8/23/19 Peter Van Buren on ‘The Hiroshima Myth’

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Scott talks to Peter Van Buren about the effects of war on American culture. They discuss the fact that America has been at war almost constantly for its entire history, ever since the nation was formed by overthrowing the British. Having an external enemy supposedly allows people to put their differences aside and feel unity as a country, but it comes at the cost of money, lives, and an ever-increasing encroachment of government power into the private sphere. Van Buren also discusses his recent article about the bombing of Hiroshima, and the ways the government and military sought to bury the truth from the American public.

Discussed on the show:

“Don’t Whitewash the Hiroshima Bombing” (The American Conservative)“The Untold History of the United States” (IMDb)“The decision to use the atomic bomb” (Harper’s Magazine)The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years at the Department of State including a year in Iraq. He is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and the novel Hooper’s War. He is now a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine.

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