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“A Path Appears” By Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Pulitzer winner Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have combined to produce a riveting review of “what works” –at home and in abroad, in rich and poor countries, with start-ups and interventions, in A Path Appears: Transformimg Lives, Creating Opportunity.  The book layers take readers to very far away and grief struck places and to their open back yards and pushes forward the question “What really works” in the millions of efforts to “do justice and love kindness.”

A television series appears in January, and a web site covering both book and show is here.  Kristof and WuDoon can be followed on Twitter at @nickkristof and @wudoon, and there is of course a hashtag: #apathappears.

Kristof joins me on today’s show.

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Congressman Rob Wittman On Our Shipbuilidng Needs

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Virginia’s Rob Wittman, who represents the Commonwealth’s 1st CD, is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Proejection of the House Armed Services Committee as well as co-chair of the Congressional Shipbuilidng Caucus.  Very few people on the Hill are as knowledgeable about the Navy’s needs, both immediate and longer term, than Congressman Wittman.  Spread the link to this transcript around to your own congressmen and senators and ask them to get a clue in  a hurry about funding our Navy as it needs to be funded:




HH: This segment and next, I’m talking with Congressman Rob Wittman of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. He is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Sea Power and Readiness. He’s also co-chairman of the Shipbuilding Caucus in the House. He’s the Chairman of the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors. He knows his Navy. And Rob Wittman, welcome back, it’s good to have you, Congressman.

RW: Hugh, it’s great to be back with you. Thanks for the opportunity.

HH: Well, I was moved to call you this morning, because the New York Times has a very long and interesting story on the modernization of our nuclear deterrent, and tucked into that is a couple of paragraphs, the main job of one of the facilities is extending the life of a nearly 40 year old submarine warhead called the W-76. And I got to researching, I was in a shipbuilding facility last week, and got to learn that our Ohio class submarines start to run out of shelf life pretty soon. And you’re the chairman of the Shipbuilding Caucus. We’ve got to get very serious about replenishing our seaborne deterrent, don’t we?

RW: We do absolutely. In fact, it’s a very timely issue, Hugh. We had Admiral Richardson before the Shipbuilding Caucus just this past week to talk specifically about Ohio class replacement, how we’re coming along with the design on the next generation nuclear submarine, the SSBN-(X) as it’s termed, to determine where are we with schedule of design. My concern is this, Hugh. I still believe that we are going to be short of the time when the Ohio class submarines are retired, and when the new SSBN-(X) class of submarine is available. That will mean that we will have fewer submarines than what I believe we need to provide the necessary nuclear deterrent, which concerns me deeply. And these submarines, by the time they’re built, are going to be about $6 billion dollars a copy. So it’s not like you’re going to make that money up or make that time up if we don’t do something now. Now this year, in the National Defense Authorization Act, we put a place in the budget to specifically fund these submarines. Now the next step is to put money in it. And that’s going to be the key, I believe, next year, if we don’t properly fund the design and development phase of this so that we get the design complete, or mostly complete before we go to the yard, then this submarine could be delayed. And I can tell you if it’s delayed any more than what it’s already been delayed, we’re going to have problems. Continue Reading

Ambassador Ryan Crocker On IS

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon, Ryan Crocker, was my guest in hour two of today’s show.




HH: So pleased to welcome to the program for the first time Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Ambassador Crocker has served as our ambassador to Afghanistan, or ambassador to Iraq, our ambassador to Pakistan, our ambassador to Syria, and our ambassador to Kuwait and to Lebanon. He is now the dean of the Texas A&M University’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service. A real honor to speak with you, Mr. Ambassador, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

RC: Hugh, thanks, glad to be on.

HH: I want to begin with David Kirkpatrick today in the New York Times. He’s replaced John Fisher Burns as sort of the go-to reporter on the ground. And he writes today that after six weeks of American air strikes, the Iraqi Government’s forces have scarcely budged Sunni extremists of the Islamic State from their hold on more than a quarter of the country in part because many critical Sunni tribes remain on the sidelines. And he continues, the government struggles on the battlefield as the absence of the resistance of many of the Sunni Muslim tribes that officials in Baghdad and Washington hope will play a decisive role in the course of the fight. Mr. Ambassador, you worked with a lot of those tribes, and a lot of those sheiks. What’s it going to take to get them into this battle?

RC: Well, Hugh, they already are in the battle. Out in the province of Anbar, Western Iraq, the Sunni tribes, particularly the Dulaim have been in the fight since the spring. And they are the main force holding onto the provincial capital of Ramadi against ISIS. In the north around Mosul, it’s a somewhat different story. But you know, I do talk to these folks. I can tell you that the Sunnis up in Mosul have lost a huge amount at the hands of ISIS – property, lives, possessions. What they are looking for us to do is demonstrate that we really are all in on this, and we are going to stay all in. You know, for us, it’s will we or won’t we, how much is it going to cost and so forth. For them, it’s their lives. And just as we saw in 2007 with the awakening of Sunni tribes who turned against al Qaeda, they did it because they knew we had their backs. And I don’t think we’re quite there, yet in Iraq. Continue Reading

Dr. Ben Carson on 2016

Monday, September 22, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Dr. Ben Carson was my first guest on today’s show.  Pretty clear he will be running for president.




HH: We begin this hour with Dr. Ben Carson, the retired head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins hospital. He’s the author most recently of One Nation. He’s the electrifying speaker out on the circuit. He is also the author of a brand new free e-book. It’s free if you text the words, OneHewitt to 67076 right now, and I just tweeted that out. Dr. Carson, welcome to the program, it’s great to have you.

BC: Thank you, very good to be with you.

HH: Tell us about One Vote Book. What is this about? And what did you write it for? And why are you giving it away?

BC: Well, you know, there’s a large number of people, the majority of people in this country who feel that we’re moving in the wrong direction. And so many people have given up, In fact, in the 2012 election, 93 million people did not vote who were registered, who were eligible to vote. And that’s more votes than either of the candidates got. And I want people to understand what went into getting that vote for each one of them, and that this is not something that should be taken lightly, because we actually do, we the people do have the ability to dictate and to change the direction of our nation if we don’t like it. But we can only do that if we are informed. And that’s part of the problem. The fathers of our nation said that our freedom and our system of government is based upon a well-informed and educated populace. If they ever become other than that, the nature of the country will rapidly change. And they knew that would be the case, because people would not be able to accurately assess what they were being told. And this is what’s going on right now. But this book was written in an attempt to stop that cold in its tracks. Continue Reading

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