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Bloggingheads.tv videos — December 2012

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Dec 19, 2012 — Robert Farley & Daniel Trombly
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Dan discuss whether Assad can survive in Syria. Could the existence of the International Criminal Court be prolonging the conflict? Rob asks Dan how the Syrian army lost control of the country, and they discuss the government’s use of ballistic missile strikes. Would partitioning the country be a realistic option? Moving to domestic politics, they consider what doomed Susan Rice’s bid to be Secretary of State, evaluate the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, and conclude with the possibility of Secretary of State John Kerry.
Dec 16, 2012 — Robert Farley & Nicholas Sarantakes
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob speaks with Nicholas Sarantakes, author of the new book Making Patton. Nick discusses the creation of the film Patton, including the disputes between the producers, the Army, and surviving figures like General Omar Bradley. Rob wonders about how Patton fit in with the political climate of the late ’60s in the United States, noting that the film is difficult to interpret as anti-war. Next, Rob and Nick talk a bit about the international disputes caused by Patton before moving on to representations of international politics in art, specifically in Star Trek. Rob concludes by wondering whether we’ll see Ryan Gosling starring in Petraeus in 20 years.
Dec 14, 2012 — Conor Friedersdorf & Sommer Mathis
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Friedersdorf
On Friedersdorf, Conor and Sommer kick things off by revisiting the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the recovery efforts presently afoot in the city. Conor argues that Portland, Oregon is similarly vulnerable to a catastrophic earthquake. Sommer discusses how urban planners are reacting to Hurricane Sandy. They discuss whether localities or the federal government are better at responding to natural disasters. Finally, they discuss the success (or lack thereof) that New Orleans and other cities have had preparing for future disasters.
Dec 11, 2012 — Ben Jacobs & Harry Siegel
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Ben and Harry discuss major political stories from the New York metro area, starting with Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to buy the Financial Times. If Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to run for president as a Democrat, why does he keep helping New York Republicans? Is Cory Booker going to challenge Chris Christie for governor of New Jersey? Will Hillary Clinton make one more bid for president, and how would that affect Cuomo? Harry goes on a tear against legalized gambling. Finally, who will be the next mayor of New York?

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