The Shadowy Rise of the American Mercenary Industry, with Kyle Burke
The Gateway - A Podcast from the Middle East
Al Bawaba spoke with Kyle Burke about the beginnings of the mercenary industry in the U.S. Burke is a professor of history at Hartwick College and author of the book Revolutionaries for the Right: Anticommunist Internationalism and Paramilitary Warfare in the Cold War.
Kyle Burke played Basketball at The College of New Jersey from 2001-2005. Kyle is the host of the podcast, Bridget B.'s older brother, and she is so proud to broadcast his incredible story. He discusses his love for basketball beginning at a young age, the big games in the driveway growing up, and his special bond with his father through Villanova Basketball. He then discusses his successful high school and AAU career leading to Division I and II offers, before a devastating knee injury took those away. Kyle goes into great detail of that time in his life, specifically the rehab process and how hard he worked to get back in 4.5 months from an ACL tear to play his senior year of high school. Kyle explains why he chose DIII The College of New Jersey, his excellent career there, and why he wouldn't change the injury and all he went through because it led him to his beautiful wife and children.