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Michael Rubin

October 24th, 2014 ·

MICHAEL RUBIN, Resident Scholar at AEI and author of “Dancing With the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes”:

  • A prognosis of U.S. policy in 2014 Iraq
  • Acting symbolically versus acting substantively against the Islamic State
  • American military intervention against IS: revenge or tactical?
  • Is the President taking the counsel of his military advisors?
  • President Obama’s misunderstanding of Turkey’s support for the Islamic State
  • An argument for closer U.S. ties with the Kurds
  • Deep penetration of Iraq's political and military leadership by pro-Iranian elements
  • Is a bad nuclear deal with Iran better than no deal at all?
  • Radical ideology's impact on Iran's decision making process on nuclear arms
  • Egypt’s long fight against the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam
  • Challenges President al-Sisi is up against in addressing Egypt’s domestic issues
  • Indications of a strained US-Egyptian relationship with the postponed sale of American military helicopters
  • Disproportionate blame placed on Israel for motivating Jihadist recruitment
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Rep. John Fleming, Tarek Fatah, Fred Fleitz, Diana West

October 23rd, 2014 ·

Rep. JOHN FLEMING (LA-4), Member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Natural Resources:

  • What’s animating the recent events in Canada?
  • Strategic implications of Vladimir Putin having nuclear capabilities in the Crimea
  • Stagnating US strategic and tactical nuclear forces
  • The potential for a dangerous executive amnesty for illegal immigrants in the US

TAREK FATAH, Canadian activist and author of “Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State”:

  • Addressing the political elements of Islam
  • The Canadian media's earlier treatment of Islamist ideology
  • The dangers of “two faced” allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar
  • How should President Obama respond to the threat Islamism poses to the free world?

FRED FLEITZ, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and former CIA analyst:

  • An intelligence analyst's perspective on "The New York Times" report of WMDs in Iraq
  • Concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy strategy
  • Possible motives and reasoning behind the Ottawa terror attack

DIANA WEST, author of  "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”:

  • The attrition of the idea of America as a nation-state
  • A case for why deploying U.S. troops to fight Ebola is unconstitutional
  • Understanding the rules of engagement for American troops in West Africa
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Ted Bromund

October 22nd, 2014 ·

TED BROMUND, Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations at the Heritage Foundation:

  • Safeguarding the U.S. Constitution from infringments in the realm of international treaties
  • The synthesis of a treaty to enforceable law
  • Today’s non-contractual nature of human rights treaties


  • Examples of the Obama Administration bypassing Congress and the Senate
  • The Arms Trade Treaty's possible impact on the arming and resupplying of American allies
  • Treaties affecting the responsibility of Federal Courts to enforce gun control regulations


  • The UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and American 2nd Amendment rights
  • Mexico’s biased handling of the 2015 Conference of States Parties Conference on the UN ATT
  • Congressional options to fight the ATT


  • The Ottawa Convention's effect on U.S. anti-personnel land mine capabilities
  • A look at a NATO study on how land mines are essential to the U.S. military arsenal
  • The two primary components of the Iran nuclear treaty that will hurt the U.S.
  • Whether or not the U.S. should join the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Rep. Steve Palazzo, Roger Noriega, Stephen Rademaker, Andy McCarthy

October 21st, 2014 ·

Congressman STEVE PALAZZO (MS-4), member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Science, Space & Technology Committee, and the Committee on Homeland Security: 

  • Damaging effects of sequestration on the U.S. military coming to the fore in 2015
  • The difficulties of balancing the budget without compromising America’s security
  • A Congressional view on the security of the U.S. electrical grid and cyber warfare threats

ROGER NORIEGA, Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs: 

  • The lack of a legitimate political opposition in Bolivia’s recent elections
  • A potential for a shift from a socialist incumbent to a pro-business moderate in Brazil's upcoming runoff election
  • Venezuela’s controversial election to the U.N. Security Council
  • Latin American countries ban travel from Ebola-stricken countries in Africa

