Deep State Radio
What Does Putin Most Desire?
In David Rothkopf’s absence this week, Rosa Brooks hosts and reminds listeners that the Deep State Radio crew will soon be retreating into the bunker for some holiday eggnog, before resuming in the new year. The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe argues that Putin is overrated, and the BBC’s Kim Ghattis and Kori Schake argue that the new US National Security Strategy is also overrated (and incoherent). Julia confesses that she has lost all hope, Kori lends her the Tiara of Optimism, and Kim describes Arab schadenfreude over #MeToo.
Donald Trump's "Avalanche of Outrageousness": The Perspectives of Peter Strzok
Peter Strzok is one of America's most respected, experienced counterintelligence specialists.His career at the FBI reads like a thriller and as a consequence, so does his new book "Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump."At the center of course, is Strzok'srole in the investigation of Trump, the controversy that led to his departure from the FBI and, most importantly, what he and his colleagues uncoveredabout Trump.In our conversation with Strzok, Ryan Goodman of "Just Security" and David Rothkopf, explore the facts of the counterintel case against Trump and what threats loom for the US from Russian interference in this November's election.From Barr's abuses to the failings of Senate and IG investigations, this candid discussion should not be missed.
Will Joe Biden Be the President Progressives Think We Need?
The divide between the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and centrists has dogged the party for years and hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016.Thanks to equal parts good planning, good will and the urgency of the threat America faces, that divide has been minimized this year with Biden working closely with progressive leaders like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and AOC.The question is: What will happen to progressive concerns should Biden become president? And how does the progressive agenda on defense, climate and other issues fit with the views of Americans of both parties.We discuss with former co-chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign, Representative Ro Khanna of California, Ed Luce of the Financial Times and Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute.Join us for this wide ranging, thought provoking discussion.
Is There a Cure for What Ails the GOP?
The Republican Party not only produced the corrupt, failed presidency of Donald Trump, but it has supported Trump at every turn.What is to be done with a party that embraces a president who is a traitor, a con man, a racist, a serial abuser of women?We sat down with two notable former Republicans, Washington Post columnist Max Boot and political scientist and commentator Tom Nichols to discuss what comes next for the GOP.Their answers suggest that a defeat of Donald Trump will not be enough to fix what is broken within the party.Indeed, one suggests it essential to vote against Republicans on every level on every ballot whereas the other warns it might require decades of defeats of this dysfunctional, dangerous incarnation of what was once the party of Lincoln.Join us for this thought-provoking conversation.