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On this episode of Whiskey Politics, we discuss President Trump’s recent speech in Poland, paying NATO, the reality of two Europes, Immigration, Putin, Brexit, and much more with Melissa O’Sullivan, the Deputy Director of the Danube Institute in Budapest, Hungary, and Washington DC. Melissa represents the Danube Institute through her involvement with the International Women’s Club and other organizations. A former professional in the field of security working with the federal government, she is a graduate of the University of Alabama and a commentator on the political scene on both sides of the Atlantic. Melissa works with her husband John O’Sullivan, former senior policy writer and speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher when she was British prime minister, Editor at National Review, and former Editor in Chief at UPI.

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  1. Melissa Praemonitus Member

    Really interesting conversation with someone who is living the European experience. Thanks, Dave!

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    • July 13, 2017, at 8:01 PM PDT
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  2. Richard Easton Member

    If immigrants are such a wonderful asset, wouldn’t Germany want them all to stay there. Poor Hungary, deprived of this cultural enhancement.

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    • July 14, 2017, at 9:50 PM PDT
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  3. Judge Mental Member

    This might be the first time I’ve heard anyone say publicly the idea that’s it’s a shame Russia is not our ally, because we are more the same than different. I’ve posted that as a comment a couple of times, but in the media it’s all either Russia/Trump or Ralph Peters and Max Boot frothing at the mouth over Putin. Not that I’m saying it should happen under the current circumstances. I’m just talking about the bare idea being mentioned.

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    • July 15, 2017, at 12:01 AM PDT
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  4. Dave Sussman Podcaster
    Dave Sussman

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    This might be the first time I’ve heard anyone say publicly the idea that’s it’s a shame Russia is not our ally, because we are more the same than different. I’ve posted that as a comment a couple of times, but in the media it’s all either Russia/Trump or Ralph Peters and Max Boot frothing at the mouth over Putin. Not that I’m saying it should happen under the current circumstances. I’m just talking about the bare idea being mentioned.

    Michael Walsh told me we have nothing to fear in regards to Russia. Not sure that means we could ignore them, but the Democrats obsession over Putin is a political ploy creating a frothing chattering class purely focused on stoking the dying embers of their base.

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    • July 15, 2017, at 11:39 AM PDT
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  5. Judge Mental Member

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    This might be the first time I’ve heard anyone say publicly the idea that’s it’s a shame Russia is not our ally, because we are more the same than different. I’ve posted that as a comment a couple of times, but in the media it’s all either Russia/Trump or Ralph Peters and Max Boot frothing at the mouth over Putin. Not that I’m saying it should happen under the current circumstances. I’m just talking about the bare idea being mentioned.

    Michael Walsh told me we have nothing to fear in regards to Russia. Not sure that means we could ignore them, but the Democrats obsession over Putin is a political ploy creating a frothing chattering class purely focused on stoking the dying embers of their base.

    My opinion has been that when the world that we cared about was Europe and North America, then yeah, you can understand how we would end up as adversaries. But in a world that is both bigger, in that we have to care about all of it, and smaller, in that anyone on the planet can be here in 24 hours, looking around at what the world has to offer, Russia is far more similar than most. When our interests align, we should be willing to work with them.

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    • July 15, 2017, at 11:48 AM PDT
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