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The most charitable interpretation of the events surrounding the Russian bounty scandal is that we have suffered a catastrophic breakdown in our policy processes. But the scandal likely reveals other, even larger, internal crises--a government wide set of leadership failures from COVID to the economy to social unrest to this national security scandal and, of course, the President's pattern of putting Russia before America in his thoughts and as the prime beneficiary of his actions.We discuss this extraordinarily disturbing series of events with former Trump Special Envoy and advisor to President's Obama, Bush and Clinton, Brett McGurk, former Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe Mark Hertling and Vice President for the Third Way's National Security Program Mieke Eoyang.Join co-hosts Ryan Goodman of Just Security and David Rothkopf for this special episode.
What's the Worst Thing About the Russian-Afghan Bounty on Allied Troops Scandal?
The Russian-Afghan bounty on allied troops scandal is rocking the White House.But it is actually many scandals in one.There is the scandal that Russia sought to pay to have US and allied forces killed, the scandal associated with the president's assertion he never heard about it, the scandal that exist if he did hear about it and didn't do anything about it, the compounding of that last scandal that occurs because he sought to reward the Russians in the wake of this news becoming known, and the scandal of keeping this information from the U.S. Congress.But as our panel--Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law, Kori Schake of AEI, Ed Luce of the Financial Times and David Sanger of the NY Times--point out, there is another scandal brewing.And that is that this entire matter may have no impact at all--politically, on Trump or, once again, on the Russians.(They have literally attacked Americans every way imaginable and have discovered that under Trump there are absolutely no consequences.)Don't miss this conversation on this big breaking story.
Justice Started Out Blind, But at the Moment that May be the Least of Her Problems
Have we ever seen an Attorney General so contemptuous of the law?A Department of Justice so dedicated to promulgating injustice?A judiciary so full of political hacks and incompetents?The U.S. justice system is broken and few weeks have illustrated that quite so well as the one just passed--from the effort to oust the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to a court ruling supporting the politically-motivated DoJ efforts to drop charges against Michael Flynn, from hearings revealing political bias and pressure with Main Justice to further revelations about Bill Barr's heavy hand in directing the police against peaceful protestors in Lafayette Park, it has been a profoundly disturbing week.We discuss it and what the summer may hold with three exceptional experts, former US Attorney Barb McQuade, former US Attorney Harry Litman and NYU Law Professor and co-editor of "Just Security" Ryan Goodman.Join us for an eye-opening discussion.
Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz on the Way Out from the Crisis
We face an extraordinary challenge--a massive economic crisis and a great public health crisis, each feeding into one another.Our government's response thus far has exacerbated both.To recover is going to require big ideas and bold execution from the next president of the United States.Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers some of those ideas and thoughts on how a Biden Administration could make them a reality in the latest edition of our Agenda 2021 series.It is essential listening on issues from how to create millions of jobs to how to save our cities and states from an even greater crisis, from how to foster a green recovery to what lessons the G.I. Bill may offer for those thinking about the issue of reparations.Join us!
The Song of the Summer of 2020 is Likely to Be a Sad One
To commemorate the beginning of summer, we take a look at the issues likely to dominate the headlines between now and Labor Day, from COVID to unrest in the streets, the economic crisis to potential cyberattacks, from foreign policy threats to the navel gazing of the narcissist-in-chief.We talk to Natasha Bertrand, national security correspondent for Politico, Chris Lu, former Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Labor for President Obama and David Sanger of the New York Times to try to understand why the weeks just ahead are likely to be unsettling and for many Americans, a deepening crisis.You won't want to miss this insight-rich conversation.
The COVID Prognosis is Bleak
Everywhere you go, you get the sense that people are "over" COVID...except the hospitalsthat are filling up across the country.In fact, the anti-science populism of some political leaders and the short-attention span of some in the media are combining to make the next six months of the COVID crisis look potentially more deadly and more challenging than the last six months.How bad can it get?What's to be done?We discussed with three of the country's leading experts: former Baltimore Public Health Commissioner, professor and practicing physician, Dr. Leana Wen, former Obama White House health advisor and practicing physician, Dr. Kavita Patel and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Laurie Garrett.You won't want to miss this.
Trump is Terrible, No One is Surprised and He Could Still Win
John Bolton's book has Washington in a tizzy.Whether the rest of the country cares that much, whether anyone will see it as revelatory, whether it has any impact on the election and whether Bolton will ever see a penny of profitfrom it are all open questions.We discuss the book's aftershocks with David Sanger of the New York Times, Greg Sargent of the Washington Post and Ryan Goodman of "Just Security" and NYU Law School.It's a special episode.Don't miss it.
Third Anniversary Episode: The Protests are America Healing
In honor of three years of doing "Deep State Radio", the original gang of Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law Center, Kori Schake of AEI and David Sanger of the New York Times join host David Rothkopf for a discussion of the biggest stories that have taken place during the past three years that have not involved the president of the US.That's right--an entirely He Who Shall Not Be Named-free episode!Is the big story the end of China's ascendancy?The decline of the EU?The pandemic?Russia's return on its investments in destabilizing the West?Or...turning our focus back to the US...is it that the country is stronger than even the enemies within our borders, than even those who are in power right now?Are the protests a sign that America is healing, that we will triumph over He Who We Really and Truly Did Not Name Even Once During an Entire Episode?Tune in to find out.
Is This a “Break Glass in Emergency” Moment?
Donald Trump says he's never even heard of Brett McGurk, but that's what he says whenever he feels jilted. Ontoday's episode of Deep State Radio, Rosa Brooks stands in for David Rothkopf as host, and DSR regulars Ryan Goodman and David Sanger are joined by Brett McGurk, who hurt Trump's feelings very badly when he resigned as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL in late 2018. Rosa, Brett, David and Ryan talk about whether the last week has been a "break glass in emergency" moment for the nation's senior military leaders, whether everyone left in the Trump administration should resign en masse, and whether theUS need an ROTC-type program for future diplomats. David admits to having a pet cow, Rosa defends the ugly chair in her Zoom background and admires Sebastian Gorka's leather vest, and Kori Schake's laugh is sorely missed. Don’t miss it!