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Michael Widlanski

August 22nd, 2014 ·

MICHAEL WIDLANSKI, author of “Battle For Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat”

Segment One:

  • American foreign policy’s history of disbelieving the promises of enemies because they seem so outlandish—Nazism, Communism, and now Islamism
  • Dangers from the competing brands of radical Islam that have no regard for other religions or people they deem “less Muslim” or the “wrong type” of Muslim

Segment Two:

  • Israel’s history of success when ignoring advice to leave Islamist terror groups alone
  • What is Hezbollah?
  • Information campaigns promoting the watered-down teaching of Arabic and Islamist history in many of the top US universities

Segment Three:

  • Trouble for the Saudi state as it confronts jihad closer to home
  • Dangers of the Obama Administration believing that the Muslim Brotherhood is the key to stopping Al Qaeda
  • Attempts by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to focus the Muslim Brotherhood’s jihad aspirations away from those countries by bankrolling it

Segment Four:

  • Obama’s historical severe treatment of Israel, and close relationship with Turkish Prime Minister (and now President-elect) Erdogan
  • Israeli perspectives on where the US-Israel relationship stands
  • Israeli and Jewish-American thoughts on Israel’s security and right to self-defense
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Dr. Peter Vincent Pry

August 21st, 2014 ·

PETER PRY, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security:

Segment One:

  • Details of the EMP threat: what it is, where it could come from, and why recovering from a widespread blackout would be devastatingly slow

Segment Two:

  • Lessons learned from a highly organized and well-equipped assault on a California electric transformer last year
  • How cyber hacking can cause the physical destruction of power grid components
  • Natural occurring threats to the grid

Segment Three

  • Looking at the societal and infrastructural breakdown after Hurricane Katrina as a microcosm of what would happen if the grid went down long-term

Segment Four

  • North Korea’s EMP dry-run over the DC-NYC air corridor
  • US Military’s success in protecting its grid infrastructure
  • Problems with Congress and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation holding up efforts to protect America’s grid
  • Success stories in enacting legislative change
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Bill Roggio

August 20th, 2014 ·

BILL ROGGIO, managing editor of the Long War Journal:

Segment One:

  • Why the divide between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State?
  • Policy reasons behind the Obama Administration’s hesitancy to see ISIS in the role it sees itself in

Segment Two:

  • A battle of strength between the Islamic State, the Iraqi Army, and the Peshmerga
  • Where is the Islamic State most likely to spread to next?

Segment Three:

  • Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s roles in the global jihadist movement
  • Iranian support for and cooperation with both Shia and Sunni jihadist terror groups
  • Jihadist connections in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria

Segment Four:

  • Hezbollah and Hamas’ reach into the Western Hemisphere
  • Civilization jihad in the US
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Ryan Mauro, Michael Auslin, John Schindler, Paul Roderick Gregory

August 19th, 2014 ·

RYAN MAURO, National Security Analyst at the Clarion Project:

  • Discrepancies in public perception of Hamas and the Islamic State, despite their similar goal
  • Declining public approval of Hamas in Palestine

MICHAEL AUSLIN, Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute:

  • China's continued assertion of its hard power, making it the dominant player in East Asia
  • The inherent need for the U.S. to provide support to and ally with smaller Asian nations
  • The U.S. stance towards China: a difficult balance of security and economics

JOHN SCHINDLER, Former NSA Intelligence Analyst:

  • Revelations that Germany has been spying on allied nations
  • Edward Snowden and Julian Assange's questionable use to their host countries

PAUL RODERICK GREGORY, Fellow at the Hoover Institution:

  • Russia's purported humanitarian aid convoy to Eastern Ukraine
  • Putin’s miscalculating and dangerous Ukrainian policy
  • Did Russia intend to shoot down an Aeroflot as a pretext for invading Ukraine?
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Claudia Rosett, Maria Werlau, Gordon Chang, Bing West

August 18th, 2014 ·

CLAUDIA ROSETT, Journalist in Residence at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies:

  • Is the UNWRA program encouraging malicious Hamas behavior?
  • The enormous U.N. relief effort essentially being transformed into an overly-generous entitlement program
  • Concerns that Hamas is using the cover of UNWRA facilities to launch rockets

MARIA WERLAU, Director of Cuba Archive:

  • The rekindling of the strategic relationship between Cuba and Russia
  • The future of the Castro totalitarian regime after the deaths of Fidel and Raul
  • Can Cuba still be accurately described as a communist country?
  • Thoughts on the reports of a recent USAID covert operation in Cuba

GORDON CHANG, author of "The Coming Collapse of China":

  • Pope Francis' attempts to have an open dialogue with the Chinese communist government
  • Is the Chinese regime creating its own state-based sect of Christianity?
  • Security concerns over Apple's move of its cloud-based data to servers in China

BING WEST, author of the upcoming book, "One Million Steps":

  • In Iraq, the war won by boots on the ground and the peace lost by politicians
  • America's fatal mistake of enabling Nouri al-Maliki's rise to power
  • Chances that CIA operators and U.S. Special Forces Advisors are covertly re-inserted into the Anbar Province
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Roger Zakheim, Dr. Jarno Limnell, Daniel McGroarty, and Bill Gertz

August 15th, 2014 ·

ROGER ZAKHEIM, Former General Counsel of the House Armed Services Committee:

  • Unprecedented changes made in the most recent Quadrennial Defense Review
  • Findings of the National Defense Panel's critical review of the QDR
  • Ways to minimize the gap between the U.S. military's mission and resources
  • Bringing back the "peace through strength" doctrine to American foreign policy

Dr. JARNO LIMNELL, Director of Cybersecurity at McAfee, a product of Intel:

  • Understanding cyber threats as the biggest indicator of worldwide security
  • The international community's responsibility for the creation of proactive measures of cyber defense
  • Top three cyber threats facing the West today
  • Implications of the expected addition of cyber attacks to NATO's Article V

DANIEL McGROARTY, Founder and Executive Director of the American Resources Policy Network:

  • Globalization's impact on access to strategic metals
  • Titanium's critical use in civilian and military aircraft, and problems with the U.S.'s heavy reliance on Russia and other foreign sources for it
  • Ways to move the U.S. away from depending on China for 90% of its supply of rare earth metals

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:

  • Yesterday's acknowledgment of Russian INF Treaty violations by a State Department official
  • Continuing efforts by the Obama Administration to move towards nuclear disarmament
  • Recent Chinese anti-satellite weapon development and ballistic missile testing
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Rep. (Lt. Col.) Allen West, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Paula DeSutter, and Yossi Hollander

August 14th, 2014 ·

Rep. (Lt. Col.) ALLEN WEST, former US Congressman from Florida's 22nd Congressional District:

  • President Obama's working relationship with radical Islamist groups and organizations
  • The "Hillary Clinton Influence" on President Obama's first term
  • Recent Russian military incursions in close proximity to U.S. air space
  • Appointment of a German General as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Command in Europe

Rep. PETE HOEKSTRA, former US Congressman and Chair of the House Intelligence Committee:

  • Recent revelations about the CIA's spying on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers
  • CIA Director John Brennan's history of discounting the threat posed by radical Islam
  • Unification of terror organizations across the Middle East and Africa based on their common jihadist ideology
  • Controversial decision to allow Libyan nationals into the U.S. to study nuclear engineering and flight training

PAULA DeSUTTER, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation:

  • Details of Russia's violation of the INF treaty
  • Lengthy time lapse between when the Obama Administration found out about the violation and when NATO learned about it
  • Inherent risks of eroding America's nuclear deterrence

YOSSI HOLLANDER, Founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation:

  • The basis of America's oil dependence
  • Why the US needs true competition in the oil market
  • Alternative fuel sources and the impediments to their implementation
  • PUMP, an upcoming documentary on oil and alternative energy sources
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Gary Berntsen, Jim Hanson, Amb. Yoram Ettinger, Dr. Kiron Skinner

