That’s the question former CIA officer Herb Meyer answers on this podcast. Meyer was one of the only people, maybe the only person, to predict the fall of the Soviet Union, and he offers insights on Orlando and the terror threat generally. They also discuss his brand new booklet, Why Is the World So Dangerous?

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  1. Petty Boozswha Inactive
    Petty Boozswha
    @PettyBoozswha

    I completely disagree with Jay – Trump did not “win”  the primaries as much as he mounted a hostile takeover of a dysfunctional organization with his amoral mob. Had the party been smart enough to have closed primaries or a system of superdelegates as the Dems learned they needed we probably would not be in this mess.

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  2. Tom Meyer, Ed. Contributor
    Tom Meyer, Ed.
    @tommeyer

    BTW, hard copies of the booklet are available at http://www.worldsodangerous.com, as well as on Amazon.

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  3. Leslie Watkins Member
    Leslie Watkins
    @LeslieWatkins

    From my own perspective, Obama’s responses to terror attacks in general and the homegrown attacks in particular do not leave me feeling unsafe. I don’t expect the president, whoever he or she is, to make me feel safe. What he makes me feel is stung by the ice water coursing through his veins. What a human disconnect, which I find very scary.

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  4. filmklassik Member
    filmklassik
    @filmklassik

    Terrific podcast (yet again) but was that Mr. Meyer we heard a few minutes after his sign-off, asking plaintively “I’m still here — may I say something?” and then a full half-hour later, “Can you hear me Jay?”

    But Jay and Mona couldn’t hear him.

    There was something eerily disturbing about it, as if Mr. Meyer was a disembodied soul, trapped in the spirit realm, trying desperately to make contact with the living.

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  5. Tom Meyer, Ed. Contributor
    Tom Meyer, Ed.
    @tommeyer

    filmklassik:Terrific podcast (yet again) but was that Mr. Meyer we heard a few minutes after his sign-off, asking plaintively “I’m still here — may I say something?” and then a full half-hour later, “Can you hear me Jay?”

    But Jay and Mona couldn’t hear him.

    There was something eerily disturbing about it, as if Mr. Meyer was a disembodied soul, trapped in the spirit realm, trying desperately to make contact with the living.

    I promise this won’t be the last time you hear from him. :)

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  6. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    filmklassik:Terrific podcast (yet again) but was that Mr. Meyer we heard a few minutes after his sign-off, asking plaintively “I’m still here — may I say something?” and then a full half-hour later, “Can you hear me Jay?”

    But Jay and Mona couldn’t hear him.

    There was something eerily disturbing about it, as if Mr. Meyer was a disembodied soul, trapped in the spirit realm, trying desperately to make contact with the living.

    Fixed!

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  7. Hydrogia Inactive
    Hydrogia
    @Hydrogia

    Exactly the same exasperating  willful blindness or naivety expressed so clearly here regarding the lefts refusal to acknowledge what is right in front of them is present here and on Ricochet from the brass regarding  the traitor POTUS 0 with his manifest history and use of the Office to advance and prefer Muslim causes with blatant zeal.

    Also, Donald Trump calls himself a conservative, advocates conservative values,  thrashes the left  with vigor,  and proposes conservative solutions to the all major issues of our time, real solutions, and yet, what I hear from most of  the  brilliant Ricochet mainstays is what a liberal he is and they won’t go there. hmmmmm

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  8. filmklassik Member
    filmklassik
    @filmklassik

    Donald Trump calls himself a conservative, advocates conservative values, thrashes the left with vigor, and proposes conservative solutions to the all major issues of our time… and yet what I hear from most of the brilliant Ricochet mainstays is what a liberal he is and they won’t go there.

    Two reasons for that:

    1) Trump recently turned 70 and if one thinks of his first seven decades of life as one 24-hour day, it’s pretty clear that Trump came to most of his Conservative positions (on abortion, for example, and income tax, and even immigration) at approximately 11:55 PM.

    It’s also pretty clear that Trump’s positions on Affirmative Action, trade tariffs, the First Amendment, 9/11, Bush/Cheney’s complicity in lying us into the Iraq war, etc., remain squarely left-of-center and/or bug-nuts crazy.

    In addition to that —

    2) Trump’s manner of speech is crude, often bigoted and almost invariably thuggish.  He is, to use the NY Post’s (laudatory) phrase “a b***-buster.”   And many people love that about him.  (“He talks like me!”)

    But many more believe it is one of the reasons Trump is unfit to represent the greatest nation the world has ever known.

    (A reply I can see coming from six miles out:  “Is Hillary??”)

    Sigh…

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  9. EEM Inactive
    EEM
    @EEM

    Petty Boozswha:I completely disagree with Jay – Trump did not “win” the primaries as much as he mounted a hostile takeover of a dysfunctional organization with his amoral mob.

    I completely agree with Petty Boozswha who completely disagrees with Jay. This notion that Trump was nominated fair and square, it would be a disservice to those who voted for him, etc. is bunk.

    Probably the main reason Trump won the primaries is because the media were so gratuitous in granting him unlimited coverage. All the sheeple saw, day in and day out, was Trump, Trump, Trump, and more Trump. And let’s not think the media didn’t have an ulterior motive for granting him all this free air time. Of course they wanted him to be the GOP nominee. As Obama told Jimmy Fallon, “we’re happy he’s the nominee.”

    So it’s foolish at this point to throw up our hands and say, “He won, fair and square,” especially if he is (as Hugh Hewitt said before he changed his mind) a “stage four cancer” or “a plane headed straight for a mountain.” The GOP should definitely have the option of dumping Trump at the convention.

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  10. Mona Charen Contributor
    Mona Charen
    @MonaCharen

    Thanks for all the comments. I think, of all the images, “a plane headed straight for a mountain” is my favorite. You take your satisfactions where you can these days . . .

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  11. Far North Professor Member
    Far North Professor
    @FarNorthProfessor

    I am a long-time fan of this podcast and I was upset and disappointed with one of Mona’s comments.  After Jay proclaims (to Mona’s agreement) that he’s just looking for a candidate who meets the minimum basic requirements in order to avert a disaster of epic proportions for the country, Mona dismisses Gary Johnson with “he’s a goofball and a pothead, ha ha.”  Really?  He governed New Mexico stably, he talks more about reducing the deficit and decreasing the regulatory state more than any of the Republican candidates did, and he emphasizes restoring constitutional order and curtailing executive overreach.  He is at 10% in the polls and could probably climb substantially with just a little support from those with conservative bonafides; by the way, the group most likely to be motivated to vote third party are young people, and he is tailor-made to appeal to them.  So, Jay and Mona, is there really a national crisis and we need to rally around any viable alternative to two major-party candidates who want authoritarianism, or not?  If there is some serious show-stopper about Gary Johnson that makes him as disqualified as Clinton/Trump to you, then please tell us.  Right now it seems like you’re willing to let the country be destroyed because you don’t want to vote for a guy who’s awkward and occasionally smokes pot.

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  12. M. Brandon Godbey Member
    M. Brandon Godbey
    @Brandon

    Far North Professor: Right now it seems like [Mona’s] willing to let the country be destroyed because you don’t want to vote for a guy who’s awkward and occasionally smokes pot.

    A reasonable statement deserves a reasonable rebuttal.

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  13. Hydrogia Inactive
    Hydrogia
    @Hydrogia

    filmklassic    “two reasons for that”………….

    People who are very concerned and effected by the immigration issues are not auto-bigots, however there are a lot of racial cowards around who can be easily rolled over. A blunt acknowledgement and confrontation of the fifth column in the fourth estate and the debt scams and the carbon scams and the lost wars and Obamacare, etc etc etc, is very refreshing, compelling, conservative to the core and long overdue. Any of the other contenders had the choice of playing along or taking on these huge problems which are very real on the ground. Either you believe in these things, or you don’t, in which case you are not a conservative. If your personal dislike of the standard bearer cancels your principles, then how deep are your convictions? “Hillary” by herself is certainly a monumental factor to be considered, you shrug her royal lowness off with remarkable ease.

