February 12 - Corroboration of the Intel Dossier on Trump; Rumors of War with Iran; A North Korean Missile Upstages the Abe-Trump Meeting

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We begin with the corroboration by U.S. investigators of details in the controversial intelligence dossier of compromising information the Russians have on Trump and suspected links the Trump campaign had with the Kremlin. Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former member of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the advisory body to the U.S. Department of State, joins us to discuss the countervailing efforts of the Republicans to slow walk the Senate Intelligence Committee Inquiry and shut down the Justice Department Inspector General’s investigation into the alleged Russian interference in our recent election and calls by Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats for an independent and thorough investigation to clear the air and come to a complete understanding of what was an apparent attack on American democracy itself.

Part 2

Then Middle East expert and veteran former CIA officer Robert Baer joins us. He is now the National Security Analyst for CNN and we will look into rumors of war with Iran as the Trump Administration, working closely with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, are recruiting Sunni Arab allies like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States in what appears to be a coming confrontation with Iran. We also investigate off-the-books intelligence and paramilitary private armies that General Flynn, Stephen Bannon and Erik Prince are reported to be setting up that would appear to be a fulfillment of Oliver North’s dream team from a previous disastrous era of White House covert action against Iran.

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Part 3

Then finally Ellis Krauss, professor emeritus of Japanese politics and policy-making at the University of California, San Diego, joins us to discuss North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile which occurred during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s weekend retreat to Florida where he met with President Trump for a round of golf and some male bonding. We also discuss the hawkish responses from both leaders and Trump’s reassurance to our ally that the U.S. “stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent”.

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