Trump’s New NSA Chief: A Move Away From War? –and Squelching Snowden and Dissent

Two items today:  Trump’s permanent pick for National Security Adviser –is it a move away from war?  And the government lawsuit against whistleblower Edward Snowden:  He’s the guy who, as an NSA employee, leaked information about the government’s mass surveillance program . Now, he’s published that information in a book, and the government is suing him for violation of his agreement not to publish anything without it first being  vetted by government officials. On Target’s Larry Sparano says it’s another way of squelching dissent.  Here’s his conversation with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Trump Cool Down on Iran –Blunder or Strategy?

While the U.S, continues to insist that the missiles that struck Saudi oil refineries recently were launched by Iran, Trump at the same time seems to be cooling his heals a bit about striking back, after tweeting that the U.S. is “Locked and Loaded.”  As with so many of Trump’s mixed messages, it’s again hard to tell if Trump is having second thoughts, or if his apparent reversal is just part of a carrot and stick approach to international relations. On-Target’s Larry Sparano has been trying to figure it out, as you’ll hear in this exchange with 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:

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:

 

Second U.S. False Flag Attack on Iran? –Will Russia Stop Trump’s New War?

A second “terror” attack is now being reported on the Saudi oil industry.  Earlier this week came news that two Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged.  Now, the Saudis are claiming that a major pipeline was attacked by drones, forcing the pipeline’s temporary shutdown.  Are these real incidents, or U.S. orchestrated “false flag” attacks that will be blamed on Iran?  On-Target’s Larry Sparano says it’s all reminenscent of political manipulations we’ve seen many times before.  Larry’s discussion with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York begins with the tale end of a clip from RT News.  In it, you’ll hear Former U.S. Army Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright sum up her take on what’s happening now in the mid-east. Wright resigned her position in protest of the Bush administration’s launch of the Iraqi War:

Pompeo: Idiot or Liar? –Claims Guaido was “Duly Elected.”

Is he stupid, ignorant, or an outright liar?  What best describes the man who holds one of the highest positions in the federal government?  We’re talking about U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He’s been describing Juan Guaido as the legitimate, “duly elected” president of Venezuela.  That is not true.  And CNN and other major news outlets have been parroting the same description of Guaido.  In reality, Guaido is the U.S. puppet that the Trump administration is using in its attempt to  overthrow Nicolas Maduro. In fact, Guaido didn’t even run in the election that made Maduro the duly elected president of  Venezuela.  On-Target’s Larry Sparano discusses that and other topics in this segment with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York: