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The American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka and Marc Thiessen address the questions we’re all asking in their podcast, “What the Hell Is Going On?” In conversational, informative and irreverent episodes, Pletka and Thiessen interview policymakers and experts, asking tough, probing questions…

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    WTH Happened to U.S. Global Leadership? Senator Tom Cotton on his new book Only the Strong

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 57:57

    The disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. A lack of strategy to face China. Indifference in the face of Iranian protests. In-fighting over the correct policy to support Ukraine. Is it any wonder that the American people are wondering about the efficacy and longevity of America's power? A hard look at American history suggests that the reasons behind American decline have more to do with choice than with circumstances. Decline, after all, is a choice for American presidents persuaded the nation is not a force for good in the world. Leaders in Washington who are willing to adopt strong and decicive military policy are few and far between, on both sides of the aisle. How do we fix decades of decaying interest in American power? How do we market American security in the global context to reluctant internationalists? These questions and more with today's guest, Senator Tom Cotton. Sen. Cotton is the U.S. Senator for Arkansas, and just released the book, Only the Strong: Reversing the Left's Plot to Sabotage America. His senatorial committees include the Judiciary Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee. He previously served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne, and served in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction team. He also served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, and has received the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.Download the transcript here.

    WTH are Democrats Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Midterms? Ruy Teixeira on How MAGA is Masking the Democrats' Failures with Women, Minorities and the Working Class

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 49:38

    The 2022 midterms came as a shock to Ds and Rs alike: the Democrats did better than expected, and the Republicans did worse. Much worse. Last week, covered the reasons behind the Red Fail. But what about Democrats? The left ran a shrewd, if cynical, anti-MAGA campaign, and capitalized on weak GOP candidates. But it the aftermath, President Biden and his party seem to be learning the wrong lessons. Despite losing ground with women and minorities, the Democrats' short-term vindication has encouraged Biden to announce he would make no changes. None at all. What he and his party don't get is that the Democrats didn't win, the Republicans lost. Our guest this week is Ruy Teixeira. Teixeria is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he focuses on the transformation of party coalitions and future of American electoral politics. He is the co-editor of the Substack The Liberal Patriot, and he previously was a scholar at the Center for American Progress and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.Download the transcript here.

    WTH Happened to the Red Wave? Josh Kraushaar Explains the 2022 Midterm Elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 46:16

    In the months leading up to the 2022 midterm elections, the Republican party projected a red wave of GOP wins across the nation. And the odds were good: Biden has delivered the worst inflation in 40 years, the worst collapse of real wages in four decades, the worst murder rate since 1996, and that's not all. His approval rating is abysmal, and of course, the party in power almost always loses seats in a midterm election. So why did the predicted red wave not only fail to materialize in full, but barely show up as a trickle? Although results are not final, one thing is certain: Trump lost big time, and DeSantis swept. While we wait for the runoff in Georgia (again), the GOP is asking itself what the hell is going on. Will someone emerge as a viable challenger to Team Trump? Can the Republican brand be repaired? These questions and more with our guest, Josh Kraushaar. Kraushaar is a Senior Political correspondent at Axios, and host of the Against the Grain podcast. Previously, he was Editor in Chief of the Hotline, and a co-author at the Almanac of American Politics.Download the transcript here.

    WTH is Going On with the Uprising in Iran? Behnam Taleblu on Whether This Is the One That Will Finally Topple the Iranian Regime

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 45:49

    On September 13th, 22 year-old Mahsa Amini was arrested and subsequently murdered in custody by Iran's so-called morality police. Her abuse at the hands of the Islamic Republic regime sparked the nation's biggest uprising since the 2009 Green Revolutions. Over a month later, the chants of "Women, life liberty" have continued, but so has the brutal crackdown by the regime, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Iranian society is making clear that it wants an end to the system and the people that have governed Iran since 1979, but is that possible? And would the fall of the regime mean a power vacuum filled by Iranian military leaders? Back home, will Biden's support for democracy prove more “ornamental than instrumental”? These questions and more with our guest Behnam Ben Taleblu. Taleblu is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense for Democracies where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Prior to FDD, he worked on non-proliferation issues at the Wisconsin Project and has tracked a wide range of Iran-related topics including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Iranian security and internal politics.  Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Episode-174-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    WTH is Going On with the Conservative Implosion in Britain? Gerry Baker on What It All Means for the Right in America

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 52:59

    The last four months have been, by any measure, incredibly tumultuous for UK leadership. Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson was ousted and replaced by Liz Truss, a new monarch took the throne, then Truss resigned from leadership in record time after plunging the UK economy into disarray... and this week Rishi Sunak was sworn in as the new Prime Minister. Americans, looking at their closest political and economic ally across the pond, have every reason to be nervous. What happened to the Tory Party in Great Britain, and how long can it survive this turmoil? Is Sunak up to the task? And, importantly, what parallels can we draw between the challenges facing conservatism abroad, and those facing conservatives at home? These questions and more with our guest, Gerry Baker. Baker is the editor at large of the Wall Street Journal. He has a weekly column, Free Expression, that appears every Tuesday; he also hosts “WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker,” a weekly news and current affairs interview show on the Fox Business Network, and the weekly WSJ Opinion podcast "https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/opinion-free-expression (Free Expression)". A former editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, he began his career working at the Financial Times, the Times of London and the BBC. Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Episode-173-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    Why the Hell is the Right Embracing Victor Orbán? Matt Continetti on Why Some American Conservatives Are Speaking with a Hungarian Accent

