The Classical Foundations of East-West Conflict and the Failure of American Nation Building in the Middle East
August 6, 2015
About this Summinar
An overview of the underlying conflict between Western Civilization and the civilizations of the Middle East with an emphasis on its roots in antiquity, pre-dating both Christianity and Islam, and its influence on current events.
Followed by a discussion of U.S. policy in Iraq and the failure of the United States to inspire or oversee the creation of successful democratic institutions and, specifically, failing to train and field a battle-worthy Iraqi military force.
Date & Place
Thursday, August 6
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost per person
About the Leader
Robert Birdsong is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served for over a decade as the Senior Resident Agent in the Traverse City FBI office. He was previously assigned to FBI offices in Washington, D.C., Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, he served in Iraq as an FBI agent assigned to the US military in northern Iraq. His career has included both traditional criminal investigations and counter-terrorism investigations.
Agent Birdsong is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served in Beirut, Lebanon during the Marine Corps deployments of 1982 - 1983. He also served with the 8th Marine Regiment and is the recipient of the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal among other awards.
Robert received a B.A. in History and Political Science from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.