December 20 - The House Plays Poker; The Real North Korea; The Man Who Conned America Into War

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We begin with an analysis of the latest deadlock in Washington as House Republicans refuse to go along with a bi-partisan Senate bill passed 89 to 10 that would extend the payroll tax cut for two months. Washington Post columnist and executive editor of “The American Prospect” Harold Meyerson joins us to explore the motives of House Republican who once again will not accept compromise unless all of their demands are met. meyerson

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Then, with our intelligence community knowing very little about North Korea’s leadership, and uninformed speculation continuing in the Press, we get a very different analysis of North Korea from B.R. Meyers who is a professor of International Studies at Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea and the author of “The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters”.  He argues that the dynastic dictatorship in North Korea is not a far left communist regime, but is in fact more of a right wing fascist monarchy like Imperial Japan was under Emperor Hirohito. meyers

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Then finally we look into what the Iraq war was all about and how one foreigner who was all the while working for America’s most ardent enemy, conned the world’s greatest power into a war that it will always regret and continue to lose.  Richard Bonin a five-time Emmy award-winning producer for “60 Minutes” and author of “Arrows in the Night: Ahmad Chalabi’s Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq” joins us to tell the tale of the real architect of the Iraq war who the neocons championed as he manipulated America into an unnecessary and counter-productive war that only he and his Iranian masters benefited from. richard bonin
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