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 58:13

    A few weeks ago, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave a keynote address at the U.S. Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Given Orban's tight relationship with Putin and his aggressive brand of Euro-xenophobia, many American liberals and conservatives alike were shocked.  But Orban's speech at CPAC -- and CPAC's own meeting in Hungary -- is part of a larger shift on the American Right; indeed, this is a throwback to the Right of the 1930s. As traditional Reaganites wonder what happened to "peace through strength," is it time to ask how "national conservatism" and Reagan-conservatism can live together? And who is the leader that can show the way? These questions and more with Matthew Continetti. Continetti is a senior fellow and the inaugural Patrick and Charlene Neal Chair at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of an important new book, https://www.amazon.com/Right-Hundred-Year-War-American-Conservatism/dp/1541600509 (The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism). Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Episode-172-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    Why the Hell is Biden talking about Armageddon? Frederick Kagan on the chances Putin will use nukes in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 53:13

    Putin is incurring major losses on the battlefield. The strategic and symbolic Kerch Bridge connecting mainland Russia to Crimea was hit a few hours after Putin turned 70; Russian citizens are increasingly unhappy with their leadership; the Ukrainian counter-offensive is resilient and capitalizing on Russia's many military vulnerabilities. Putin has ramped up threats of nuclear escalation, prompting Joe Biden to warn of impending Armageddon at a recent Democratic fundraiser. Is nuclear escalation a legitimate fear? If so, how do we deter Russia from escalating without offering Putin a compromise or offramp?  Fred Kagan on these questions and more in today's episode. Kagan is the director of AEI's Critical Threats Project. He, together with the Institute for the Study of War, release a live Ukraine-Russia war tracker.  Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Episode-171-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    What the Hell Is Going to Happen in the Midterms & 2024? Karl Rove predicts...

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 57:04

    We're just shy of a month out from the 2022 midterm elections, a race that promises the GOP at least a leading edge in the House, if not a tsunami. And perhaps even a Senate win. But there remain critical unknowns: What will happen with the cohort of Trump-endorsed nominees, none of whom seem the best and the brightest their state has to offer?  Trump cost the GOP the Senate once before; will that happen again, and will he pay for it this time? And then, the million-dollar question: depending on how this race goes, what will 2024 look like?  All these questions and more on today's episode with Karl Rove. Rove is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He is the co-founder (with former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie) of American Crossroads, a major Republican 527. He is also the author of https://www.amazon.com/Triumph-William-McKinley-Election-Matters/dp/1476752966 (The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.) Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Episode-170-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    Why the Hell are we in the “Danger Zone” with China? Hal Brands and Michael Beckley on the growing chance of war with Beijing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 52:33

    Conventional wisdom describes China as a rising power, and it was. No more: China's economy is slowing, it is headed into a demographic catastrophe of its own design, it has a brittle and totalitarian political system, and it feels encircled by its neighbors. Our guests Hal Brands and Michael Beckley, authors of the new book https://www.amazon.com/Danger-Zone-Coming-Conflict-China/dp/1324021306 (Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China), assert that China is not "rising," but rather that it has "peaked." More troubling still, judging by the history of peaking powers (Germany pre-WWI, or Imperial Japan,) the US should be very nervous about a short-term grab for power or territory by a panicked Beijing.  Both Hal Brands and Michael Beckley are scholars at AEI. Hal is a senior fellow and the Henry A. Kissinger distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a columnist at Bloomberg. Michael Beckley is a non-resident senior fellow, and is an associate professor at Tufts University. Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Episode-169-Final-Transcript-1.docx (here).

    WTH is Going On with Ukraine's Counteroffensive? Kurt Volker on Russia's defeats and Putin's future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 56:03

    Late last month, Ukraine launched a counteroffensive against Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine, taking back substantial territory. Incredibly, in the face of reputedly superior Russian forces, the Ukrainian military now enjoys the upper hand with respect to available personnel, equipment, command, and motivation. The tide has turned largely in Ukraine's favor… so why is the Biden Administration still dragging its heels? China and India are cooling on their support for Putin's military foibles, domestic support in Russia is wavering, and Moscow is now backed into sourcing drones from Iran and artillery from North Korea -- all dread signs for Vladimir Putin. So what is needed to galvanize available resources in the US and in NATO to push Ukraine over the edge into decisive victory? These questions and more on today's episode with Ambassador Kurt Volker. Amb. Volker is a former US ambassador to NATO and the former US Special Representative for Ukraine. He is now a distinguished fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, and a founding partner of the American University in Kyiv. Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Episode-168-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    WTH is Going On With the British Monarchy? Nile Gardiner on Queen Elizabeth II's Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 38:25

    Today we discuss the passing of one of modern history's most beloved and well-known leaders: Queen Elizabeth II. With her departure comes the end of the second Elizabethan era, one that weathered world war and domestic tumult with a brand of political neutrality rarely seen on the world stage today. Much is to be discussed in the coming years regarding the state of the Commonwealth, with several countries already hinting at their departure. But today, we take a moment with seriousness — and yes, some humor — to remember the powerful impact of Queen Elizabeth II, her life, her legacy, and her unique unifying force.  Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Nile-Transcript-Final.docx (here).

