Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Leadership Sequester of President Obama

I try to give the President a fair hearing. I hate the bitterness that has come to define so much of our national discourse. I'm repulsed when the President's wife and daughters are insulted. But... as I've argued in recent weeks, since winning re-election, the President has found comfort in unmitigated partisanship. And now, as the Sequester approaches, the President's behavior has reached unprecedented summits of absurdity. Due to the GOP refusal to submit to his theory of governance (my way or the highway) and reluctant to fulfill the sequester deal that he himself developed, the President has instead resorted to using the national security of the United States as a partisan prop. As Bob Woodward noted on MSNBC yesterday, the President's decision to cancel a carrier deployment to the Persian Gulf is nothing short of astonishing. I've always felt that the President's foreign policy is confused and contradictory, but this is simply unbelievable. Sadly, the President hasn't stopped with his Carrier games. Instead, he's also overseen the release of hundreds of detained illegal immigrants. Counter to the Administration's claims of ignorance with regards to this release, because of its major political tenor, the action must have received approval from someone in the President's inner circle.

Let's be clear, these actions are not born of a national leadership focused on the common good. Nor are these decisions derived of necessity- with a budget in the hundreds of billions, the DoD could easily allocate sufficient funds to send a second Carrier to the 5th Fleet Area of Operations. As could DHS with regards to meeting its criminal detention responsibilities. Unfortunately, these national priorities have been subjugated to the President's ego. We're witnessing a leadership that is both gleefully reckless and stunningly arrogant. An imperial White House happy to threaten journalists and make policy in the style of North Korea.

Why is the President behaving this way? Why won't he accept the Sequester

Because he refuses to accept a major debt deal (which would necessarily involve major entitlement reform). And because he wants an American welfare state. A welfare state doomed to fail.

I'm not feeling so hot about the next four years...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

TV/Radio contributions (Updated - Ignore date tag)

These are the links for some of my media appearances. 5 notes - First, I am a US Citizen (father was State Department) who grew up in the UK (hence the accent!). I am also, incidentally, a natural born citizen. Second, the date tag on this page should be ignored - the page is constantly updated - most recent come first. Third - Sun News Network has closed, so some of those links won't work. Fourth - the most recent appearances are at top - descending back in time. Fifth - The McLaughlin Group (PBS/CBS-NY) links - provide my time links to specific comments on various issues. Thank you for watching/listening/reading.


Fox News - November 13th - Discussing Midterms/2020

The McLaughlin Group - October 28th - Discussing issues of the week

The McLaughlin Group - October 21st - Discussing issues of the week

The McLaughlin Group - October 14th - Discussing issues of the week

Fox News - October 10th - Discussing Nikki Haley resignation

The McLaughlin Group - October 8th - The McLaughlin Group

Fox News - August 27 2018 - Special report panel

MSNBC - August 23 2018 - Morning Joe

Fox News - August 15 2018 - Discussing primaries

The McLaughlin Group - August 12 2018 - Primaries/Mueller, Infowars, Saudi Arabia and Canada

Fox News - August 10 2018 - Special report panel


Fox News - August 1 2018 - Discussing the Hawaii repatriation event

The McLaughlin Group - July 29 2018 -Rosenstein Russia, Tariffs, Pakistan, Russia, Iran

Fox News - July 25 2018 - Special Report panel


Fox News - July 12 2018 - Discussing Trump's Brexit comments


Fox News - July 4 2018 - Special Report panel

Fox News - July 2 2018 - Special Report panel



Fox News - June 18 2018 - Discussing Merkel's issues

The McLaughlin Group - June 17 2018 - NoKo summit, Trump salute, Horowitz report, ICE


