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”.
CACI Chairman Jack London joins us to discuss the most difficult allegations the firm had to rebut after the Abu Ghraib scandal erupted, how the firm began the difficult public relations campaign to set the record straight and how CACI is faring today – four years after this massive controversy.
In the second half of our conversation with CACI Chairman Jack London, we learn about the most difficult allegationns the firm had to rebut after the Abu Ghraib scandal erupted, how the firm began the difficult public relations campaign to set the record straight and how CACI is faring today – four years after this massive controversy.
Military experts are in agreement that the armed forces badly need new air tankers to replace the current ones that have been in service since the 1950s, So why can’t the Pentagon get its act together and award a contract to build them? Why has the bidding process started and stopped multiple times? Which company is ready to go right now in building the tankers?
What were the faiths of our Founding Fathers? Were they deeply guided by their beliefs or just a bunch of deists as some of our history books lead us to conclude? How did their religious convictions guide them in the revolution, in the crafting of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and in debating whether there should be a separation of church and state? We ask Stephen Waldman, author of “Founding Faith”.
How well are we doing in the fight against radical Islamists? Is the decisive progress in Iraq reaping dividends throughout the Middle East? What are we not doing right or not doing at all that is critical to winning this struggle? And what are the three keys to actually winning (and not just managing) this war? Those are the questions we ask terrorism expert Dr. Walid Phares of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. His new book, “The Confrontation”, is the third in a three-volume series on how best to comprehend and defeat Islamic extremists while also winning the hearts and minds of the Middle East people.
In the 2nd half of our interview with Dr. Walid Phares, he elaborates on our current strategy to fight radical Islam and what he sees as the three ingredients needed for victory.
President-Elect Barack Obama has plenty of concerns awaiting him after being sworn into office on January 20. But should one of his priorities be to create a special commission to determine how best to fight rising crime rates? What would the commission actually accomplish and what kind of commitment would it want from the new president when it comes to supporting and funding the conclusions? That’s what we ask Ronald Ruecker, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.