Wednesday, October 20, 2010

US Goes to War: Spanish American and Iraq Wars

--The War Lovers The psychology of war fever in the Spanish American War and the US invasion of Iraq 2003. How otherwise decent and intelligent people can be whipped up into a fervor to invade and kill. Interview on PBS “Need to Know” Evan Thomas and “The War Lovers” July 23rd, 2010 As the old adage goes, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” “The War Lovers” is a new book aimed at helping us avoid that fate, by revealing the parallels between the Spanish-American War and the U.S. invasion of Iraq — from red herrings to screaming headlines. Evan Thomas, the author of “The War Lovers,” is a journalist and historian. He is also one of Jon Meacham’s colleagues at Newsweek. Need to Know’s Alison Stewart sat down with Thomas to learn more about how two wars, separated by a century, could have so much in common.

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