    WTH is Going On with Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness? Michael Strain Explains the Moral, Legal and Economic Policy Fiasco

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 52:16

    We return from our hiatus to discuss Biden's trillion-dollar student loan forgiveness plan. Even for those with little background in economics, this is clearly a case of the inverse Robin Hood: a regressive act that takes from the poor and gives to the much less poor. Not to mention, the plan is an assault on the Congressional power of the purse, and legally murky with the justification of the post-9/11 Heroes Act. And let us not forget that this act paradoxically comes on the heels of Biden's Inflation Reduction Act, though it is an incredibly costly plan that will only exacerbate current inflation levels. As the Democratic Party consolidates its role as the party of college-educated coastal elites, AEI's Michael Strain joins us to unpack the student loan handout. Strain is the Director of Economic Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Michael-Strain-Sept-7-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    ICYMI...WTH is going on with the killing of Iran's lead nuclear scientist? Behind the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and the latest on the Iranian nuclear weapons program

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 44:03

    Back to the Iran Deal... ICYMI our podcast with David Albright on what Iran is really up to... Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in Tehran last week, eliminating the country's leading nuclear expert and the head of its program. Iranian officials have blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh's killing, vowing retaliation for the targeted attack.   Nuclear weapons expert David Albright joined Dany and Marc to explain what Fakhrizadeh's death means for the country's effort to obtain nuclear weapons. He also discusses what to expect from Iran in the coming days and how the Biden administration's Iran policy will differ from that of the Trump administration.   David Albright, a physicist, is founder and President of the non-profit Institute for Science and International Security. He is a former weapons inspector and has written numerous assessments on secret nuclear weapons programs throughout the world. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/12.3.20-David-Albright-transcript-1.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    One year later, ICYMI... WTH is going on with the Taliban takeover? Frederick Kagan on the fall of Kabul, the Afghan army's role, and Biden's surrender to the Taliban

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 45:29

    One year later, a WTH throwback to an outstanding pod recorded in the wake of the disastrous withdrawal… Almost 20 years after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban are back in control of the country. After President Biden's decision to depart Afghanistan regardless of conditions on the ground, and the withdrawal of U.S. intelligence and air support to the Afghan army, the Taliban rapidly advanced, culminating in the collapse of the Afghan government. Dr. Frederick W. Kagan joined Marc and Dany to discuss the Taliban takeover, President Biden's decision, the role of the Afghan army, and the impact on al Qaeda. Kagan is the director of AEI's Critical Threats Project and a former professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served on the ground in Afghanistan, providing civilian support to the U.S. military mission. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/FINAL-Kagan-Transcript-8.18.21-2.pdf (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH Is Going On With Pelosi's Taiwan Trip? Rep. Mike Gallagher on Why Pelosi Should Go and How Biden Created Another Needless Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 46:47

    We break our hiatus briefly today, because this is important. News leaked that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi planned to travel to Taiwan this month, and it caused an uproar as as the public battled online about whether her trip would provoke China. Leadership hasn't handled this well: Xi Jinping threatened military action and instead of condemning the threat, Biden hid behind the Pentagon. We know today that Pelosi plans to follow through with the visit, but this incident leaves us alarmed at the Biden administration's lack of preparedness. By 2027, when China's military is predicted to be capable of taking Taiwan, America's is set to be at its weakest. We know that “integrated deterrence” was unsuccessful in Ukraine, yet there are few real plans to focus on hard power in Taiwan. America has promised to arm Taiwan, but $14 billion of delayed defense equipment requested by Taiwan sits idle. Why doesn't the White House have a coherent war plan by now? Are we letting China deter us on the cheap? These questions and more today with Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Member of Congress representing Wisconsin's 8th district. Gallagher sits on the House Intelligence and Armed Services Committees. He served seven years in the US Marine Corps, with two tours in Iraq. Donload the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Mike-Gallagher-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    WTH Happened to an Objective News Media? Ari Fleischer on His New Book, Suppression, Deception, Snobbery, and Bias: Why the Press Gets So Much Wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 53:52

    Just 7% of Americans today report having a great deal of trust in the media. A majority of the public believes that the media is more concerned with supporting an ideological or political position than informing them. The press is free, but bias has seeped into every corner. And the lack of an objective press threatens American democracy, degrades the national conversation and pits Americans against each other. How did we get to the point where the White House Press Corps has a ratio of 12:1 Democrat to Republican among reporters? Where a swath of this country's journalists no longer believe they have an obligation to cover both sides of a story? Where the same reporters that cover statistics of a growing partisan and ideological divide in America are the same sources pushing a divisive agenda? Ari Fleischer joins us today to offer a fresh perspective on the state of our media. He was the White House Press Secretary to George W. Bush and is a veteran media observer. He's a Fox News commentator, and he has a new book out titled, https://www.amazon.com/Suppression-Deception-Snobbery-Bias-Wrong_And/dp/0063112752 (Suppression, Deception, Snobbery, and Bias: Why the Press Gets So Much Wrong ― And Just Doesn't Care). Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Ari-Fleischer-Transcript-Final.docx (here).

