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Controversy Over Bergdahl Family’s Stances on the Afghan War and International Terrorism

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With Sebastian Gorka, Diana West, Jeremy Carl, Scott McEwen

SEBASTIAN GORKA, Adjunct Professor, (US National Security) at Georgetown University, Public Policy Institute:

  • Obama’s “trust-me” tour and the loss of confidence in the US around the world
  • Controversy surrounding the released US solder – deserter or not?

DIANA WEST, syndicated columnist:

  • The President’s thought process in the the recent POW exchange with the Haqqani Network
  • The possibility of the War in Afghanistan coming to a final close

JEREMY CARL, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution:

  • What is the future of India’s relationship with China, Japan, and the United States following the election of a new Prime Minister?
  • The importance of coal to the resiliency of the American energy supply and electric grid

SCOTT McEWEN, bestselling author:

  • Scott McEwen’s newly released book, “Target America: A Sniper Elite Novel,”
  • Threats posed by fissionable material on the open market and the porousness of the US-Mexican border
  • The challenges and dangers U.S. soldiers face due to restrictive rules of engagement and lack of proper training

Putin’s Way of War

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With Sebastian Gorka, Fred Fleitz, Bill Roggio, Bill Gertz

SEBASTIAN GORKA, Associate Dean at the National Defense University and Senior Editor at Breitbart.com:

  • An off the record meeting with the Russian Ambassador
  • Putin’s way of war and strategic movements
  • The disbandment of the NYPD’s special unit  charged with monitoring jihadist activity in New York

FRED FLEITZ, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • The discovery of an email outlining how Susan Rice should present the Benghazi talking points
  • Peace talks between Israel and Palestine being undermined by anti-Semitic tactics of U.S. administration

BILL ROGGIO, Long War Journal:

  • Lack of groups in Syria that could be entrusted with American weapons
  • Smaller rebel groups in Syria end up under the umbrella of Al-Qaeda
  • Keeping American forces in Afghanistan and the chances of Taliban becoming the victor of the war

BILL GERTZ, Washington Free Beacon:

  • The rejection of legal restrictions proposed by Russia on missile defense
  • Open Skies Treaty and the controversial Russian desire to upgrade some of the sensors
  • The news that another top official, General Flynn, in the Obama Administration is stepping down

Russia Is Covertly Stoking the Flames in Ukraine

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With Sebastian Gorka, Diana West, James “Ace” Lyons, Jim Hanson

SEBASTIAN GORKA, Assistant Professor at the National Defense University:

  • Russia covertly increasing tensions in Ukraine
  • Vice President Biden’s trip to Ukraine
  • Dispatching American troops to countries near Russia to prevent Putin from further westward expansion
  • Angela Merkel’s past

DIANA WEST, author of “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”:

  • The EU’s attempt to collectivize Europe in a fashion lambasted as mirroring the model implemented by the Soviet Union
  • Details on how certain EU members have begun to seek out ways to regain their state-sovereignty
  • American Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups, notably CAIR, pushing to regard mosques as “surveillance free zones”
Admiral JAMES “ACE” LYONS (US Navy, Ret.), former Commander of the Pacific Fleet:
  • Yesterday’s Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi event, highlighting the finding that Muammar al-Gaddafi had reached out to the United States regarding his surrender and exile from Libya
  • The subsequent missteps by the Obama administration and notably the Department of State leading up to, during, and after the attack in Benghazi
JIM HANSON, of Blackfive.net:
  • Questions the rationale behind the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan and debates the reasons to keep a military presence in the country
  • Articulates how the United States won the war in Iraq but eventually lost the peace, and fears U.S. policy will soon lead to the same sequence of events in Afghanistan

Is it Too Late to Stop Putin?

With Sebastian Gorka, Michael Davidson, Daniel Gallington, Gordon Chang

SEBASTIAN GORKA, a professor at the National Defense University, looks at the Russian invasion of the Crimea as a part of Vladimir Putin’s greater international ambitions. He argues strongly that NATO must stand up to Russia or risk destroying itself, and that the US can defeat Putin like it did the USSR–by undermining the enemy’s totalitarian ideology.

