Why Soldiers Return for a Second Tour of Duty in Iraq Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War, speculates on what compels soldiers to return to combat. While the adrenaline rush of war plays a role, he says, soldiers often long for a strong sense of wartime camaraderie that they don't find in civilian life.
Running time: 155 seconds
Annyssa Bellal on the Taliban Code of Conduct This conversation deals with non-state groups involved in armed conflicts who challenge international humanitarian law, and features examples from Afghanistan. In this example, Annyssa Bellal talks about the Taliban's Code of Conduct.
Running time: 104 seconds
Ricardo Sanchez Bush on Torture in the Iraq A panel including Ron Suskind, Vince Warren and Fisher Stevens explore the dark corners of illegal kidnapping, confinement, secret prisons and torture. In this segment, Ricardo Sanchez talks about torture and Bush and Cheney's policy on torture in Iraq.
Running time: 199 seconds
Intelligence Budget Spending and Loyalty A panel including Ron Suskind, Vince Warren and Fisher Stevens explore the dark corners of illegal kidnapping, confinement, secret prisons and torture.Harold Pinter said "I believe that, despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies, is a crucial obligation. It is
Running time: 63 seconds
Steny Hoyer on the Need for Bipartisan Progress on Budget House Majority Leader Hoyer Says No Budget This Year
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Amid mounting concerns over federal spending, the deficit is once again at the forefront of Americans' priorities. Join Third Way as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer delivers a major address on solving the nation's fiscal crisis.Rep. Hoyer outlines a blueprint for bipartisan progress on the budget and outlines the steps Congress must take to tame the deficit.
Running time: 113 seconds
Junger v. Ajami on Repairing Afghanistan A contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine, Sebastian Junger is the best-selling author of The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont, and Fire. Between June 2007 and June 2008, Mr. Junger was embedded with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, making five trips to the Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan, a location that saw more combat than any other in the Afghan theater.
Running time: 204 seconds
Rep. Joe Sestak on How Politics Gets in the Way of Facts Despite efforts by the White House and his own party to drive him from the Senate race in Pennsylvania nine months ago, two-term congressman Joe Sestak took on the establishment, and knocked off Senator Arlen Specter in a remarkable upset for the Democratic nomination. In this excerpt he explains how politics got in the way of facts and disregarded them in defense and economy.
Running time: 136 seconds
Steve Coll on an India and Pakistan Agreement Journalist Steve Coll summarizes negotiations between India and Pakistan in recent years on the ongoing disputes over Kashmir. While President Obama has not addressed the issue since 2008, Coll says the 2007 framework agreement laid out by India and Pakistan may indicate a forthcoming resolution.
Running time: 153 seconds
John Boehner Says Don't Dismiss the Tea Party Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) sits down for a conversation about the Republican Party's efforts to win back House majority in the upcoming midterm election during a lunch hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. Boehner says a Republican takeover is going to be "an uphill climb," but is a definite possibility.
Running time: 202 seconds
Paul Saffo Explains Why California Needs a New Myth Futurist Paul Saffo warns that California's economy is "in danger of being destroyed by governmental gridlock." He boils California's history down to a series of myths ranging from the gold rush to Silicon Valley, and proposes that California needs a new myth to cure its "deep cultural malaise."
Running time: 155 seconds
Frank Gavin on Why Good Policy Sometimes Means Doing Nothing Historian Francis J. Gavin uses lessons from our recent history to suggest strategic policy decisions that counter-balance alarmist speculation about international security issues, such as nuclear proliferation. Gavin is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the first Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Running time: 221 seconds
Charles Hill on American Exceptionalism Hoover Institution research fellow Charles Hill traces the concept of equality to the mid-16th century debate on the Spanish treatment of Native Americans. He contends that American exceptionalism is valid, and accuses President Obama of not understanding the concept.
Running time: 217 seconds
Reza Aslan on Who's Really in Charge of Iran In June 2009, President Obama called for 'a new beginning' in relations between the United States and Muslim world. One year later, with no sign of an Israel-Palestine peace deal, a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, and an ongoing nuclear standoff with Iran, has the "new beginning" stalled? Is the process of engagement a long-term one? Should the current strategy be sustained?
Running time: 195 seconds
David Stockman on Taxes Now and in the Reagan Era At the very start of the Reagan revolution, David Stockman exposed the myth that Ronald Reagan and the modern Republican Party are dedicated to small government. In 1981, the 35-year-old Stockman gave up his Michigan seat in Congress to become Reagan's budget director. A vocal critic of what he continues to call the welfare-warfare state, Stockman had signed on because he believed in the limited government rhetoric that Reagan espoused.
Running time: 512 seconds
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Says Military Skews War Casualties Julian Assange of WikiLeaks holds a press conference at the Frontline Club following the release of the Afghan War Diary, an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
Running time: 198 seconds
Assange Says WikiLeaks Is Not Concerned with US Security Following the release of more than 90,000 classified military documents on whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, founder Julian Assange took part in a special event at the Frontline Club.Assange talks about the impact of the documents that were released in partnership with The Guardian, The New York Times and German paper Der Spiegel. Listen to his views on WikiLeaks and US national security.
Running time: 111 seconds
Joe Klein on Why the US Can't Leave Afghanistan Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein argues that military involvement in Afghanistan has also bound the United States to Pakistan, leaving the U.S. in no position to abandon the mission. He relates his experience in the Kandahar province, which borders Pakistan, where the only official government presence is dedicated to protecting a warlord.
Running time: 155 seconds
Christopher Hitchens on Obama's Israel Policy Author Christopher Hitchens criticizes the Obama administration's response to the continued construction of Israeli settlements in Arab neighborhoods. "The last time there was an impressive American policy it was a Republican administration, and it was undone by the hero of every liberal in this room," he quips.
Running time: 145 seconds
Albright Blames Media for Partisan Paralysis in Congress Who is at fault for the partisan paralysis on Capitol Hill? Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lays blame on the media. She says an "educated and informed citizenship" is the heart of any properly functioning democracy, and partisan media outlets only illicit anger.
Running time: 103 seconds
George Shultz Favors Military Action Against a Nuclear Iran Former Secretary of State George Shultz says that he is in favor of taking military action against Iran in order to head off nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. "You're going to wind up with a nuclear weapon going off somewhere," warns Shultz.
Running time: 105 seconds
The Unacceptable Risk of the Climate Change Gamble John Ralston Saul, President of International PEN, frames the climate change debate as a gamble, calling it an "unacceptable risk" even if the odds are less than 50-50 that human actions are triggering environmental destruction. "You're willing to take this risk, even if it means your grandchildren fry?" Saul asks.
Running time: 278 seconds
General Casey on Adaptation to the War on Terror The War on Terror: General Casey Foresees Ten More Years
New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger moderates a conversation with General George W. Casey Jr., the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
Running time: 109 seconds