With Fred Grandy, Max Boot, Rowan Scarborough, Michaela Bendikova. Richard Miniter, guest host.
Former Iowa Congressman, FRED GRANDY, covers the Hagel hearings in terms of U.S. relations to Israel, Egypt, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Will the U.S. watch the Islamists repress political opposition in Egypt as they did in Iran in 2009?
MAX BOOT, author of the newly published book Invisible Armies, goes into depth on why the U.S. was initially so unprepared for fighting guerrilla forces in Afghanistan, despite its lengthy experience with similar combat in Vietnam. Boot also expresses his concern for what will become of Afghanistan if U.S. troops withdraw substantially from the country.
Washington Times reporter ROWAN SCARBOROUGH explains how the success of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi last year can in great part be blamed on the lack of planning by the U.S. government for such a situation. Because no plan of response had been established for an Islamist-backed mob in Northern Africa, the Africa Command had no quick reaction forces with which it could protect the consulate.
Heritage Foundation expert on Strategic Issues MICHAELA BENDIKOVA sets the record straight on Chuck Hagel’s obfuscations on nuclear forces and arms control. In reference to a nuclear policy recommendation report he co-authored for the Global Zero advocacy group which promotes reductions in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Michaela clarifies, “He was very adamant that the report doesn’t say that the United States should take these steps unilaterally. It does.”