geopolitics in the Middle East

We have a bonus Sunday podcast for you today. First John and Producer Steve sit down to discuss the inconsistencies in vaccine messaging. For example, why is everyone, even vaccinated people, forced to wear a mask? They shouldn't need to, right? Also, if it's ‘my body, my choice' for abortion, why isn't it for the vaccine? The reason people are all over the place regarding the pandemic is because the goal posts and the messaging keep changing.

We then check in with long-time friend of the show Avi Lipkin (avilipkin.net). He predicts there will be massive destabilization in Pakistan and the former Muslim republics of Russia as a result of the Afghanistan debacle. American leadership will be perceived as weak by both our allies and our enemies. And because of that, American will most likely be attacked again.

Our exit non-strategy from Afghanistan was a complete debacle and the political fallout is just beginning.  But there are geopolitical consequences as well.  On today's podcast, John and Producer Steve discuss how other world leaders are taking notice of our weak leadership and wondering how best to take advantage of it.  China is surrounding Taiwan with warships, essentially daring us to defend the island country.  Iran will no doubt be interested in purchasing from the Taliban all the weapons and vehicles the U.S. military left behind.  And even now, some in the leftist media are calling out the Biden administration for its terrible handling of this.  There's a lot more happening than just "Biden is bad" or "look at the people clinging to the plane."

Under the Obama administration, we witnessed foreign policy that mostly did not work. Under President Trump, we saw a new and innovative way to approach foreign policy. But now we're back to the policies that have proven to be ineffective. First up this week is Gregg Roman (meforum.org), Director at the Middle East Forum, who looks at the Biden philosophy of hegemonic equilibrium – putting allies and foes on equal footing in a region – and how it has forced our allies to rely less on the U.S. He also points out how we are focusing on unimportant things while our geopolitical enemies are gaining strength.

Next, we have an important announcement for non-public schools. Brian Kelsey (libertyjusticecenter.org), Senior Attorney with the Liberty Justice Center, is with us to alert all private schools that there is money available for Covid relief – if you know where to look and ask for it. If you don't, it reverts back to the public schools.

One of the most important issues in this country is election reform. It is badly needed or dysfunction and fraud will continue to run rampant in our elections. We welcome to the program Michael O'Neill (landmarklegal.org), Assistant General Counsel for Landmark Legal Foundation. He reviews a case from Arizona involving people voting in precincts they don't live in as well as ballot harvesting, both backed by the DNC. The case is now at the Supreme Court and if this isn't overturned, it could set a dangerous precedent moving forward.

Finally this week, we look at the debate over whether online platforms should be considered publishers or editors. Political writer and author Steven Hill (steven-hill.com) joins us to explain both sides of the issue, the effects of the Facebook law in Germany and Section 230 here, and a host of other topics like algorithms, psychographic profiles, manipulated searches, and surveillance capitalism.

Gregg Roman: Biden’s Foreign Policy Trap

Broadcast Running Time: 27:27

John Loeffler

April 8, 2021

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For eight years, we witnessed foreign policy under the Obama administration, most of which did not work. Under President Trump, we saw a new and innovative way to approach foreign policy. But now we're back to the policies that have proven to be ineffective. Joining us today is Gregg Roman (meforum.org), Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Middle East Forum. He looks at the Biden philosophy of hegemonic equilibrium – putting allies and foes on equal footing in a region – and how it has forced our allies to rely less on the U.S. and more on their friends nearby. He also points out how we are focusing on the wrong things while our geopolitical enemies are gaining strength.

Avi Lipkin: Israel Elections Take Four

Broadcast Running Time: 31:32

John Loeffler

April 7, 2021

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Israel just held its fourth election in two years last week and the results appear to be headed toward another stalemate. Author and Middle East expert Avi Lipkin (avilipkin.net) is back with us from Israel to give us the lowdown on how Israel's elections work and where this iteration could be headed. He also analyzes global geopolitics, not only regarding the United States, but also China, Iran, and Russia, and closer to the Middle East – Israel and Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. He and John discuss the radical changes in policies when U.S. administrations change – something John calls the zig zag wars.