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With Diana West, Walid Phares, Daniel Pipes, and Clare Lopez

The true scope of the post-Benghazi cover up has largely been ignored due to the over-focus on the Susan Rice comments. Diana West connects the moving pieces and the evolving narrative surrounding the Sept. 11th attacks in Libya.

Walid Phares gives his view on Morsi’s recent decree which grants him more power over Egypt and the ability to declare laws that the judicial committee cannot renounce. He explains that this new move for more power could be just the beginning to a new dictatorship.

Daniel Pipes talks from Israel about the Israeli cease fire agreement with Hamas and how Morsi cultivated this agreement in a manner that benefits Hamas. He then moves onto Turkey which is becoming increasingly Islamist and therefore poses a threat to both Europe and the fragile stability in the Middle East.

Former CIA officer Clare Lopez analyzes the growing concern over the health of the king of Saudi Arabia. It looks like whoever takes the helm, will not be a friend of the United States and therefore could throw the region into more chaos and instability.

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With Adam Kredo, Mark Groombridge, Monica Crowley and Walid Phares

Fred Grandy sits-in for Frank today and speaks with the guests about Benghazigate and the upcoming hearings on Capitol Hill. The focal point is what the president knew, when he knew it and what he decided to do about it. Each of our guests give their own take on the presidents role in the aftermath of the attack on the US consulate.

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·         DR. WALID PHARES discusses the recent massacres in Syria and the implications the conflict has on regional security.

Arab Spring: A Race Between Democracy, Theocracy

·         CYNTHIA FARAHAT from the Center for Security Policy explains the Egyptian elections and what impact it will have on regional and American security.

Egypt—Radicalizing the Political Bargain Part II

·         CHRISTIAN WHITON from DC International Advisory explains Obama’s kill list and how this puts American security in jeopardy.

Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will

·         American Enterprise Institutes’ Tom Donnelly analyzes the defense cuts and how it will push America’s defense over the edge.

Budget priorities for 21st century defense: A conversation with Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter - Foreign and Defense Policy - AEI



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Is North Korea’s failed missile launch more devastating to regional stability than if the test had succeeded? According to Riki Eillison, North Korea will learn more about their systems because of that failure and will be able to not just fix the problems but also enhance the parts that did work. What will happen to the next missile that North Korea tests?

Is the government of North Sudan teetering on collapse? Andrew Natsios explains how the rebels in the Nuba Mountains are posing a real roadblock to the North’s Islamist government. How far will the North go to gain the upper hand?

Why is the Obama Administration courting the Muslim Brotherhood? Walid Phares sees this courtship as serving no purpose other than giving the Muslim Brotherhood legitimacy in Egypt and the Western world. The Muslim Brotherhood is slowly and methodically putting the pieces together in Egypt in order to solidify their power.

Who is more dangerous, North Korea or China? Gordon Chang explains the weakness in the Chinese economy, which could make them more dangerous than North Korea. Are North Korea’s actions detrimental to China or is the communist regime supporting these provocations?

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The courts are being used to insinuate Sharia into American courts. A Muslim judge in an American court of law dismissed a case that involved a Muslim citizen choking a non-Muslim citizen in Pennsylvania for wearing a Muhammad costume. The judge said “the First Amendment does not allow a person to piss off another person or culture.” Doesn’t the First Amendment allow citizens to wear whatever clothing they want? Assault is assault no matter what the reasoning is and the American Constitution gives us the right to piss off whoever we want because we have freedom of speech. Our own society is under attack from Sharia law and Fred Grandy explains what needs to be done to protect our citizens and our Constitution from this un-American law.

Are our chemical plants as secure as they ought to be? Americans would like to think so because we know that chemical plants are a high-value-target for terrorists. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security has not been doing their part in helping to secure these facilities. In 2005, Congress ordered DHS to increase security of these facilities, and since then DHS has not approved any security measure provided to them by a chemical plant. DHS has claimed that preparations are under way but yet no actual step towards implementation has been taken. There are 4,000 high risk plants in the US, are any of them safe from a terrorist attack? Washington Times reporter, Shaun Waterman, has dug into this disgraceful lapse in protocol.

Which is worse, the devil you know or the one you don’t? This is the problem we are facing in Syria. Should America support the rebels or stay out of the righting and possibly allow Assad to remain in power? Walid Phares explains that the rebels are a mix of other groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and once Assad is out those groups will start trying to vie for power and as of right now the Muslim Brotherhood is the strongest and best organized of these groups therefore it is most likely that they will come to power just like they did in Egypt.

Why would North Korea even think of dismantling their nuclear weapons? Their military is small and not well trained or equipped; the only thing keeping this Communist regime in power is their control over a nuclear arsenal. Iran is definitely taking notice of this and it is this very reason that they are working so hard to develop their nuclear technology. If all else fails, a nuclear weapon is a strong deterrent and the North Koreans know this and that is why these talks about their nuclear weapons is nothing more than a waste of time and is just for show. How is the Taliban reacting to President Obama’s repeated apologies to the Afghan government? It is American troops that are being killed, yet he apologizes for honest mistakes that our troops make, Bill Gertz tells us what’s wrong with that picture.

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Walid Phares weighs in on the situation in Syria. What role does the Muslim Brotherhood, China, and Russia play in this conflict? The administration is adopting the “Istanbul Process” to avoid offending the Muslim Brotherhood here in the U.S. and abroad. What are the implications of coddling the Muslim Brotherhood?

How does the austere economic climate affect our men and women in uniform? The President of the National Association of Uniformed Services, Former Lieutenant General Jack Klimp covers employment, salary, and healthcare issues from the perspective of our Military Services.

Retired General Jack Keane ponders whether we are on the verge of another war in the Middle East. Israel will strike against Iran if it feels threatened. Will the conflict between Israel and Iran pull the United States into another war? Is the United States making a noticeable effort to avoid this catastrophe in the Middle East?

Jim Carafano reviews crucial implications of the administration’s defense cuts. Is the White house revealing the impact of the cuts the Pentagon is obliged to start implementing by law? Jim discusses the Saving American Dream initiative to deal with such challenges along the way.

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What does it mean for the Free World and Israel should Palestine get a state adhering to the 1967 borders? Ambassador Yorum Ettinger tries to answer this question while also warning us of the possible implications that this would have for the United States. In Ettinger’s opinion, by supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state, international leaders are acknowledging Palestinians who were known supporters of Saddam during the 1991 Iraq War and even collaborated with him in the invasion of Kuwait. These same Palestinians condemned the US for executing Saddam. Moreover, Ettinger thinks that Mahmoud Abbas has close bonds with the top Russian government officials and was even educated in Russia. These connections could be used in the future to provide a foothold for the Russians and Chinese in the region, as well as is a death sentence for the pro-US government in Jordan. We don’t need another rogue regime that would be a tailwind for the US’s enemies.

How have the past two to three years of US foreign policy gone to sour in the Middle East, especially in Syria? Professor at the National Defense University and Lebanese native, Walid Phares joins Secure Freedom Radio today to give Frank his insights on the Syrian opposition leadership that seems to be producing some unsavory characters. Phares states that the father and son Assad regime has participated in non-stop oppression of its own people starting in the 1980s. However, the Assad regime has reached the point of no return, argues Phares, as they have refused to implement any political reforms. Additionally, he discusses how there needs to be a change of direction in Washington, such as identifying the true good guys in the region before a new policy can be implemented. The US leadership can do this by first making the distinction between the duel opposition groups: civil society and the Muslim Brotherhood backed groups.

President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum, Zuhdi Jasser shares his personal family experiences under the Assad regime in Syria. Syria is the perfect environment for radical groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, since they offer them a veil of religious protection. Although the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups would thrive in the country, Syria would never be controlled by such organizations since it would remain secular. The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, however, causes the most problems in the United States. Most of these groups are closely intertwined with Muslim advocacy groups in the United States. This is most problematic since the Obama administration does not have the “Constitution internally to deal with it.” Jasser furthers his point by stating that the Arab Spring would only give way to the Islamist winter and when it does leaders in Washington will not be able to distinguish between Islamist rebels and those fighting for Western ideals.

Weekly guest here at Secure Freedom Radio, Jim Hanson concludes today’s show with his “boots on the ground” perspective to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the cuts on retirement benefits for members of the US military. While Hanson is in favor of the repeal of the discriminatory policy, he believes that sexual orientation should not be used in the military to further the gay agenda. Furthering such agendas has no business in the military, states Hanson. Military men should be respected for their service and not their sexuality. Frank also talks with Hanson about the ludicrous retirement benefit cuts for US military veterans.

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In 10 years after 9/11, where do we stand?  “Basically we are still in 1942,” says Dr. Walid Phares.  Phares, Professor at the National Defense University, joins Frank for two segments to discuss the state of America and the Middle East in the War on Terror, 10 years removed.  “Not only the enemy is not defeated, the enemy is not even identified,” he says, remarking how in the three years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States had both recognized and secured victory against Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan in the Second World War.  Shaped by campuses, the media and the bureaucracy, today the national dialogue merely asks, “Is Jihad 24/7 Holy War, or Yoga?”

Phares continues his discussion by detailing the “neo-Ottoman” rise of Turkey, and its increasing tensions with Israel.  The author of The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East explains the “Erdogan Flotilla,” and what we should be weary of in the region, from Gaza to Syria.

