Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

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With Ilan Berman

January 17th, 2020

Dr. ILAN BERMAN, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council, Associated Faculty at Missouri State University’s Defense and Strategic Studies, Editor of The Journal of International Security Affairs, Author of “Iran’s Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic’s Quest for Global Power” (Aug. 2015):

  • How to navigate the 'unchartered waters' in the US-Iranian relationship 
  • Further action the US should take against Iran
  • Analyzing the state of the economy in Iran

(PART TWO):

  • How the killing of Soleimani changed the calculus of the Iranian regime
  • What change is the Trump administration trying to get from Iran?
  • The effectiveness of the 'maximum pressure' campaign

(PART THREE):

  • Is there an alternative to the rule of the Mullahs for the Iranian people?
  • Where Turkey stands as an ally of the United States

(PART FOUR):

  • Breaking down Russia's return to the Middle East
  • How the Israel-Palestine issue has been pushed to the back burner
  • What role is China playing in the Middle East?

With David Goldman and Roger Robinson

January 16th, 2020

DAVID GOLDMAN, Author of How Civilizations Die, Best known for his series of essays in the Asia Times under the pseudonym Spengler:

  • How the phase one deal is a 'tactical victory' for Trump
  • An overview of technology transfer between the US and China
  • Are we taking the necessary steps to ensure China complies with the phase one deal?

(PART TWO):

  • How the results of Taiwan's elections are 'a considerable embarrassment' to Beijing 
  • How extreme poverty in Iran impacts the regime 
  • Turkey dispatches troops to Libya  

ROGER ROBINSON, Co-Founded and presently Chairs the Prague Security Studies Group, President and CEO of RWR:

  • Analyzing the new trade deal with China
  • 4 central components to a 'phase two' deal
  • Why the US needs to start controlling the agenda with China

(PART TWO):

  • How the Chinese are affecting American's retirement funds
  • China's determination to maintain access to the United States' capital markets
  • The nature of the Chinese companies US citizens are indirectly funding through their retirement funds

With John Rossomando, Diana West, Suzanne Scholte, and Gary Schiff 

January 15th, 2020

JOHN ROSSOMONDO, Senior Counterterrorism Analyst at the Investigative Project on Terrorism:

  • Iranian propaganda following the death of Soleimani
  • The possibility of Hezbollah retaliation in the United States

DIANA WEST, Nationally syndicated columnist, Blogs at Dianawest.net, Author of Death of the Grown UpAmerican Betrayal, and Red Thread: A Search for Ideological Drivers Inside the Anti-Trump Conspiracy:

  • What to expect in the senate impeachment trial
  • The deflection by Democrats throughout the impeachment against President Trump

SUZANNE SCHOLTE, President of the Defense Forum Foundation, Chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition:

  • Prospects for further denuclearization talks with North Korea
  • The impact of the impeachment trial on negotiations with Kim Jong-un
  • How China influences North Korea behind the scenes

GARY SCHIFF, Field manager for the US Forest Service in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area, Director/Lead for all energy programs – renewable and non-renewable for the US Forest Service (10% of the US Land Base), Former Staff on House Natural Resource Committee overseeing the US Forest Service – (Rob Bishop R-ID Chair), Former Policy Director for the nation’s 50 State Foresters

With Fred Fleitz, Michael Cutler, Chuck Devore, and Christine Douglass-Williams

January 14th, 2020

FRED FLEITZ, President and CEO Center for Security Policy, Former CIA analyst, Former Chief of Staff for Amb. John Bolton in the State Dept., Author of The Coming North Korea Nuclear Nightmare: What Trump Must to Reverse Obama’s Strategic Patience (2018):

  • What did the President gain from taking out Soleimani?
  • How Trump "forced Iran to blink"
  • How the calibrated response of the US established deterrence without starting a new war

MICHAEL CUTLER, Retired Senior Special Agent of the former Immigration and Naturalization Services, Hosts the radio show “The Michael Cutler Hour” on Friday evenings on BlogTalk Radio:

  • The presence of Hezbollah and other terror organizations in the US
  • The infiltration of the Iranian Quds force in Central and South America
  • Issues associated with giving illegal aliens drivers licenses

CHUCK DEVORE, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs (Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon) from 1986 to 1988, Former California Assemblyman:

  • An overview of the social credit system in China
  • The dangers of 5G and 'big tech' 

CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS, Nine-Time International Award-Winning Journalist and Television Producer, Federally Appointed Director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Author of The Challenge of Modernizing Islam:

  • Michael McCain's critique of President Trump 
  • Iran's expanse into Canada

With Robert Charles, Gordon Chang, Rosemary Jenks, and Richard Pollock

January 13th, 2020

ROBERT CHARLES, Former Assistant Secretary of State at the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the Bush Administration, Author of Eagles and Evergreens:

  • Should US forces withdraw from Iraq?
  • Why Soleimani was the "epitome of evil"

GORDON CHANG, The Daily Beast contributor, Author of The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World, Latest book: Losing South Korea (2019):

  • Recap of the Taiwanese election
  • The consolidation of democracy in Hong Kong
  • How the election of Tsai Ing-wen is a rejection of Beijing

ROSEMARY JENKS, Director of Government Relations at NumbersUSA.com, Former Senior Legislative Analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies:

  • The state of immigration in the United States
  • An update on the border wall
  • An overview of E-Verify

RICHARD POLLOCK, Senior Investigative Reporter at One America News Network:

  • Who is Lanny Davis?
  • A preview of the upcoming impeachment trial in the senate

With Ken Timmerman, Sam Faddis, Jim Fanell, and Joe Bosco

January 10th, 2020

KEN TIMMERMAN, President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, Author of Deception: The Making of the YouTube Video Hillary and Obama Blamed for Benghazi, Author of Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi, Nationally recognized investigative reporter:

