Many of us think of humanitarian intervention as a recent phenomenon of United States foreign policy. Certainly, critics of Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya saw America’s humanitarian involvement there as some new-fangled excuse to go mucking around in other countries. This month historian Jeff Bloodworth traces a much longer history of humanitarian intervention that goes back to the administration of William McKinley and is connected with the Protestant ideals of some of the nation's founders.
Full episode of WYSO Weekend for May 29, 2011 containing the following stories:
-Emily McCord speaks with Irish radio producer Mary Phelan and area resident Roger Kearney, a distant relative of Barack Obama about the upcoming documentary "The Road to Moneygall," which will air on WYSO.