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Feb 20, 2011 10:00am EST
preview what's on today. we have a great show for you. an exclusive conversation with george soros, the speculate every, activist, thinker. he has spent decades working to spread open societies around the world. we'll talk about the middle east, fate of the u.s. economy and euro crises and what he thinks about the attacks on him personally from the right. >>> then, what in the world? one of big wild cardses is the muslim brotherhood, are they would-be terrorists or regular folks you and me. >>> what about iran? is it the next egypt? we'll put together a great gps panel. finally, we'll take a look at some beautiful art work in baghdad and tell you why the white house is getting a bill for a billion dollars for these concrete canvass. my take, the big question we're all wondering about as we watch the continuing protest and turmoil in the middle east is what will come of it. it's impossible to tell in the short term if the regimes will win or the people will. remember in the middle east there are two methods of control, mass repression and mass bribery. the syrians use mass repression, th
CNN
Feb 12, 2012 10:00am EST
interview with the great financier george soros on why he foresees european problems and about what he thinks of the united states economy. also, what in the world? mitt romney got me thinking about america's very poor. i'll show you the results. finally, what the dickens was going on in the british government this week? i'll explain. first, here's my take. if you are trying to understand the recent protests against the putin regime in russia, one of the best guides is an outspoken columnist that's been writing essays in the nation's leading newspapers over the past month. political competition is the heart beat of democracy. this author writes "noting the absence of such competition in contemporary russia." he describes the frustrations of the russian middle class, demanding political rights. today the quality of our state does not match civil society's readiness to participate in it. on corruption, perhaps the issue that most riles the public, the problem is scathing. it's from the lack of transparency and accountability of government, he says. now, what makes this all deeply strange
CNN
May 27, 2013 8:00pm PDT
george zimmerman. that's zimmerman's first impression watching trayvon martin walking alone. >> this guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something. >> reporter: less than a minute later, zimmerman gets out of his car. >> are you following us? >> yeah. >> we don't need you to do that. >> reporter: but then, just a few minutes later, there's another call. >> 911, do you need police, fire or medical? >> maybe both, i'm not sure. there's just someone screaming outside. >> reporter: in the background, listen for the sound of a fight and a panicked voice yelling for help. >> is it a male or female? >> it sounds like a male. >> you don't know why? >> i don't know why. i think they're yelling help but i don't know. >> reporter: ten seconds later, the shrieking continues, then a gunshot. >> you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> all right. what is -- >> there's gun shots. >> you just heard gun shots? >> yes. >> how many? >> just one. >> reporter: just one, a shot to the heart. ending the life of trayvon martin. a bloodied and bruised george zimmerman tells police i
CNN
Jan 15, 2017 7:00am PST
going to ask john avlon to compare the farewell addresses of barack obama and george washington. i was to say about that dossier it's important to note that neither cnn or any mainstream news organization has been able to corroborate the specifics of what was in the dossier, which is why it was not ever reported on by cnn. other news organizations have talked about its con tetents. when we come back, farewell addresses. i'll have that goat cheese garden salad. that gentleman got the last one. sir, you give me that salad and i will pay for your movie and one snack box. can i keep the walnuts? sold. but i get to pick your movie. can i pick the genre? yes, but it has to be a comedy. a little cash back on the side. with the blue cash everyday card from american express, you get cash back on purchases with no annual fee. throw. it's more than cash back. it's backed by the service and security of american express. by the time you head to the bank it's more than cash back. and wait to get approved for a home loan, that newly listed, mid-century ranch with the garden patio will be gone. or you
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Dec 1, 2013 7:00am PST
was now -- we were on the other side. we were for red china. >> it was a tough time. george herbert walker bush was u.n. ambassador trying to save taiwan at the same time kissinger was in china. there have been complaints about that. he will say he didn't tell the secretary of state either. he certainly wouldn't tell the ambassador. i do think to my mind the most tired analogy is munich and you see this on the right. this is the next munich. the new munich. there was a munich. when you play that card, i think you really have to have a bit more behind it than you do here. >> germany was second richest country in the world. iran's gdp is the size of the pentagon's budget. what do you think? >> there are no historical analogies than comparing munich or nixon and china from which we have generation of perspective to a deal that's hours, days old. this could prove to be a turning point as obviously the president would like to argue that it's long overdue reset of a relationship. it could also fall apart. this is why everyone is making the point. this is a test. even obama is using the te