    WTH Is America Bracing for Blackouts? Robert Bryce On How the Green Energy Movement Is Putting Our Power at Risk

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 43:19

    This summer is predicted to hold the worst blackouts that America has seen in recent memory – stories of individuals dying from heat grace the headlines of the same news outlets that report John Kerry's statement that the US will be coal-free in 8 short years. Indeed, the logical inconsistency in the argument pushed by the green energy movement has never been so stark: if we don't have a better energy alternative right now, why are we shuttering coal plants and discounting the benefit of nuclear plants? If we are truly experiencing more variable weather due to climate change, why are we focusing on solar and wind technology reliant on particular weather conditions? And, all that not to mention the predicted 233% increase in electricity prices this summer to complement prices at the pump. Robert Bryce joins us to talk through these questions, offer policy solutions, and more. He's the Austin, Texas-based host of the Power Hungry podcast, as well as executive producer of a documentary called Juice: How Electricity Explains the World, and the author of six books. The most recent one is called A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations. Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Robert-Bryce-Transcript-Final.docx (here).

    WTH Happened to Boris Johnson? The Uprising In the Conservative Party and What It Means for Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 48:32

    Last week, in the aftermath of both Party and Pinchergate – not to speak of sky-high inflation and higher taxes - Boris Johnson resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. For many, the writing has been on the wall for months: small ethical problems snowballing because of mismanagement and lies; large economic problems fostered by increasingly leftist policies. In light of these challenges, Johnson's great Brexit achievement's luster began to fade. The coming days and weeks promise an unseemly scramble for leadership of Britain's Conservatives. Where will the Tories go? A rebirth of Thatcherism to face Britain's crises? Or more drift to the squashy left? More importantly still, are there lessons for the United States in the BoJo debacle? These questions and more in today's episode with Alan Mendoza. Mendoza is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Henry Jackson Society, a leading UK think tank. Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Mendoza-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    WTH Is Going On With the War on Fossil Fuels? Dan Yergin on Restoring America's Energy Dominance

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 45:30

    Today's episode with Dan Yergin explores America's shift away from fossil fuels, looking at the very real domestic and geopolitical implications of shuttering coal plants and transitioning to green energy. Pivoting away from U.S. energy independence has not made the country energy progressive; rather, it has set Americans up for reliance on adversarial energy sources, encouraging strategic allies to import from Russia and China instead. Promoting wind and solar alternatives does not dramatically lower resource usage; it simply shifts from a world of big oil to a world of big shovels, as an enormous quantity of rare earths and minerals are required. Then there's the fact that the technology to store wind and solar energy does not yet exist. So, how can we think about climate change, resources, geopolitical strategy, and security… practically? Yergin is the vice-chairman of S&P Global, a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, for his book The Prize. His newest book is The New Map.  Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Dan-Yergin-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    WTH Is Going On In Post-Roe America? Robby George on How We Can Have A Respectful Compassionate Debate on Abortion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 70:54

     Many Americans celebrated the end of Roe vs Wade. Others are deeply angered and worried. The question of abortion is not a simple one, and merits thoughtful discourse and kindness rather than hysteria or trimphalism. Any discussion also requires a real look at the facts; what is the legal basis of this ruling? Where does the pro-life movement stand? What does pro-choice Americans really want? In this episode we try to provide a model for how to approach the conversations ahead with Robby George, one of our nation's most respected political philosophers.  Robert George is the sixth McCormick professor of jurisprudence and the director of the James Madison program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is a past winner of the American Enterprise Institute's Irving Kristol Award. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Robby-George-Transcript-Final.docx (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH Is Inflation Getting Worse? Michael Strain on Who Is Responsible and How To Fix It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 49:30

    Since our episode on inflation with Glenn Hubbard last month, his dire predictions about a likely recession have gathered steam. And though we're not yet officially in a recession, Americans' economic pain is only growing: New record average high gas prices in June, likely rolling blackouts, shocking inflation at the supermarket and now the cost of money has skyrocketed too. Meanwhile, here in Washington, the President continues to go on vacation every weekend, deny that inflation is his fault, and push a mindless spending agenda. How did the Fed, White House economists, and mainstream professional forecasters get it so wrong? And perhaps more importantly, what should be done going forward? These questions and more on today's episode with Michael Strain. Strain is the Director of Economic Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mike-Strain-Final-Transcript.docx (here).

    WTH is Biden Letting Russia Win in Eastern Ukraine? Ukrainians Are Running out of Ammo and Losing Ground

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 53:19

    Is the news out of Ukraine as bad as it sounds?  Russia may not be able to hold out as long as Putin believes, but the Ukrainian military desperately requires longer-range missiles to beat back the offensive in Luhansk. Ukraine's putative allies are failing to "flood the zone," and do not seem to realize that a frozen conflict is a strategic pause for the Russians, not the end of the game. Domestic politics and news headlines alike reflect a desire to move on, yet Ukraine is at a critical inflection point in Severodonetsk, the last significant Ukrainian prepared defensive position within Luhansk Oblast. How do we ensure that we don't look back at this moment years from now, only to conclude that delays in aiding Ukraine helped the Russian offensive gain a critical strategic advantage?   These questions and more in today's conversation with George Barros. Barros is a geospatial analyst on the Russia and Ukraine portfolio at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Check out ISW's daily interactive map linked on the transcript, which he helps each week to update. Download the transcript https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/George-Barros-Transcript-Final.docx (here).

