Click play to listen. Recorded on November 4, 2006.
The ouster of Saddam Hussein has given the term “regime change” great currency, but it’s been a feature of American foreign policy for more than a century. Veteran New York Times foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer recounts the checkered history of U.S.-backed coups, revolutions, and invasions, drawing from his book Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. Voicing his opposition to the George W. Bush administration’s foreign policy ideals, Kinzer makes a prophetic call for regime change in America two years before the watershed election of Barack Obama.