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Andrew Bacevich -- West Point grad, Vietnam and Gulf War veteran, and professor of history and international relations at Boston University -- will sit down with Tom next Tuesday to tape a special interview, to be broadcast on Memorial Day. [UPDATE: the interview has been rescheduled for this Friday, 6/22. There's still time to post your questions/comments here.]
Our shows are normally broadcast live, and we take calls from listeners. Since this conversation will be pre-recorded, we want to offer you a chance to submit questions and comments ahead of time, here on this page, and we'll select some to be read during the show.
Bacevich has appeared on On Point at key times in the show's history, including during the pre-war debate over Iraq; during the initial invasion; as public opinion turned against the war; as the surge was announced; and after his own son, Lt. Andrew John Bacevich, was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. Professor Bacevich's latest book, "The Limits of Power," is dedicated to his son's memory.
Some questions and themes we plan to address in next week's interview: As the first Memorial Day passes during his presidency, is Mr. Obama doing right by America's service men and women? Is President Obama living up to his promises on military matters?
In a recent interview, Bacevich drew some parallels between Presidents Bush and Obama on war policy:
[T]he Bush administration intended to begin this project of determining the fate of nations in that region by focusing on Iraq. It seems to me that the Obama administration has implicitly endorsed that notion, that we can determine the fate of nations there, albeit its focus is on Afghanistan and Pakistan. And I think that that core issue needs to be critically addressed.
Do you agree? We're looking for your thoughts. What questions should we put to Prof. Bacevich?
This program aired on May 14, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.
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