Former CIA Clandestine Officer MICHAEL DAVIDSON analyzes the situation in Ukraine and explains how Vladimir Putin’s nostalgia for the Iron Curtain could be his downfall, depending on the US’s next move.

DANIEL GALLINGTON, a former general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, puts Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s allegations that the CIA spied on the Intelligence Committee into the context of a ten-year plus political battle over enhanced interrogation techniques. He also discusses the ramifications of the US relinquishing its ownership of the internet.

GORDON CHANG, of Forbes.com, talks about the theories surrounding the missing Malaysian airliner. He also discusses the seeming contradiction that is China supporting Russia’s attempt to annex the Crimea via a referendum, considering China’s own problems with calls for independence among the Uyghurs and Tibetans. Lastly, Chang expresses his concerns that a faltering Chinese economy will lead its military leaders to take a “now or never” approach to military aggression.

The Struggle Between the Kremlin and the Crimea is Deeply Rooted in History

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With Sebastian Gorka, Diana West, Luis Fleischman, Bill Roggio

SEBASTIAN GORKA, author of “Fighting the Ideological War,” examines how the historical roots of Russia and Ukraine are reflected in their current conflict.

DIANA West, author of “American Betrayal,” discuses Switzerland’s recent vote capping the number of immigrants from the European Union.

Dr. LUIS FLEISHCHMAN, senior adviser to the Menges Hemispheric Security Project and author of “Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era,” weighs in on the political underpinnings behind the ongoing protests within Venezuela.

BILL ROGGIO, of the Long War Journal, discusses the characteristics of the Taliban in Pakistan and Syria, and what unique threats they pose to the US.

Russia’s Influence Over the Assad Regime

With Douglas J. Feith, Michael Auslin, Sebastian Gorka, Charles Faddis

DOUGLAS J. FEITH, senior fellow and director of the Center for National Security Strategies at the Hudson Institute, offers his expertise on the challenges of enforcing international pressure in regards to Russia, and Syria’s chemical weapon stockpile.

MICHAEL AUSLIN, of the American Enterprise Institute, weighs in on the competency of the Obama administration in dealing with Syria, as well as how military budget cuts are effecting our influence abroad.

SEBASTIAN GORKA, of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, gives insight into a variety of issues in the Middle East, including the ramifications of Russia’s involvement in possible negotiations with the Syrian government.

CHARLES FADDIS, former head of the CIA’s WMD terrorism unit, talks about some of the problems in the intelligence community, as well as sheds light on how problematic the possibility of a chemical weapons agreement with the Syrian government is.

Sequestration Has Just Arrived, But Our Soldiers’ Lives Are Already in Danger

With Sebastian Gorka, Fred Grandy, Bill Gertz, and James Carafano. Rich Miniter guest hosts with co-host Jacki.

What happens to regional stability when the U.S. acts without, “overarching doctrines and strategies?”  SEBASTIAN GORKA of Foundation for Defense of Democracies and author of Fighting the Ideological War: Winning Strategies from Communism to Islamism, makes the necessary distinctions concerning Syria’s war to understand the absence of strategy in the role of the United States and the consequences there of.

Former Iowa congressman FRED GRANDY expresses his fear that the $60 million in aid the U.S. is planning on giving to the Syrian rebels is in fact going to the wrong sorts of people. Namely, Islamists who will eventually turn against the United States.

BILL GERTZ of The Washington Times explains that because China is going beyond maritime harassment of Japan to actually moving weapons across the, the likelihood of the US getting involved because of our mutual defense treaty with Japan is greatly increasing.

On the day that sequestration is set to go into effect, JAMES CARAFANO of the Heritage Foundation predicts that in the long run the US will actually end up spending more on defense. Already military training, and from their preparedness, has been hurt by the budget cuts already made pre-sequestration.

