With Andy Polk, KT McFarland, Christian Whiton, and Eric Schmitt
LIGNET Analyst ANDY POLK analyzes the French cartoon that resulted in the closure of twenty French embassies throughout the Middle East. Will France submit to Sharia and curtail free speech?
KT McFARLAND of Fox News explains how Obama’s schizophrenic foreign policy resulted in the death of an US ambassador, the destruction of US property and the general hatred for America.
CHRISTIAN WHITON of DC International Advisory talks about how the Islamists are turning to politics in order to gain power. He highlights the Islamist rise in Egypt, Iran working towards a nuclear weapon and the potential Islamist rise in Syria to explain why Obama’s pathetic diplomacy is not working.
Eric Schmitt of the NY Times questions Obama’s position that al-Qaeda has been weakened even though they were involved in the recent attacks on US embassies.
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· New York Times journalist ERIC SCHMITT talks about the recent elimination of al-Qaeda’s #2, Abu Yahya Al-Libi and what that drone strikes mean for the US intelligence community.
· BILL ROGGIO of The Long War Journal explains how eliminating terrorists is good, but keeping them alive to gather information is much better.
· MARK HELPRIN from the Claremont Institute sheds light on why Americans prefer a drone war, rather then sending in actual troops to possible capture these terrorist leaders.
Iranian cell-phone carrier obtained banned US tech
· Former Special Forces operator JIM HANSON discusses how Obama is taking the easy rode by eliminating “tangos” instead of capturing them because he no longer allows the US to interrogate and gather information.
Obama Administration: Remember when “Top Secret” actually meant something?
Drone strike kills No. 2 Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan
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· Philip Dunmire, national president of the Navy League of the Untied States explains the future of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard if the sequestration cuts go into effect.
Sequester Will Slam Shipbuilding Hardest; Navy League Rallies Resistance
· Steven Groves from the Heritage Foundation discusses the LOST Treaty and how it will ruin US sovereignty and economic prosperity.
Former Senator Trent Lott Lobbies for U.N. Treaty He Vehemently Opposed
· Reggie LittleJohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers gives her take on China’s One-Child Policy and the implications it has on foreign affairs
Chen Guangcheng risked everything to save women from forced abortion and sterilization in China
· Eric Schmitt from the New York Times explains how the War or Terror is far from over, despite what the State Department claims
Defense Department Plans New Intelligence Gathering Service
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Riki Ellison explains the recent successful test of an Israeli missile that will help them to defend themselves against Iranian aggression. America needs to make sure there is enough money in the defense budget to ensure defensive and offensive missile capabilities as well as funding for Israel to increase their missile capabilities that are needed to defend their homeland. Are our current and future missile defense systems being adequately funded? Are we providing our greatest ally in the Middle East with the proper funding needed to defend its own territory?
Venezuela’s political opposition overcame years of division on Sunday as 3 million voters turned out in an impressive show of strength to choose a single candidate to take on President Hugo Chávez, in what is shaping up to be a bruising and potentially tight election campaign.
Roger Noriega provides us with his analysis of the Venezuelan primary elections. Even with a unified opposition behind Mr. Capriles, the opposition faces the steepest of uphill climbs running. He still enjoys strong support from important constituencies including the poor and employees of the government and state-owned companies who may feel that their jobs depend on Mr. Chávez remaining president.
Adm. William H. McRaven, who is in charge of Special Operations Command, is pushing for a larger role for his elite units. The plan would give him more autonomy to position his forces and their war-fighting equipment where intelligence and global events indicate they are most needed. It would also allow the Special Operations forces to expand their presence in regions where they have not operated in large numbers for the past decade, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Will the Pentagon grant the authority that Admiral McRaven is requesting? Eric Schmitt joins us today and provides his analysis as a senior writer on terrorism and national security for The New York Times.
Is the international police agency INTERPOL now enforcing Sharia blasphemy laws? Will this lead to countries such as Saudi Arabia using INTERPOL to round up critics of Islam from around the world? Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy gives his take on the arrest of Hamza Kashgari in Malaysia and his expedited extradition to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Kashgari’s crime was his “inappropriate” tweets about the Prophet that caused the Saudi government to issue an arrest warrant under their blasphemy law. Could Americans be subjected to these types of warrants even though America does not practice blasphemy laws?
As the United States turns increasingly to Special Operations forces to confront developing threats scattered around the world, the nation’s top Special Operations officer, a member of the Navy Seals who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is seeking new authority to move his forces faster and outside of normal Pentagon deployment channels.
Over the weekend, a drama with potentially horrific consequences for freedom-loving Americans played out half-a-world away. A Saudi newspaper columnist named Hamza Kashgariwas detained in Malaysia, reportedly on the basis of an alert by Interpol. “This arrest was part of anInterpol operation which the Malaysian policewere a part of,” Reuters quotes a Malaysian police spokesman as saying. The alert apparently was mounted in response to a “red notice” (or request for help apprehending an individual) issued by Saudi Arabia. Mr. Kashgari was then sent back to Saudi Arabia, where he faces almost certain death.
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Is the Obama administration facing a very different al Qaeda from the one that instigated the September 11th attacks? Additionally, do former President Bush’s and current President Obama’s campaign against terrorism share a similar focus: al Qaeda? Co-authors of the book, “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt join Frank for a full hour today discussing the new challenges that the US faces in combating terrorist networks. Various US government officials are working on countering al Qaeda’s ideology and narrative, rather than merely killing its leaders through drone strikes. How does the government expect to destroy the root of Islamist ideology at a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about it without being labeled Islamophobic?
Since the rise of al Qaeda and other extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, both the Obama and Bush administrations have confronted a countermeasure campaign where the West is seen to be at war with Islam. How does the US without merely polishing its image go about combating such campaigns? How can we win in a region where the US has little credibility? Shanker and Schmitt argue that the leaders of the Free World need to expose the true actions of al Qaeda and demonstrate that their murderous actions cannot make them “the righteous ones.”
What motives nations, companies, and even some charities to finance terrorist activates? Moreover, are these financiers susceptible to traditional threats? According to “Counterstrike,” because some financiers are not ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, sophisticated threats can be used to deter their actions. Will such methods ultimately discourage routing funds from companies and charities to support terrorist groups?
From Today’s Show Prep:
Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda
In the years following the 9/11 attacks, the United States waged a “war on terror” that sought to defeat Al Qaeda through brute force. But it soon became clear that this strategy was not working, and by 2005 the Pentagon began looking for a new way. In Counterstrike, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker of The New York Times tell the story of how a group of analysts within the military, at spy agencies, and in law enforcement has fashioned an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the cowboy slogans that characterized the U.S. government’s public posture. Adapting themes from classic Cold War deterrence theory, these strategists have expanded the field of battle in order to disrupt jihadist networks in ever more creative ways.
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