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Dr. Leslie Gelb On The GOP’s Act “Of Near Treachery”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Dr. Leslie Gelb is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He penned an op-ed blasting the GOP senators who signed on to the letter to the leaders of Iran authored by Senator Tom Cotton’s, calling the letter an act “of near-treachery.”  Here’s the text of the letter.  Here’s the Gelb interview:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: I begin the program, though, with Dr. Leslie Gelb. Dr. Gelb, former correspondent of the New York Times. He is current president emeritus and board senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations .He is a columnist over at the Daily Beast, and yesterday, he wrote a blast at Tom Cotton and the 46 other Republicans who wrote the letter to Iran, the title of the column by Dr. Gelb is “GOP Hates Obama More Than A Nuclear Iran.” Dr. Gelb, welcome, it’s good to have you on the program.

LG: Good to be here.

HH: First thing, this is a hard-hitting column, so I want to go to the very substance of it. You call the four paragraph letter from the Republican Senators an “unintelligible rant.” I read it all on the air yesterday. Do you really think it’s an “unintelligible rant?”

LG: Absolutely. Absolutely, because first of all, it doesn’t make clear in any sense what’s wrong with the agreement being negotiated, and just as important, and even perhaps more important, it doesn’t give any reasonable alternative. All it says is hey, you mullahs over there, you guys that we think are intolerable, don’t think for a minute we’re going to put up with any deal you make with the president of the United States. That’s what it says.

HH: Well, I’m reading here, “what these two Constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen. And future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.” That’s intelligible to me. Are they wrong about that?

LG: Are they technically correct? Yes, they are. But what they’re saying is, and you know, this, they’re saying you don’t have to pay any attention to the president of the United States, because whatever he does with you, we’re going to undo it, or the next president is going to undo it. And that is really extraordinary to undermine a sitting president that way. Continue Reading

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Hillary’s Presser – A Trip To The Twilight Zone Or A Bit Of Political Magic?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Let’s start with the transcript of the event itself, just because that is the best starting point.  At this juncture so much has been written about it, that it is important to have the stuff itself at hand.

Now that that is done, there are four levels on which this event can be analyzed – Testimonial (Was it truthful and factual?), Regulatory (Is there evidence of violation of laws, regulations, or ethics?), Psychological (WHAT! was she thinking?), and Political (Did this help or hurt her impending candidacy?).  Let’s dive in.

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Bill Kristol on Hillary’s Presser

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol joined me to start the third hour of my show today:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: I begin this hour with Bill Kristol, founder and editor of Weekly Standard. You can follow him on Twitter @BillKristol. Bill, what did you make of, first of all, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you.

BK: Thanks, Hugh, good to be with you.

HH: What did you make of the former Secretary of State’s abbreviated press availability today?

BK: I was surprised to see that she tried to pacify the left by joining in the unbelievable attack on Tom Cotton and the 46 Republican Senators who signed a perfectly reasonable letter to the leaders of Iran. I think that shows a little sensitivity to maybe her standing on the left wing of the Democratic Party and with the Obama administration. And otherwise, she’s got a kind of incredible story, right? She decided to set up her own server. She decided to delete the emails she chose to delete, and we’re just supposed to take her word for it, because nothing we can do about it, huh? Continue Reading

Michael Calderone on Hillary’s Presser

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Michael Calderone is the senior media writer for The Huffington Post.  he joined me at the start of hour two of today’s show to discuss Hillary’s presser:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: I’m very pleased to welcome for the first time Michael Calderone from the Huffington Post where is the senior media reporter. Michael, welcome, it’s great to have you on the program.

MC: It’s great to be here. Thanks.

HH: Now the reason this meeting is occurring, America, is because Michael wants to do a profile of me. And I always have two rules. I don’t talk about my family, and I always interview the interviewee first. And so Michael, you’d already figured that out, because you read the Nick Lemann piece from years ago in the New Yorker.

MC: I did. I did. I was expecting this, although I think you went to Columbia J School after his profile, is that right?

HH: That’s true. It was mutual assured destruction, though. We both published after both sets of interviews were done. So it was, he’s a wonderful gentleman. I don’t know if you know Nick. He’s a terrific reporter.

MC: I thought it was a really great piece, and I don’t think I’m going to write as long a piece as that one, though, so don’t worry about it. Continue Reading

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