December 24 - War and Peace in the Middle East; The Prospects for Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men

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We begin on this Christmas Eve with a specialist on the Middle East about the likelihood of war and the prospects for peace two thousand and seventeen years after the birth in the holy land of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace. We begin with Robert Baer a former CIA veteran of the Middle East and author of “Sleeping With the Devil: How Washington Sold our Soul for Saudi Crude” who is currently the national security analyst for CNN. He joins us to discuss the activities of the founder of the mercenary army Blackwater, Erik Prince, who along with Oliver North, have revived the idea of an independent “off the books” alternative to the CIA which has found traction in the Oval Office. We  examine the possibility of this mercenary military force that operates out on the Emirates in the Gulf, being used as proxies to start a war with Iran in order to distract the American public from Trump’s domestic difficulties, particularly if he fires the special counsel Robert Mueller which is likely to provoke a massive blowback of public protest.

 

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Part 2

Then on this Christmas Eve we explore further the prospects for peace on earth and good will towards men which appears to be increasingly unlikely in the Trump era given their disdain for diplomacy and the evisceration of the State Department which had contributed to the isolation of the U.S. at the U.N. and unease among allies. David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and author of “Civil Society, Peace and Power” and editor of “Peace Policies”, joins us to discuss the urgent need to remove Donald Trump’s hand from the nuclear button.

 

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