Then, Gordon Chang provides his weekly China update, and delves into their “Gangster trade.” By ignoring environmental rules and imposing export restrictions, China is capturing virtually all the world’s rare earth production.  These materials are vital to advanced weapons technology, and China is “engaging in every predatory trade practice imaginable” to secure these valuable resources, and make the U.S. military beholden to the Communist regime.  Chang then explains why we should kick out Huawei, the telecommunications company founded by a retired People’s Liberation Army Officer, and the latest on Iran’s nuclear program.

Finally, weekly commentator Andy McCarthy, Contributing Editor of National Review, also considers the condition of America 10 years after 9/11.  McCarthy is pleased that contrary to campaign promises, the Obama Administration has bought onto the counter-terrorism strategy of Bush and Cheney, by keeping Guantanamo Bay open, maintaining military tribunals and increasing the use of predator drones, putting us in a better place than we were ten years ago.  However, on the Ideological front, “we are in a much worse position,” he says.  “We’ve made great progress against the militant Jihad and the ‘Soft Jihad’ is making great progress against us, unfortunately,” he concludes.  The author of The Grand Jihad, also comments on the successes of the NYPD thanks to Commissioner Ray Kelly’s intelligence-based counter-terrorism, derived from “the quaint notion that the police actually have to do the police work” in keeping the greatest target in the U.S. safe, nearly 10 years and counting.

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Today, thousands of bikers began riding from Somerset, Pa., on their way to Ground Zero to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the victims of 9/11. It is events like these that Angie McCrary, Outreach Manager for Semper Fi Fund, gets the opportunity to take part. McCrary joins Frank to explain the important work the foundation is doing to support our Marines and Sailors. Started by Marine spouses in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund provides the crucial life-long support for our injured servicemen at their most vulnerable. Fully funded by private donations from patriotic citizens and corporations, Semper Fi Fund is able to conduct community events, like the Jerabek Challenge, a 4-mile run to honor the service of Pfc Ryan Jerabek, USMC who gave his life during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Next, Walid Phares, Professor at the National Defense University, gives us a much needed update on the Middle East. Phares explains the situation in Libya, where the dual rebel forces, made up of secular former bureaucrats and Islamist militia, seem to be gaining ground. Then, Phares reports on his birthplace Lebanon where Hezbollah officials have been linked to the assassinations of government officials. And finally, the author of The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East, explains that struggle where in the wake of authoritarian regimes lies a race for power between democratic partners and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Then, Ed Walby, Director of Business Operations for Northrop Grumman, joins Secure Freedom Radio for a special segment spotlighting the Block 30 Global Hawk UAV. The superior UAV has just reached initial operational capability and will replace the U-2 spy plane in future missions. The Generation Three Global Hawk can hover at 60,000 feet for upwards of 36 hours, surpassing the U-2's 12 hours, the limit of what a human pilot can endure. Because of its flight ceiling, the Block 30 Global Hawks can fly beyond the range of enemy fire, and also reduces threat levels to personnel and costs. Walby explains how the UAV helped the Japanese after the Tsunami and nuclear meltdown, and its huge successes operating over Libya and Afghanistan.

Finally, Washington Times Reporter Bill Gertz gives us his take from "Inside the Ring" regarding Vice President Biden's "getting to know you tour of China." As China builds up its military and becomes more aggressive throughout East Asia, Biden will try to schmooze the regime on the debt crisis and an arms deal with Taiwan. He then informs on how the Pentagon is in line for "merciless" cuts amidst a shrinking Navy and cries from even Leon Panetta who is warning about slashing defense. Gertz also explains how Putin and his KGB cronies are nefariously seeking to restore the Soviet Union.

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Across the emerging power vacuums in the Middle East, could the Muslim Brotherhood, the most organized Islamic network in modern times, gain widespread control? Walid Phares, Professor at National Defense University, joins Frank for two segments to discuss the implications of the Arab Spring or what may become an Islamist Fall. Phares, author or The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East, talks about the perils of the U.S. engaging with nations where it remains to be seen who will take power, and Obama’s “responsibility to protect” Libya but not Syria. Next, Patrick Byrne of, talks about raising the debt ceiling and how it can be used as a bargaining tool to work towards a balanced budget. Byrne adds his insight on the importance of avoiding a default, the Chinese downgrading the U.S. creditworthiness and the state of financial warfare. Finally, Jim Kouri, of the Washington Examiner, talks about the drastic reductions coming for the Department of Defense, and how the Obama Administration is “taking a page from the Clinton playbook,” in gutting national security. Kouri also reminds the U.S. that if it shirks from the fight overseas, the war will move closer to home, as Hezbollah already operates within the Western Hemisphere.

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