Deep State Radio
Our Biggest Intelligence Problem is the President's Intelligence
While the intelligence and law enforcement communities reel from the president's attacks, Donald Trump has sent further signals that he expects personal loyalty above loyalty to the nation from all of his team across the whole of government. He has even go so far as to trash the once hallowed concept of independence of the Fed. But it may be that the biggest problem affecting the government is not the president's impulse to suppress dissenting views but rather is his lack of intellectual curiosity and his professed skepticism of expertise. It's not that he wants political loyal intelligence analysts, for example, it is that he wouldn't read what they wrote no matter what their political views were. On this episode, veteran CIA analyst Nada Bakos, Georgetown's Rosa Brooks and the Financial Times Ed Luce, discuss--and Rosa follow's in the footsteps of a giant pre-historic chicken!
The Democratic Party Death Wish: Why? Why? Why?
It would seem like 2020 would be offering a great opportunity for Democrats what with the president being historical unpopular and perhaps the most corrupt and worst president in U.S. history.But still, Democrats will be Democrats and even with urgency and opportunity looming large, they seem dedicated to the idea of blowing their chances sky high.We discuss how they are doing that and speculate as to why and where all this will lead.Is it already Bernie vs. Bloomberg in the main event?Where might that lead come convention time?And how would the world view a Bloomberg or a Sanders presidency?Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University Law Center and host David Rothkopf discuss, lament and discuss some more.Join them!
Utter Madness: Trump & the World Fail in the Face of a Potential Pandemic
Coronavirus has a new name: Covid-19.It has infected over 50,000 people and taken over 1,000 lives.But the crisis may be just beginning.And the response of governments from China to the United States may be only be making its potential toll worse.We speak with Pulitzer Prize winning science writer, Laurie Garrett, one of the world's preeminent experts on global public health issues about just how bad the situation is and about some of the most egregious missteps of our leaders to date.We also discuss the fact that as of right now there are multiple serious epidemics occurring simultaneously placing the global health system under unprecedented stress--a situation we could have prepared for but did not.Essential listening.
America's Election Year Vulnerabilities: The Grim Outlook
In 2016, Russia not only helped elect Donald Trump, they also assured Americans would never again be able to look at election resultswith the same trust they had in the past.If anything, actions by them, the Administration, other bad actors and incompetent administrators have raised unease about what we might expect in this year's election cycle.Beyond that, risks we have focused on in the past, like terrorism, might manifest themselves again--perhaps from dangerous, white supremacist sources.Are we prepared?We discuss with Juliette Kayyem of Harvard's Kennedy School, Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law School and David Sanger of the New York Times.Don't miss this episode.