Fox News - June 10th 2018 - Special Report panel


Fox News - June 5th 2018 - Special Report panel


The McLaughlin Group - June 3rd 2018 - Discussing issues of the week


Fox News - May 24th 2018 - Special Report panel


Fox News - May 23rd 2018 - Discussing the North Korean nuclear summit


Fox News - May 22nd 2018 - Discussing Trump's MS-13 angle


The McLaughlin Group - May 20th 2018 - Discussing issues of the week


The McLaughlin Group - May 13th 2018 - Discussing issues of the week


The McLaughlin Group - May 6th 2018 - Discussing issues of the week


Fox News - May 3rd 2018 - Special Report panel


The McLaughlin Group - April 29th 2018 - Discussing the issues of the week

Fox News - April 25th 2018 - Discussing Macron Visit

The McLaughlin Group - April 22nd 2018 - Discussing issues of the week

Fox News - April 18th 2018 - Discussing Russian chemical attacks

The McLaughlin Group - April 15th 2018 - Discussing issues of the week

Fox News - April 14th 2018 - Discussing Syria attack

Fox News - April 14th 2018 - Discussing Syria attack

Fox News - April 10th 2018 - Discussing U.S. strike options in Syria


The McLaughlin Group - April 8th 2018 - Discussing issues of the week

Steamboat Institute - April 3rd 2018 - Moderating Nigel Farage vs. Vincente Fox debate

The McLaughlin Group - April 1st 2018 - Discussing issues of the week


Fox News - March 31st 2018 - Special Report panel


Fox News - March 27th 2018 - Discussing Russian expulsions

The McLaughlin Group - March 25th 2018 - Discussing issues of the week

The McLaughlin Group - March 18th 2018 - Discussing issues of the week



The McLaughlin Group - March 11th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week

Fox News - March 9th 2018 - Special Report panel


The McLaughlin Group - March 4th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week

The McLaughlin Group - February 25th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week

Fox News- February 19th 2018 - Discussing U.S. strategy towards North Korea


The McLaughlin Group - February 18th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week


Fox News - February 12th 2018 - Discussing Israeli strategy


The McLaughlin Group - February 11th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week


Fox News - February 9th 2018 - Special Report panel


The McLaughlin Group - February 4th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week

The McLaughlin Group - January 28th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week


The McLaughlin Group - January 21st 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week


The McLaughlin Group - January 14th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week

The McLaughlin Group - January 7th 2018 - Discussions on the issues of the week


Fox News - January 1st 2017 - Special Report panel

Fox News - December 30th 2017 - Discussing U.S.-China relations

Fox News - December 26th 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - December 25th 2017 - Special Report panel

Fox News - November 29th 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - November 23rd 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - November 12th 2017 - Discussing Trump comments on Putin


Fox News - October 17th 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - October 11th 2017 - Special Report panel + Overtime!


Fox News - October 8th 2017 - Fox News Sunday panel


Fox News - September 21st 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - September 19th 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - September 15th 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - September 4th 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - August 30th 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - August 24th 2017 - Special Report panel


State Department - August 22nd 2017 - Questioning Tillerson


McLaughlin Group pilot - August 19th 2017 - I host (taped day before Charlottesville incidents)