CNN
May 25, 2014 7:00am PDT
investor george sorris when he sits down with me. he'll officially become the indian prime minister. is he in a golden age or turned to nationalism? and finally, this used to be the only way to see tv. now there is this and this and this and more. so what is the future of tv? i will ask the ceo of the media and entertainment giant timewarner, my boss, jeff bucis. here is my take. vladimir putin might be a 19th century statesman using old fashioned muscle to get his way but china's president embraces the 19th and 21st century and the challenge from china will be more complex than one the united states has ever faced before. let's start with the 19th century aspect, the huge russian natural gas deal signed this week is perfectly understandable in terms of old-fashioned politics. beijing has long sought secure energy supplies and places that vital interest above any desire to punish russia for annexation of crimea or strengthen global norms. in fact, the chinese recognize the russians facing sanctions were anxious to diversify among european customers so beijing probably got a good deal. i
CNN
Jul 25, 2010 10:00am EDT
. this is not the "rolling stone" artic article. this is an article from "new yorker," by george packer, a journalist you know well, who profiled you rather glowingly. he quotes you -- >> not glowingly enough. >> he quotes you as saying -- not in regard, i should be clear, not with regard to this administration and its policy on afghanistan, but he quotes you in another context as saying "people in an administration sit in a room, they don't air their real differences, a false and sloppy consensus paper over those underlying differences is written, and then they go back to their offices and continue to work at cross-purposes, even actively undermining each other." end quote. that's the end of holbrooke. then says george packer, "this is becoming a picture of u.s. policy-making in afghanistan." your comment. >> very clever, fareed. look, that quote is accurate. it is based on my experience starting as a young diplomat, 25 years old, in the lyndon johnson white house. it does not apply to this administration. i worked in several administrations which were pretty chaotic and observe
CNN
May 28, 2013 2:00am PDT
disorder. >>> george zimmerman is returning to court. they are pressing the judge to allow jurors to visit the scene where he shot trayvon martin. >>> a wildfire growing and on the move outside california. it's been burning for 12 hours and forced 6,000 residents and campers to evacuate. it's 5% contained right now. only 5%. forest officials think the fire began at a camp sight. >>> what it feels like to be inside a tornado packing winds up to 175 miles per hour. these pictures were taken yesterday in smith county, kansas by renowned storm chasers from the hit i-max movie, "tornado alley." they drove their vehicle right into the twister. this is what the vehicle looks like. the instruments on the roof were ripped away and a door and a hatch were torn open. everyone made it out safe and sound. i got in there last year with them. >> yeah? it looks like a batman vehicle. >> it's awesome. it's awesome. i still would not ride it into 175-mile-an-hour winds. >> 11 minutes after the hour. 76 years old and into the war zone. senator john mccain sneaks across the border. >>> military jets pas
CNN
Oct 6, 2013 10:00am EDT
utterly constitutional that put george w. bush in the white house. it must also have been very difficult for richard nixon to report the results of the 1960 ewhere john f. kennedy won by a razor-thin margin and marred by voter fraud. but he did. however much you dislike the outcome, you respect the democratic process. that's what is at stake in washington this week. the debate going on there was not trivial, not transitory and not about obama care. whatever you think about the affordable care act, it was a law that was passed by the house of representatives, then the senate, signed by the president, and validated by the supreme court as constitutional. that doesn't mean it can't be repealed. of course it can be repealed, as can most laws, but to do so, you would need another piece of legislation, one that says quite simply the affordable care act is repealed in its entirety. that would have to pass the house, the senate and be signed into law by the president. what you cannot do, what cannot be allowed to stand is a dproup of legislators that cannot convince a majority in both
CNN
Jan 1, 2017 10:00am PST
. george herbert walker bush was handling savings and loans and we were the financial industry. a segment of the financial industry. the entire financial industry clamped up before obama. basically we were discussing whether gm and chrysler would ever exist. and all of the suppliers. the recession that became the great recession or not the word great was added to it because everybody knew there was a period of time for three or four months that we were butting up against something far worse than just a severe recession. any one of those individually would define another president's entire term and tenure and we were dealing with all of them, let alone, the longest war in american history and two foreign engagements. >> so you famously said, never let a crisis go to waste. what did you mean by that? >> never let a crisis go to waste is the opportunity to do things you never thought you could do. the second part which gets usually clipped off, what i meant by that is, while crises usually are associated with oh, my god, what are we going to do, but they're also opportunities. they'r
