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The folly of continuing the American war in Iraq: JOHN NICHOLS says Obama’s new bombing campaign there raises the very real danger of “US mission creep in Iraq and escalation into a larger conflict” – when even Obama admits that “there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.” John is Washington correspondent for The Nation.
Plus: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, we feature JOHN DEAN—he spent the last four years listening to 600 taped White Houe conversations no one else had heard. Now we can tell the full story of what Nixon knew about the break-in and the coverup, and when he knew it. John’s new book is THE NIXON DEFENSE: What He Knew and When He Knew It.
Also: Outlaws of the Atlantic: historian MARCUS REDIKER talks about pirates, protest and vengeance in the 18th century: life for “motley crews” in the seas’ unreal space, and the sailors’ yarns that spread the news of revolts and uprisings. Marcus teaches at the University of Pittsburgh; his new book is Outlaws of the Atlantic.