Max Boot and More

It’s been a busy week, so I’m late in posting the second hour podcast from last Saturday’s show. Fortunately, there isn’t much of a “sell by” date on this part of the program, since we spent the first half hour interviewing Max Boot, author of War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today. It’s fun stuff if you are a military history buff; almost equally so if you aren’t, since Max wrote the book largely to put our current military issues into a broad historical context. And I sincerely recommend that you buy the book.
The third segment was a free-wheeling conversation about local politics, focusing on the nationally important 2008 Senate race in which Norm Coleman will run for re-election against a Democratic nominee, likely Al Franken. I told, not for the first time, the story of the time I appeared as a guest on Franken’s Air America radio show. It was the worst 15 minutes of radio I’ve ever been personally involved in.
We concluded the hour with our Gatekeeper of the Week award; we gave it, in absentia, so to speak, to the gatekeepers at the Washington Post who gave William Arkin a newspaper “blog” and failed to edit what he wrote. We weren’t solely responsible for the outrage over Arkin’s attacks on our soldiers in Iraq, needless to say, but we certainly played a role. So it gives me some satisfaction to see Bill O’Reilly relentlessly on Arkin’s case.
It was a fun and informative hour. You can download or just listen to the podcast here. Or, as always, you can subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes by going here.


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