HBO History Makers Series featuring Kenneth M. Duberstein
The Home Box Office History Makers Series focuses particular attention on the contributions made by a prominent individual at a critical juncture in international relations. Recent speakers in the series include William Perry, Brent Scowcroft, and Lawrence Summers.
Imagine President Franklin Roosevelt announcing at the end of 1944, after the liberation of France but before the final defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, that World War II was over and that U.S. forces were ending combat operations. Instead we would support our allies, from Britain to China, in their fight against the Axis powers.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses the U.S. publicís relative inattention to military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and its effect on foreign policy.
Congress is now debating President Obamaís proposed Authorization for the Use of Limited Military Force to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Yet the presidentís request for this action from Congress comes more than six months after U.S. aircraft began bombing ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria, and even if passed it is merely an authorization for the use of force, not a full-fledged state of war, which Congress has not passed since World War II.