    WTH Do We Do About Guns? National Review's Jim Geraghty Talks Assault Weapons, Reform and Enforcement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 61:17

    Today's episode is an exploration of the core question gripping our country in the weeks following the Uvalde shooting: how can we prevent such attacks in the future? A terrible pattern repeats again in the recent Uvalde case: a teenager exhibits disturbing behavior before he commits a gun-related crime. With no criminal record, what should have been “tell-tale” signs the shooter was a danger? Jim Geraghty suggests that tougher background checks are not the answer, or at least not the whole answer. In addition, with straw buyers (think grandmothers) purchasing firearms for their teenage grandsons—not to mention the fact that the Pentagon puts more guns in the hands of young adults than anyone else in this country— raising the age restriction may not cut it. It may not even pass legal muster. The challenge isn't simple, but there are solutions. Marc and Dany explore creative options that could move us forward, and learn why efforts to ban certain kinds of weapons might not with National Review's Jim Geraghty. Jim Geraghty is the Senior Political Correspondent of National Review. He writes their Morning Jolt newsletter, and hosts the Three Martini Lunch podcast.  https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Jim-Geraghty-Transcript-Final.docx (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH Is Going On with the Baby Formula Shortage? How Government Created This Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 49:56

    This is America - how can we have a shortage of baby formula? That's the question many parents are asking as they face bare Soviet-style store shelves. In a country with ample means, how did America arrive at what is essentially a food shortage? How did three main domestic baby formula companies come to control 98% of their market? Parent or not, this issue has implications for everyone—it is a case study that involves government regulations, supply chain, monopolies under the guise of capitalism, and barriers to free trade. Or, as one of the podcast's guests notes, “a perfect storm.” Marc and Dany explore this puzzling situation with guests Annie Gasparro and Jesse Newman, Wall Street Journal reporters covering the scandal. Gasparro is a food reporter with the WSJ Chicago bureau and writes about packaged food companies and consumer tastes. Newman is also a food reporter with the WSJ corporate bureau, covering farmers, ranchers, and food companies.  https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Newman-Gasparro-Transcript.docx (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH Do So Many Russians Support Putin? Ian Garner on Russian Propaganda and the War in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 43:39

    Do Russians really support Vladimir Putin's aggression and war crimes in Ukraine? On the weekend of April 1st, Western media shared photos and videos of a brutal massacre in Bucha, Ukraine. The gruesome reports prompted a fresh wave of outrage over Russian war crimes. This week saw the first Ukrainian war crimes trial that ended in confession and conviction for a Russian soldier. But Russians in government and outside continue to insist that the Bucha massacre is “fake,” or “Western agenda-setting.” More troubling still are broad Russian civilian calls to annihilate the “sub-human” Ukrainians. Marc and Dany explore this disturbing trend with Ian Garner on today's episode. Garner is a historian and a translator of Russian war propaganda. His first book, Stalingrad Lives: Stories of Combat and Survival, was published in 2022.  https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Ian-Garner-Transcript-Final.docx (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH Can We Do About Inflation? Glenn Hubbard on Biden's Response, What's Causing Price Spikes and How to Fix It

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 43:15

    More guns, less butter? Today, average Americans are looking at historic levels of inflation, economic contraction, and rising gas prices, soon to merit the term stagflation—and that's not all. People are leaving their jobs en masse, the average consumer is cutting costs to keep up with personal budget deficits, and meanwhile, the Biden administration has added $1.9 trillion to the $300 billion economic hole. To top it all off, there's trouble abroad with tightening sanctions on Russia and the persistent trade competition with China. Glenn Hubbard joins Dany and Marc to discuss the state of economic affairs, the role of the Fed, Build Back Better, and more. Glenn Hubbard is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the former Dean of the Columbia Business School. He is the current Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics there. He is also the former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/WTH-152-Hubbard-Transcript.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH is Going On with Roe v. Wade? John Yoo Explains the Supreme Court Leak

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 53:04

    Last week we saw the first leak in Supreme Court history – a draft opinion that reversed the landmark Roe v Wade ruling of 1973 and shot the topic of abortion back into the headlines. Former Supreme Court clerk John Yoo joins Dany and Marc again to discuss the legal implications of overturning Roe v Wade, the reasoning behind the leak, and the options before the nation's voters as they weigh the prospective ruling. Is Roe good law? Does it matter? And do the American people care that issues before the highest court in the land and the nomination of justices have taken on the “character of a political campaign.”  These questions and more on this week's episode with guest John Yoo. Yoo is a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He is currently the Emmanuel Heller professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley school of law. He is a scholar at both the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/WTH-Ep151-2022-05-10-Yoo.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH is Going On in Eastern Ukraine? General Jack Keane on How to Defeat Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 47:20

    Nuclear saber-rattling, threats to expand the war, and $33 billion in new aid: General Jack Keane joins Marc and Dany to discuss the direction of the war in Ukraine. Putin's efforts have shifted from Kyiv to the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and it's still not going well. Meanwhile, on the home front, Biden has apparently turned a corner, now aiming to support an outright Ukrainian victory with more weaponry and a proposed $33 billion aid package. Will Putin's military failures continue, or will he shift tactics and target neighboring regions? How strong is White House resolve to help President Zelensky achieve an uncompromised win? And how should Biden and Zelensky respond should Putin introduce nuclear weapons to the conflict?  These questions and more on this week's episode with guest General Jack Keane. Jack Keane is a retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. He is the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, and a Fox News senior strategic analyst. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/WTH-Keane-Transcript-Final-.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH Is Going On with Patriotism? Yascha Mounk on How We Can Revitalize National Pride

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 57:03

    Is good old American flag waving patriotism dead, only to be replaced with chauvinistic nationalism, or worse, anti-Americanism? Perhaps thinking of national pride as something rooted in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the U.S.' proud history is too 20thcentury; maybe it is no longer working? Indeed, in a country in which history and civics get short shrift in education, it should come as no surprise that many under 50 feel no pride, no patriotic sense as Americans. But there may be another way – a new cultural patriotism, in which people have pride in the country they know rather than in the traditions that have spawned national holidays and parades. Will that work? Yascha Mounk joined Dany and Marc to discuss the findings of his new book The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure (Penguin Press). He discusses the concept of cultural patriotism, the problem of multiculturalism and assimilation. They also debate the metaphor of America's melting pot, American exceptionalism, and the ideals that make America the best country on earth.  Mounk is one of the world's leading experts on the crisis of liberal democracy and the rise of populism. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the founder of Persuasion. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/WTH-Mounk-Transcript.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH is going on with the Conservative Movement? Matt Continetti on "The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism.”

