump’s threat to democracy. Klaus von Stutterheim covers the consequences of our military withdrawal from Syria. Gary … Continue reading

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Paul Lenze Interview — Podcast May 15, 2017

Sorting Out the Threads in the Middle East: Proxy Wars, Ethnic and Sectarian Alignments, Failed States, Realpolitik, and the Agony of Millions of Refugees.  Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome  Dr. Paul Lenze, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University, back … Continue reading

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Blowback: the Consequences of an Ignorant and Overly Aggressive Foreign Policy — Podcast February 2, 2015

They May Hate Us, But It’s Not Because of Our Freedoms: Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss the failures of a U.S. foreign policy that has in recent years relied more on military bluster than common sense. Why has the War on Terror … Continue reading

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Terrorism: a Realistic Assessment — Podcast January 19. 2015

Terrorism: Making Sure That the Cure Isn’t Worse Than the Disease. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson look at the varied definitions of terrorism, the difficulties confronting the U.S. and other Western governments in their attempts to come to grips with so-called asymmetric warfare, … Continue reading

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Understanding the Veterans Affairs Scandal — Podcast July 7, 2014

The Veteran’s Affairs Scandal: Bad Management or a Shortage of Resources? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson look at the recent scandal involving long wait times for appointments at VA health care facilities. The Department of Veterans Affairs is … Continue reading

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Benghazi: A Year of Propaganda, Lies, and Media Incompetence — Podcast November 11, 2013

Benghazi: Why It’s Still a Story, and Why We Still Can’t Get It Right.  Democratic Perspective’s Steve Williamson, Mike Cosentino, and Gary LaMaster discuss the September 11, 2012 attack on the American Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi, Libya, and its lingering effects … Continue reading

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Plain Talk about Taxes — Podcast May 13, 2013

Taxes: The Price We Pay for a Civilized Society. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Steve Williamson, and Bill Timberman discuss the Right’s vilification of government and the taxes which support it. Who benefits — and who suffers — when government is deprived … Continue reading

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U.S. Defense Spending: Cost/Benefit Analysis.

April 8, 2013, Democratic Perspective’s own Bill Timberman presented a thorough cost/benefit analysis of U.S. military spending. Following are his notes for the program: 68 years ago, the U.S. stood alone in the wreckage of World War II as the … Continue reading

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U.S. Defense Spending: Are We Getting What We’ve Paid For? — Podcast April 8, 2012

U.S. Defense Spending: Are We Getting What We’ve Paid For? Democratic Perspective editor Bill Timberman joins co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson to discuss the $711 billion dollar U.S. defense budget, our 1,000-plus overseas military bases, and the distortions our increasing reliance … Continue reading

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