April 23rd, 2014
SEBASTIAN GORKA, Assistant Professor at the National Defense University:
- Russia covertly increasing tensions in Ukraine
- Vice President Biden's trip to Ukraine
- Dispatching American troops to countries near Russia to prevent Putin from further westward expansion
- Angela Merkel's past
DIANA WEST, author of "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character":
- The EU's attempt to collectivize Europe in a fashion lambasted as mirroring the model implemented by the Soviet Union
- Details on how certain EU members have begun to seek out ways to regain their state-sovereignty
- American Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups, notably CAIR, pushing to regard mosques as "surveillance free zones"
Admiral JAMES "ACE" LYONS (US Navy, Ret.), former Commander of the Pacific Fleet:
- Yesterday's Citizens' Commission on Benghazi event, highlighting the finding that Muammar al-Gaddafi had reached out to the United States regarding his surrender and exile from Libya
- The subsequent missteps by the Obama administration and notably the Department of State leading up to, during, and after the attack in Benghazi
JIM HANSON, of Blackfive.net:
- Questions the rationale behind the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan and debates the reasons to keep a military presence in the country
- Articulates how the United States won the war in Iraq but eventually lost the peace, and fears U.S. policy will soon lead to the same sequence of events in Afghanistan
April 22nd, 2014
Senator TED CRUZ of Texas:
- Importance of Republicans and Democrats coming together in the House and Senate to unanimously approve a bill banning terrorists from entering the United States as diplomats
- President Obama's signing statement declaring the anti-terrorist bill to be "advisory legislation"
- Obama's history of ignoring laws as it suits him—immigration, welfare, Obamacare, etc. laws
CLAUDIA ROSETT, journalist in residence at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies:
- Banning terrorists from gaining and holding UN ambassadorial positions
- The likelihood of Ukrainian dissolution and complete integration into Russia
- North Korea's progression as a credible nuclear threat to the US and its allies in the region
STEVEN BUCCI, of the Heritage Foundation:
- The possible impact of President Obama's upcoming trip to Asia on US allies there
- America's lost ability to properly pivot among world regional problems, a result of the hollowing out of the military
- The Obama Administration's treatment of Israel, America's most important ally in the Middle East
CLIFF KINCAID, President of America's Survival Inc. and Director at the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism:
- Unprecedented decision to award the Pulitzer Prize for espionage-focused journalism stories
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's controversial past
- Al-Jazeera's penetration of American media and its association with domestically based Muslim Brotherhood front organizations
April 21st, 2014
Former US Ambassador to the UN JOHN BOLTON:
- The crumbling state of Ukraine and the lack of response from the US government
- U.S. inability to handle multiple international problems at once due to the ongoing hollowing out of the military—a world power should not need to pivot
- The American stance in the Middle East and towards Iran
CHARLOTTE FLORANCE, Research Associate for Economic Freedom in Africa and the Middle East at The Heritage Foundation:
- Key takeaways from the recent reelection of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the domestic challenges he will face during his next term. Is this ill, mostly-absent man being used by the Algerian military to maintain domestic stability?
- Understanding the political and ideological transition underway between Islamists and secular groups within Algeria.
- Algeria's role on the global market as a key natural gas surrogate to Russia
- The ongoing violent rift between Muslims and Christians in Central African Republic (CAR), and concern from neighboring states of a possible spill-over of violence
ADAM KREDO of the Washington Free Beacon:
- More delays in the Guantanamo Bay pre-trials of some of the 9/11 perpetrators. Amidst claims that the FBI asked a defense attorney to act as an informant, relatives fear the federal government is purposefully trying to cause a mistrial and force a move to civilian court.
- Questions over Iran's compliance with deal to scale back its nuclear weapons program
GORDON CHANG of forbes.com:
- President Obama's upcoming visit to Asia and the importance of this trip in maintaining US allies in the region
- A growing nationalistic outlook in China to make up for lagging economic growth, and the resulting changes in the political system that are leading it to resemble the old Mao regime
April 18th, 2014
HERMAN PIRCHNER, founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council
claims the right to use force in "New Russia," even as a deal to remove
occupying forces from Eastern Ukraine is being brokered
- Echoes of World War II—Putin purportedly protecting ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine
- How long would ordinary Ukrainian and Russian troops be willing to fight each other?
KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN, senior analyst at AEI and Al Qaeda Team Lead at AEI's Critical Threats Project:
- The significance of the video posted by Al Qaeda depicting a large public gathering of Al Qaeda leaders and fighters in Yemen
- Did American intelligence know about the gathering? Why were there no drone strikes?
- Al Qaeda is spreading, despite President Obama's rhetoric on the terrorist group
QANTA AHMED, author of "In the Land of Invisible Women," and featured interviewee in the film "Honor Diaries"
- Debate over religious or cultural justification for female genital mutilation (FGM)
- Increasing rates of FGM in the Muslim diaspora communities in the West
- FGM, honor killings, child marriage, and gender inequality among particular Muslim cultures
BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:
low altitude flyovers of a U.S. Navy warship in the Black sea by a
Russian fighter jet—referred to by the US only as "unprofessional"
- Russia's military build-up along Ukraine's Eastern border
denial of the "Open Skies" treaty which allows approved U.S. military
over-flights throughout Russian airspace. Gertz has evidence that the
US's reason for the cancellation of a flight was untrue.
- The Obama Administration's refusal to provide Ukraine with lethal, non-lethal or force multiplying aid
April 17th, 2014
Congressman DOUG LAMBORN, of the 5th district of Colorado:
unanimous passage, in both the House and Senate, of legislation that
bars terrorists from acquiring visas into the U.S. as ambassadors
Iran's appointment of a former terrorist says about its new "moderate"
president, and what Obama's refusal to yet sign the bill says about his
policy towards Iran
- The continuing assault on religious freedom in the military
- The importance of mitigating the security vulnerabilities of the nation's electric grid
Dr. MARK SCHNEIDER, Senior Analyst for the National Institute for Public Policy:
- Modernization of the Russian military by Putin's government
- The treaties Russia is currently violating
about what the massive "Underground Great Wall" implies about China's
nuclear capabilities, and China's aggressive weapons modernization
DIANA WEST, author of "American Betrayal":
- Brandeis University's "silencing" of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and the crimes she speaks out against
- America's disregard of the ties between the Tsarnaev brothers, jihad, and a mosque in Cambridge, MA
Islam being given special treatment with the new "safe spaces"
initiative, or will all houses of worship now be declared surveillance
BILL ROGGIO, Editor of the Long War Journal:
- Russian military activities in Eastern Ukraine
- Problems in Syria complicating the mission to find and destroy its chemical weapons
- Tough policy choices for the US because of a dearth of moderate rebel groups in Syria—what are America's options?
April 16th, 2014
DANIEL GALLINGTON, former bipartisan general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
- Putin's KGB tactics and Russia's violation of weapons treaties
- Why arms treaties historically favored Russia/USSR
- Chinese pursuit of a "space control capacity"
- Increasingly political nature of the Congressional intelligence committees, and the Senate Intel Democratic Staff's report on enhanced interrogation techniques
- Concerns about the legal closeness of enhanced interrogation to torture
CHARLES BROOKS, Vice President and Client Executive for the Department of Homeland Security at Xerox:
- Cyber-security's status as one of the most pressing concerns for the federal government, and DHS especially
- An overview of the newly discovered Heartbleed bug and various other forms of vulnerabilities that exist within cyberspace
- The soft target nature of social network sites and the steps that one can take to harden their personal information against cyber-attacks
CLARE LOPEZ, Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy:
- Brandeis University's rescinding of an honorary doctorate invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent critic of Islam, after protests
- NYPD's decision to disband its covert unit tasked with "human terrain mapping" in local mosques
- The Islamic Society of North America's "Safe Spaces Initiative," and understanding the historical use of mosques as centers of command and control for jihad
- Problem with little to no mention of the Tsarnaev brothers or jihad on Boston Bombings anniversary
RORGER NORIEGA, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States:
- U.N. report labeling Latin America as the most dangerous region in the world
- Recent negotations in Colombia between the government and a regional narco-trafficking organization known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
- The tie between widespread criminality and narco-trafficking to a regional increase in immigration to the United States
- The latest dialogue in Venezuela between government offices and opposition representatives
April 15th, 2014
ANDY McCARTHY, former federal prosecutor and author of "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy"
- 1-year anniversary of the Boston Bombing, and the intentional lack of references to the Tsarnaev brothers and jihad in the remembrance dialogue
- Use of mosques and community centers as recruitment tools for Islamic supremacist ideology in the US
- New "safe spaces" initiative of Muslim American groups to confront surveillance in mosques
MARK KRIKORIAN, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies
- Remarks on illegal immigration made by Jeb Bush, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate
- The federal government's selective deportation policy enforcement
- The overall insecurity of the U.S.'s southern border
MONICA CROWLEY, author of "What the (Bleep) Just Happened?"