CNN
Aug 30, 2009 1:00pm EDT
administration, from the administration of george w. bush. this is the guy who i think it's fair to say, you helped centrally get into the white house with the election of. do you feel that the election of george bush was a failure in diplomatic terms? >> no i do not. a lot depends on how iraq will finally turn out. if iraq turns out to be a functioning state as opposed to a failed state in the heart of the middle east that has embraced democracy not necessarily a jeffersonian democracy in the way we think of it but a functioning and a solid, stable state in the heart of the mideast, i think george w. bush will be seen as being a very successful president. >> despite the price, despite the cost? >> i think so, yes. but that's a different question. the question of whether iraq -- we're talking now about whether iraq is a success and what i'm saying is i think the jury is still out on that and if iraq turns out to be a functioning state, a democracy in the heart of the middle east at peace with its neighbors and not brutalizing its own people, then i think it will be a success. the other
CNN
Jan 25, 2015 10:00am PST
europe's fastest growing countries, george osbourne the chancellor of the united kingdom. >>> inequality was the talk of the week from the u.s. congress to the center here in davos. but what is the answer? i'll give you my solutions, and i'll show you a place here in switzerland where the world's privileged traveled in order to begin to understand the lives of the underprivileged. >>> but first, here's my take. the conversation at davos is often dominated by economics and this year is no different. but the shock of the paris terror attacks lingers, and discussion has often turned here this week to radical islam. the death of king abdullah has underscored those concerns because of saudi arabia's come to his death. applicanted relation they said initial indications ship with are that terr's death was a islamic fundamentalist ideology. i posited last week that the solution does suicide but there has been no not lie final determination. >> a navel officer had an affair in that was totally inappropriate. more >> but the alleged love triangle american has nothing to do with the
CNN
Oct 25, 2015 10:00am PDT
. >>> donald trump dropped a bombshell recently when he implied that former president george w. bush could and should have done more to stop the 9/11 attacks. listen to what he said when he called into cnn's "new day." >> they did know it was coming. they told them that it was coming. so they did have advance notice and they didn't really work on it. >> the reaction was swift and strong. jeb bush responded by calling trump an unserious candidate with dangerous views on national security. cnn's peter beinart on the other hand said trump was right. i wanted to get away from the campaign rhetoric and try to get to the truth. so i've asked two people to join me. paul was george w. bush's deputy defense secretary. he is now an advisor to jeb bush. and phillip was the executive director of the 9/11 commission, the group that was formed to study why america was surprised by the attack. he's now a professor of history. the 9/11 commission did say that in a sense, the system was blinking red. in fact, i think it used that phrase at several points. but that the united states government at the
CNN
Sep 20, 2015 7:00am PDT
successful person ever to run for the presidency by far. george washington and dwight eisenhower sit down. american is being beaten badlily its economic competitors. trump explained that america is being bested by china's like china, country and japan because leaders are smarter, more cunning, sharper than our leaders. they're killing us he often says. this is an odd make to make the charge because the reality is almost entirely the opposite. the united states is more dominant on the global economic landscape than at any point since the hay day of bill clinton's presidency. america's growth is twice that of the euro zone and four time that of japan. unemployment is the lowest in seven years. quote, the united states has come out of 2008 crisis better than all the others. since the 2008 crisis u.s. equity markets have out performed all others. in fact, nine of the ten most valuable companies in the world are now american. the dollar is the currency of choice, closed quotes. when i was in europe last week businessmen there were concerned with what they saw as a new level of america
CNN
Apr 21, 2013 10:00am PDT
krais's counterterrorism center and stephen flynn has been anned a vief to barack obama and george w. bush. jessica stern served 0 president clinton's national security council staff and is now at the harvard school of public health and bret stevens won a pulitzer prize for thiz excellent columns in the "wall street journal." thank you all. >> when you watched the response to what happened in boston, what were your thoughts in terms of our ability to handle these kinds of attacks. >> it was impressive and it drove home a core realism about the nature of dealing with terrorism attack when they manifest themselves. it is the bystanders, neighbors, supported by local fire department, police, emergency management folks and there's little question that americans took solace in the competence and compassion and the selflessness of people's response and that's an important message when we deal with this threat that we can handle it and bounce back quickly. that's also something that happened. i teach at northeast university. just a mile from where the attacks went off in copley square nea