STEPHEN RADEMAKER, Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation: 

  • President Jimmy Carter and President Obama's different approaches to crisis management
  • The Administration’s false optimism in finding a serious arms control partner in Vladimir Putin
  • Reports that President Obama will circumvent Congress in order to finalize an unfavorable nuclear treaty with Iran

ANDY McCARTHY, former federal prosecutor and contributing editor with National Review Online:

  • Questioning the President’s leadership skills in the face of countless foreign policy issues
  • "Ebola Czar" Ron Klain's concerning lack of public health expertise
  • Comments by a moderate Muslim cleric that secular democracy must defeat the Islamic State

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Phyllis Schlafly, Patrick Poole, Reggie Littlejohn, Gordon Chang

October 20th, 2014 ·

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, founder of Eagle Forum and author of “Who Killed The American Family?”:

         Implications of President Obama’s open border, pro-amnesty agenda

         Dangerous diseases that illegal child migrants are carrying across the Southern border

         How illegal immigrants help support big government in America

PATRICK POOLE, anti-terrorism consultant and regular contributor to PJ Media:

         The strategic importance of Baghdad International Airport in protecting Americans in Iraq

         Applying the lessons from the 9/11 Benghazi Attack to the situation in Baghdad

         Contingency plans for evacuating U.S. personnel if Baghdad falls to the Islamic State

         The latest failures to strengthen the Free Syrian army and other moderate rebels in Syria

REGGIE LITTLEJOHN, Founder and President of Women’s Rights without Frontiers:

         China’s coercive use of forced abortions to uphold its one-child policy

         Threats that China’s growing population of unmarried men may pose to domestic and international stability

         Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng’s persistence in revealing human rights abuses committed by the Chinese government

GORDON CHANG, author of “The Coming Collapse of China”:

         China’s failed social engineering policies and resulting population decline

         Differences in how India and China are faring in the world economy

         Will the reappearance of Kim Jong Un restore the status quo in North Korea?

         Recent spurts of violence in the Hong Kong protests

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Douglas Feith

October 17th, 2014 ·

DOUGLAS FEITH, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and current Director of the Center for National Security Strategies at the Hudson Institute:


  • Understanding the true reach of the global Jihad
  • President Obama’s view of radical Islamist ideology
  • George W. Bush’s distinction between Islam as a religion versus Islam as a totalitarian tool of oppression


  • Identifying the distinctions between religious Islam and political Islamism
  • The challenges in criticizing the radical ideology of Islamism without condemning Islam as a whole
  • Common misconceptions about the Muslim Brotherhood


  • Regional security implications of the intense rivalry between Qatar and Saudi Arabia
  • Turkish President Erdogan’s radical vision for reorienting Turkey from the West to the East
  • The complex relationship between ideology and fundamental security concerns in policy making


  • The successes and failures of the three main elements of the War on Terror
  • Taking preventative measures against people converting to radical Islam
  • The need for a governmental office focused on radical ideology
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Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Ken Israel, Charles Faddis, and Caroline Glick

October 17th, 2014 ·

Rep. PETE HOEKSTRA, retired Congressman and former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:

  • The timing of the New York Times article on chemical weapons found in Iraq

  • Repercussions of the Bush Administration’s cover up of of its Iraqi chemical weapons discoveries

  • Weighing the possibility of the Islamic State obtaining chemical weapons in Iraq

Maj. Gen. KENNETH ISRAEL, USAF Ret., President of the Executive Committee of the Association of Old Crows:

  • Defining electronic warfare, what it entails, and what the U.S. needs to do to win

  • Steps needed to improve the functionality and efficiency of U.S. electronic warfare

  • The new battle ground of cyberspace

CHARLES FADDIS, former head of the CIA's WMD Terrorism Unit:

  • Grading the American government's response to a potential Ebola outbreak

  • Shortcomings in the U.S. defense against biological terror threats

  • The urgent need to secure America's borders in the midst of the debate over restricting air travel from West Africa

