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 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 (04.02) - US-UK relations, Brazil scandal, Hacking, Free Trade vs. Trump Trade


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 (03.19) - Supreme Court, Syria, Trump Rallies, Freezing Eggs


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


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


The McLaughlin Group (02.27) - Syria, Kurds + Palestinians,Death Penalty, BrEXIT


TRT World - Discussing Guantanamo Bay


Fox News - Discussing Syria Cease Fire Deal and US Policy in Middle East


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


Steamboat Institute - Discussing IS plots/terrorists in Europe/West/Internationally


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


Fox News - Special Report panel on NSC process


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


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


Fox News - Discussing Paris/Syria


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


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


The McLaughlin Group (10.31) - GOP Debate


BBC Radio - Discussing Syria talks in Vienna/US SOF in Syria


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


The Blaze - Speaking with Buck Sexton on Middle Eastern politics


The McLaughlin Group (10.17) - Democratic Debate


BBC Radio - Discussing Syria and Israel


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


Fox News - Discussing Russian strategy in Syria


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


Fox News - Discussing ISIS international threat


HuffPost Live - Discussing Syria conflict


The McLaughlin Group (08.15) - GOP, College


BBC Radio - Discussing Islamic State use of Mustard Gas


The McLaughlin Group (08.08) - GOP Debate


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


BBC Radio - Discussing reports on the death of Mullah Omar


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


Fox News - Appearing on Greg Gutfeld's show


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


Fox News - Discussing ISIS threats and ideology re: July 4


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


Fox News - Discussing the ISIS threats to America


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


Fox News - Discussing Cuba and Iran


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


NPR - Iraqi politics


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


Real Time with Bill Maher - Some clips


Fox News - Discussing latest ISIS videos showing training of children


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


Fox News - ISIS and Kayla Mueller


Fox News - Discussing ISIS and US strategy


Sun News - ISIS in Baghdad


Sun News - Alliance between Saudis and Environmentalists!


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


Fox News - Discussing the possibility of Jordan-ISIS trade


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


GVH Live - Hosting a discussion on SOTU


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


GVH Live - Keystone XL


Sun News - ISIS Propaganda Videos


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


Sun News - Differences between AQAP and ISIS


Sun News - Discussing free speech


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


The Blaze TV - Discussing formulation of the CIA summary report


Fox News - Discussing ramifications of CIA summary report


Sun News Network - Discussing CIA summary report


Fox News - Discussing Gruber's House hearings


Sun News - Discussing CIA report's objectivity


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


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


Fox News - ISIS being rolled back?


Sun News Network - Discussing the military options for dealing with Iran


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


BBC - Discussing al-Baghdadi's audiotape (from 14 min mark)


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


Fox News - Discussing diversity of Salafi-Jihadist terrorist threat in Iraq/Syria


Al Jazeera America - Discussing the Midterms and US Foreign Policy


Fox News - Discussing the US Military role in Anbar province, Iraq


Fox News - Discussing The War on Terror under President Obama


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


Fox News - Discussing the 2014 Midterms


Sun News Network - Global reaction to Canada attacks


Fox News - Discussing Islamic State fighter jets


Fox News - Discussing Iran's political strategy in Iraq


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


Sun News Network - Discussing Turkey's strategy in Syria


Fox News - Discussing US Senate elections


The McLaughlin Group (10/10) - Discussing Rand Paul, wealth in Congress, Jim Webb, and Globalization


Fox News - UK security threat and new laws to prevent IS extremism


Fox News - Discussing FBI hunt for US extremists fighting for IS


Sun News Network - The hunt for 'Jihadi John'


The McLaughlin Group (10/03) - Part TwoSecret Service incidents and challenge of protection - Clint Hill book on Secret Service - China's President reacting to Hong Kong protests and future of China social stability - Why China is blaming unrest on US meddling - Better city? New York or Hong Kong (with amusing exchange between Dr. McLaughlin and myself!)


