Archive for the 'Thom Shanker' Category

·         JANICE KEPHART from the Center for Immigration Studies explains CBP’s new policy of “run, hide and throw things” when faced with an active shooter situation. Who enforces the law if the police won’t?

Border Patrol training videos say "Hide," "Run Away" in Active Shooter Situations

·         Former Navy SEAL DON MANN talks about his new book as well the impact the defense cuts have on our national security.

Hunt the Scorpion

·         Journalist THOM SHANKER of the NY Times discusses the tension between America, Israel and Iran and how the US Navy is positioning more ships off the coast of Iran as a show of force.

U.S. Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran

·         Former federal prosecutor ANDY McCARTHY explains how the US talks about promoting democracy, yet the government allows the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to take power, a group that opposes democracy. Winning an election does not mean you will uphold the principals of a democratic society.

 Clinton Visits Egypt to Push for Transition to Democracy


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Since the end of the Cold War, US forces in Europe have constantly been shrinking and will probably end up in the range of 20,000 in the near future. Thom Shanker explains what this means to the morale of our troops and our allies in the region. If the US starts to ignore Europe, will the Russians take the opportunity to seize more control?

Obama is continuing to offer Iran a free pass on their nuclear program which casts America as nothing more than a paper tiger. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann elaborates on the idea of America being a paper tiger and how the Iranians are laughing at us behind closed doors. Are we just giving Iran more time to complete a nuclear weapon? How do the Israelis view this complacency on the part of Obama?

Is the Obama Administration falling for the Muslim Brotherhood’s “charm campaign” or does the president think he can ensure American security by becoming friends with our enemies? According to Debra Burlingame, the Muslim Brotherhood is not an advocate for peace and equality, but seeks to establish a global caliphate under the guidance of Sharia law. Will America wake up to this stealth jihad?

Has England gone completely over the edge in their quest for inclusion of their Muslim population? , in response to President Obama’s $10 million bounty for a high valued terrorist leader in Pakistan, the British Parliaments’ lone Muslim has offered a bounty for the capture of President Obama and former President Bush. Andy McCarthy explains how England has worked so hard to make Muslims a part of British society that they forgot that not all Muslims pledge their allegiance to the Union Jack. Will incidences such as this put a strain on the relationship of the free world’s two greatest allies?

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Is the Obama administration facing a very different al Qaeda from the one that instigated the September 11th attacks? Additionally, do former President Bush’s and current President Obama’s campaign against terrorism share a similar focus: al Qaeda? Co-authors of the book, “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt join Frank for a full hour today discussing the new challenges that the US faces in combating terrorist networks. Various US government officials are working on countering al Qaeda’s ideology and narrative, rather than merely killing its leaders through drone strikes. How does the government expect to destroy the root of Islamist ideology at a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about it without being labeled Islamophobic?

Since the rise of al Qaeda and other extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, both the Obama and Bush administrations have confronted a countermeasure campaign where the West is seen to be at war with Islam. How does the US without merely polishing its image go about combating such campaigns? How can we win in a region where the US has little credibility? Shanker and Schmitt argue that the leaders of the Free World need to expose the true actions of al Qaeda and demonstrate that their murderous actions cannot make them “the righteous ones.”

What motives nations, companies, and even some charities to finance terrorist activates? Moreover, are these financiers susceptible to traditional threats? According to “Counterstrike,” because some financiers are not ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, sophisticated threats can be used to deter their actions. Will such methods ultimately discourage routing funds from companies and charities to support terrorist groups?

From Today’s Show Prep:

Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

In the years following the 9/11 attacks, the United States waged a “war on terror” that sought to defeat Al Qaeda through brute force. But it soon became clear that this strategy was not working, and by 2005 the Pentagon began looking for a new way. In Counterstrike, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker of The New York Times tell the story of how a group of analysts within the military, at spy agencies, and in law enforcement has fashioned an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the cowboy slogans that characterized the U.S. government’s public posture. Adapting themes from classic Cold War deterrence theory, these strategists have expanded the field of battle in order to disrupt jihadist networks in ever more creative ways.

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