Whole Truth With David Eisenhower

American Military Power: Too Much? Too Little? What Missions?

A diverse panel, including retired general and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark, debates the proper size, cost, and missions for the United States Armed Forces in the 21st century. Some argue we spend far too much on preparing for and waging war while others see a gathering storm of global dangers requiring a buildup of the American military. Guests: Nora Bensahel, scholar at the School of International Service at American University, General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander...
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  • program length: 30 minutes
  • episode #106

Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 am on 12.1

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THE WHOLE TRUTH is neither a traditional one-on-one interview show nor a conventional round-table program. It's a six-part series that aims to uncover the reality behind today's toughest issues, leaving the partisan noise-making out of the equation. Hosted by David Eisenhower – noted historian and author, professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and grandson and namesake of President Dwight D. Eisenhower – the series tackles some of the weightiest public affairs topics of our time, with a focus that’s global and long-term in scope. Eisenhower's approach to political debate is rigorous, intense and insightful. Each half-hour episode features a different panel of guests presenting varying points of view to help viewers understand all sides of the issue. The format of the show is a three-step process that includes an introduction to the topic or "the case," cross-examination and oral arguments, and a summary of "the whole truth." In the upcoming season, campaign finance reform will be discussed with Presidential candidate and Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, former Republican House member Representative Tom Davis, and Citizens United chief counsel Michael Boos.  Other potential topics on the series include the Iraq War decision, US-China policy, and income inequality.