Scott Horton Interviews Stephen Glain

Scott Horton, August 15, 2011

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Freelance writer Stephen Glain discusses his article “The Pentagon’s new China war plan” at Salon.com; the dangerous standoff between US full-spectrum dominance and a policy denying any near-peer competitors, with China’s 3000 year history of regional authority; his book, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire, about how the US has used the military to solve diplomatic problems since President Truman; why we shouldn’t expect a surge of State Department assertiveness with the liberal interventionist Hillary Clinton at the helm; how foreign policy has been removed as a topic of public discussion since the advent of an all-volunteer military; why China’s nuclear arsenal doesn’t deter the Pentagon from planning “limited” confrontations; and why it’s time for the US military to step aside and allow allied countries to field their own defense forces.

MP3 here. (19:58)

Stephen Glain is a freelance writer with extensive experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and the Middle East. He has written for the New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. His latest book, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire, is just out from Crown. You can follow him on Twitter @sglain.

7 Responses to “Stephen Glain”

  1. Oh yea sure,NEVER HAPPENED…….They CAN FIGHT BACK

  2. Don't forget Wilkerson, Powell's aide, who wants to disappear State into Defense, on the "theory" that DoD has more money to do diplomacy than State will ever have.

  3. Meanwhile China seems to be dancing circles around the U.S. in getting their energy needs. I'm not up on the details, but I think it's mostly occurring in Africa, but some in S. America too.

  4. Israel needs to give the Palestinians the full Andrew Jackson treatment. The next major war will give them the opportunity to do this. Every other Jackson analogy is small beer.

  5. I want to to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have you book-marked to check out new stuff you post…
    merchant cash advance uk

  6. I found lots of interesting information here. The post was professionally written and I feel like the author has extensive knowledge in this subject.

  7. Wow, that was pretty interesting. Inspiring, as well. Thanks for sharing such inspiring experience with us. Great blog, congrats! This is a nice post in an interesting line of content.Thanks for sharing this article, great way of bring such topic to discussion. Wow, that was pretty interesting. Inspiring, as well. Thanks for sharing such inspiring experience with us. Great blog, congrats!

Leave a Reply