Floundering Around on Iraq

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With John Bolton, Bill Gertz, Bill Roggio, Andy McCarthy

“I just want to note this historic moment–that after more than a decade of criticizing President Bush and many others for their terrible, evil policies of regime change, that Barack Obama appears on the verge of calling for regime change in Iraq. This is irony of ironies.”

Ambassador John Bolton discusses a broad spectrum of issues related to the conflict in Iraq. He looks at the United States response, the role of Iran, the potential for a similar destabilizing event in Afghanistan, and the long-term implications for the Kurds.

On today’s show:

JOHN BOLTON, former US Ambassador to the United Nations:

  • Analyzing the as-yet unclear administration policy on Iraq, and how the US response will be shaped by Iran’s role in the conflict
  • Concerns the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will produce a resurgence of the Taliban and Al Qaeda similar to that of ISIS in Iraq
  • What is the future for the Kurds in Iraq?

BILL GERTZ, senior editor of The Washington Free Beacon:

  • An attempt by China and Russia to use international treaties to prevent the US from developing space weapons, even while they continue to do so covertly
  • A Congressional effort to block the US from sending attack helicopters to the el-Sisi government in Egypt
  • The need to modernize the U.S. Air Force’s strategic bomber fleet

BILL ROGGIO, editor of the Long War Journal:

  • Capture of Benghazi terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala—if he was watched by the U.S. “from day one,” why did the administration blame the attack on an anti-Islam video?
  • Likelihood that Iranian troops in Iraq will create a full-scale civil war between the Sunnis and Shiites
  • How ISIS’s desire to create a new Caliphate might lead to the creation of a Kurdistan made up of the Kurdish areas of Syria, Turkey and Iraq, all of whom would be expected to strongly oppose any loss of territory

ANDY MCCARTHY, former federal prosecutor:

  • Problems with trying Benghazi terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala in federal court—namely, that the start of the discovery process gives Abu Khattala access to US intelligence, and the government is prevented from interrogating him further
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