Sebastian Gorka: A War Cannot be Won Without Admitting What You’re Fighting

“You cannot kill your way out of this war. You cannot use Predators to destroy an ideology. That’s the bottom line.”

The Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda share the same strategic objectives, and yet the Obama administration refuses to admit the danger posed by befriending the former. Such willful blindness will make it impossible for the US to defeat the jihadists, warns Sebastian Gorka of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

In an interview with Frank Gaffney on Secure Freedom Radio, Gorka explains that the desire to be rid of dictators in the Middle East and Northern Africa is leading to an acceptance of the Muslim Brotherhood that completely ignores its use of opportunities to “strengthen their call for Shariah law, for fundamentalism, for autocracy”—just like Al Qaeda does.

Besides their similarity of goals, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda also share overlapping membership, with all the top Al Qaeda members historically having been members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gorka believes that the only way to defeat the jihadist ideology of the two groups is to provide counter narratives of the world for their members to turn to. Yet without recognizing that its enemies are in fact motivated by ideology, the United States is unable to provide alternative ideas, and ultimately will be unsuccessful against the jihadists.

Ideological Elements of Enemy Threat Doctrine Are Skipped in Hagel and Brennan Hearings

With Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, Sebastian Gorka, Adam Kredo, and Gordon Chang.

LT. GEN. JERRY BOYKIN, former US Deputy Undersecretary of  Defense for Intelligence, explains why he doesn’t support Chuck Hagel and John Brennan’s nominations. Hagel does not take a firm enough line on Iran, and Brennan fails to understand that fundamentalist ideology is what motivates terrorists. Boykin also forecasts the “hollowing out” of the military from sequestration, and talks about the death of the American ethos that no soldier, dead or alive, is left behind.

From the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, SEBASTIAN GORKA critiques the lack of understanding that we have about the ideology that drives our enemies in the war on terror, and references the Cold War ideological battle as a frame work for how to win a war of ideas.

ADAM KREDO, a senior writer for the Washington Free Beacon, explains how sequestration will “hollow out the military,” and illuminates the reasons why the vote on Hagel’s nomination was delayed.

From forbes.com, GORDON CHANG takes a tour through Asia explaining how the weakening Chinese economy and disarray in the political system is creating a formula for war, how many countries in Asia are devaluing their currencies, and how Chinese cyber-warfare is costing America millions every year.

National Security Policy Proceedings, vol. 2: Summer 2010

National Security Policy Proceeding, vol. 2 – Summer 2010

This is the second issue of the Center for Security Policy’s National Security Policy Proceedings, a new quarterly journal.

From Ben Lerner’s Editor’s Note:

National Security Policy Proceedings represents the Center’s compilation of transcripts of remarks given by featured speakers at these gatherings. In some cases, speakers have chosen to submit their remarks to Proceedings as original articles. Additionally, Pro- ceedings includes book reviews of recently published national secu- rity-themed books, reviewed by eminent scholars in the field.

In publishing Proceedings, the Center has sought to provide the reader with authoritative yet accessible commentary on the most pressing issues of national security, foreign affairs, defense policy, and homeland security. Because the speakers and those in atten- dance are routinely in contact with one another and are often col- laborating on analytical and educational efforts, it is our intention that Proceedings give the reader a unique window into how those in the national security policy community convey and exchange ideas with one another, among friends and colleagues.



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Editor’s Note

On The Strong Horse

Syria & the Obama Administration

Iraq on the Eve of Elections

The Legacy of Piracy & International Security

Dangers of the Obama Arms Control Agenda

On Our Southen Border

The ‘Grand Jihad’ Continues
A review of The Grand Jihad by Andrew C. McCarthey

Federalism & Our Security
A review of Homeland Security & Federalism: Protecting America from Outside the Beltway by Matt A. Mayer

Correcting Flawed Recent History
A review of Courting Disaster by Marc Thiessen

Why 9/11?
A review of The Closing of the Muslim Mind by Robert R. Reilly