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Michael Rubin, Danielle Pletka, Caroline Glick, and Diana West

January 9th, 2013 ·

Frank and MICHAEL RUBIN of AEI analyze the rise of Islam in Turkey, and the indoctrination of American and Turkish youth through the building of Gulen schools in over 135 different locations in America.

DANIELLE PLETKA of AEI discusses the potential degrading effects on national security that the appointment of John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan from the Obama administration will have.

CAROLINE GLICK of the Jerusalem Post explains how the key problem with the Hagel nomination is not that he is anti-Israel, but that he is anti-America. Glick argues that no country will replace the U.S., but rather the world will become much more violent--just as it was in the 19th century.

DIANA WEST, author of Death of the Grown-Up,  and Frank discuss the Islam presence evident in media and especially in Al Goreera, the newly acquired Al Jazeera, and the presence of heavily influenced Muslim Brotherhood ideals in American media.

Tags: DefaultTag · Caroline Glick · Diana West · Michael Rubin · Danielle Pletka

Michael Rubin, Fred Grandy, Fred Fleitz, Bill Gertz

November 21st, 2012 ·

MICHAEL RUBIN of AEI analyzes why we have not yet seen the Muslim Brotherhood play a strong role in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, as well as why a “bizarre international situation” allows the illegitimate Hamas government to continue to exist.
FRED GRANDY of the Center for Security Policy discusses the changing attitude of the United States and the Democratic House Caucus towards Israel, and how it’s leading Hamas to test how strong US-Israeli ties remain. Grandy also discusses the ongoing debate over who decided to significantly downplay the role of terrorists in the 9/11/12 attack in Benghazi.
Lignet.com’s FRED FLEITZ analyzes the concerns that surround the new coalition of Syrian opposition groups. In particular, is it is being used as a means to eventually set up an Islamic state, and if the West was to arm the coalition, what would happen to the weapons after the fighting stopped?
BILL GERTZ of The Washington Times and The Washington Free Beacon discusses the strong possibility that it was US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who ordered the CIA’s public talking points to reference “extremists” rather than Al Qaeda. Gertz also talks about current events in East Asia, including Obama’s recent visit to the region and continuing tensions over China’s claims to the South China Sea.

Tags: DefaultTag · Bill Gertz · Michael Rubin · Fred Grandy · Fred Fleitz

Michael Rubin, Gordon Chang, General Jack Keane, and Roger Noriega

October 24th, 2012 ·

MICHAEL RUBIN of AEI gives us a look at what is happening in the Middle East, and in particular how relations between various Arab countries could impact Israel.

GORDON CHANG examines the changes taking place within China's People's Liberation Army on the eve of their once-a-decade political transition.

General JACK KEANE provides his expert opinion on the budget crisis the U.S. military is facing--a crisis that is not waiting until January 1st, but that is happening now thanks to cuts already made.

ROGER NORIEGA takes a look at Governor Romney's rhetoric concerning Latin America, and well as what potential the region has for the U.S.--both good and bad.

Tags: DefaultTag · Gordon Chang · Michael Rubin · Roger Noriega · Gen. Jack Keane

Michael Rubin, Ben Shapiro, Adam Kredo, and Gordon Chang

September 24th, 2012 ·

With Ben Shapiro, Michael Rubin, Adam Kredo, and Gordon Chang

BEN SHAPIRO highlights the continued failings of President Obama’s foreign policy, specifically discussing Obama’s deference to Egyptian President Morsi and continual apologizing for American values and freedom speech. President Obama will be under pressure during the UN General Assembly to further kowtow to Middle East leaders and adopt policies unfavorable to Israel.

Former Pentagon official MICHAEL RUBIN talks about the threat to free speech posed by Islamists in Turkey and the U.S.

ADAM KREDO of the Washington Free Beacon weighs in on a  court decision that ruled against the National Iranian American Council and its founder, Trita Parsi.

GORDON CHANG discusses the continuing tensions between China and Japan, and the likely Communist Party role behind events in China.

