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Join Jim and Greg as they reveal what they’re politically thankful for in 2020. From the fight against COVID to domestic politics to major events on the world stage, they each find three things they’re thankful for from this difficult, unpredictable year.
Happy Thanksgiving to all 3 Martini Lunch listeners and your families! There will be no podcast on Thursday. Please join us Friday for our special Black Friday edition, as Jim and Greg pick out gifts for various political figures.
Join Jim and Greg as they dig into new polling numbers showing millennial and Gen Z voters very unenthusiastic about Joe Biden. They also react to Nashville officials covering up information showing very few COVID transmissions in bars and conspiring to make sure the public did not know. And they enjoy spiking the football on John Kerry by looking back to his 2016 pronouncement that there would never be Israeli-Arab peace outside of a peace deal involving the Palestinians.
Well, 2020 is certainly off to an explosive start. Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the demise of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani and recount the evil carnage he perpetrated against U.S. forces and many others over the past two decades. They also realize that the targeting of Suleimani may well result in an Iranian response and wonder what the reality will soon be in the Middle East and beyond. And they analyze Marianne Williamson’s curious decision to lay off her entire national campaign staff but insist she’s still in the race.
After reading today about the drone strike yesterday on Saudi Arabia that halved its oil output, the first thing I thought of was the damage it could do to the US economy. The second was the consequences of the first for the president, a pillar of whose reelection argument is the performance of the US […]
Below is an excerpt from our recently published piece The 9/11 Attacks: Understanding Al-Qaeda and the Domestic Fall-Out from America’s Secret War: With American military personnel now entering service who were not even alive on 9/11, this seems an appropriate time to reexamine the events of September 11, 2001 – the opaque motives for the attacks, […]
King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived on Thursday at a summit of Muslim nations in Mecca and had a rather interesting clothing choice for his meeting with the Saudi king (or prince, or whoever’s in charge there these days): Preview Open
Two weeks ago, the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest, made a startling announcement: The contest rules which have been in place for six decades should apply … unless, of course, a singer from Israel wins the contest …. and then, well, we need to rethink the matter.
Because an Israeli singer, Netta Barzilai, did in fact win the contest in Lisbon in mid-May, the European broadcasters had a dilemma: Follow the contest’s long-standing rules, or develop and apply a new, special set of rules that only apply to Israel.
To understand the controversy, and how it provides a view into the wider public diplomacy challenges that Israel faces each day, some background is needed.
In Iran / Syria last week:
- President Trump withdrew from the Iran deal.
- Iran responded by firing missiles into Israel.
- Israel responded by destroying much of Iran’s military assets in Syria.
- Russia responded by announcing that on second thought they would not be sending arms to Iranian forces in Syria. That is, they were reducing their support for Iran in Syria.
- Saudi Arabia’s proxy Bahrain explicitly affirmed the rights of all states, including Israel, to defend themselves. A remarkable comment from a country that doesn’t recognize the state of Israel.
A few days earlier Bahrain and UAE were Tweeting their happiness to be in Jerusalem to participate in an international bike race. This is new.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly stunned to hear Saudi Arabia’s crown prince publicly state that Israel has a right to live in peace on its own land and wonder if things are truly changing in the Middle East or whether this is a temporary thaw in order to confront Iran. In the wake of the very public feud between Fox News host Laura Ingraham and gun control activist David Hogg, they also discuss how the rise of populism leads to political debates becoming a referendum on the people in the debate rather than the ideas involved in the debate. And they wonder why President Trump is spending so much time blasting Amazon and the rate it pays to mail packages, suspecting it might have something to do with another business venture headed by Jeff Bezos.
If you missed the old days where Glenn Beck used the old school chalkboard political analysis when he was on Fox, he’s resurrected them. He was spot on back in the early days of Obama’s administration, predicting the Middle East “Spring” in exactly the order that the “fire” spread to each country. Such a charming, […]
Eight years after Iran’s Green Movement and antigovernment protests, will the current unrest in the nation have no lasting impact or is it the beginning of the end for the repressive theocracy? Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, explains the nature of the uprising, Tehran’s response, and the Trump administration’s options.
Comments regarding our “excursions” into Afghanistan, and the Middle East. First on deck, A military man speaks out about Afghanistan and perpetual “readiness” Preview Open
In light of the latest bout of protests in Iran, perhaps it is worth looking back at the “Arab Spring” generally. How does the Middle East look these days? What is the Arab Spring’s greatest success story? What is its worst failure? Preview Open
Did anyone catch this story about the Russian war games this past September, 2017? Was it, according to sources in The Sun, a dry run for a larger invasion of Western Europe? https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5177666/russia-military-drills-invasion-europe-vladimir-putin/ In an earlier post, I told the story of Ryszard Kuklinski, a quiet Polish officer who found himself in the middle of […]
Slowly but surely, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to bring the Saudis into the 21st century. It is happening in fits and starts, and there are still many signs that the country has a long way to go, but I am cautiously optimistic.
Just last Tuesday, the Crown Prince talked about moderating Saudi Arabia’s practice of radical Sunni Islam at an economic forum in Riyadh:
We are returning to what we were before — a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.
In this AEI Events Podcast, Vice Admiral (Ret.) Mark Fox and Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Trask discuss how Iran pursues its foreign policy goals and conducts warfare in the Middle East. Both guests, along with AEI’s Frederick W. Kagan and J. Matthew McInnis, explain how they expect to see Tehran expand its methods in coming years.
The speakers agree that Iran masters asymmetric warfare, such as support for proxies, and thus will use increased resources to expand these operations. Lt. Gen. Trask, currently vice commander of the US Special Operations Command, highlights the importance of J. Matthew McInnis’ monograph “The Future of Iran’s Security Policy,” particularly its value to military planners and policymakers who need insight into Iranian strategic capabilities and thinking. Lt. Gen. Trask calls the monograph mandatory reading for all planners at the Special Operations Command.
The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day The most shocking thing about President Trump’s Middle East tour is not the Arab League speech exhorting them to drive-out jihadists from their mosques. Nor, that Melania and Ivanka dressed in Riyadh as if they were in Rome, while in Rome they dressed as if they were […]
Is Trump the “non-traditional” president who can break through the logjam of the Israel/Palestinian peace process? Foreign Affairs Reporter Joel Gehrke updates the latest from Trump’s Mideast trip, including Trump’s tough talk about terror in the capitol of Wahhabism.
Investigative Reporter Todd Shepherd on Gen. Michael Flynn’s decision to plead the 5th: Good lawyering, or a bad sign for the Trump White House?