CNN
Sep 16, 2012 1:00pm EDT
stevens. paul wolfowitz was the secretary of defense under president george w. bush and president of the world bank. and the author of islam and the arab awakening, ram dan's grandfather was the founder of the muslim brotherhood. bernard, tell us what you can tell us about libya. does this -- does this -- do these events mean that libya has gone seriously awry? >> i would like first of all, fareed, to tell you what i know and what i remember about ambassador stevens. he was a great guy, a great fellow, a great ambassador, and a great american. he was the embodiment of the values of the best of america, and his death is a terrible loss for all of us and a loss for libya, and a loss for libya. what the imbeciles who killed him probably did not know is he was one of the best friends libya all around the world. if the dictatorship of gadhafi failed it is due in a big part to ambassador chris stevens and i want to pay him homage today before anything else. >> but what does it tell you about libya? have the extremist elements become so strong in that country? what it tells me about libya i
CNN
Aug 1, 2010 10:00am EDT
would jump at the chance, right? but they haven't. you see, george bush's massive tax cuts are the single largest chunk of our structural budget deficit. take a look at this chart. it shows the deficit growth over the next ten years. and the red stripe shows just how much those bush tax cuts add to the deficit. well, those tax cuts are due to expire at the end of the year. were the tax cuts to expire, the budget deficit would instantly shrink by about 30%, or more than $300 billion. but republicans are now adamantly opposed to any expiration of the bush tax cuts because they say that would weaken the economy. but wait a minute. they have been arguing for the last year that what's weakening the economy most is the prospect of unending budget deficits. they should look across the atlantic at prime minister david cameron, who realized that to get serious about his deficit he needed spending cuts but also tax increases. democrats for their part only want to let those parts of the cuts expire that affect the richest americans, those earning more than $250,000 a year. but this too is pol
CNN
Jun 15, 2014 10:00am PDT
haas was director of policy planning at the state department during george w. bush's first term. he is now the president of the council on foreign relations. ambassador crocker, john mccain has said that one of the things he would do was send you back to baghdad. i want to know what you do, were you there, and i want to ask you specifically why you think that maliki would listen to you. you were telling him to be inclusive and to do all the things that people now want him to do and there were 100,000 american troop there is at the time. do you think you would be able to do anything if you were to go? >> fareed, we have a very, very good ambassador there right now in the person of steve bekroft. but ambassadors can't do it all. you need heavy fire support on the diplomatic front. so if i were asked to return to iraq, the first thing i would request is that secretary kerry get on a plane immediately. we have lacked that high-level engagement with the iraqis that was so crucial during my term in office. so, we -- we need the secretary of state out there, in baghdad, right now. we need the
CNN
Jul 28, 2013 7:00am PDT
world. transactional presidents like eisenhower or george h.w. bush, are more prudent, keep the train from derailing. those are the two extreme types and many leaders are combinations of the two. but i think in the 21st century, we had a first president, george w. bush, who is largely transactional in the campaign, became transformational after 9/11. >> because after 9/11, he wanted to do big things. >> he was going to change the middle east, democratize it, and much like president obama, he was much more transformational in his first year, but given the realities of the world, he turned out to be more prudent and managerial. he turned out to be more like bus bush 41 than bush 43. >> what wind of president -- >> some genetic in the future may be able to combine that managerial skill, with a transfotrang transformational goal. at this stage, we know that since the two bushes shared the same genes, nature hasn't solved the problem. so we would like to have some of both, but it's a hard combination. >> you point out that the surprising thing that while one is attracted to the rhetoric of
CNN
Dec 19, 2010 1:00pm EST
program, the chancellor of the exchequer, george osborne. >>> next up, a man who held osborne's office for a decade and then became prime minister, gordon brown, on why he opposes britain's current path and much more. >>> then, "what in the world?" is the almighty dollar no longer so almighty? china and russia have become strange bedfellows in an experiment. >>> finally, in our last look, if you don't find the video games you want on the store shelves, you might want to ask the pentagon. we'll explain. let's get started. >>> we can all remember the pictures of prince charles' car being attacked by a mob. britain in recent weeks has seen some of its worst political violence in year and it is all about money. the british government is raising fees and slashing its budgets by more than $100 billion over four years, the deepest cuts in 60 years. the man at the center of this austerity is george osborn. some think the plan will save britain. he's going to explain to us why. welcome, george osborne. >> good to be here. >> what to make of these protests, and the last i remember these p
