June 15 - A Critique of Trump's Foreign Policy Critics; Trump Undoes Obama Again: This Time Cuba; Could We Have a Do-Over of 2016?

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Part 1

We begin with an examination of the resistance against Trump, not so much from domestic critics, but from critics of his foreign policy who decry his America First stance and failure to uphold liberal norms in the international system. Andrew Bacevich, a retired Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University who taught at West Point and served for 23 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army whose latest book is “America’s War for the Middle East: A Military History”, joins us. We discuss his latest article at The American Conservative “The ‘Global Order’ Myth” and his contention that to characterize American statecraft as “liberal internationalism” is akin to describing the business of Hollywood as “artistic excellence”.

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Part 2

Then, with Donald Trump’s visit to Miami of Friday where he is expected to undo another Obama achievement, the end of the 56 year-old U.S. embargo of Cuba and the beginning of normalization, we speak with Ann Louise Bardach, a PEN-USA Award-winning journalist and author of “Cuba Confidential” and “Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington”. She joins us to discuss the role that Senator Marco Rubio has played in laying the groundwork for Trump’s pending crackdown on trade and travel between the U. S. and Cuba.

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Part 3

Then finally we look into the possibility that there could be a do-over of the Trump election and Brexit and speak with John Feffer, the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus and author of “Crusade 2.0”. We discuss his article at Foreign Policy in Focus, “Is It Possible to Undo 2016?” and whether with the special prosecutor now investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, 2016’s accidental president could be sent into early retirement, as well as the growing possibility that Brexit will be undone or perhaps suffer a slow death by a thousand cuts. 

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