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SETH CROPSEY, former Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy, talks about US intervention in Syria and the hollowing out of the US military.

MICHAEL O’HANLON. of the Brookings Institute, analyzes the impending US military strike against Syria, as well as outlines what he feels the ultimate future goals in Syria should be.

FRED FLEITZ, of, exposes the flaws of the administration’s plan to possibly intervene into Syria and the implications this intervention could have on American allies in the region.

BILL GERTZ, of the Washington Free Beacon and Washington Times, analyzes US intervention in Syria and the new Chinese Anti satellite satellites.

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Michael O’Hanlon

MICHAEL O'HANLON, of the Brookings Institute, spends the hour with Frank discussing his new book, Healing the Wounded Giant, as well as touching on a variety of other national security topics. Over the hour, Frank and Michael delve deeper into the ability of the American Military to keep its supremacy in the face of sequestration, as well as how Obama’s past and present strategy play into his future ideals of a nuclear free world.

During the hour, Michael also analyzes Iraq and Afghanistan, specifically looking at the problem of how to characterize the War on Terror and pinpoint who the true enemy is.

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MICHAEL O’HANLON, of Brookings Institute, talks his new book “Healing the Wounded Giant”, sexual assaults within the military,  and maintaining military preeminence while cutting the defense budget.

MATTHEW BRODSKY, of the  Jewish Policy Center, discusses the opposition in Turkey towards Islamic Agenda, relations between Turkey and Syria, and the resurgence of Bashar Assad.

PETER PRY, President of EMPACT America, talks with Frank about the dangers of EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) to national security and discusses how the US is not ready to confront nor is it equipped to a handle an EMP attack on any scale large or small.

GORDON CHANG, of, analyzes aggressive Chinese land and sea policies, the Chinese President, and the Chinese hacking of American technology.

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With Kevin Freeman, Michael O'Hanlon, Adm. Ace Lyons, Gordon Chang

What can the Cyprus banking crisis tell us about U.S. vulnerability in cyber and economic warfare? Center for Security Policy Senior Fellow KEVIN FREEMAN explains how what we see in Cyprus gives us insight into a piece of the global threat matrix.

MICHAEL O'HANLON of the Brookings Institute and co-author of Bending History, discusses the good, bad, and ugly for a post –U.S. Afghanistan.

Admiral ACE LYONS, former Pacific Fleet Commander, discusses the North Korean and Iranian threats, both nuclear and cyber.

GORDON CHANG of describes in great detail the state of the North Korean regime.

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Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute puts the fundamentals of Afghanistan in perspective in the light of the recent tragedy involving a massacre perpetrated by a U.S. soldier.  This latest event combined with the surging trend of Green on Blue attacks, that is Afghan military on NATO attacks, is devastating for moral and U.S. resolve.  Why should we stay the course?  Are these events telling of a broader story or blurring the important realities.

Do most Americans have a concrete picture of just how devastating the sequential rounds of defense cuts hurt the U.S. strategically? Mackenzie Eaglen of the American Enterprise Institute makes the numbers come to life.  “A 15% cut in military pay; a 20% cut in weapons systems; and a 25 % cut in training and operations for the combatant commanders…”  These are but a hint of the costs to our readiness, strategic advantage in the world, and to the personnel who defend our country.

The Obama administration has been blind to the growing threat posed by Iran in the Western Hemisphere. The president has been so neglectful that Congress is now taking action in order to prevent an Iranian attack inside the United States. HR 3783 is designed to counter Iran’s presence in the Western Hemisphere by forcing the president to take defensive action to stop any Iranian aggression. Iranian intelligence has already conducted operations in Latin America and Ahmadinejad has been cozying up to some staunch anti-American governments within the region. The question that Rep. Ed Royce contends with is what will be needed to get this bill passed in the Senate. He is confident it will go through the House with ease, but the Democratic Senate could pose a problem. Turning to the Muslim Brotherhood, what is it their doctrine is similar to Hamas yet we do not classify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization?

Afghan security is not going to prevent terrorists from trying to attack America. These are transnational, secretive organizations that do not need government support or one single location to call home. Obama is pleading with the Taliban to come to the negotiating table and he is even offering to release men from Gitmo that have been deemed to be a clear and present danger to the United States of America. Does he have any regard for US security? On the other hand, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta went before the Senate and claimed that Congress is irrelevant and that the president can use the military however he sees fit when it comes to Syria. Andy McCarthy explains how the Secretary of Defense feels the president does not need to consult the people’s representatives as long as he has international approval. Obama cares more about international permission, than permission from the American people. Who does he work for?

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An Inspector General report has been uncovered by the Center for Military Readiness about a scandal that happened during last year’s Lame duck session of Congress. Frank discusses this report and how it outlines the abuses of power that the Obama administration and his supporters made in ramming through Congress the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. As Hugo Chavez nears death’s door, Venezuela is gearing up for his eventual passing and the implications it will have on an already unstable country. Roger Noriega examines the fears held by high-level officials in the Venezuela government that the government will crumble after Chavez’s death. Next, Michael O’Hanlon, from the American Enterprise Institute, gives us his take on the recent decision by President Obama to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan six months ahead of schedule. Will this early withdrawal mean more risk for the US’s mission in Afghanistan? Finally, Mackenzie Eaglen analyzes the role of that the Navy plays in US economic strength, as well as the Robert Gates apology tour.

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Weekend Edition Hour 2

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Gene Poteat explains what it takes to provide intelligence and then act on such intelligence. Michael O’Hanlon analyzes the condition of the US military especially with regards to budget cuts and Secretary Gates assessment of the president’s policy pertaining to the Department of Defense. Jerry Boykin talks about the indefensibility of the ’67 Israeli borders and how it threatens Israeli security and our own.

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