May 4 - U.S. Intelligence's Failing to Detect Putin's Stealth Invasion of Ukraine; Mixed Signals From Polls on Obama's Foreign Policy; International Outrage Grows Over the Kidnapping of Nigerian Schoolgirls

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We begin with stealth takeover of Eastern and Southern Ukraine led by Russia’s military intelligence the GRU and Special Forces the Spetnaz, and look into the extent to which the U.S. intelligence community was caught flat-footed by Putin’s snatch of Crimea and now his shadow invasion of Ukraine. Robert Baer, a veteran CIA operations officer who analyses intelligence for CNN joins us to discuss the successful destabilization of Ukraine by Putin and why U.S. Intelligence appears to have missed the real invasion while focusing on the deployment of Russia’s conventional army near Ukraine’s border.

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Then we get a further analysis of President Obama’s foreign policy which came into focus recently when the president defended his record in response to criticism from a Fox News reporter. Roger Morris, who served on the Senior Staff of the National Security Council under presidents Johnson and Nixon, joins us to discuss the apparent disconnect in the polls that show only 19% of Americans want a more aggressive and interventionist foreign policy while at the same time expressing unhappiness that the U.S. is not doing more to help the victims of aggression in Syria and Ukraine.

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Then finally we speak with Nigerian citizen journalist Omoyele Sowore, the founder and publisher of the much-cited SaharaReporters.com about the international protests in support of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria who are being held by the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, which translated means Western education is sinful. We examine the corrupt Nigerian government’s inability to prevent the kidnapping and hunt down the kidnappers, and assess the state of security in Nigeria on the eve of a Global Economic Forum on Africa that world leaders including China’s president are expected to attend.

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