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 49:27 Transcription Available

    The American Right is at a crossroads. Donald Trump's presidency continues to divide and challenge the conservative movement both intellectually and politically. What is the future of a principles-first movement in the era of America-First populism? Issues like immigration, the international rules-based order, partisan media, and rising military threats place countervailing pressures on a conservative movement struggling to define its future. Matt Continetti joined Dany and Marc to discuss his new book, “The Right: The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism” (Basic Books, 2022). The book examines a century of the history of the American Right, Warren Harding to Donald Trump. Matt, Dany and Marc analyze historic ties between the conservative movement and populism and the tension between grassroots conservatives and elites. They also talk about implications for foreign policy and the isolationist streak among conservatives. Matt Continetti is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where his work is focused on American political thought and history, with a particular focus on the development of the Republican Party and the American conservative movement in the 20th century. He is also a contributing editor at National Review and a columnist for Commentary Magazine. He has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other outlets. He also appears frequently on Fox News Channel's “Special Report” with Bret Baier and MSNBC's “Meet the Press Daily” with Chuck Todd. You can learn more about his book https://www.the-right-book.com/ (here).

    WTH is President Zelensky so happy? Arthur Brooks on how we can be like Ukraine's president and find purpose and happiness in our lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 46:19

    Amid the death and destruction from Russia's invasion of his country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky surprised many when he pronounced last month that his “life today is wonderful.” How can Zelensky—whose war-torn homeland is experiencing increasingly intense fighting and growing civilian casualties—be so optimistic despite the dire circumstances? Is it possible for everyday people to realize the same sense of happiness, courage, and purpose? Is there a secret to happiness and purpose that we can use in our everyday lives to achieve true success? Arthur C. Brooks joined Marc and Dany to discuss the roadmap for finding purpose, meaning, and success in life, his journey to form new life practices and transform his future, the folly of being addicted to achievement, and his latest #1 bestseller “From Strength to Strength: Finding Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life.” Arthur Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2019, he served for ten years as president of the American Enterprise Institute. Brooks is the author of 12 books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller From Strength to Strength,” and national bestsellers “Love Your Enemies” (2019) and “The Conservative Heart” (2015). He is also a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “How to Build a Happy Life with Arthur Brooks,” and subject of the 2019 documentary film “The Pursuit,” which Variety named as one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix” in August 2019. He gives more than 100 speeches per year around the US, Europe, and Asia. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/FINAL-Brooks-Transcript-4.13.22.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH should we do about Putin's rape, murder and genocide? Former Assistant Secretary of State David Kramer on Russia's war crimes in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 45:35

    Outrage over Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine intensified this weekend as horrific reports of Russian war crimes emerged and shocked the world. In what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described as “genocide,” more than 400 civilians were found dead in the northern Ukrainian town of Bucha after it was seized back from Russian forces—with many of those killed shot at close range with their hands tied behind their backs. Despite the Kremlin's denial that Russian forces were responsible for the killings, Western leaders have called for additional sanctions on Moscow as evidence of similar Russian atrocities throughout Ukraine increases. How should the US and NATO hold Putin accountable? Will Russia's war crimes in Ukraine mark a tipping point in the conflict? David Kramer joined Marc and Dany to discuss Russian war crimes in Ukraine, the US response following the atrocities in Bucha, Putin's domestic crackdown, and how the US can take a tougher stance against the Kremlin. David Kramer is the Managing Director for Global Policy at the George W. Bush Institute and a Senior Fellow at Florida International University's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. Previously, Kramer served eight years in the US Department of State during the George W. Bush administration, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs; Professional Staff Member in the Secretary's Office of Policy Planning; and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Global Affairs. Kramer also was the Executive Director of the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and from 2010 to 2014, he served as the President of Freedom House. He also chairs the board of the Free Russia Foundation and is the author of the book “Back to Containment: Dealing with Putin's Regime.” https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/FINAL-Kramer-Transcript-4.6.22.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH does defeat for Russia look like? Ambassador Kurt Volker on Putin's military setbacks and the future of Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 39:43

    Despite predictions of a swift victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian forces continue to inspire the world as they hold their ground and thwart Russian invasion forces. Since the launch of its attack on Ukraine in February, the Russian military has faced heavy resistance and a growing number of casualties—NATO estimates that up to 40,000 Russian troops have been killed, injured, captured, or gone missing during the first month of the conflict. With its strategic position weakening, Moscow announced this week that it would “dramatically” scale back its military activities around Kyiv. However, Russian forces still pose a significant threat to the capital, and despite continued pleas from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the West has been reluctant to increase its support or provide Ukraine with the fighter aircraft it needs to defend its skies. Ambassador Kurt Volker joined Marc and Dany to discuss the ramifications of Russia's inevitable defeat in Ukraine, the Biden administration's handling of the crisis, and the future of Ukraine. Ambassador Volker is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis and is currently Managing Director, International, and Co-Chair of the Advisory Board at BGR Group. He served as US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations from 2017 to 2019 and as US Ambassador to NATO from 2008 to 2009. He is also President and Founder of Alliance Strategic Advisors, LLC, and from 2012 to 2019, he was the founding Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/FINAL-Volker-Transcript-3.30.22.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH is going on with the new Cold War? Former Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger on the West's growing rivalry with China and Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 47:13

