Terror gripped Mumbai, India, for days as a small group of islamist radicals stormed hotels, held many people hostage and killed dozens before the horrific episode was over. Who did this? Wht was this predictable? And what now? We ask Karna Small Bodman, former Senior Director of the National Security Council in the Reagan administration. Her 2007 fictional thriller “Checkmate” predicted this group perpetrating terrorism in India.
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On Monday, President-Elect Barack Obama nominated Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as his choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security. What is her track record as governor on border security and cracking down on illegal immigration? What was her approach to bolstering America’s national security? And what can we expect on this from from the Obama administration and a heavily Democratic Congress? We ask Al Garza, Executive Director of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.
Is there a precedent for the terrorist tactics that played out in Mumbai, India, last week? Why were the actions of a few so effective in killing many people? What lessons should be learned on how to respond to this type of attack? And how high is the tension between India and Pakistan in the wake of all this? We ask these questions to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.