September 16 - The Fundamental Flaws of U.S. Strategic Policy in the Middle East; Understanding Islamic Sensitivites; The Social Gospel Versus the Prosperity Gospel

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of the deep and revolutionary changes underway in the Middle East that the U.S. Government and media are not grappling with. Hillary Mann, who served as a Middle East expert on the National Security Council under presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton joins us to discuss the fundamental flaws in U.S. strategic policy in the region that has us mired in empire and blinded by our own virtue. hilary


Part 2

Then we look into the extent to which, as Hillary Clinton suggested, the Arab Spring revolutions have traded the rule of tyrants for the rule of the mob, and examine Muslim sensitivities to religious provocation with Islamic scholar Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. We discuss his contention that America’s war on terror has become a global war against tribal Islam.



Part 3

Then finally we discuss the war within Christianity here in the United States in this election campaign, with Molly Worthen, a Professor of History at the University of North Carolina. She has an article in Sunday’s New York Times “The Power of Political Communion” and we discuss the competing visions of Catholicism between the social gospel of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and the prosperity gospel promoted by Ayn Rand acolyte and conservative Catholic Paul Ryan.

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