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has brought horror and misery to millions and challenged the US-led international order to an extent unseen since the Cold War. As NATO struggles to mount an effective response to Russia's aggression, a growing alliance of dictatorships led by Putin and China's Xi Jinping is attempting to shape the geopolitical order to their interests and against those of the US. With casualties rising in Ukraine and growing fears of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, does the US now find itself in a new Cold War? Matt Pottinger joins Marc and Dany to discuss the new cold war, the conflict's ideological underpinnings, and the historical analogies that help explain Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Matt Pottinger is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Chairman of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies China Program, and a Senior Advisor at The Marathon Initiative. From 2019 to 2021, Pottinger served in the White House in senior roles on the National Security Council staff, including as deputy national security advisor. He previously served as senior director for Asia, where he led the administration's work on the Indo-Pacific region, in particular its shift on China policy. Before his White House service, Pottinger spent the late 1990s and early 2000s in China as a reporter for Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. He then fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as a US Marine during three combat deployments between 2007 and 2010. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/FINAL-Pottinger-Transcript-3.23.22.pdf (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH is Biden doing in Ukraine? Congressman Jimmy Panetta on the right US policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 49:30

    This past week, plans to bolster Ukraine's military defenses with MiG fighter jets were derailed when President Biden refused to permit the transfer of the fighters to Ukraine. With the White House and NATO also rejecting a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine, the war's civilian toll continues to rise. As the war drags, a growing number of Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling on the President to ramp up military aid to Ukraine and provide Kyiv with the military assistance it requested. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D) joined Marc and Dany to discuss the Biden administration's response to Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the repercussions of the US response in Ukraine, and what the White House needs to do to support Ukraine. Congressman Panetta is a member of the US House of Representatives, representing California's 20th Congressional District. First elected in 2016, Panetta currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Armed Services. He also serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the 117th Congress. In 2007, Congressman Panetta volunteered for active duty and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he worked with Special Forces units and, as a result of his meritorious service in a combat zone, was awarded the Bronze Star. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/FINAL-Panetta-Transcript-3.16.22-2.pdf (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH is going on with military support to Ukraine? Former Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski on NATO's calculus in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 41:14

    As Russia continues its bloody invasion of Ukraine, the United States and its NATO allies have responded by levying wide-ranging sanctions against Moscow as well as providing Kyiv with humanitarian, security, and economic assistance. However, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the aid has been largely insufficient in helping turn back the almost two-week-long Russian campaign. With Ukrainian cities increasingly under siege and intelligence estimates suggesting Russian President Vladimir Putin may soon escalate his offensive, this week President Zelensky pleaded for the US and NATO to step up their support by establishing a no-fly zone over the country, banning the purchase of Russian oil, and helping secure more fighter jets. (Late breaking news suggests a NATO deal is underway to get Polish MiGs to Ukraine.) Radosław Sikorski joined Marc and Dany to discuss Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, President Zelensky's request for more support from the US and NATO, and the implications of an increased Western response in Ukraine. Radoslaw Sikorksi is a member of the European Parliament where he serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defense (SEDE). He also chairs the Delegation for relations with the United States. Prior to his election to the European Parliament in 2019, Sikorski served as minister of national defense of Poland from 2005 to 2007, minister of foreign affairs from 2007 to 2014, and marshal of the Sejm (speaker of Poland's parliament) from September 2014 to June 2015. From 2002 to 2005, he was resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative. Sikorski is the author of several books, including Dust of the Saints and The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/WTH-142-FINAL-Transcript-3.9.22-2.pdf (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH is the military situation in Ukraine? Fred Kagan on Ukraine's heroic stand against Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 53:59

    As Russia's violent assault on Ukraine enters its second week, causalities on both sides have been climbing, and many of Ukraine's largest cities remain under siege. Despite Russian combat operations initially facing severe setbacks as a result of a determined Ukrainian resistance, the Russian offensive has been gaining ground in recent days, with Russian troops capturing their first major city, the southern port of Kherson. Dr. Frederick W. Kagan joined Marc and Dany to discuss the current military state of play in Ukraine, Putin's initial miscalculations, and the Ukrainian people's heroic stand against Putin's aggression.  Kagan is the director of AEI's Critical Threats Project and a former professor of military history at the US Military Academy at West Point. He served on the ground in Afghanistan, providing civilian support to the US military mission.