Tags: DefaultTag · Gordon Chang · Michael Rubin · Adam Kredo

Andy Bostom, Jim Woolsey, Michael Rubin

February 27th, 2012 ·

Andy Bostom, Brown university associate professor of medicine, author, and expert on counter terror threat doctrine, shares his expertise on Islamic law with its bearing on a recent court ruling against an Athiest’s freedom of speech in Pennsylvania, the Koran riots in Kabul, and the eschatology of the Iranian regime.

Bill Clinton’s former CIA, Jim Woolsey, director also weighs in on Iran with great detail about the nature of the regime and the beliefs of the factions there in.  He also makes sense of uranium enrichment reports and their significance for interpreting the timing of a potential weapons capability.  Jim makes sense of Iranian “prophecies” that calls for the return of the twelfth imam who will lead the battles that will end the world. He explains that the Iranian regime believes it is time for an epic battle between Iran and the Jews, and their allies, resulting in the destruction of the Jewish people and a new Iranian world order. Jim compares this notion of future world events with the Nazi beliefs of the 1930s. The American government has not been candid with its citizens as to the extent of the Iranian nuclear program and the threat it poses to global security.

Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute begins without strong criticism of the President’s apology to Karzai and lays out the strategic distinction in this act from other infamous gestures of weakness to foreign leaders.   Rubin cuts beyond the Koran burning to the deep strategic issues on the ground that defines either failure or success in Afghanistan.   On the matter of arming Syrian rebels, there is a right way and a wrong one.  Without asking the right questions, the risk of arming Al Qaeda type Islamists is a real possibility.

Tags: DefaultTag · Michael Rubin · Jim Woolsey · Andy Bostom

Michael Rubin, Gordon Chang, Andy McCarthy

January 3rd, 2012 ·

Michael Rubin joins Frank in segment one  to explain how Iran could only really close the Strait of Hormuz for no more than a day because it needs to import gas as well as export oil for its own economy.  Iran is trying to psychologically increase oil prices in order to reap the benefits. Michael Rubin then touches on the relationship between the Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s military leaders are more like businessman than soldiers and therefore are willing to make a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood if it is beneficially.  What will this mean to Egypt and the region? Will the Muslim Brotherhood destroy the military in order to gain sole control over Egypt? What are the implications of the Prime Minister of Hamas visiting Turkey at the behest of the Turkish government?

Gordon Chang joins Frank to speak on how the North Korean regime is trying to show solidarity for Kim Jung Un while China is determined to maintain stability within the Korean peninsula by propping up the new North Korean leader. China is doing its best to put money and resources into Kim Jung Un which would make North Korea essentially the fourth Chinese province. China will end up absorbing North Korea and therefore everything North Korea does will be an extension of Chinese foreign policy.   China’s support to rogue regimes does not end with North Korea, but is also extended to Iran. Will China become more hostile in 2012 and how will China use the Law of the Sea Treaty to restrict international waterways?

Andy McCarthy spends twice the amount of time with Frank in order to educate us on the cost of American security. Is America really to blame for the world’s problems? Is the root of Islamic extremism and Islamic terrorism ideology or some outside factor? Paul Stockton, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security, refused to acknowledge the threat to America posed by Islamic extremism and Islamic terrorism. He refused to even utter those words in a Congressional testimony as part of the Obama Administration’s appeasement platform. In fact, the Obama Administration is turning to an Islamic extremist that has advocated the death of U.S. soldiers in order to broker a deal with the Taliban.  Also, the president is welcoming the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, who wants to abandon the peace treaty with Israel. Was does this mean for Israeli security and who will the Israelis turn to for help, America?

Tags: DefaultTag · Gordon Chang · Andy McCarthy · Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin, Roger Noriega, Mario Loyola, Jim Hanson

October 12th, 2011 ·

Has Iran reverted back to its cocky tricks due to the failure of the Obama administration’s policies in the Middle East? Resident Scholar at AEI, Michael Rubin joins Frank today at Secure Freedom Radio to examine the failed assassination attempt of the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir and the role that Iranian forces had in the plot. Reports are stating that the unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or the Quds Force, whose mission it is to export Iranian ideology is at the forefront of many of these terrorist attacks. Rubin states that this is not the first time that an Iranian hit team has come to the United States to carry out a killing. In 1980, Iran sent a squad to Bethesda, MD and successfully killed an Iranian dissident. Unfortunately, US diplomats have continued to dismiss Iranian rhetoric and ignorantly believed that such attacks are just rouge operations. Instead of upholding such ignorance, the United States should have a frank discussion about an Iran regime change and seriously evaluate whether the current regime has US interests in mind.

