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Rep. Mike Pompeo On The Possible Lawsuit To Stop The President From Releasing Iran Sanctions

Wednesday, September 9, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: Joined by Congressman Mike Pompeo of the great state of Kansas. Congressman Pompeo, welcome, it’s good to talk to you today.

MP: Good to be with you, Hugh.

HH: I’ve got a number of things to cover. I want to start, though, with the depositions that continue on the Benghazi Special Committee. Are you almost done? I know you did Cheryl Mills this week. Are there any left?

MP: Oh, yeah. There are still a whole bunch. In fact, in the case of the most recent depositions, we learned of others that we need to speak to. So there’s still a fair amount of work to be done. We are hoping to wrap up by the end of the year, or maybe the beginning of next. Much turns on document production from the State Department, but we still have quite a bit of work to do. Tomorrow, we will have Mr. Pagliano before us, and many, many other interviews left to conduct. Continue Reading

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George Pataki on the Iran Deal and the Syrian Crisis

Wednesday, September 9, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former New York mayor and GOP presidential candidate George Pataki talked about the Iran deal, Lindsay Graham’s solution to the Syrian crisis, and suppressing Islamist propaganda.

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HH: It’s Hugh Hewitt. On this, the ninth day of September, 2015, a week from today at the Reagan Library, I’ll be a panelist at two debates. On the first debate panel will be former New York governor George Pataki. I welcome him back to the Hugh Hewitt Show now. Governor Pataki, good to see you. I look forward to seeing you next week in California.

GP: Great being on with you, Hugh. I’m looking forward to it as well.

HH: Now I have an interesting question that comes from a guest I have in studio. Nicky Woolf is from the Guardian and he’s writing a debate profile run-up sort of thing, and yesterday he asked me if I didn’t think my concern with the Looming Tower and national security and Islamists is because I was on the air on “9/11” and I broadcast[ed] for six to eight hours that day and I was traumatized by it. And I don’t know about that, but how does “9/11” impact George Pataki to this day?

GP: Oh, there’s no question it has had an impact on me everyday. I saw the consequences of our thinking that because radical Islam was isolated on the other side of the world, we didn’t think it posed a threat to us in America. And it did. And I will never forget that lesson, but I fear that too many Americans from the President on down have forgotten that lesson. We are at [a] greater risk of an attack today – in my view – than at any [other] time since September 11th.

HH: Now when people hear that, though. They wonder, what do you mean by an attack? Do you mean a lone wolf or a pack of lone wolves or a known wolf jihadi attacking one facility with small-arms fire or a mass destruction like “9/11?”

GP: I think both, but first of all, let me say I think that the concept of a lone wolf is bogus. Continue Reading

The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins On The Syrian And Libyan Refugee Crises

Tuesday, September 8, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: I am also looking forward to now Dexter Filkins joining me, senior writer for the New Yorker, author of The Never Ending War, one of the most evocative memoirs of the war in Iraq, and the invasion, and Dexter’s time there. Dexter Filkins, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you.

DF: Thank you very much.

HH: Dexter, I want to start with the refugee crisis that is overwhelming Europe at this point. was this completely foreseeable? And if not, why not?

DF: Well, I think look, there has been an utterly, I won’t say unprecedented refugee crisis, but it’s the largest, the largest refugee crisis, the largest number of people displaced from their home than any time since World War II. And this is basically all roads here lead back to Syria and the Syrian war. And that’s not all the refugees, but it’s the majority of them who are coming into Europe. And I do think that what was foreseeable in a way is that there’s been an utter failure on the part of the West, the United States and Europe, to try to bring the war to an end. And you know, it’s basically been, you know, four years of benign neglect. And so this problem just keeps getting worse, and Syria is a black hole in the Middle East. And you know, and so, and that’s where the people are coming from. And I think everybody, the world imagined that it could safely ignore Syria and it would go away. Well, it’s not going away, and it’s now not just on Europe’s doorstep, but it’s inside the house. Continue Reading

Lindsay Graham’s RX For Syria

Tuesday, September 8, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The South Carolina Senator and GOP presidential candidate talked about what he would do to handle the growing Syrian crisis.

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HH: So pleased to welcome back United States senator, Lindsey Graham to the program. Senator Graham, welcome. I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday night in Simi Valley at the Reagan Library.

LG: That makes two of us.

HH: Well, tell me, first of all, about the announcement today that Democrats have forty-one votes in favor of the Iran deal and how that will impact everything.

LG: Well, hopefully we’ll get sixty votes for cloture to take up the debate. Then, we’ll have a motion of disapproval – if they all stick to their guns – we’ll have fifty-nine to disapprove. It will go to the President’s desk; he will veto. They will override his veto, and I will to continue to attack the Iranian nuclear program as effectively as I know how.

HH: Senator Graham, do you expect they will filibuster it, though, because forty-one votes–

LG: No.

HH: You don’t?

LG: Let me tell you, if they filibuster and deny the American people a chance to hear a debate on the most important foreign decision in my lifetime, I think it’d be the mistake for the ages. I do not believe – I cannot bring myself to believe – that we would be denied as the United States Senate a chance to dictate why we’re for or against the most consequential foreign policy decision in this generation. Continue Reading

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