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With all the news surrounding Afghanistan, little is being said about Iran, but a new report suggests the mullahcracy may be weeks away from nuclear weapons. Back with us, is our Iran expert Ken Timmerman (iran.org), President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran. There are geopolitical consequences following our pullout from Afghanistan, including the Iran nuclear program advancements and the policies from the current U.S. administration that isn't standing in their way. He covers the dysfunction inside Biden's military as well as within the Iranian government.

What is happening with Christians in Afghanistan? Joining us today for a brief Sunday conversation is Will Stark (persecution.org), Regional Manager for South Asia at International Christian Concern. Many Christians are wondering if they should either try to escape via a land border to another country or stay and accept God's will for them, even if that happens to be persecution. He details some of the hardships facing Christians there and what can be done to help them.

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.

Reuben Johnson: Is America a Fallen Giant?

Broadcast Running Time: 22:50

John Loeffler

August 23, 2021

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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?

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."