Every year, influential and memorable figures from the worlds of politics. media, sports, entertainment and more pass away and leave us with vivid memories of their work. Of course, 2008 was no exception. Listen here for the first of three segments paying tribute to those famous names and faces we lost in 2008…beginning with the political arena.
Archives for December 2008
Our tribute to those famous names and faces who left us in 2008 continues with a look to Hollywood and remembering the work of stars like Heston, Newman, Carlin and more.
Our tribute to the famous names and faces who died in 2008 finishes with a look at the great talents of music, literature and more who left us in the past year.
How well did the U.S. fare in the war on terror for 2008? What is the real track record of the surge in Iraq? Will we be ready to leave in 2011? Has anything been accomplished in our efforts to stop Iranian sponsorship of terrorism or their pursuit of nuclear weapons? We ask retired U.S. Navy Captain Chuck Nash.
In the second part of our discussion on how the U.S. fared this year in the war on terror, retired Navy Captain Chuck Nash offers his thoughts on Iran’s nuclear program, the key challenges awaiting the Obama presidency and how terrorists are changing their approach – as seen in Mumbai.
The war on terrorism has consumed America’s foreign policy and will remain a huge priority in the new administration. But what other international challenges will demand attention from the Obama team? Why will Russia, China and Venezuela become huge headaches if not dealt with swiftly and effectively? We ask former CIA, Pentagon and State Department official Robert Chandler, author of “Shadow World”.
Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism and is on record with its desires to wipe Israel off the map and bring down of America as well. So why might our best strategy be accommodation with Iran rather than confrontation? Can we stop their pursuit of nukes or will we just have to accept their weapons program? We ask former CIA officer Bob Baer, author of “The Devil We Know”.
2008 marks 60 years since the Berlin Airlift, which provided desperately needed supplies to West Berlin after the Soviets surrounded that sector of the city. How was this strategy determined? How did several unlikely heroes emerge during the crisis? And what would the world look like if the U.S. did not take on this daring mission? We ask Andrei Cherny, author of the “The Candy Bombers”.
These days, politicians bend over backwards to tell voters and constituents what they think people want to hear. But at the start of World War II in Europe, new British Prime Minister Winston Churchill went before parliament to say how rough the next few years would be for the UK. Why was this speech unique for its time and even in our day? What did Churchill know about the Nazi threat that few others perceived at that point? We ask these questions to renowned British historian John Lukacs, author most recently of “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The Dire Warning”, which examines Churchill’s speech to the parliament.
America is still the greatest country on earth, but ther are some worrisome warning signs. Huge government debts that seemingly get bigger every day, a nation with strong Judeo-Christian foundations moving further away from acknowedging God, national security challenges from the Middle East to our own border…and many additional challenges. Actor, martial arts master and political activist Chuck Norris attacks all of these challenges to the greatness of America and gives his prescription for making this nation better than ever. And his prescription is found in the words of our Founding Fathers and in his new book “Black Belt Patriotism”.