Fred Ikle: A Great American Remembered
Today’s show begins with a special tribute to the life of Fred Ikle who served with Frank in the Reagan administration as the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. Within an amazing lifetime, Frank describes how Fred Ikle was a central figure in shaping our nuclear deterrent and, as a strategist, helped keep the world from destroying itself.
A Center for Security Policy Senior Fellow and Former Congressman, Fred Grandy, cuts to the heart of the strategy used to dupe Republicans into choosing between gutting American national security and defense budgets and raising taxes. Those willing to sacrifice our national defense are calculating for a weaker America whether wittingly or not.
What is diplomacy if you don’t get what you want and you give away what you need to protect yourself? Washington Times Geopolitical Editor, Bill Gertz, exposes Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher’s secret negotiations with the Russians of the administration’s consideration of trading top secret missile defense technical data in order to get a deal.
From today’s show prep:
The Obama administration is set to offer more concessions to the Russians on missile defense, the latest one a proposal to share secret technical data on the U.S. military’s most effective anti-missile interceptor.
The United States may be about to lose its greatest advocate among the Pakistanis — the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. — who has been critical to conveying the need for cooperation from one of America’s most important allies in eradicating Islamic militants. Husain Haqqani has reportedly offered his resignation after being implicated in a scandal surrounding a memo given to the U.S. military on the behalf of Pakistan’s president. The document requests America help him remove the leadership of his country’s all-powerful military.
Article #2: U.S. Warns Egypt as Military Stalls Transition – NYTimes.com
Brazen attempts by Egypt’s interim military rulers to hold on to power long after elections have elicited a sharp reaction domestically and for the first time have prompted Washington to warn about the potential for new unrest.
For much of the last decade, as Iran methodically built its nuclear program, Israel has been assembling a multibillion-dollar array of high-tech weapons that would allow it to jam, blind, and deafen Tehran’s defenses in the case of a pre-emptive aerial strike.