Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Episode 44: Russian Dressing

Guest: Byron York
Sep 13, 2013
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This week on Need To Know, we’re joined by The Washington Examiner’s Byron York. He discusses the situation in Syria from the DC insider perspective. Later, Mona and Jay talk about our Russian dressing down, the New York mayoral mess, crack-of-dawn school hours (terrible), and Hitler’s late, unlamented bodyguard. 

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  1. Nick Stuart

    All of the issues of US “credibility,” “leading the free world,” even “national interest” aside, is there anybody who would really feel good about being led into a military engagement of any kind or duration under the leadership of Obama, Kerry, Hagel, and Biden? Really?

    Making predictions is difficult, especially of the future. Obama has demonstrated he’s entirely unable to deal with events and consequences. I’ll submit that the 2nd and 3rd order events and consequences of not making a military strike are less awful than would accompany making a military strike. 

    And I will be more convinced of the bona fides of those who argue that we need to do something, when they’re ready to send their kids to do it, and not mine (one of whom is currently waiting to find out if he’ll be deployed to Afghanistan).

  2. Hartmann von Aue

    Mona and Jay- thanks for this podcast this week. You will be happy to hear that Germany is about to turn to the right…in a good way…. re-electing Merkel’s CDU and possibly die Alternative fuer Deutschland and/or FDP instead of the sickening combination of Rot/Roeter/Gruen in about nine days. 

    And good to know that you, Mrs. Charen, are a fellow adoptive parent. 

  3. Duane Oyen

    This was the most correct, insightful, and depressing podcast ever from NTK. 

    Jay, as usual, is correct when he bemoans the problem noted by Byron of people on the right going after those who are not quite “pure” enough.

    I don’t know who would be satisfactory caucus leaders in the minds of Amash and Huelskamp.  The Republicans have a smaller tent that ever, and it still is not home to enough identical views.

  4. Butters

    1) No one is advocating a government shutdown. They are arguing what specific spending the House should authorize. The House is a coequal branch of government and is under no obligation to go along with any and all spending the other party wants.

    2) Defunding Obamacare is an opening bargaining position for the House to take to conference. Perhaps in conference concessions would be made, but raising the white flag with out even attempting to make the argument is demoralizing for conservatives.

    3) The notion that Obamacare will collapse of it’s own weight without any need to make the case is dubious. Medicare and SS are financially disasterous, but as long as the checks go out, they are politically popular. Mona says the mandate will be onerous, but for most people the premiums will be subsidized. Once those hooks dig in, they are near impossible to remove.

    It’s so disheartening that Mike Lee/Ted Cruz/Rand Paul have to wage this fight alone, with entrenched conservative media and GOP leadership ankle-biting and bed wetting and hand-wringing the entire time.

    Rush and Levin at least have been instrumental supporters of this effort.

  5. Frank Soto
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    Duane Oyen: This was the most correct, insightful,and depressing podcast ever from NTK. 

    Jay, as usual, is correct when he bemoans the problem noted by Byron of people on the right going after those who are not quite “pure” enough.

    I don’t know who would be satisfactory caucus leaders in the minds of Amash and Huelskamp.  The Republicans have a smaller tent that ever, and it still is not home to enough identical views. 

    The problem here Duane is that neither Mona or Jay or you  is advocating Republican unity by way of you coming closer to the other side.  You expect the other side to move towards you.

    Calls to unity like this are worthless.  

  6. Matede
    Butters: It’s so disheartening that Mike Lee/Ted Cruz/Rand Paul have to wage this fight alone, with entrenched conservative media and GOP leadership ankle-biting and bed wetting and hand-wringing the entire time.

    Rush and Levin at least have been instrumental supporters of this effort.

    Exactly Butters, I makes me crazy when I hear conservatives bemoan that we ONLY have 1/2 of 1 branch of government. Well what good is it to even have 1/2 if we are afraid to use its power. The rest of us have to live out here and this may be our last chance to at least try to walk back Obamacare, and considering 70% of the American people don’t like this law I don’t think its as policially suicidal as many in the establishment think. Conservatives want Republicans to be an opposition party to the democrats, not to go along with everything they purpose, then what’s the point of them being there. They need to stop fearing what the press will say about them and fight for the American people, they have more support out here then they think

  7. J Flei

    Just listened on the way home, and thanks to Jay, decided to start referring to myself as a ‘liberal republican’. It’s just a good term for what I, and I daresay most conservatives, stand for: liberty. The other side should be called ‘big government Democrats.’ There is nothing liberating about government coercing you to do things, so that side of the aisle does not deserve the word ‘liberal’. Let’s take it back! It will be confusing for awhile for people, but hey, we have to start at least challenging some of these battles of words, that’s often how the Democrats trick people. Liberal Republican is a very sincere, clear term! Love it!

  8. Duane Oyen
    Frank Soto

    Duane Oyen: This was the most correct, insightful,and depressing podcast ever from NTK. 

    Jay, as usual, is correct when he bemoans the problem noted by Byron of people on the right going after those who are not quite “pure” enough.

    I don’t know who would be satisfactory caucus leaders in the minds of Amash and Huelskamp.  The Republicans have a smaller tent that ever, and it still is not home to enough identical views. 

    The problem here Duane is that neither Mona or Jay or you  is advocating Republican unity by way of you coming closer to the other side.  You expect the other side to move towards you.

    Calls to unity like this are worthless.   · September 16

    Frank, you are saying exactly the same thing, from the opposite side- that the entire remainder of the 44 senators should adopt the position of those three.  This is compromise?

    And the other 44 senators are all Stockholm collaborators, none of them actually has a cogent argument that it is not useful to throw away your ammunition on something that cannot succeed?

    Sorry, they- and you make no sense. Empty, counterproductive, narcissistic windmill assaulting by Don Quixote.

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