Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast header image 1

Mark Helprin

December 29th, 2010

Join Frank and renowned author, Mark Helprin of the Claremont Institute, for a special one hour world tour of U.S. foreign policy and national security.

Mark Helprin

July 6th, 2011

Mark Helprin, writer, novelist and pundit, joins Frank for a full hour to discuss the most pressing national security issues of the day, from terrorism, Afghanistan, Iran, China, to the defense budget. Helprin, former adviser on Defense and Foreign Relations to presidential candidate Robert Dole, describes the current Administration’s view of terrorism as a law enforcement issue: “the people that crashed our planes into our buildings are all dead so the case is closed.” This mentality, coupled with a policy of refusing to name our enemy, is inadequate in fighting the war on terror, he contends. Next, Helprin talks about the difficult situation in Afghanistan and a pattern in recent years of the U.S. destabilizing situations in the Middle East. Helprin also gives his take on the so-called Anti-Terrorism Conference in Iran, and China’s ship building capacity, which he claims will reach naval parity with the U.S. in five years. Finally, Helprin addresses the question of maintaining the defense budget amidst the debt crisis. He maintains that the idea that the economy must be in order before building up our defenses is a fallacy, and that the Republicans risk losing their position as the party of strong national defense if they succumb to this misconception.

Mark Helprin

July 9th, 2012

With Mark Helprin

MARK HELPRIN from the Claremont Institute delves into his article “A Primer for American Military Intervention,” emphasizing that the United States is currently not doing what it should be with our military around the globe.  He explains that the Obama administration is too timid with our military, which can be seen in how it is slowing down in building up our arms while countries such as Iran, China and Russia are quickly speeding up. We’re taking a business approach to war—but we need to be doing the opposite.

A Primer for American Military Intervention

Mark Helprin

August 30th, 2013

MARK HELPRIN, of the Wall Street Journal and accomplished author, joins Frank for a one hour special about the issues plaguing the Middle East today and the declining power of the US in the region. Mark starts the hour by analyzing the headline topic of US intervention in Syria as a reaction to the Syrian government using chemical weapons on civilians. 

Throughout the hour, Mark explores a variety of topics including: the situation in Egypt and the continue support by the US for the Muslim Brotherhood; his time in the Israeli military and how Israel is used a tool by Islamic leaders to distract their citizens from the internal problems facing their nations; the current condition of the US military; the threat from China, and much, much more.   

Mark Helprin

December 16th, 2013

MARK HELPRIN, a prize winning novelist and Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, joins Frank for a full show to discuss Russia’s dangerous reassertion of its power in the Middle East, as well as China’s desire to expand its sphere of influence. Mark contends that while the United States military has been downsizing, Russia and China have been displaying their power in symbolic gestures towards the West. Weighing in on Iran, Egypt, and North Asia, Mark explains the pressing need for greater American influence to serve as an effective deterrent to hostile nations.

Mark Helprin

June 10th, 2014

MARK HELPRIN, Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute:

Part 1:

  • Reflections on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, and how American culture has changed since D-Day
  • "They were not the greatest generation. They were a normal generation for America...We are an abnormal generation."
  • The recent decline of the U.S. military's operational capability due to a "hollowing out" of the armed forces

Part 2:

  • What are China's long term geostrategic goals?
  • China’s devotion to the expansion of its military
  • US losing ground in the Pacific

Part 3:

  • Obama administration's release of five jihadist prisoners from Gitmo and how it highlights America's sometimes "submissive" national security policy
  • Would the release of five Taliban officials in exchange for one American POW ever be okay under any circumstances?
  • Fundamental differences in thinking between Islamists and the "West"

Part 4:

  • Obama administration decision to continue aiding the new Palestinian Unity government, which has direct ties to the terrorist organization Hamas
  • Likelihood of Hamas taking control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and predictions for Israel's security in the near future