CNN
Jun 11, 2017 7:00am PDT
david cameron into 10 downing street. the second kept him there. cameron, in turn, made george osborne the uk's finance minister. he's now the editor of london's evening standard, and he joins us now from london. george, let me ask you, may seemed to be riding a wave of populism. she distanced herself from cameron and you. presented herself as in favor of brexit, against some of the excesses of free market capitalism, as she saw it. what went wrong? >> well, good to be on the show, fareed. i mean, a number of things. the campaign was very wooden. she didn't connect with voters. the party's platform had a couple of policies in it which really put off elderly voters. but i think the big picture is the conservative party, and ymg a conservative, i voted conservative. i wanted the conservatives to do well, but the conservatives made a pitch essentially for the white working class who had previously been labor supporters but may have voted for brexit. in reaching for those voters, a, failed to get them, and b, put off metropolitan small l liberal minded voters who previously support
CNN
Nov 13, 2016 7:00am PST
the democrats. the democratic record is not a good one and the republican record of the george w. bush administration wasn't a good one, those were not successful presidencies. >> can i stop you on that, conrad? i want to get to everybody. dan, here's the point and i think if conrad were right this would have been a vote in favor of all outsiders against all insiders but it's not, it's a republican sweep. >> no, no, if you actually look at where republicans are -- when obama was first year president, democrats had 670 sena0 senate now they have 48. they had close to 30 governorships, now they have 15 so it is an up-and-down ballot sweep but it's a big republican win. it's partly a big republican win because in a sense trump ran against both parties, so he became this vessel to take on the system and republicans, the party, has never been stronger, oddly. it's the beneficiary of this. >> he was running against the clintons, the bushes and the obamas. >> right. i agree. he's run against the whole system. it remains to be seen how he will govern. if he works with paul ryan and mitch mccon
CNN
May 9, 2010 1:00pm EDT
the white house advising presidents george h.w. bush, clinton and george w. bush on security and terrorism. in 2001 clarke famously warned the george w. bush administration of the impending danger of al qaeda before 9/11. clarke is the co-author of a new book "cyber war, the next threat to national security and what to do about it." he joins me from his offices in arlington, virginia. mr. clarke, thanks for doing this. >> it's good to be with you. >> when you heard about this times square attempted bombing and you read the details, what was the -- what struck you as most interesting, most significant, most salient. >> well, fareed, i think this is another example, and there have been several examples, of people who are living in the society who look like normal, who had normal jobs, who had advance degrees, who then one day crack. they snap. the fundamentalist islamist propaganda finally gets to them or there is some motivating event and they reach out for contact with terrorist groups. they get a little bit of training and they come back and they try to do an attack, which throw
CNN
Sep 11, 2011 1:00pm EDT
right. not just donald rumsfeld but george bush. he spoke at the citadel, let's bring in the 20th century. that's what i was working on. then 9/11 came. >> we'll talk about this and more when we come back. and transfer between accounts, so your money can move as fast as you do. check out your portfolio, track the market with live updates. and execute trades anywhere and anytime the inspiration hits you. even deposit checks right from your phone. just take a picture, hit deposit and you're done. open an account today and put schwab mobile to work for you. okay, so who ordered the cereal that can help lower cholesterol and who ordered the yummy cereal? yummy. that's yours. lower cholesterol. lower cholesterol. i'm yummy. lower cholesterol. i got that wrong didn't i? [ male announcer ] want great taste? honey nut cheerios. want whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol? honey nut cheerios. it's a win win. good? [ crunching, sipping ] be happy. be healthy. can i try yours? ask me. if you think even the best bed can only lie there... ask me what it's like... when my tempur-pedic
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Jun 27, 2010 1:00pm EDT
lloyd george said, the british prime minister, when he said you cannot jump across a country in two leaps. there's no need to produce an $800 billion stimulus bill that does not create jobs. >> if you think about the way in which the republican or conservative commentary supported george bush through thick and thin, breaking ranks only at the end on a few -- here you are piling on to -- >> we're democrats. i mean small "d", too. >> i hope to think that scott brown's election in massachusetts was the best thing that happened to the democratic party. this forced us to say it isn't working. we're going to have to produce our own votes to get reform and they gave up on this faux bipartisanship that had gotten the president absolutely nothing. so i think that is when those in the white house who said we are going to get something done. how do we know do it? count the noses. force it through. >> one thing to keep in mind, and i agree that scott brown's election is in this sense, good news for the democrats, but one -- >> that's a separate issue. >> there aren't republican votes for bills
