Thursday’s killing of longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi brought back memories for the Capitol Steps of how certain members of the Hussein family met a quick and painful demise in Iraq eight years ago. Our guest is Steps impressionist Mark Eaton.
Archives for October 2011
On this special anniversary edition of the Three Martini Lunch, Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy watching moderate Democrat Dennis Cardoza announce his retirement and blast President Obama as he leaves. They also groan at the revelation that $529 million taxpayer dollars were spent on manufacturing jobs for the construction of electric cars – which will be be made in Finland. And they have some choice comments for Harry Reid after the Senate Majority Leader claims that private sector jobs are doing just fine.
In the second half of our interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Cheney explains how George W. Bush convinced Cheney to join the ticket and how the administration hit the ground running despite an historic election cliffhanger. And he responds to conservative criticism that the Bush administration failed to curb spending or the size of government.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney joins us to discuss his new book “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir”. In the first half of our conversation, Cheney explains how the national security mindset and policies of the Bush administration changed quickly after 9-11. He also explains why Iraq was discussed in the wake of 9-11 and what the real story is regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Cheney also slams the Valerie Plame investigation as a political charade, Richard Armitage for not publicly admitting he was the one who revealed Plame’s name and Colin Powell for keeping quiet while the investigation targeted other people.
On Thursday, we learned that longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi was captured and killed. How significant is the death of the man who sponsored the killings of scores of Americans? Why might Gaddafi be considered mild compared to what takes his place? Is this the end or just the beginning of the fighting in Libya? We ask retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Tom McInerney, an expert on Libya and Gaddafi.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the private sector is doing just fine in creating jobs but the public sector needs a lot of help. Vice President Joe Biden contends rape and murder rates will rise unless more cities can add police officers. These are the latest arguments in favor of passing the president’s jobs agenda. We get reaction from Tennessee Rep. Diane Black and get her ideas for further job creation.
John Gizzi of Human Events weighs in on the significance of the killing of Moammar Gaddafi, what may happen next in Libya and how today’s events may impact President Obama’s re-election efforts. Gizzi also assesses the latest GOP presidential debate and which four candidates are still really in the hunt for the nomination.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review shed no tears over Moammar Gaddafi’s death and are glad the man with so much American blood on his hands is gone. They also point out several Obama blunders after the president claims he’s made all the right decisions on the economy. And they slam Vice President Biden for insisting that rapes and murders will increase – unless Congress passes legislation to pay for more police officers.
President Obama is now trying to secure passage of his jobs bill piece by piece. Will any of it find approval in the Republican-led House of Representatives? Why does South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy say he’s not swayed by Obama’s emotional push for money to hire new teachers and first responders? Why does Rep. Gowdy believe regulatory reform will be far more helpful for job creators? How does he respond to Obama’s contention that the GOP jobs plan amounts to a push for dirtier air and water and fewer people with health coverage? And why does Gowdy compare Obama’s jobs plan to a Brittany Spears outfit? Listen here for the full conversation.
In the third part of our conversation, former presidential candidate, White House aide and author Pat Buchanan discusses the controversial issue of American demographics and why he believes the plummeting birth rate among white Americans is also contributing to the decline of America. Why does the demographic breakdown matter? Why is immigration now different than immigration of generations ago? And is there anything that can be done about it anyway? We discuss it with Buchanan, author of “Suicide of a Superpower”.