The US and Britain: Guns or Butter?

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The US and Britain are the countries most deeply committed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A report from the United Nations United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund says they’re also last among developed nations in the quality of life for children. The Netherlands is Number One. UNICEF researchers looked at infant mortality, low birth weight, teen-age pregnancy, and child poverty. Is there a trade-off between military actions overseas and the needs of people at home? Are the US and Britain aggressive cultures that care more about power than social welfare? Do countries like the Netherlands get a free ride because of protection by the Anglo-American alliance?



  • Maria Margaronis - London Correspondent for The Nation
  • Andrew Roberts - British historian and commentator
  • Jared Bernstein - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - @econjared
  • Charles Kupchan - senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; professor of international affairs at Georgetown University; former member of the National Security Council for European Affairs under President Obama - @CFR_org


Warren Olney