MICHAEL RUBIN, of American Enterprise Institute, dissects the results of the recent Iranian Presidential elections and subsequent win of so-called moderate candidate, Hassan Rouhani, and what this really means for the region and for the United States as well as what changes, if any, the world can expect to see from the country's new and moderate president.
HAROLD RHODE, of the Gatestone Institute, explains why the new Iranian president is not—and cannot—be "moderate" in the American sense of the word, and how Iran is purposefully trying to lure the US into a state of false security.
ROBERT ZARATE, Policy Director at the Foreign Policy Initiative, looks towards the upcoming U.S. and Russia meeting, specifically looking at the issues of nuclear de-armament and Russia’s plan of action in regards to this issue.
GORDON CHANG, of Forbes.com, touches on the subject of Edward Snowden and the growing possibility that he is working with the Chinese government. Chang also gives his analysis of China's economic future based on recent stock market closings and other fiscal signs.
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ROBERT ZARATE of the Foreign Policy Research Institute raises several questions about Sec. Def. Chuck Hagel's recent announcement to renew the Bush administration's commitment to ground based missile interceptors in the U.S. which the Obama administration cut back in its first term. Will sequestration allow the plan to follow through? Was the cancellation of long range ICBM interceptors in Europe in fact the more important element of the announcement as it is a strategic step backward and a concession to Russian power in the region?
Former Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp member and CIA agent REZA KHALILI reports new intelligence on a covert Iranian nuclear site, nuclear material, and weapons capability including numbers on weaponized grade Uranium that would seem to exceed stated Red Lines of the United States.
World renowned investigative journalist, CLAUDIA ROSETT, explains the meaning of the strange death in London of a Russian Oligarch who had fallen from the grace of the Putin regime.
GORDON CHANG of Forbes.com breaks down the nuclear threat matrix between the U.S. and China based on new reports of the China's Carrier Killer 12,000 mile range missile.
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BARRY RUBIN, Director of the GLORIA Center, points out the reality of the upcoming Israeli election that the mass media is failing to grasp--namely, Israelis are voting much as they always have, but this time around the far right is better aligned.
Ret. Col. JOSEPH WOOD, former advisor to Vice President Cheney, discusses the responsibility that France still feels towards its ex-colonies in Africa, including Mali. Wood also talks about the French government's attempt to limit religious extremism within its own borders, which recently led to the creation of an observatory of secularism.
On the day of President Obama's second inauguration, the Foreign Policy Initiative's ROBERT ZARATE reflects on what steps Obama took during his first term to press forward with his goal of "Global Zero," and offers up predictions of what Obama may do in the next four years.
Forbes.com writer GORDON CHANG, recently returned from a trip to India, describes the fear he encountered repeatedly that the U.S. is increasingly taking Pakistan's side over India's. Secretary of State nominee John Kerry's past statements regarding Pakistan have only served to further unsettle Indians regarding the direction the U.S. is heading.
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Foundation for Defense of Democracies President CLIFFORD MAY critiques a recent article by Robert Kaplan, arguing that Islamists are united by their religion rather than by blood ties. May cites the hostility of Egyptian Islamists towards Egyptian Christians, with whom they share thousands of years of history and family ties, as an example.
ROBERT ZARATE, of the Foreign Policy Initiative, explains the impact that the threat of sequestration has already had on the U.S. military. Namely, the people in charge of national defense are unable to plan, and concern about the availability of funds harms our efforts to keep up with foreign militaries, such as China's.
DAVID NORTH of the Center for Immigration Studies discusses the dangers posed by the failure of ICE's Student and Exchange Visitor Program department to adequately screen foreigners who attempt to come to the U.S. on student visas.
Lignet.com's managing editor FRED FLEITZ talks about prospects for post-Chavez Venezuela.
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With Robert Zarate, Stephen Duncan, Christian Whiton, and Fred Fleitz
Today’s guests give their perspective on Obama’s re-election and how it impacts different sectors of our national defense. What are the implications of this election on our intelligence community? Christian Whiton looks at how Obama’s next four years will impact China, while Fred Fleitz speaks about our intelligence capabilities under another four years of Obama.
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Colonel (Ret.) CHRIS PERKINS, former Green Beret and candidate for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District, stops by the show today to talk to Frank about sequestration and the devastating effects it would have on Virginia.
BRANDON WEBB, former United States Navy SEAL and editor-in-chief of SOFREP.com, talks with Frank today about new rules of engagement in Afghanistan for Special Operations soldiers as well as the horrific green-on-blue attacks that have occurred over the past several months.
ROBERT ZARATE of the Foreign Policy Initiative talks about the effects of sequestration cuts on America’s defense industry and security capabilities. Frank and Zarate also touch on the WARN Act and the current controversy taking place around the White House’s recent statements in regards to the WARN Act and tax dollars.
GORDON CHANG of Forbes.com frames the elements of currency manipulation and the weaponization of trade and investment by China in terms of the tomorrow night’s presidential debate.
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- MARC THIESSEN from the American Enterprise Institute explains how Obama is using sensitive information in order to bolster his campaign. Obama is also doing the same things that he criticized former President Bush for doing, yet no one is giving him the same grief they gave Bush.