Fox News - August 13th 2017 - Fox News Sunday panel


Fox  News - August 8th 2017 - Special Report panel


Fox News - July 23rd 2017 - Discussing the Russia situation



Fox News - July 18th 2017 - Discussing the Iran nuclear deal



Fox News - July 10th 2017 - Discussing ISIS






Fox News - June 24th 2017 - Discussing Obama and Russia



Fox News - June 19th 2017 - Discussing London Mosque attack






Fox Business - June 6th 2017 - Discussing UK terrorism/election



Fox News - June 5th 2017 - Special Report Panel



Fox News - June 3rd 2017 - Discussing London attacks



Fox News - May 23rd 2017 - Special Report Panel



Fox News - May 24th 2017 - Discussing Manchester latest



Fox News - May 22nd 2017 - Discussing Manchester



Fox News - May 18th 2017 - Discussing Trump's troubles



Fox News - May 7th 2017 - Discussing French election






Fox News - April 27th 2017 - Special Report Panel



CNN - April 25th 2017 - Brooke Baldwin



Fox News - April 14th 2017 - Special Report Panel






Fox News - April 7th 2017 - Special Report Panel



Fox News - April 6th 2017 - Debating Syria with Tucker Carlson



Delta County Business Council - April 4th 2017 - Multiple issues speech



Fox News - March 29th 2017 - Special Report Panel



Fox News - March 11th 2017 - Discussing Syria



LPR Retreat - February 2017 - U.S. Foreign Policy






Fox News - February 13th 2017 - Special Report Panel



Fox News -  February 7th 2017 - Special Report Panel



Fox News - January 27th 2017 - Discussing President Trump and Prime Minister May



The Washington Times - January 23rd 2017 - Foreign Policy



Fox News - January 23rd 2017 - Special Report, Special Panel on President Trump



Secure Freedom Radio - January 12th 2017 - Discussing Russia, and U.S. Options

Fox News -
January 11th 2017 - Special Report Panel



Fox News - December 31st 2016 - Discussing Syria


Fox News - December 31st 2016 - Special Report Panel


Facebook Live - December 23rd 2016 - Discussing the ISIS threat to Europe


Fox News - November 25th 2016 - Special Report Panel


Facebook Live - November 22nd 2016 - Discussing Trump's national security team


Fox News - November 19th 2016-  Special Report Panel


Fox News - November 13th 2016 - Special Report Panel


Fox News - October 24th 2016 - Discussing Iraq and Iran


Fox News -  October 23rd 2016 - Special Report Panel

Fox News - October 3rd 2016 - Special Report Panel


Fox News - September 8th 2016 - Special Report Panel


Dr. McLaughlin's Funeral - I read a passage, but beautiful eulogies from Pat Buchanan and John Roberts. A very fitting send-off.




MSNBC Hardball - Discussing JM


My tribute to JM - A quick video


My favorite moments with JM - A selection of video clips


The McLaughlin Group (08.13) - Election latest, Trade, Papal Politics




Fox News/Greg Gutfeld Show - DNC, Russian Hacking Shark Olympics, America


The McLaughlin Group (07.23) - GOP Convention, Turkey Coup, Olympic, Iran Deal










The McLaughlin Group (07.09) - Dallas, Clinton emails, ISIS threat, Gaza








Scott Jones Show - Globalism/Brexit




Independence Day 2 - Movie cameo!






Fox News - Discussing Ramadan and Terrorist Threats (day before Orlando attacks)




The McLaughlin Group (06.11) - Poverty, Election, India


The Blaze - Buck Sexton Show - Discussing Daesh plots in Germany, and Iraq


The McLaughlin Group (06.04) - Campaign Politics, Gary Johnson, Zika Budget






New York City's Village Underground - Live Debate. Is America in Decline








The Blaze - Buck Sexton Show - Discussing Daesh threats to EURO 2016




The McLaughlin Group (04.23) - Afghanistan, Syria, Israel, Immigration law




The Blaze - Buck Sexton Show - Discussing Russia

The McLaughlin Group (04.09) - Trump's Wall, Panama Papers, NATO, Health

The McLaughlin Group (03.26) - Libya, Tipping, Heroin

The Blaze - Buck Sexton Show - Discussing Europe and ISIS

The Federalist Radio - Discussing Belgium

The McLaughlin Group (03.12) - Immigration Reform, VP Picks, Prescription Drugs

The McLaughlin Group (03.05) - Campaign, ISIS in Pakistan, Economy

The McLaughlin Group (02.20) - Scalia, Diplomacy, Apple

The McLaughlin Group (02.13) - Obama Budget, Energy Policy, Black Lives Matter

The Blaze - Buck Sexton Show - Discussion on my Hillary Clinton article

The McLaughlin Group (02.06) - Campaign, Russia, Syria

The McLaughlin Group (01.30) - Obamacare, Syria, Campaign

The McLaughlin Group (01.23) - Palin, Cruz, Middle East

The McLaughlin Group (01.16) - Campaign, Media, Guantanamo

The McLaughlin Group (01.09) - Gun Control, North Korea

The McLaughlin Group (01.02) - 2015 Awards Show pt 2

The McLaughlin Group (12.26) - 2015 Awards Show pt 1

The McLaughlin Group (12.19) - GOP Debate

The McLaughlin Group (12.12) - ISIS, Syria, Women in Military

The McLaughlin Group (12.05) - ISIS, Syria, Russia

The McLaughlin Group (11.28) - NASA, Free Speech, Star Trek

The McLaughlin Group (11.21) - Terrorism, Refugees (Paris-focus)