    WTH is going on with sanctions on Russia? Marshall Billingslea on the response to Putin's aggression in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 43:54

    As Moscow intensifies its assault on Ukraine, the United States and its Western allies have responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression by waging a financial war and imposing a barrage of sanctions designed to cripple Russia's economy. The measures, which have increased in severity in the days since the Russian invasion, caused the ruble to reach its lowest level ever against the dollar and have wrought havoc on Russia's financial markets and largest banks. With the announcement that the US and its European allies are planning to expel selected Russian banks from the global financial messaging service SWIFT, the Russian economy is in increasing peril. Marshall Billingslea joined Marc and Dany to discuss the US and the West's response to Russia's aggression on Ukraine, the sanctions campaign against the Russian economy, and what the US needs to do to ensure severe financial and military pain for Moscow. Marshall S. Billingslea is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, focusing on illicit finance and arms control with the Kleptocracy Initiative. Prior to joining Hudson Institute, Mr. Billingslea was the special presidential envoy for arms control at the US Department of State, holding the rank of ambassador. Before joining the State Department, Mr. Billingslea served as the assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the US Department of the Treasury, and in 2018, he was selected as president of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)—the global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing body—and co-chaired the global Counter-ISIS Finance. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/FINAL-Billingslea-Transcript-3.1.22.pdf (Download the transcript here.)

    WTH is going on with Russia's invasion of Ukraine? Gen. Jack Keane on Biden's response and the ramifications for US national security

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 49:04

    This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognized the independence of the Moscow-backed breakaway Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and ordered Russian troops to enter the Donbas. After what President Biden (ultimately) called the “beginning of a Russian invasion,” Russia's blatant violation of Ukrainian national sovereignty has triggered a wave of sanctions from both the US and our European partners. With tensions rising and no sign of Putin being deterred, hopes for a diplomatic resolution continue to fade while the likelihood of more serious confrontation in Ukraine grows by the hour. General Jack Keane joined Dany and Marc to discuss Putin's invasion of Ukraine, Moscow's recognition of two breakaway regions in the Donbas, and the ramifications for US national security if President Biden fails to act. General Jack Keane is a retired 4 star general, the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and Fox News Senior Strategic Analyst. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FINAL-Keane-Transcript-2.23.22.pdf (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH is going on with Canada's “Freedom Convoy” protests? The Toronto Sun's Anthony Furey on the popular uprising against Canada's Covid police state

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 47:52

    In late January, a group of truckers calling themselves the “Freedom Convoy” traveled to the Canadian capital of Ottawa to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cross-border vaccine mandates. However, what started as a modest protest has since mushroomed into a broader movement opposed to Trudeau, vaccine mandates, and draconian Covid restrictions. With over $7.8 million in donations from supporters, the “Freedom Convoy” has inspired similar demonstrations not only across Canada—where protesters blockaded North America's busiest land border crossing for almost a week— but also in New Zealand, France, Netherlands, and most recently, the United States. In an effort to end the ongoing protests, this week, Trudeau invoked the never-used-before Emergencies Act, giving the Canadian government the broad powers and the authority to take steps to “restore order.” Canadian columnist Anthony Furey joined Marc and Dany to discuss Canada's trucker protests, Prime Minister Trudeau's invocation of the Emergencies Act, Canada's draconian COVID restrictions, and how the Canadian government is progressively taking away its own citizens freedoms. Anthony Furey is a national columnist for the Sun newspapers chain in Canada and the host of the Postmedia podcast “Full Comment with Anthony Furey.” He's also written for TIME, NY Daily News, Literary Review of Canada and other publications. He regularly appears on talk radio and has been featured on BBC, Fox News Channel and other channels. Furey's new book “Pulse Attack: The Real Story Behind The Secret Weapon That Can Destroy North America,” about electromagnetic pulse warfare, is now out and available here. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FINAL-Furey-Transcript-WTH-138-2.16.22.pdf (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH is going on with the genocide Olympics? NBA star Enes Kanter Freedom on the Beijing games, his fight for human rights, and why so many choose money over morals

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 47:43

    As the Olympics continue in Communist China alongside Beijing's continued genocide against the Uighurs, all too few have been willing to call out the tyrants and abusers. Democratic freedoms are under assault from Xinjiang to Ankara to Tehran to Moscow. But the powerful have been strangely reticent. Enes Kanter Freedom, a human rights advocate and center for the Boston Celtics, has committed himself to being a voice for freedom and human rights around the world, calling out injustices despite threats against him and his family. Enes Kanter Freedom joined Marc and Dany to discuss his human rights activism, using his platform to call out injustice, those trying to keep him silent, and why so many people choose their money over their morals. Enes Kanter Freedom, originally from Turkey, is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics and a human rights advocate. A center, Freedom has played for five NBA teams since entering the league in 2011. In 2021, Freedom officially became a US citizen and legally changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom at the same time to mark the occasion. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FINAL-Freedom-Transcript-2.10.22-1.pdf (Download the transcript here. )

    WTH is going on with America's crime wave? Rafael Mangual on record-breaking violence in America's cities

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 56:15

    In 2020, the United States marked a grim milestone as it experienced its largest-ever single-year homicide spike on record. As murders continued to climb in 2021, 12 major US cities broke their annual homicide records, with many other urban areas suffering near-record high violence. Rafael Mangual joined Marc and Dany to discuss the impact and driving factors behind America's crime wave, the failure of our elected leaders and the criminal justice system to hold criminals accountable, and why the criminal justice reform movement is not only misguided but also dangerous. Rafael Mangual is a senior fellow and head of research for the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. He has authored and coauthored a number of reports and op-eds on issues ranging from urban crime and jail violence to broader matters of criminal and civil justice reform. His work has been featured and mentioned in a wide array of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, New York Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and City Journal. His first book, "Criminal (In)Justice," will be available in July 2022. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FINAL-Mangual-Transcript-2.2.22.pdf (Download the transcript here. )

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