All eyes have been on Ukraine since Russia began its invasion of the country last month. The media has been covering it extensively, and Americans are showing solidarity and support in droves through donations and on social media.
“My heart hurts for the Ukrainians, who are being attacked for no reason,” says Friday host Esty Dinur. But she wonders: what makes this so different from when the U.S. entered Afghanistan or Iraq?
Today on the show, she takes up this question with historian Robert Buzzanco, who has written about the Cold War, the Vietnam War, U.S. military intervention, the military-industrial complex, and the military budget. Together, they put the crisis in Ukraine in the context of other wars and American militarism.