August 3 - Obama's National Security Team at a Time of International Crises; Hamas Wins by Losing; Legislative Dysfunction

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of President Obama’s national security team as the U.S. faces multiple international crises. David Rothkopf, the CEO and Editor of Foreign Policy magazine and author of the forthcoming book “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear”, joins us to answer criticism that the president is not sufficiently engaged and that he does not have the counsel of seasoned foreign policy professionals as relations with Russia deteriorate to a dangerous level with Putin trapped in a volatile situation in Ukraine where unless there is a diplomatic intervention, the military situation could explode into a wider conflict.


david rothkopf


Part 2

Then we examine the military situation between Hamas and Israel as fighting continues with little hope of a diplomatic solution from talks underway in Cairo that Israel in not a party to. Daniel Byman, a professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and author of “A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counter-Terrorism”, joins us to discuss the much lower threshold of military success that Hamas has compared to Israel, and that the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas is already the biggest loser in the conflict so far.

daniel byman


Part 3

Then finally, with the Congress recessed for the summer break after a last-minute display of legislative dysfunction, we will speak with a veteran House and Senate senior staffer, Mike Lofgren, the author of “The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted”.  We discuss why political posturing for House Republicans is preferable to legislating, and that as they return to their gerrymandered districts, incumbents are less likely to face the indignation that most Americans feel about our broken government in Washington.

mike lofgren