The McLaughlin Group (10/03) - Part OneTalking about Mr. Modi's visit to Washington - What happens next re:Modi's visit - India's political position at home


Fox News - Discussing US Intelligence on ISIS


Sun News Network - Discussing ISIS advance towards Baghdad


BBC World News - Discussing US Strategy in a humanitarian context


Fox News - Discussing US Intelligence


Fox News - Discussing the Islamic State


Sun News Network - Discussing differences between Khorasan and the Islamic State


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


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


The McLaughlin Group 09/12 Part One
President Obama's ISIS strategy, rating his speech


Fox News - What President Obama should say in his ISIS speech


77WABC - Discussing ISIS threat to US and Middle East


The McLaughlin Group 09/05 Part Two - US strategy in Iraq, President Obama, Mitt Romney, GOP and female voters, Congress and US Military action against ISIS


The McLaughlin Group 09/05 Part One - UK security challenge re: ISIS, dealing with Iran over ISIS v Sunni tribes


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


Fox News - Discussing ISIS agenda, strengths and vulnerabilities




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)


Al Jazeera America - Discussing British terrorism alert


CNN - Discussing British terrorism alert


Sun News Network - Discussing President Putin's strategy in Ukraine


Fox News - Discussing Iraq and Ukraine


Fox News - Discussing the President's response to the Foley video


Steamboat Institute - Accepting the Tony Blankley Chair


Global Voice Hall - Discussing the Ferguson situation


The McLaughlin Group 08/15 Part Two - I speak on America alone in Iraq?, A new Anbar awakening, ISIS threat to west, Why US must intervene, Africa and North America, Ferguson police weapons prediction


The McLaughlin Group 08/15 Part One - I speak on Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton foreign policy, US Military and Hillary Clinton


Sun News Network - Discussing ISIS ideology


Fox News - Discussing the situation in Iraq


CNN - Discussing President Obama's decision to use force in Iraq


The McLaughlin Group 08/08 Part Two - I speak on Israel proportional violence, Netanyahu coalition challenges, Hamas strategy, Richard Nixon


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


The McLaughlin Group 08/01 Part One - I speak on Putin danger to Europe, Putin strategy, Threat to Poland and Moldova, Sanctions stopping Putin?


CNN - Discussing President Obama's leadership


Fox News - Discussing Obamacare ruling


Sun News Network - Discussing Iran deadline extension


Fox News - Discussing MH17 and what US must do next


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


Al Jazeera America - Discussing MH17, Israel and US leadership


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


Global Voice Hall - Interviewed about ISIS


Newsmax TV - Discussing Israel-Hamas conflict and al-Baghdadi


Newsmax TV - Discussing Israel-Hamas conflict


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!)


Newsmax TV - Discussing Immigration Crisis


Newsmax TV - Discussing Hillary Clinton's position on Iraq crisis


Sky News (UK) - Policy ramifications of Bergdahl deal


Newsmax TV - Obama administration strategy and the Bergdahl deal


Fox News - Threat of ISIS/Syria terrorism


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


Fox News - Talking about DHS


Fox News - Keystone XL and Campaign Finance


The Daily Telegraph (Internet TV) - 60-Second bulletin on Obama, CIA, Pentagon, Syria, Ukraine


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


Al Jazeera - Why ABC Family was wrong to cancel ''Alice in Arabia''


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


Global Voice Hall - Putin and Russia


Al Jazeera America - NSA in Europe/Intelligence/US Foreign Policy


Global Voice Hall - Iran Nuclear Program - Discussion and Analysis


BBC World Service (Radio)Debate on US Intelligence operations in Europe


AJ Delgado (Internet TV) - Discussing shutdown/GOP politics with AJ Delgado


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


Monocle Radio 24 (Radio) - Interview on prospects for US intervention against Assad


Huff Post Live (Internet TV) - Discussion on Glenn Greenwald and UK counter-terrorism


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 News - Debate on Romney v Obama

 
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!)