The podcast for The World Next Week is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Defense Department’s FY2012 budget request; the arrest and jailing of a U.S. diplomat in Lahore, Pakistan; Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s upcoming visit to Tehran; and the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s trip to Moscow.
Sixty-one years ago tonight Sen. Joseph McCarthy gave the speech to the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia that ushered in the ugly era of McCarthyism.
McCarthy was beginning his fourth year in the Senate when he traveled to Wheeling. His tenure to that point had been decidedly undistinguished; the Senate press corps had voted him “the worst U.S. senator” in office. The Wheeling speech may have validated that assessment, but it made McCarthy a national figure overnight.
The podcast for The World Next Week is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the protests in Egypt; the anniversary of the Treaty of Maastricht; President Obama’s upcoming address before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Haiti’s presidential election prospects; and the most important sporting event of them all, the Super Bowl.
The Water’s Edge examines the political forces shaping American foreign policy, the sustainability of American power, and the ability of the United States to navigate a rapidly changing world.