Pompeo Says: Iran Did It! — What Do You Think?

According to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, it is an open and shut case:  Iran is responsible for the latest attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.  And that is setting the stage for the Trump addministration’s long-promised retaliation on Iran, if so provoked.  Some U.S. media are now at least mentioning that perhaps Iran did not do it, implying that it might be a false-flag attack that America needs as a premise to attack Iran. But the U.S. propaganda machine is fully engaged in demonizing the second-largest nation in the mid-east.  So, are we headed toward another strategic disaster in that region of the world?  Emma Vigeland of Rebel HQ News thinks so.  You’ll hear the tail end of her report, followed by the latest discussion with On-Target’s Larry Sparano and Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Sanders’-Style “Socialism” –Not Letting the Rich Have It All

Polls show that increasing numbers of voters are warming to the idea of “Socialism” if that means they get their fair-share of what the rich now have almost exclusively.  And that means that pesidential condenders  like Barnie Sanders and others who endorse “Socialism” will gain support in their bids for the highest office in the land.  That’s the topic of today’s discussion between On-Target’s Larry Sparano and Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York.  Their exchange follows a report on the growing support of “Socialism” by David Dole of the National Rational News Network:

 

Media Hysteria Over Trump and North Korea

Trump’s statement that he’d not allow CIA spies to infiltrate the government of North Korea’s Kim Jong Uh is causing a new round of hysteria among media figures who should know better.  The outrage follows reports that Kim executed his half-brother because of such spying.  Critic says Trump should condeming Kim’s action, instead of re-assuring him. In an interview with Trump-bashing author Michael Wolff , MSNBC’s Ari Melber  discussed possible ways to thwart what they say are Trump’s continuing distortions and lies about just about everything.   But On-Target’s Larry Sparano says their cure could be worse than the disease.  Here’s Larry in conversation with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Biden and Iowa: A Barometer of What?

19 candidates, not including Joe Biden swarmed through Iowa this past weekend, looking for support among voters who will cast ballots for President in the Iowa caucus   –that’s the first-in-the-nation selection of preference for president, and it takes place even before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. So, support there is important for any person who wants to become the next Commander-in-Chief.  But polls show that support for Biden in slipping among Iowa voters, down some five to ten percent.  And the same slippage is being seen nationally.  And most surprising, perhaps, are polls showing that the most important attribute voters are seeking in a candidate is someone who can beat Trump.  They consider that more important than a candidate that shares their values. And at this point at least, the perception among voters is that Biden is that candidate.  But will he remain the best bet as we move toward the 2020 presidential election?  That’s what On-Target’s Larry Sparano discussed today with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Mueller Speaks: Tells Congress ‘Impeach If You Want To.’

Special Counsel Robert Mueller went before the cameras on Wednesday in his first public statement since he began his investigation into whether President Trump colluded with the Russians and whether the president obstructed justice.  Today’s segment begins with a portion of a report by Evan McMorris-Santoro of the Vice News Network.  Santoro claims that the Democrats, who’ve been anxious to impeach Trump, did themselves a disservice by issuing statements and introducing legislation to prevent Trump from firing Mueller.  But  On-Target’s Larry Sparano  says that Trump never would have taken the bait.  Here’s Larry’s analysis in an exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Media Support for Assange: Too Little Too Late?

After years of relative silence, the national media is beginning to show support for Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange.  And much of that support revolves around the Espionage charges that Trump’s Justice Department has brought against him.  Originally charged with conspiricy, the new charges would amount to a life sentence for Assange.  But what’s even more alarming is that if convicted  the move against Assange would criminalize receipt and publication of any leaked or stolen document by any person, journalist or otherwise.   As On-Target’s Larry Sparano points out,  this would in effect shut down the First Amendent and Freedom of the Press.  And without the protection of the First Amendment, the government can hide all of its abuses and corruption, through the prosecution of anyone who dares to expose its wrongdoing.  Here’s the latest exchange between Larry and Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Trump and North Korea: A Failed ‘Art of the Deal?’

President Trump is being roundly criticized for his comments that he is not “personally” bothered by Kim Jong Un’s recent tests of short-range ballistic missiles, saying that North Korea’s nuclear testing and launches of longer-range missiles remain shut-down, following his summits with the North Korean dictator.   In a commentary, CNN’s Anderson  Cooper blasts Trump on what he considers Trump’s shameful support of Kim, to the detriment of America’s interests and allies.  But On-Target’s Larry Sparano thiinks the jury is still out on whether Trump’s deal with North Korea has failed.  He talks with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

The Assange Espionage Charge: Trump’s Assault on Freedom of the Press

If Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange is convicted of Espionage, say goodbye to what is left of democracy in the United States.  That’s the conclusion of On-Target’s Larry Sparano, commenting on the Trump administration’s decision to charge Assange with Espionage.  Today’s piece begins with a portion of an editorial by Jeremy Scahill, the editor of The Intercept news outlet. Scahill says the groundwork for Trump’s move against Assange was laid by President Barak Obama, who,  more than any other chief executive,  harshly prosecuted those who leaked governement documents to the press. Now, with Trump, anyone who merely publishes leaked information would be subject to criminal charges and imprisonment.  Larry says this should raise an alarm from anyone who values Freedom of the Press, which, until now, has been guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Putin Behind Trump-Pompeo Back Off on Iran?

Up unitl this week, it looked like the U.S. was ready to go war with Iran.  But now all that has changed, with the Trump administration claiming that it has forced Iran to cease its moves against U.S. interests in the region.  But what is the real story?  On-Target’s Larry Sparano says it’s not Iran that has backed off, but rather it was the Trump administration that decided to cool things down.  He explains why in this exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:  Their conversation follows a report concluding that U.S. claims of Iranian agression were false to begin with.  (We apologize for the poor audio quality of what you are about to hear:)

Trump’s War with Iran and Immigration Laws: –How Will it Play to his Base?

Would a war with Iran be a boost or a hindrance to Trump’s ability to hold onto his base and gain even wider support going into the 2020 election?  And what about his proposed changes to immigration law, and what the requirements should be for entry into the U.S.?  According to CNN’s Don Lemon, both would be a big negative for the President.  But On-Target’s Larry Sparano is not so sure.  He discusses both topics with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York: