Background Briefing: May 25, 2020
As Tribal Divisions Intensify, We Look More and More Like a Failed State
We begin on this Memorial Day with Lucian Truscott, a journalist and author who is the son of a U.S. Army Colonel and grandson of a famous American general and a graduate of West Point who has covered the wars in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently a columnist at Salon where his latest article is “Welcome to a failed state in slow motion: The United States of America. The ludicrous mask “debate” is just the latest example of a country devolving into chaos and tribal anarchy”. He joins us to discuss his experiences in failed states like Afghanistan which appears to him to auger where we are heading as our country is more and more riven with tribalism and dysfunction while our infrastructure crumbles and half the country celebrates their defiance against a virus that’s killed 100,000 of their fellow citizens while the other half tries to follow the doctor’s order in spite of the country’s leader making fun of their caution and common sense. We assess where the tribal divisions will take the nation as Trump’s divisive election campaign heats up to the point where Democrats could be boycotting businesses like Home Depot which is owned by a pro-Trump donor as Republicans boycott Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.