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Jul 27, 2014 7:00am PDT
conversations with him sitting there and mahmoud abbas sitting there and george mitchell sitting there and i know that abbas in my conversations was willing to entertain a number of years where there could be some continuing security. remember, the idf, the israeli defense forces, have a working relationship with the palestinian authority security forces which have been incredibly professional. we've helped to provide training, as has jordan and others, and the positions that netanyahu has taken. now once they take a position -- and i know the years that abbas has said are permitted and i know the years that bebe has demanded -- you're in a negotiation. but if there is no process going on, which is why we can't ever leave the vacuum of no process, despite how incredibly frustrating it is -- then of course abbas is going to say never, not under any circumstances and bebe is going to say absolutely forever. >> in 2009 you said that you wanted israeli settlement activity to stop. in fact you were pretty blunt. you said no exceptions. you write in the book that that was a tactical mistake becaus
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Aug 7, 2011 10:00am EDT
less tense. of course, as it got over, that process was accelerated by presidents george h.w. bush and clinton, all of it adding up to a 35% decrease in the defense budget by the mid '90s. given the enormous run-up in spending under george w. bush, even if obama made comparable cuts today, defense spending would remain substantially above the levels under all those presidents. after all, remember the simpson bowls plan proposes $750 billion in defense cuts over ten years. a recent report by lawrence cord who worked at the pentagon for ronald reagan, pos sits a $1 trillion cut over ten to 12 years is feasible without compromising national security. the defense department is the best example of waste, fraud and abuse by far in the american government. even when the results are pretty impressive, the costs and the cost overruns are eye-popping. take a look at these f-35 planes. they can take off the traditional way as well as vertical. but the joint strike fighter program that commissioned the jets to service the air force, marines and navy, has been plagued by years of design flaws and m
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Jul 12, 2009 1:00pm EDT
, concerns democracy. >> let me ask you, boris. you met with george w. bush. bush had similar meetings with russian opposition leaders. how was obama's different? >> that's a huge difference. bush really came to russia and he was like a big teacher, right? who explained to us how important is democracy, how important is political competition, how important it is to open and how important is freedom of speech, right? we sit down in the american embassy. in the end we shake hands. and that's it. right? obama, we met -- he mainly listened to us. he just made final remarks about our ideas. but he wanted to recognize what is the real tradition of russia. what russian people mean. and he listened, mainly. >> let me ask you about the condition of the real russia. you have an article in "newsweek" in which you point out the stunning statistic which is that russia has now dropped to 147th in the world in transparency index's corruption listing. one of the things we used to so often hear was that putin and his regime had been successful and popular in russia because they had brought ord
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Jan 23, 2011 10:00am EST
world is happening in the arab world? is george w. bush's dream of democracy coming true? finally, alast look at what 25 tons of bombs look like after they have been dropped. let's get started. >>> 40 years ago henry kissinger made a secret trip to china. it was the beginning of the opening to china restoring relations between america and the middle kingdom. this week the nobel prize winning former secretary of state attended the state dinner president obama threw for president hu jintao. kissinger and associate has worked in china consulting with american companies that want to do business there. welcome back to the show. >> it's a pleasure. >> on the crucial -- you watch the atmospherics of the last few days. how did they strike you? >> atmospherics were very positive and both sides made up their mind actually before the meeting that they would improve the atmospherics, which is important in this case because public opinion in both countries was beginning to run in the opposite direction and more material was being produced on the negative side of the relationship than solutions
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Mar 26, 2017 10:00am PDT