  • Debating the placement of National Guard troops at the southern U.S. border versus in West Africa

CAROLINE GLICK, author of "The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East":

  • Why Glick chose to enter the New York Time's controversial debate over "recognizing the non-existent state of Palestine"

  • The growth of anti-Israel sentiments in powerful European academic and political circles

  • Israel's response to international hostilities


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Diana West, Fred Fleitz, Amb. James Jeffrey, Amb. Diego Arria

October 15th, 2014 ·

DIANA WEST, author of “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”:

  • Failings in the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola crisis
  • 1,000 Americans at the Baghdad Embassy threatened by the Islamic State's advances
  • Problems with John Kerry’s supposed reset with the Russian government
FRED FLEITZ, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and former CIA Analyst:
  • The New York Times breaks the story on the Pentagon's concealment of chemical weapons stashes it found during the Iraq War
  • The U.S.'s position in the ongoing Iranian nuclear program talks
  • Ways to improve personal safety as ISIS encourages homegrown terrorist attacks against American military families
Amb. JAMES JEFFREY, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey:
  • The role and interests of Turkey in the war against ISIS
  • Can the U.S. trust Turkey as an ally?
  • The two main factors that contributed to the rise of ISIS
  • A look at why many Muslims find it hard to take a stand against radical Islam
Amb. DIEGO ARRIA, former President of the UN Security Council and former Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations:
  • How Venezuela could influence and distort the workings of the U.N. Security Council if it earns membership
  • The theme of vitriolic anti-Americanism that defines Venezuela’s foreign policy
  • Why have the "malign actions of a rogue regime" less than two thousand miles away from the U.S. been overlooked by the State Department?
  • Cuba's power over Venezuelan affairs
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Bing West

October 14th, 2014 ·

BING WEST, author of “One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War” and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs:

  • A look back at the devastating combat waged by the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines in Sangin, Afghanistan (Helmand Province)
  • Afghanistan today and the plan to withdraw most U.S. troops by the end of the year
  • The skewed rules of engagement U.S. servicemen faced when implementing a counterinsurgency strategy


  • How stringent rules of engagement breed a risk-averse culture
  • President Obama’s feckless security policy and how it harms America’s long-term credibility
  • The challenges posed by Iraq’s ethnic tensions
  • Working with an Iranian-friendly Shiite administration in Baghdad


  • Turkish President Erdogan’s Islamist ambitions
  • Why the Afghanistan air campaign of 2001 was an ideal campaign for containing the spread of jihadist insurgencies
  • How the War on Terror represents a greater clash of civilizations that will last for generations


  • What the two controversial memoirs by Secretaries of Defense Gates and Panetta indicate about President Obama’s leadership
  • The FBI Director’s warning about China’s relentless hacking of American businesses
  • Failure of the Republican Party to articulate meaningful alternatives and be consistent in its opposition to current Administration policy
  • The indispensable capability offered by land mines and the ideological motive behind the President’s desire to remove them from America’s arsenal
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Mark Helprin

October 13th, 2014 ·

MARK HELPRIN, bestselling author of “In Sunlight and in Shadow”:

  • A macro look at the current progressive-liberal view on war
  • The Administration’s failure to distinguish between rational and irrational actors in the international arena
  • A historic analysis of the new Islamic conquest
  • How the direct threat of “civilization jihad” is systemically eroding American values
  • Updates on the battle for Kobani, Syria
  • Evidence of civilization jihad in the previous efforts to construct a mosque at Ground Zero
  • A recurrent and existential threat posed to mankind by emerging pathogens
  • Russia’s long historical memory and Putin’s writing of the newest chapter of Russian aggression towards its neighbors
  • Economic dependence as a means of domination for ambitious nations
  • The atrophy of the American military industrial base in the post-Cold War era
  • The additional risks associated with a reduced military capacity for crisis management stemming from budget cuts
  • Confronting the ideology of retrenchment in a more dangerous world
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