The Obama-Bush doctrine – The Washington Post
- DR. ARTHUR HERMAN of AEI discusses his new book “Freedom’s Forge” and how understanding history will help America prosper and be secure in the future.
Arthur Herman — Freedom’s forge: How American business produced victory in World War II
- Foreign Policy Initiative director ROBERT ZARATE analyzes the defense cuts and how the president seems to be ignoring his experts on the repercussions to these sequestration cuts. Will these cuts allow the US to pivot towards Asia; which the president says will happen?
FPI Bulletin: An Off-Balance Pivot to Asia?
- Former federal prosecutor ANDY McCARTHY discusses the growing civil war in Syria. If the US decides to arm the rebels, who exactly will they be arming and what are the consequences of that decision?
Romney’s Syria Problem
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What is the status between the United States and their allies in reference to North Korea’s nuclear program and how does China fit into this situation. Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation explains that the older generation sees it as a socialist buffer-zone between them and the West. The younger generation sees it as a trouble maker and wants more dialog between China and South Korea. Bruce then explains the presence of the US in South Korea and in the region and how the defense cuts will hinder the region’s security.
Robert Zarate speaks on the defense budget and how the Department of Defense has spent less than their budget every year for the last five years and non-defense programs have exceeded their budgets during that same timeframe. A deep cut in defense spending will have disastrous effects on our security, not just today or tomorrow but years down the road. In a time of uprisings in the Middle East, aggression in Asia and general hatred for America and democracy overall throughout parts of the world, how can America handcuff itself through these cuts? How can our diplomats push American interests and democracy if they are not protected by their military? These cuts will not only affect our military capabilities, but our diplomatic capabilities as well.
Egyptian Coptic writer and activist, Cynthia Farahat, recently escaped violent religious persecution of the Egyptian domestic security forces. Today she joined Fred Grandy in the Secure Freedom Radio studio and is reporting in English on that persecution, the nature of the forces taking power, and up to the day events on the ground. The U.S. government policy makers and media are not getting the whole story and are especially missing the most important intelligence requirements of the political and human rights state of play. The U.S. government is in fact currently arming and funding the violent persecution of religious minorities in Egypt including moderate Sufi Muslims.
Is the Obama Administration tired of China’s games or are they playing politics and are employing a campaign strategy? Gordon Chang explains the change in U.S. policy towards China. The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal does not include China, the Pentagon’s Air-Sea Battle Concept which is directed to containing China, Taiwan being named a major security partner as well as the recent East-Asia Summit, the U.S. has taken a stance to China’s South China Sea claims are just a few examples of the shift in Obama’s policy towards China. Will China back off from their aggressive endeavors within the region or will this new shift make them more hostile? Post Cold War, the U.S. policy towards China was to work with them and provide them with assistance even when they went against American principals. We rewarded them for being bad, so what incentive does China have to work with us instead of against us?
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By sending 100 troops in Africa, most notably to Uganda, has the United States started another international war? Frank kicks off today’s show sharing his thoughts on the recent decision by President Obama to intervene in the battle against rebels in Uganda. Is this simply the Obama administration’s way of asserting their “responsibility to protect” philosophy or an appeasement of the UN? In many circumstances, the United States is told to assert OUR responsibility to protect by international organizations such as the United Nations. However, in order to intervene in such conflicts the United States must first state that it has no vital interest in the nation or region. In Libya, we were told that the United States and NATO had a responsibility to intervene to protect the Libyan people, but in many ways the major bloodshed came following the US and NATO airstrikes. Now we have brought a government to Libya saturated with Muslim Brotherhood officials and connections to al Qaeda.
Is it true that the world has seen the end of the Arab Spring in Egypt? American journalist, Arnaud de Borchgrave continues today’s showing answering this question among others concerning Egypt’s future. De Borchgrave argues that it is not the future of Egypt, but how the idea of democracy in Egypt first started that is important. The true goal in Egypt should be trying to prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from gaining a majority in the government and the country. The real problem in combating the Muslim Brotherhood is that they are posing officially as a moderate organization that refuses the admission of extremists. Frankly, the Obama administration is kidding itself if it believes that the character of the Muslim Brotherhood has changed and whether something positive might occur in Egypt as a result of their leadership.
Next, Policy Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, Robert Zarate talks budget cuts. This past August, the President and Congress enacted a last minute debt deal where they raised the debt ceiling and called for a $1.2 trillion debt reduction. These debt reduction negotiations need to be decided by January 12, 2012. In order to hammer out a deficit reduction packet, the Congress comprised a committee of twelve lawmakers called the Super Committee. The Committee’s objective is to create the deficit reduction packet by Thanksgiving, so that Congress has enough time to debate it. Additionally, Zarate delves into the failed “reset” policy towards Russia. Although Russia continues to have ill intensions towards us, the administration has continued its policy of overpromising and under developing.
Resident China expert at Secure Freedom Radio, Gordon Chang concludes today’s show discussing the changes in the Chinese government. For the past three decades, there was a lost of military power for the Chinese. Since the rise of Hu Jintao, however, there has been a shift of power favoring the military in political affairs. Additionally, it seems like the military will soon become more important than civilians.
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