Cognitive Dissonance in the Western World

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With Eric Schmitt, Diana West, Roger Kimball, Mark Schneider

ERIC SCHMITT, New York Times reporter and co-author of “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Campaign Against Al Qaeda”:

  • One general’s quest for the truth behind the Islamic State
  • The ideological vulnerabilities of the West
  • What Kobani reveals about the Islamic State’s strategy
DIANA WEST, author of “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”:
  • A military failure to properly educate U.S. forces about what motivates ISIS
  • The minority that has “weaponized” Islam
  • Message of the Pentagon-sponsored essay contest honoring the late Saudi King Abdullah

ROGER KIMBALL, Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion:

  • The politics of appeasement and cognitive dissonance
  • Terror attacks’ common thread
  • Theocratic pressure on Western institutions
Dr. MARK SCHNEIDER, former Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy Principal Director for Forces Policy:
  • Cold War-style nuclear provocations in the U.K.
  • Putin’s continued escalation in Ukraine to distract from the tattered Russian economy
  • Russian ICBMs in the Crimea
  • The stated goal of full nuclear modernization in Russia by 2021