With John Lenczowski, Lt. Col. Robert Schaefer and Bill Gertz
The president of the Institute for World Politics, John Lenczwoski, brings to light the failure of the State Department in properly engaging in the use of soft power and public diplomacy. The Broadcasting Board of Governors has decided to eliminate the Voice of America in Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi and Arabic. This means that it will not be engaging the citizens of China, Russia, Brazil, India or Iraq because the State Department instead, wants to use that money for internet outreach. Mr. Lenczowski articulates the ramifications of such a move and goes on to use the Cold War as a prime example of the benefits of such a program. A prime reason America won the Cold War, was because the Soviet people were on America’s side and stood up to their oppressive government. We must engage the populous of other nations in order to garner support from their governments.
Next, Lt. Col. Robert Schaefer of the U.S. Army’s Central Command spends two segments with Frank dissecting the insurgency in the Caucasus’s and Russia’s failure at countering such a threat from the Jihadist movement. Lt. Col. Schaefer explains this very topic in his new book “The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus: From Gazavat to Jihad.” He explains how this threat is getting little play in the media because the Russian government has done a good job of silencing this movement and claiming it is simple acts of terrorism as opposed to an insurgency against Russian oppression. America can use the events in the Caucuses’ when fighting our own opponents. Lt. Col. Schaefer elaborates by saying that if we listen to our opponents, and not just have an egocentric approach of talking them and hoping they see our side of things or opening economic ties and showing we are nice people, but actually listening and finding the individuals who are not the ideologues then we can start to defeat them. Organizations such as the Caucasus Emirate are made up various groups of people, some of whom are fighting just for money and power and those are the ones that can be influenced if we just listen to them and figure out that they are not motivated by ideology.
Finally, Washington Times correspondent and regular guest to Secure Freedom Radio Bill Gertz joins Frank to explain how the North Korean nuclear talks are just a delay tactic in order to develop their nuclear arsenal. South Korea is trying to fortify their power grids in fear that the north is working on an EMP weapon. South Korea is also planning on building a naval base off the Korean Peninsula which is angering China because they claim the Yellow Sea as their maritime territory, will the Obama Administration kowtow to the will of the Chinese? The Obama Administration also blocked a conference at CIA headquarters last August, which was designed to train agents to combat radical Islamic ideology.