surprise? america also loved vladimir putin. president george w. bush thought he'd found a kindred spirit. >> i looked the man in the eye. i found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. i was able to get a sense of his soul. ♪ >> reporter: even hollywood fell for the new russian president. ♪ >> reporter: he bonded with stars at a charity dinner. ♪ >> reporter: but the honeymoon would soon come to a crashing halt. >> he was a kgb agent. by definition, he doesn't have a soul. >> how are you? so glad to see you. >> reporter: next, when vladimir met hillary. >> it's important to remember how much he despised hillary clinton. various: (shouting) heigh! ho! ( ♪ ) it's off to work we go! woman: on the gulf coast, new exxonmobil projects are expected to create over 45,000 jobs. and each job created by the energy industry supports two others in the community. altogether, the industry supports over 9 million jobs nationwide. these are jobs that natural gas is helping make happen, all while reducing america's emissions. energy lives here. all while reducing america's emissions. oh,
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May 20, 2012 10:00am EDT
president george w. bush has been consistent in pressing his freedom agenda in africa and the middle east. in fact, the world over. it's an optimistic conservatism that contrasts strongly with the pessimism of many other conservatives. take, for example, israel's prime minister who last november called the arab spring an islamic anti-western, anti-liberal, anti-israeli, undemocratic waif. the irony is that in his deep suspicion about the arab spring, b.b. has a strange bed fellow. the saudi monarchy. it's not often you see israel and saudi arabia agree on policy, but the two share a general fear of the upheavals in the arab world. so much so in the saudi's case that they hosted a conference last week to bolster the very opposite of modern democracy. monarchies. five saudis were invited to riyadh. each is a monarchy, and each a member of the group called the gcc or the gulf cooperation council. the saudi's hope is to turn that group into a more closely knit federation, something like the european union, they say. they feel a union of monarchies would serve as a bull worth against the
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Aug 7, 2016 10:00am PDT
huge findings to be released soon. he hinted to george stephanopoulos. we're going to see what happens. that was five years ago. nothing happened. it's highly unlikely trump sent investigators to hawaii in the first place. in 2011, michael cohen was asked for any details about the investigators. cohen explained that it was all a very secret, naturally. trump has said the same about his plans to defeat isis, which he can't reveal. he has said he has a strategy to win states this fall but won't reveal which ones. even by trump standards, that's a head scratcher. will it be so secret that even the voters won't be told? of course it's really all just b.s. harry frankfurt concludes that lies and truth tellers are acute of the truth. by virtue of this, frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater standard rules of fact, truth and reality that have disappeared in this campaign. donald trump has piled such vast quantities of his trademark product into the political arena. that the stench is now overwhelming and unbearable. for more, go to cnn.com/fareed and read my washington post column th
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Nov 20, 2016 7:00am PST
presidents chose to donate their presidential salaries to charity? george washington and fdr, teddy roosevelt and ronald reagan, quite eisenhower and jfk, or herbert hoover and jfk? stay tuned and we will tell you the correct answer. >>> this week's book of the week is "the man who knew, the lives and times of alan greenspan" by sebastian malabi. greenspan may be the most powerful unelected american of the last 50 years. this is a wonderfully written intelligence biography of his climb up the pinnacles of power, it's also a vivid portrait of the american establishment as it moved right from the 1970s to the 1980s and 1990s. now for the last would think. two tuesdays ago many americans headed to the polls while halfway around the world some people in japan had trouble heading to work. this giant sinkhole roughly 100 feet wood and 50 feet deep opened on a five-lane street in a southwestern city. the following tuesday as many americans were still reeling over the election result their counterparts in japan were back to normal. that enormous hole was filled in, utilities were restored a
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Mar 1, 2015 7:00am PST
the 1920s and '30s, many of the western world's greatest intellectual like irish playwright george bernard shaw and historian hotline g. wells were enamored of it. in 1940s, communist parties got large chunks of the vote in free elections in france and italy, leaving many observers to worry those countries would choose to become communists. around the world the appeal of socialist and communist ideas was real and at times very strong. radical islam by contrast is severely limited in its global allure. almost by definition it is deeply unattractive to all non-muslims. even within the muslim world radical islam does not do well. in the half of that world that votes, indonesia, india, bangladesh turkey iraq and pakistan. parties based on such ideologies have garnered very few votes. thus the ideological war today is really and crucially a struggle within islam. that's a war that has to be waged by muslims. if outsiders like america want to play a role they should try to listen to and support those muslims fighting the good fight. it's irrelevant what barack obama wants to call isis. w
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Oct 30, 2011 10:00am EDT
