Asserting Leverage in the Iraqi Sectarian Crisis

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With John Hannah, Fred Fleitz, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, and Bill Gertz

JOHN HANNAH, Former National Security Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney:

  • Examining the likelihood of current negotiations actually curbing Iranian nuclear ambitions
  • Prospect of the Obama Administration and Iran conducting a constructive joint military action against the Islamic State
  • An argument that in the current Iraqi sectarian crisis, President Obama must assert his leverage against Iraqi and regional leaders

FRED FLEITZ, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Interpreting the failure to anticipate ISIS’ rise as a policy, rather than intelligence, problem
  • Concerns about Obama’s request for $500 million to train “moderate” Syrian rebels
  • Incoherence in the allies chosen by the United States on either side of the Iraq-Syria border
  • The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s findings regarding foreign electronic surveillance

Dr. PETER VINCENT PRY, former CIA and House Armed Services Committee Staff Member:

  • The Electric Infrastructure Security Council’s London Conference on threats to electrical grid capabilities
  • Physical attacks in San Jose, C.A., Nogales, A.Z., Mexico, and Yemen that show serious vulnerabilities of electric grids
  • Cyber-war against U.S./European electrical grids from the new ‘Dragon Fly’ computer worm
  • What are steps the U.S. can take to defend herself from the threats of tomorrow?

BILL GERTZ, of the Washington Times and Washington Free Beacon:

  • Predictions that the dismissal of a high-ranking general from the Communist Party may lead to further instability in the Chinese Government
  • Chinese military enhancement in the form of a new attack submarine and cyber-intelligence center
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with military Chiefs of Staff to combat threat from newly-created Islamic State

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