  • Qassem Soleimani's importance to Iran
  • How Iranians have reacted to the media's  portrayal of the killing of Soleimani

SAM FADDIS, Former CIA Ops Officer, Spent twenty years as an Operations officer in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe, Former Candidate for Congress:

  • Will the US ever find peace with the Iranian regime?
  • Does the US need to be involved in the Middle East anymore?
  • The dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon

JAMES FANELL, Retired from US Navy in 2015 concluding 30 year career as a naval intelligence officer specializing in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs with an emphasis on the Chinese Navy, Assignments included tours as the Assistant Chief of Staff for intelligence for the U.S. Seventh Fleet aboard the USS Blue Ridge, the Office of Naval Intelligence China Senior Intelligence Officer, etc., Former National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University:

  • Significance of the recent naval exercise by Russia, Iran, and China in the Indian Ocean
  • An update on Hong Kong
  • An overview of the upcoming election in Taiwan

JOE BOSCO, Former China Country Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Member of the U.S.-China task force at the Center for National Interest:

  • An update on China's use of the South China Sea
  • China's increasing presence in the North and South Poles
  • The political warfare China has been waging against Australia 

With David Goldman, Fred Fleitz, Chris Farrell and Gordon Chang

January 9th, 2020

DAVID GOLDMAN, Author of How Civilizations Die, Best known for his series of essays in the Asia Times under the pseudonym Spengler:

  • Assessing the options Trump had in dealing with Iran
  • How will the US proceed now that Soleimani is dead?

FRED FLEITZ, President and CEO Center for Security Policy, Former CIA analyst, Former Chief of Staff for Amb. John Bolton in the State Dept., Author of The Coming North Korea Nuclear Nightmare: What Trump Must to Reverse Obama’s Strategic Patience (2018):

  • Why the killing of Soleimani was completely justified
  • How our national security is being crippled by Trump hatred
  • Is Iran done with their retaliatory attacks?
  • An overview of the whistleblower’s complaint against President Trump

CHRIS FARRELL, Director of Investigations at Judicial Watch:

  • An update on the impeachment against President Trump
  • Is there an anti-Trump conspiracy?
  • A review of CrowdStrike

GORDON CHANG, The Daily Beast contributor, Author of The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World, Latest book: Losing South Korea (2019):

  • North Korea's links with Soleimani
  • Chinese nationals spying on the US from within
  • China banning foreign materials in their school system

 

With Benjamin Weingarten, Diana West and Dr. Peter Pry

January 8th, 2020

BEN WEINGARTEN, Founder and CEO of ChangeUp Media LLC, Senior Contributor at The Federalist, Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research:

  • Was killing of Soleimani the right step for President Trump to take?
  • The pitfalls of the Obama Administration’s Iran policy

(PART TWO):

  • Were the January 7 attacks by Iran an act of saving face?
  • Will the Iranian regime ever be at peace with the US?
  • How the media and democrats are acting on behalf of the Mullahs

DIANA WEST, Nationally syndicated columnist, Blogs at Dianawest.net, Author of Death of the Grown UpAmerican Betrayal, and Red Thread: A Search for Ideological Drivers Inside the Anti-Trump Conspiracy:

  • Is Iran done with their retaliatory attacks?
  • How trustworthy is American intelligence?
  • How Soleimani’s death impacts the safety of American citizens

DR. PETER PRY, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both Congressional Advisory Boards, Served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA:

  • Implications of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the US electrical grid
  • A historic milestone against the EMP war
  • The threat EMP poses on the United States

With Dr. Harold Rhode

January 7th, 2020

DR. HAROLD RHODE, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, Former Turkish Desk Officer at the US Department of Defense, Author of Modern Islamic Warfare: An Ancient Doctrine Marches On (2017):

  • Understanding the complexities of Iran’s society
  • How does Soleimani’s death impact the citizens of Iran?
  • What motivates Iran’s Ayatollahs?

(PART TWO):

  • Differences in how the Iranian government and citizens view the death of Soleimani
  • How will Iran respond to the death of Soleimani?
  • How the US compares to Iran in terms of retaliatory strength

(PART THREE):

  • How will Iran calculate their next steps?
  • What will happen if the US pulls its troops out of Iraq?
  • How the killing of Soleimani affects ISIS in the region

 (PART FOUR):

  • What role does Israel play following the killing of Soleimani?
  • How should the US act to maximize the deterrent on the Iranians?
  • The need for a ‘loyal opposition’ in America

With Matt Brodsky, Claudia Rosett and Greg Scarlatiou

January 6th, 2020

MATT BRODSKY, Senior Fellow, Security Studies Group, Senior Analyst in Wikistrat’s Analytic Community, Former Director of Policy for the Jewish Policy Center for Security Policy:

  • Was Suleimani’s death warranted?
  • Evidence reveals Suleimani’s plans for large-scale attacks against the US

(PART TWO):

  • Dissecting the global aims of the Iranian leadership
  • An overview of the anti-Iran protests in Iraq and Lebanon
  • Tehran’s persistent pursuit of a nuclear weapons program

CLAUDIA ROSETT, Foreign Affairs columnist at Forbes.com, Blogs at “The Rosett Report” at PJ Media:

  • Why the decision to assassinate Suleimani was just
  • Are US vital interests being shaped by Suleimani’s demise?
  • How the active undermining of Trump emboldens our enemies

GREG SCARLATIOU, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea:

How Suleimani’s death is being perceived in Pyongyang

  • Kim Jong-un threatens US with “Christmas surprise”
  • The state of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal