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Bing West, Arieh Eldad, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, Gordon Chang

September 12th, 2011

Over the weekend, the Taliban launched an attack on a US outpost in Afghanistan, injuring seventy-seven US troops. Author and Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs under Ronald Reagan, Francis “Bing” West joins Frank to discuss this attack on a small US outpost and how it exposes the weaponry inability of the Taliban to conduct a massive attack on or near major city. Mr. West, who just returned from a trip to Afghanistan, continues his segment enlightening us on the change in combat strategy occurring in Afghanistan. West also explains how Lieutenant General John Allen is focused on a “transition” strategy in which the US would turn the war over to Afghan forces, as opposed to General David Petraeus’s failed counterinsurgency strategy. Petraeus, West argues, came into Afghanistan with the idea that he could implement the same strategy that he used in Iraq. His focus on counterinsurgency was set up for failure, as West believes that only a shift to a big advisory effort would solve the problems in Afghanistan.

Next, Chairman of the “Hatikva Party” of the Knesset for the National Union, Physician and Professor Arieh Eldad gives us his take on the recent storming by protestors of the Israeli embassy in Egypt. He further explains how Egypt continues to pose a serious threat to Israeli national security and how Israel paid very dearly for the thirty-year peace agreement with Egypt in which they handed over the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. Moreover, he expresses his fears that the Arab Spring might just be wishful thinking on the part of pro-democratic organizations, since most other organizations in the region do not want full democracy. Eldad also explains the extensive Islamization of Turkey and the threat it poses towards the democratic agenda of NATO and its allies.

Retired United States Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and author of the recent book, Lines of Fire, Ralph Peters talks about the profitable business of scare-mongering that has become quite influential in the years following the 9/11 attacks. He believes that Americans should have a healthy and balanced relationship between caution and paranoia in regards to a potential terrorist attack happening again in the United States. Like the battle that occurred after Pearl Harbor, Peters says the United States went to war with al Qaeda and fatally weakened the organization in the process. He expresses the need to knock off political correctness and establish a more realistic approach to national security. Peters and Frank have a friendly disagreement on the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Western World, as well as the threats that al Qaeda’s regional franchises present for the Middle East.

Writer at Forbes.com and resident China expert here at Secure Freedom Radio, Gordon Chang concludes today’s show examining the issues facing the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China. The new candidate for the Taiwanese presidency, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, if elected would move Taiwan further towards an official declaration of independence. He also enlightens us on the problems facing China’s currency manipulation. Chang expresses the need for the United States to increase pressure on Chinese currency manipulation since they have already conducted economic warfare on us. Moreover, Chang discusses with Frank the arms sales that China conducted with Qaddafi in July and August of this year. He states how this reflects badly on China in the international community.

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