The McLaughlin Group (11.20 - Web Extra!) - Discussing Democratic debate

The McLaughlin Group (11.14) - Immigration, Equality, Regulations

The McLaughlin Group (11.07) - China, Syria, Keystone

The McLaughlin Group (10.31) - GOP Debate

The McLaughlin Group (10.24) - Email, Canada, Biden

The McLaughlin Group (10.17) - Democratic Debate

The McLaughlin Group (10.02) - Guns, Russia, Palestinians

The McLaughlin Group (09.19) - GOP Debate, China

The McLaughlin Group (09.12) - Syria/ISIS

Steamboat Institute - Foreign Policy Speech

The McLaughlin Group (08.22) - Immigration, Iran, Hillary

HuffPost Live - Discussing Syria conflict

The McLaughlin Group (08.15) - GOP, College

The McLaughlin Group (08.08) - GOP Debate

The McLaughlin Group (08.01) - Emails, Cruz, Food

The McLaughlin Group (07.25) - Africa, Trump, Turkey

The McLaughlin Group (07.11) - Putin, Pope, Greece

The McLaughlin Group (07.04) - Emails, Lebanon

The McLaughlin Group (06.27) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (06.20) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (06.13) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (06.06) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (05.30) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (05.23) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

BBC Radio - Discussing the collapse of Ramadi (an issue I warned about here)

The McLaughlin Group (05.16) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (05.09) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (05.02) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (04.25) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (04.18) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (04.11) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (04.04) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (03.28) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (03.21) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

Leadership Program of the Rockies - My speech and Q + A on Mid-East Politics

Real Time with Bill Maher - Some clips

The McLaughlin Group (02.21) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (02.14) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (02.07) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

Sun News - ISIS in Baghdad

The McLaughlin Group (01.31) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (01.24) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (01/17) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

GVH Live - Keystone XL

The McLaughlin Group (01/10) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (01/03) - Part 2 2014 Awards Show

The McLaughlin Group (12/27) - Part 1 2014 Awards Show

The McLaughlin Group (12/20) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

Sun News - Discussing Sydney attack (following attack)

BBC - Discussing Sydney attack (during attack)

The McLaughlin Group (12/13) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

Sun News Network - Discussing CIA summary report

The McLaughlin Group (12/06) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (11/28) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (11/21) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (11/14) - Discussions on the issues of the moment

Global Voice Hall Live - Keystone XL

The McLaughlin Group (11/07) - Discussions on issues of the moment

The McLaughlin Group (10/24) - Discussions on issues of the moment

Fox News (one on one studio discussion) - Discussing Islamic State advance towards Baghdad

Sun News Network - The hunt for 'Jihadi John'

Global Voice Hall Live - Discussing Islamic State (turn volume up!)

The McLaughlin Group 09/12 Part TwoScotlandScotland2ImmigrationAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Fox News (via phone: traffic prevented live shot!) - Discussing US domestic angle of ISIS




The McLaughlin Group 08/29 Part Two - I speak on Obamacare, MillennialsMedicare reformChris Christie in 2016)

The McLaughlin Group 08/29 Part One - I speak on High Frequency TradingInvestmentHigh Frequency Trading)

Steamboat Institute - Accepting the Tony Blankley Chair

Sun News Network - Discussing ISIS ideology

The McLaughlin Group 08/08 Part One - I speak on ISIS threat in Iraq, ISIS and US, US Interlocutor, Israel strategy

The McLaughlin Group 08/01 Part Two - I speak on Kerry in Middle East, Labor market, Tony Blankley

Sun News Network (Canada) - Discussing Israel-Hamas latest

Sun News Network (Canada) - Discussing Hamas-Israel conflict

Global Voice Hall - Interviewed about ISIS

Real Time with Bill Maher - Discussing Iraq

Real Time with Bill Maher - Overtime discussion

Real Time with Bill Maher - Quick excerpt on UK v US political dialogue (included as hopefully interesting!)

Slate Magazine's The Gist (Radio) - Boko Haram

Fox News - Talking about DHS

Next Generation TV - Michelle Fields (Internet TV) - What's going on in Ukraine?

660 AM The Answer-Mark Davis (Radio) - Discussing MH370

Global Voice Hall - Putin and Russia

660 AM The Answer-Mark Davis (Radio) - Syria-Russia peace deal?

Al Jazeera America (TV) - Syria, the President and Congress

660 AM The Answer-Mark Davis (Radio) - Syria's challenges for US policy makers

BBC World Service (Radio) - Discussion on US-Russia relations

BBC World Service (Radio) - Discussion on August 2013 AQAP threat

BBC World Service (Radio) - Debate on Guantanamo Bay Detention
 
BBC 2 - Daily Politics Show – Discussion on First 2012 US Presidential Debate 



BBC News Waterboarding Debate (my views have changed a bit on this issue. Email me!)