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Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon Calling For Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Indefinitely

Thursday, July 3, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

HH: Joined now by Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. You can follow him @MichaelEOhanlon on Twitter. Michael, welcome, tensions, of course, in Jerusalem at a boiling point this afternoon, lots of clashes with police, a killing of a young Arab youth some suspect to be a revenge killing. There’s no conclusive pointing to that, yet. It could have been all sorts of different things. But if it is that, it’s going to get really rough before it gets better. This could spiral, do you think?

MO’H: Yeah, it always can, Hugh, and that’s why I think, you know, people will say well, how can they possibly make peace when they’re doing these sorts of things to each other, and especially when the three Israeli teenagers were brutally murdered in recent days. But of course, this is also exactly the reason why you do need a peace treaty. It doesn’t mean everybody’s going to love each other, but it means that you start from a basis where the security forces of the two sides are cooperating against threats like this so that they don’t necessarily escalate. That’s what you need, because you cannot afford to let these sort of things just happen and build on themselves. And as you point out, we’re at a very risky moment. Continue Reading

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A Conversation With The World’s Most Esteemed Journalist –John Fisher Burns

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


I think my title conveys a fair and widely-held assessment. Left, right, center –all professional and experienced journalists at least admire and many are in awe of the career of the New York Times’ John Fisher Burns. I catch up with him occasionally, and did so today –which was “tonight” for Burns, who was in Sarajevo, which was the subject of his weekend piece which caught my eye. In the course of our conversation, I mention this Burns’ article from 1996, sent to me by The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein. There is much and more in this conversation.  Every young journalist ought to study Burns’ method –and absorb his understanding of the role of the U.S. in the world. Enjoy

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: It’s really an extraordinary week, and it hit me earlier this week when I read a piece by my guest, John Fisher Burns in the weekend New York Times, that we are on the 100th anniversary of a remarkable event, and it snuck up on me, and I didn’t even notice it until I read John Burns’ piece in the New York Times. He joins me now from London, the New York Times’ senior foreign correspondent. Hello, John, and good evening to you. Thanks for staying up late to talk to me.

JB: Not at all. You’re talking to me in Sarajevo. I’m still here.

HH: You’re still there. Well, tell people, let’s just begin with the piece you wrote and the anniversary that you’re writing about, because I don’t know that many people realize that the world started to go to hell a hundred years ago last weekend.

JB: On a street corner about 75 yards from where I’m talking to you now, where I’ve been watching the United States-Belgium soccer match until you called. There’s a river that flows through Sarajevo. It’s called the Miljacka River. And on June 28th, 1914, the heir to the Austria-Hungarian empire, who were then the colonial rulers of what is now Bosnia, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg, Sophie, came here to celebrate what was considered to be a triumph of Austria-Hungarian colonialism. They had built this town, Sarajevo, into the most modern town in the Balkans. It was the first city in Europe to have operating tram railway system. And they came into town by rail that day, and they went to the city hall, and on the way there, somebody threw a bomb at them which bounced off the back of their open car. So they were a little bit shaken. And in one of the great miscalculations of history, Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke, asked the head of security, a certain General Potiorek, in the city hall over a reception, do you think it’s safe to go back along the embankment where we just came, where somebody just threw a bomb? And the general said well, nothing’s sure, but I think you can be pretty certain that whoever it was that organized that, you know, we’ve got him now, go ahead. And they got back in their car, they went 500 yards, and a 19 year old kid called Gavrilo Princip stepped off the sidewalk with a Browning semiautomatic pistol, and assassinated both of them. And that led on to the implosion of the European order and the First World War. Continue Reading

Why Embarrass Journalists?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

“Why do you embarrass journalists the way you do?”

I get some form of this question –or a more direct condemnation– after every interview like the one I conducted Monday with The Huffington Post’s “Senior Political Economy Reporter” Zach Carter.

The audio and transcript of the interview with Carter are here.

First, you should know I’d never heard of Carter until he decided to misrepresent what Vice President Cheney said on my show last week.  (The audio and transcript of my interview with the former vice president are here.) Continue Reading


Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer On The Murder Of The Israeli Teens And The Divestment Action Of The PCUSA

Monday, June 30, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, joined me in the second segment of today’s show to discuss this horrible news as well as the recent action of the PCUSA.




HH: I’m joined now by Israel’s ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Ron Dermer. Mr. Ambassador, welcome. First of all, my condolences, and I’m sure the entire audience, to the loss of three of your citizens. One of them was also an American. Tell us what we know this afternoon about the three teenagers who were murdered.

RD: Well, first of all, thank you very much for those condolences. I know that it’s shared by your listeners and to people throughout America who in the last 18 days while we were looking for these three teenagers expressed their sympathy. And I received, you know, thousands of letters and emails. And people across America who were standing very strongly by Israel’s side as we were hoping and praying that these teenagers, these three boys, would be found alive. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and they were found murdered. They were essentially kidnapped and executed by Hamas, this terrorist organization. And right now, as we speak, Israel’s Security Cabinet is meeting and deciding how to respond to what is a really heinous crime.

HH: Now Mr. Ambassador, the New York Times writing this up this afternoon in an article by Jodi Rudoren and Isabel Kershner begins, “Israel searchers on Monday found three bodies believed to be those of the three missing Israeli teenagers who were abducted more than two weeks ago in the occupied West Bank, the government of Israel said.” I am curious if you actually, if the government of Israel actually referred to this as the occupied West Bank. Continue Reading

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