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  14. Mona Charen Contributor
    Mona Charen
    @MonaCharen

    Far North Professor and M. Brandon Godbey, you’re right. I will take another look at Johnson. The fact that he only gave up smoking pot 6 weeks ago (or so) gave me extreme pause. Is it likely that a 63 year old man who has been smoking pot for his entire adult life (or longer) is going to give it up? His views on foreign and defense policy are also worrying. Still, when you consider the alternatives, it’s worth a closer look.

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  15. Fred Cole Inactive
    Fred Cole
    @FredCole

    Mona, a  couple of things:

    1. Johnson’s preferred method of pot consumption is brownies. (Gluten free, because of his Celiac disease.)
    2. If you consider that the man doesn’t drink, responsible pot consumption is a reasonable substitute, is it not?  If a guy prefers marijuana to an occasional glass of wine, is it something to get hung up on?
    3. If he is able to consume marijuana and still accomplish the things that he has (successful businessman, two-term governor, athlete, summiting Everest), even if he doesn’t give it up, is that really a problem?
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  16. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    This is the best NTK, ever.

    Johnson is an idiot. None of those “libertarian” candidates have thought libertarianism through like they should. The critical thing is, we need massive deregulation so we keep generating PRODUCTIVE debt, otherwise the economy will collapse. I’m dead serious.

    The thing about pot is, some people get away with doing a lot of it. It’s uncommon, though. If you aren’t innately highly goal oriented and productive it’s a really bad idea.

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  17. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    I just edited my comment.

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  18. Far North Professor Member
    Far North Professor
    @FarNorthProfessor

    As a fan, thanks for responding Mrs. Charon, it made my day!  As someone who still thinks George W. Bush made mostly good foreign-policy decisions based on the information at hand, Johnson is too isolationist for my tastes.  However, he does seem to recognize the major threats to America, and I take his (repeated) avowals to involve Congress in major foreign policy decisions as an indicator that he won’t unilaterally set the world on fire.  I keep in mind that the alternatives involve a big red button with the word “reset” misspelled and admiration for strongman-style suppression of opposition press.

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  19. filmklassik Member
    filmklassik
    @filmklassik

    Hydrogia: If your personal dislike of the standard bearer cancels your principles, then how deep are your convictions?

    How deep are my convictions?  I hope they’re anchored deep enough to not be unmoored by a temporary change in the political tide.

    And Trump may soon be the Republican nominee, but he is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a standard bearer.

    Unless that standard involves thuggery.

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  20. Wolfsheim Member
    Wolfsheim
    @Wolfsheim

    Perhaps because even (?) in my old age I may be tempted to bask in melodramatic Spenglerism, I cannot, with all due respect for Herb Meyer, a man who has most admirably served his country, share in the “optimism” he expresses. He is, I am sure, a vastly better foreseer of the future than I, but my objection centers on doubts about the concept of “modernity.”

    A town with which I am quite familiar in northern Germany was ravaged by the Thirty Years War. Witch hunts followed. When the Nazis came to power, members of the small Jewish community emigrated or faced deportation and death; today only sorrowful monuments remain to mark its one-time existence. After the war, Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren continued to walk on opposite sides of the street on their way to and from class. Their teenage grandchildren in 2016 don’t care about the (nominal) religious affiliation of those they smoke dope and have sex with. After school they go off to help provide blankets and soup to hundreds of Syrian refugees, convinced that Omar, Abdul, and their brethren represent the doctors and engineers of tomorrow’s Germany–and anyone who thinks otherwise is a reactionary, if not an outright fascist.

    Fine. All very up-to-date. But what if Omar and Abdul decide in less than two decades that while they may be happy with their BMW or Mercedes, they do not want their children to behave like “modern” Germans and slit the throats of those who do?  Unfortunately for those who want us all to sing “Imagine,” man doth not live by Starbucks alone.

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  21. Matt Y. Inactive
    Matt Y.
    @MattY

    responsible pot consumption

    Oxymoron

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  22. Tom Meyer, Ed. Contributor
    Tom Meyer, Ed.
    @tommeyer

    Matt Y.:

    responsible pot consumption

    Oxymoron

    I personally know several people who manage it quite well; all three are quite successful and productive.

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  23. Fred Cole Inactive
    Fred Cole
    @FredCole

    Matt Y.: Oxymoron

    this is a good example of how effective the last eight decades government propaganda have been.

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