The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe DUNFORD, appeared before the National Press Club yesterday (Monday, June 19 2017) and YOU NEED TO LISTENTO HIS COMPLETE COMMENTS — you’ll be smarter, trust me.
The Chairman talks Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, SU-22’s being shot down, Russia, Turkey, Iran, North Korea, the Defense Budget and strategies in each of these regions as well as his vision of how American involvement contributes to success. What you’ll get is complete answers to difficult questions, not sound bites.
Joey Porrazzo, Maj USMC (ret), a former FA-18C/D pilot will join us to talk air to air combat over the weekend and how it happens.
Joey talks mission planning for the specific situation over Syria, in the midst escalating tensions in the area. He then walks us through the air-to-air engagement between the F/A-18E and the SU-22 that resulted in the downing of the Syrian SU-22.
We also discuss the Russian Defence ministry’s statement describing “American planes flying west of Euphrates will be treated as targets and that it has suspended safety agreement with US.”
Ben Connable of the RAND Corporation and a former machine gunner and intelligence officer in the USMC joined us to talk the issues surrounding the future of Iraq.
Ben lays out the complicated path for American strategy makers as they look at ISIS, the future of Syria post-ISIS and possibly post-Assad, Iranian involvement in Iraq and the relationship between the Kurds and the Turks and between the Kurds and the Iraqi nation.
Ben was named to “Task Force on the Future of Iraq” by Ambassador Ryan Crocker. The interview is solid insight into a difficult international problem that isn’t going away soon.
00:00 Minutes: SHOW OPEN: Thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day” and our long weekend.
00:35 Minutes: Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a 30 minute interview to CBS’s Face the Nation. You’ll hear his comments in their entirety. He discusses ISIS and changes that have been made in that fight to increase initiative by commanders and also to “annihilate” ISIS; civilian casualties in Mosul, North Korea, NATO and what keeps him up at night.
Tom Draude, BGen USMC (ret), joins us to discuss the effect of President Trump’s visit to the Middle East on the Sunni – Shia dynamic in the region, a region that will continue to see upheaval as ISIL is defeated in the region and the fate of Syrian Leader Bashar al Assad is determined.
SECDEF James N. Mattis and the Commanding General of CENTCOM, General Joseph Votel, briefed reporters today on details of the Syrian airstrike, more refined bomb damage assessments, the intelligence that led to the airstrike and the message that was intended.