Scott Horton Interviews Fred Kaplan

Scott Horton, July 30, 2008

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Fred Kaplan, columnist for Slate and author of Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power, discusses his recent article: “How Much Does John McCain Really Know About Foreign Policy? Not As Much As He’d Like You To Think” which lays out McCain’s many foreign policy misstatements and mistakes including wanting to kick Russia out of the G8 and start a “League of Democracies” to bypass the U.N., his wish to take policy back to the early years of the Bush administration and how the McCain/neocon view falsely assumes the U.S. can and should rule the world.

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Fred Kaplan is a journalist and a contributor to Slate magazine. Prior to writing for Slate, Kaplan was a correspondent at the Boston Globe. He has also written for other publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and Scientific American. In 2008, Kaplan published the book, Daydream Believers.

5 Responses to “Fred Kaplan”

  1. Fred’s preoccupation with “our enemies” shows that his allegedly realist criticisms aim at more effective implementation of imperial policies, not restoration of the Republic.

  2. I am surprised that McCain didn’t tell Obama to visit Siam or the Austro-Hungarian empire

  3. After listening to and watching McCain he is not presidential material. He is bellicose, arrogant and has had things handed to him thruout his life, much like Bush he was a drunken partier playboy. So he went to Vietnam, BFD, 60,000 of our troops never even returned from that quagmire. He seems to have learned nothing from his experience and would start more of the same.

  4. Mad Bomber McInsane is colossally unfit to be President. He’s a bought-and-paid-for, 26-year Beltway hack. He was a substandard naval aviator.
    Temperamentally, he’s the kind who’s dangerous when armed with authority. He’s under the control of the Israel Lobby.

  5. This man just might be the most emotionally immature person in the Senate which is home to many of our juvenile adults. He “flies off the handle” frequently and is very prone to retribution. It’s time we had a an intelligent, emotionally mature person as president.

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