- A reflection on the political landscape that led to the events in Ukraine
- Hilary Clinton's service as Secretary of State and the political repercussions of her foreign policy efforts with the Russian government
- The recent Russian MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) ICBM test launch
KEVIN FREEMAN, author of "Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself Against the Coming Cyber-Econonmic Attack":
- Russian capabilities for crashing the US economy in retaliation for sanctions
- Vulnerabilities created by America's reliance on the internet
- Vladimir Putin's intentions to get rid of the US dollar as the world's reserve currency
- The means the US has to fight an economic war--fracking, hardening the grid, repatriating overseas corporate earnings
- Heartbleed virus—who knew about it the last two years?
April 14th, 2014
With Jack Keane, Mario Loyola, Tom Popik, Gordon Chang
General JACK KEANE (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army:
*Implications of US action vs. inaction in Syria
* Possibility for safely training and arming the Syrian moderate rebel forces
*Proposed limited strikes against Syrian government infrastructure, as Assad keeps secret chemical weapons
*First stage of a Russian military invasion of Ukraine
MARIO LOYOLA, former Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the Gorge W. Bush Administration
*The USSR-era formation of Ukraine's present-day boundaries
*Geo-politcal and strategic implications of further Russian expansion
*Recommendations to forward-deploy American and NATO troops in eastern Ukraine and countries bordering Russia
*US's refusal to grant Iranian UN Ambassador a visa because of his involvement in terror activities.
TOM POPIK, founder of the Foundation for Resilient Societies
* Recent congressional hearing, "Keeping the Lights On: Are We Doing Enough to Ensure the Reliability and Security of the Electric Grid?"
* Merits of publicizing level of grid vulnerability
* FERC, NERC, and self-regulation of the electric utilities
GORDON CHANG, columnist at Forbes.com:
*Recent visit by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to China, and the Chinese's disdain for his "kowtowing"
*US's diminishing focus on human rights in China
*The possible benefits of President Obama's upcoming Asia trip
April 11th, 2014
BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon, scrutinizes the Administration's Pivot to Asia policy. Gertz details that this policy has been largely reduced to rhetorical measures and exercises with regional allies, while neglecting any real signs of military force projection.
TIM WILSON, visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains how Iranian shipping patterns indicate that the easing of sanctions has allowed for a significant boost to its economy. Wilson contends that the level of economic prosperity in post-sanction relief Iran is far greater than what the State Department intended.
ROGER NORIEGA, former Ambassador to the Organization of American States, questions the validity of the talks between Venezuelan dissidents and the Maduro regime. Noriega also expresses support for the "Cuban Twitter" funded by USAID, which recently came under fire at a Congressional hearing.
President of Foundation for Defense of Democracies CLIFF MAY contends that Vladimir Putin is content with being a "19th century man," as Secretary John Kerry referred to him. May also establishes that Kerry's declaration that the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over will welcome hostile forces to the Western Hemisphere. Finally, May lays out why PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas does not necessarily have the authority to make a deal with Israel.
April 10th, 2014
Congressman, MIKE KELLY (PA-3) contends that the U.N Arms
Treaty threatens United States' sovereignty and dilutes American
leverage on the international stage.
HENRY NAU, author of
"Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk,
Truman and Reagan," defines the term "conservative internationalism."
Nau goes on to outline specific cases, notably Syria, in which the term
can be usefully applied.
BILL ROGGIO, managing editor of the Long
War Journal, reports on the Syrian civil war. He argues that the lack of
moderate groups fighting in the country means U.S. support could have
devastating consequences for the region.
Fred Fleitz, senior
fellow at the Center for Security Policy, critiques a report regarding
Bush-era enhanced interrogation programs conducted by the Senate Select
Committee on Intelligence.