Is Iran contracting with the drug cartels in Mexico to kill people in the United States? Weekly commentator at Secure Freedom Radio and Visiting Fellow at AEI, Roger Noriega offers his insight on this topic, among other Latin American issues. What is of paramount concern to Noriega is that there is an expanding network of Hezbollah activities in Venezuela that have been linked to Iranian sponsorship. This network continues to grow throughout Central and South America. As the realistic possibility of Hugo Chavez’s death looms over the nation, sources within the country believe that tension will continue to increase. Chavez’s cronies are trying to hold onto power any way they can. This includes arming themselves with weapons in preparation for a civil war that might break out after the death of Chavez. Additionally, they have partnered with Russian, Chinese, and Iranian arms organizations to supply continued arms to the leadership. A majority of these arms have ended up in the hands of narcotraffickers in South America. The US Department of State seems completely oblivious to these actions.

Mario Loyola of the Texas Policy Institute reflects on his lecture at the semi-weekly Center for Security Policy’s Capitol Hill luncheon in which he discussed the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East and beyond. Over the past half century, there has been a turn towards extremists and Islamists like those in the Muslim Brotherhood who have no interest in modernization. These groups turn to the past and see progressive democratic governance, such as that practiced in the United States as the enemy of Islam. They have divided the world into part of the world conquered by Muslims and the part of the world that has yet to be conquered by Muslims. This division into Muslim and non-Muslim territories can be seen in the events unfolding in Egypt. Egypt is looking for legitimacy for its new government in the streets and mosques.

Concluding today’s show is resident expert on military affairs and the “boots on the ground” perspective, Jim Hanson comments on his involvement at the US Army’s Annual Convention. At this conference, Hanson and his company presented a new product that allow smartphones to be used in military operations abroad. The features of these phones include an application that would allow a solider to conduct fingerprint and retinal investigations on the field. This would help our solider combatants more successfully identify who are a friends and foes.

Tags: DefaultTag · Jim Hanson · Michael Rubin · Roger Noriega · Mario Loyola

Major TG Taylor, Amb. John Bolton, Michael Rubin, Andy McCarthy

August 18th, 2011 ·

Were the elite SEAL Team forces that crashed in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter earlier this month sent on a rescue mission or were they sent simply to implement a hammer and anvil operation? Media Chief for US Central Command (CENTCOM), Major TG Taylor joins Secure Freedom Radio to examine the investigation, led by Army Brig. Gen. Jeffery Colt, being conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash. Major Taylor believes that the important findings of this investigation is not whether the troops were conducting a rescue mission, but rather to capture the lessons learned in order to protect future troops from the same fate. In his generic assessment of the situation in Afghanistan, the crash neither reflected the troops’ lack of assets or the Taliban’s gaining success in the region. Rather, Taylor argues, the troops understand their purpose of being in the country and the exact significance of properly training the Afghan national security forces. These forces, likewise, are responding in supportive and professional manners in order to ensure the success of our mission in the region.

Next, Former UN Ambassador and Senior Fellow at AEI, John Bolton expresses his worries that the base line $500 billion in cuts for the upcoming fiscal year will have immediate and staggering consequences for US national security. These cuts will both embolden the malicious ambitions of our enemies and weaken our ability to defend ourselves abroad. Ambassador Bolton also calls for the Tea Party to recognize the serious threat that these cuts will have for the safety and well being of Americans across the globe. The budget negotiations failed to protect our security as well as failed to uphold Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which outlines the need for strong national defense. Lastly, Bolton discusses the Law of the Sea Treaty and how putting American resources under the authority of an international court is extremely risky business.

