It's time for a sobering look at America's defenses in the face of our enemy's actions. Back with us today is David Pyne (emptaskforce.us), Deputy Director of National Operations for the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security. Since the Cold War, the U.S. has not kept up with Russia and China as far as nuclear capabilities and EMP weapons. We have also not hardened our grid against a possible EMP attack from an enemy, despite multiple efforts to go through official channels. We also look at how the military isn't focused on defensive issues should there be attacks by other countries. The people in charge should be laser-focused on keeping us safe, but that doesn't seem to be happening.
We started the week out with Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson and he's back with us today to finish out the week and to look at a number of issues, including the consequences of America's behavior in the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan. Confidence in the U.S. among NATO nations, as well as Ukraine, is plummeting – should a neighbor country act aggressively, it's no longer certain that the U.S. would intervene to help out. He also covers Russia's and China's potential future geopolitical plans, the pandemic moving forward, and even a little on the California governor recall election.
The fiasco that was our exit from Afghanistan has shone a bright light on America's standing in the world. Are we top dog still or are we a fallen giant? Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson is back with us to discuss a myriad of topics. He looks at what made America great in the first place and how we have abandoned that to the detriment of our standing as a superpower. He examines China's tactics around the world, including in Cuba where they control the Internet and thusly the ability to shut down communication among protestors. He also discusses Russia and their intelligence network in and around Afghanistan – a network that gives them a greater strategic leg up than America's network. Can we find our way back to what made us great? Or will we going forward be known as a fallen giant?
Happy Memorial Day everyone! In this special holiday podcast, John gives you a behind the scenes perspective on Steel on Steel and why it is we do what we do. He explains why he puts his heart and soul into the show, highlighting the shifts in economics, politics, and religion throughout history that have influenced his thinking. If you're going to take the time to listen, we're going to take the time to put out something worth listening to. On this Memorial Day (and always), we honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. And we honor the One who sacrificed His life so that we may have eternal freedom.
How far has Western civilization declined and is it reversible? Is it realistic to believe that we will continue to enjoy the freedoms that were established at the founding of this country once the pro-Marxism crowd fundamentally transforms that foundation? Here today to discuss is Mark Tapson (marktapson.com), Journalism Fellow at the Horowitz Freedom Center. We need to stand up, speak out, and start focusing on important topics instead of getting wrapped up in frivolous controversies. Will we be able to slow or even stop the long march through the institutions? Our arguments are strong and will win the debate. We just need to take the fight to them, reverse the long march, and take back our institutions.
Former lawyer, FBI agent, and talk show host G. Gordon Liddy passed away this week at the age of 90. John opens today's show commenting on the lack of decorum among leftist journalists who wrote several unflattering obituary stories about Mr. Liddy's passing. Instead of taking the high road, some journalists used the occasion to smear and defame.
We then reach into the Steel on Steel vault and pull out John's interview with G. Gordon Liddy from December 2002 where they discuss his book 'When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country'.
Have a safe Good Friday and a blessed Easter weekend.
Are we in the End Times? Andy Woods, Senior Pastor at Sugar Land Bible Church, joins us to look at the possibility. He cites Biblical examples of what will happen in the End Times and compares that with what we are seeing today. Technology may be the vehicle that Antichrist uses during his brief tenure. So are we already in the End Times or is this just the preparation period?
A question arose during the election cycle about how Christians could vote for someone as obviously flawed as President Trump. Dr. Ben Voth (benvoth.com), Associate Professor and Director of Debate at Southern Methodist University, joins us to address that question. Several leaders in the Bible were less than righteous, including Paul and David. The question is: can the person get the job done? Dr. Voth also looks at the quality of presidential debates, what can be done to change them, and the importance globally of teaching debate.
Finally this week, John reaches out to the other side of the ideological aisle to try and bridge the divide. He speaks with Mark Sommer, an award-winning radio and print journalist – and noted progressive. They use climate change and alternative fuels as an issue on which to come together. Unless people can push aside their differences and come up with realistic solutions that work on the ground, the divide doesn't get bridged and nothing is ever accomplished.