August 13th, 2014 ·

GARY BERNTSEN, former Commander of all CIA forces in Eastern Afghanistan:

  • An overview of past contested political elections that are adding to the political turmoil in Afghanistan
  • The Afghan National Security Forces' heavy reliance on American military support
  • Ideas for a new U.S. force structure in Afghanistan

JIM HANSON, former Army Special Forces Master Sergeant:

  • Major General Harold Greenes's death in Afghanistan and the larger problem of "green on blue" attacks
  • Reasons behind the U.S.'s engagement in Iraq to protect the Yazidi minority, compared to its non-action in Syria
  • Facts about the Israeli force doctrine in Gaza

Amb. YORAM ETTINGER, former Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel's Embassy in Washington, DC:

  • The "Arab Tsunami"
  • Problems with relying on the Palestinian Liberation Organization to destroy Hamas
  • Mahmoud Abbas' early history of causing mayhem throughout the Middle East

Dr. KIRON SKINNER, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution:

  • Where is the Obama Administration's foreign policy strategy?
  • A case for an official acknowledgment of the ideological threat facing the US
  • President Obama's "re-litigation" of Iraq
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Douglas Feith, Andy McCarthy, Seán McGurk, Rep. Gus Bilirakis

August 12th, 2014 ·

DOUGLAS FEITH, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy:

  • US attempts to slow the Islamic State's advances in Iraq
  • ISIS' threat capacity outside of the Middle East
  • Is Afghanistan the next Iraq?
  • Details of the ongoing danger Hamas poses to Israel

ANDY McCARTHY, author of "Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment":

  • Blame being put on George W. Bush for the current Iraq crisis by the Administration
  • Jimmy Carter's controversial opinion about Hamas
  • Problems with the classification of the Fort Hood massacre as an "isolated, lone-wolf" incident

SEÁN McGURK, Former Director of the National Cyber Security & Communications Integration Center at the Department of Homeland Security:

  • Evolution of warfare into the "cyber domain," and the adoption of cyber warfare as an asymmetrical weapon by state actors
  • Potential damages to critical energy infrastructure from the DragonFly/Energetic Bear malware
  • Ways Congress can help the private sector fight cyber threats

Rep. GUS BILIRAKIS, FL-12:

  • The need to hold Turkey accountable for its hostile behavior towards Israel
  • Importance of securing U.S. energy independence
  • Urgent issues facing the U.S. electric grid
  • Recent House legislation to improve the VA
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Harold Rhode, Michael O’Hanlon, Gordon Chang, Katie Gorka

August 11th, 2014 ·

HAROLD RHODE, former Advisor on Islamic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:

  • Implications of the election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as President of Turkey on the ongoing power struggles in his country
  • Why is Erdogan willing to settle for a mainly ceremonial position?
  • Possible replacements for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
  • Thoughts on the conflict between Israel and Hamas

MICHAEL O'HANLON, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence:

  • Application of the "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) norm in Iraq
  • Can Turkish leader Erdogan be a reliable US ally?
  • The impact of the US withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan on America's broader Middle East policy
  • An update on the situation in Eastern Ukraine and Russia's agenda in the region

GORDON CHANG, author of "The Coming Collapse of China":

  • The threat posed to Malaysia and Indonesia by fighters returning from the ranks of ISIS
  • The rise of militarists in the Chinese government
  • Chinese crackdowns on Western businesses and employees
  • The impact of an anti-corruption campaign on the Chinese economy and the Communist Party

KATIE GORKA, President and co-Founder of the Council on Global Security:

  • Campaigns to eliminate Christians from Iraq and parts of the Middle East and North Africa more broadly
  • Was President Obama showing "selective concern" when he intervened to protect the Yazidis but not the Christians also endangered by the Islamic State?
  • The response- or lack thereof- from Church leaders to the persecution of Christians
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