Michael Rubin, of the American Enterprise Institute, untangles the messy situation in Turkey where ten percent of the generals are imprisoned on corruption charges. These imprisonments eliminated the last system for checks and balances on the growing Islamist drive within Turkish leadership. Rubin compares the situation in Turkey to that of Pakistan prior to the 1970s. This dismantling of secular military leaders poses a serious threat to the transfer of military technologies from the United States to Turkey. Furthermore, Turkey has begun to engage in anti-ballistic missile system technology trades with Russia and China.

Finally, Contributing Editor for the National Review Online and regular guest here at Secure Freedom Radio, Andy McCarthy enlightens us on the recent accusations by the Council on American-Islamic Relations that Governor Rick Perry of Texas is a “friend of Sharia.” McCarthy is hesitant to believe the allegations put forth by CAIR and will hold back judgment of any kind until Gov. Perry develops concrete positions on the issues. In addition, he shares with us his new article about the sneaky maneuvers by Iran to garner more support for the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East.

Tags: DefaultTag · Andy McCarthy · Amb. John Bolton · Michael Rubin

Robert Zarate, Michael Rubin, Rep. Mike Conaway, Bill Gertz

July 29th, 2011 ·

In the never-ending debt ceiling debate, Robert Zarate, Policy Analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative, joins Frank to discuss what it may mean for our military. As proposed defense cuts have been as high as $1 trillion over 10 years, Zarate calls it a “war of accounting,” in which our spending in Iraq and Afghanistan takes the blame, while in actuality much of the budget is tied up in the Pentagon bureaucracy. Zarate asks what the risks are of not funding our military engagements abroad, and explains how we should determine our budgetary priorities.

Then, Michael Rubin, of the American Enterprise Institute, discusses another endless dilemma: the war in Libya. As rebels turn on each other, and defectors of the Libyan regime are assassinated, Rubin says the United States must choose whom to recognize, as such recognition brings considerable diplomatic power and aid. The Resident Scholar also explains how the Commander of the Revolutionary Guard, defenders of the Islamic Revolution, may soon be President of OPEC. Rubin also notes that while Iran’s menacing rhetoric is cause for alarm, the Islamic Republic is not currently in the position to act upon it.

Congressman Mike Conaway, 11th District of Texas, praises the vigilance of ordinary citizens in the role of catching Pfc. Naser Abdo, an AWOL Muslim soldier plotting a second attack on Fort Hood. Rep. Conaway wonders why conscientious objector status was given to Abdo, who did not demonstrate an eschew of violence by buying six pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and bullets for a semi-automatic pistol while reading al Qaeda's Inspire magazine. Conaway, member of the House Armed Services Committee, also comments on the debt debate, as he is “not interested in solving the problem on the backs of our men and women in uniform.”

Finally, weekly Secure Freedom Radio commentator Bill Gertz, of the Washington Times, reports on China and the growing tensions on the Taiwanese Strait, where Chinese surveillance aircrafts were recently spotted. From “Inside the Ring,” Gertz is also hearing that the Obama Administration and Sen. John Kerry are ramping up efforts for the Senate to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty by using the Navy as a catalyst of support. He also notes how the Administration is in “major spin mode” in trying to defend U.S. relations with Russia after a GRU military officer was linked to the U.S. embassy bombing in Georgia.

Tags: Bill Gertz · Michael Rubin

Anthony Kimery, Clare Lopez, Michael Rubin, Jim Hanson

June 1st, 2011 ·

Is it true that the Obama administration plans to “cook the books” in regards to illegal immigration? Anthony Kimery discusses how the current administration is encouraging a system used by the Department of Homeland Security that allows some illegal immigrants to freely cross America’s borders. Clare Lopez gives her insight on the current Iranian nuclear build-up and the threat it poses to the Middle East and Europe. Michael Rubin touches on the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Gaza Strip and the implications it has on international policy. Jim Hanson comments on the new Joint Chief of Staff picks; as well as the desire of the Obama administration to quickly integrate homosexuals in the military.

Tags: DefaultTag · Jim Hanson · Michael Rubin · Clare Lopez · Anthony Kimery