90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
The Iraq War Ends

The Iraq war and America. After almost nine years, the troops are nearly home. We’ll weigh the war.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 photo, The Iraqi flag waves while federal Police parade in Baghdad, Iraq. In ways big and small, the signs of American influence on the Iraqi military are unmistakeable after years of training to give them the skills to defend their country and the professionalism to do it differently than Saddam Hussein's forces did. (AP)

In this Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 photo, The Iraqi flag waves while federal Police parade in Baghdad, Iraq. In ways big and small, the signs of American influence on the Iraqi military are unmistakeable after years of training to give them the skills to defend their country and the professionalism to do it differently than Saddam Hussein's forces did. (AP)

U.S. military ceremonies in Baghdad today formally ending the Iraq War, in a fortified concrete courtyard at the Baghdad airport. A brass band and speeches as the last American troops pour out of the country. The Civil War was four years long.

World War I, four years. American troops in World War II, four years. The Iraq War, almost nine years long. A strange war. Fought by a tiny percentage of Americans. Launched on a premise that proved untrue. And yet, so much invested.

This hour, On Point: as it finally ends, we are weighing the war in Iraq.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Lawrence Wilkerson,  chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005, and a retired U.S. Army Colonel.

Kori Schake, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and professor of international security studies at the United States Military Academy.

Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast and associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York. He’s also a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He’s the author of “The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris.”

From Tom’s Reading List

Wall Street Journal “A defiant Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki promised he would firmly confront any meddling by Iran after U.S. forces are gone, in an interview in which he said Iraqi interests were best served when nations stick to their own business.”

Al Jazeera “The comments came as Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, continued his visit to the US. Maliki met Obama and senior US administration officials to finalise arrangements for the troops’ withdrawal.”

Foreign Policy “The Obama administration is attempting to cast the Iraq war as a triumph of the president’s vision for American foreign policy.  As a candidate, he promised to bring this war to an end, and as president he’s done so.  It also conveniently fits into the Obama campaign’s general narrative that President Obama inherited problems of Herculean magnitude. ”

Playlist

“To The Colors” by 25th Infantry Division Brass Quintet
“The Star Spangled Banner” by 25th Infantry Division Brass Quintet
Iraqi National Anthem by 25th Infantry Division Brass Quintet

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Mar 26, 2015
In this file photo, protesters sit at the intersection of Wall St. and Broad St. in New York, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The protesters, many who were affiliated with Occupy Wall Street, were trying to draw attention to the connection between capitalism and environmental destruction. (AP)

In our age of hyper-inequality, historian Steve Fraser asks when the little guy stands up and says “enough.” He’s with us.

Mar 26, 2015
A child walks through a forest landscape. (Rudolf Vlček / Flickr)

American kids today spend only four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors. We hear a new call to raise the “wild child.”

RECENT
SHOWS
Mar 25, 2015
This June 11, 2014 file photo shows Facebook's "like" symbol at the entrance to the company's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to send their friends money using the social network’s Messenger app, the company announced Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP)

“Tap and pay”: mobile money, peer-to-peer, all over now. SnapChat, Venmo, now Facebook Messenger. We’ll look at security and the new anthropology of digital money.

 
Mar 25, 2015
In this file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, shows the way to the guests who attended the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP)

Is America now its own worst enemy? Blowing a future that should be good? Harvard’s Joseph Nye and the New Yorker’s John Cassidy join us.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Using Technology To Get Your Kids Outside
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

The latest and greatest — using apps to make natural exploration more fun for your kids.

More »
Comment
 
Week In The Web: March 20, 2015
Friday, Mar 20, 2015

The emailed comments question continues to haunt us, we shake off / salute our haters and CNN Politics spends way too much time on FinalCut (in a good way!).

More »
Comment
 
Laurence Kotlikoff Answers Your Social Security Questions
Thursday, Mar 19, 2015

You asked, Laurence Kotlikoff answered — your Social Security questions detailed in brief.

More »
2 Comments