a different foreign policy than george bush, less black and white. and he chose as his example, iran. he argued that simply pressuring the country was not a policy, and obama offered to talk to iran's leaders to try to establish a dialogue and reduce tensions. well, two years into his presidency, obama's iran policy looks a lot like george w. bush's. pressure, pressure, and more pressure. now the punitive tactics have paid off in some measure. iran faces economic problems. but they are also having a perverse impact on the country as i witnessed last week. the sanctions are stifling growth, though not as much as you might imagine. the basic effect is to weaken civil society and strengthen the iranian state. the opposite of what we should be trying to do. by some estimates, iran's revolutionary guard, the hardline element of the armed forces supported by the supreme leader, now controls 40% of the economy. is that the goal of our policy? in fact, what is the goal of our policy? is it to overthrow the iranian regime? is it to make it bleed until it gives up its nuclear program altogethe
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Feb 23, 2014 10:00am PST
doesn't want russia to play the separatest card. >> i think it was in george bush's memoires i think he recounts a conversation where putin said to him, you know, ukraine is not a real country, a province of russia. that is the general attitude that people assume, that many in russia including those at the top feel about ukraine. do you think russia would allow ukraine to be a fully independent country with the association of the european union? >> ukraine is a fully independent country and her sovereignty and borders are actually guaranteed by the declaration of the united states, united kingdom and russia. gave up nuclear weapons and in return received guarantees. i think we should hold russia to those guarantees. and eastern ukraine, these are large areas. ukraine is a country of over 40 million people. this is no georgia. playing with separatism would be a very dangerous game. >> do you think ukraine opposition will hold? one of your concerns was to get them to compromise. you have been in the room with these people. do they have the ability to stay together? >> ukraine missed her c
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Mar 13, 2016 10:00am PDT
saying about george washington and the thomas jefferson, i do think that you know, the lack of substance so to speak and just the elevation of personal insult and personal egotism is kind of a new low in our political debates. i hope that this is not a trend which will continue, but just a reflection of the particular moment we happen to be in. >> pleasure to have you both on. >>> lincoln and douglas went on to fight a presidential campaign fight a presidential campaign against each other and that is the subject of tonight's episode "race for the white house." take a look at this clip. >> douglas focuses his attack on lincoln. >> if you desire negro citizenship then support mr. lincoln and the black republican party. >> his weapon, race hate. >> he accuses lincoln of being in favor of race mixing, in favor of black equality. he calls him a black republican. he calls him things far worse. >> lincoln did a lot of things that today seem unethical, but he never appealed to the darker angels of our nature, and douglas did. and steven douglas should have been ashamed of himself. >> watch more
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Oct 25, 2015 7:00am PDT
trump dropped a bombshell when he implied that george bush should have done more to stop the attacks. listen to what he said. >> they did know it was coming. the head of the cia told them it was coming. they did have advance notice and didn't work on it. >> jeb bush called his an unserious candidate with dangerous views on national security. cnn said trump was right. i wanted to get away from the campaign rhetoric and try to get to the truth. i've asked two people with inside and experience to join me. phillip was the executive director of the 9/11 commission. the independent bipartisan group that was formed to study why america was surprise bid the attack. the 9/11 commission did say that, in a sense, the system was blinking red. i think it used that phrase at several points but that the united states government at the highest levels was not attentive. >> actually, the commission report did not say the united states government at the highest levels was not attentive. that's not accurate. president bush was following these issues constantly. in fact, his intelligence briefer
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Jan 8, 2017 10:00am PST
staff, secretary of the treasury, secretary of state. he also ran presidential campaigns and ran george w. bush's florida recount effort, which was of course successful. balker has met with trump and was a key conduit in the president-elect's selection of rex tillerson to be his secretary of state. james baker, welcome back to the show. >> thank you, fareed. nice to be with you. >> so i was thinking to myself, what did your great boss, ronald reagan, stand for? and i put down for myself, free trade, free markets, cutting government spending, taking deficits seriously. reforming entitlements, particularly social security. engage foreign policy that supported democracy and human rights around the world. i think it's fair to say that donald trump disagrees with every one of those. what does it say about trump the republican party that he is the standard bearer of the party? >> well, i'm not sure he disagrees with every one of those. i don't know for sure whether that's true. i also know, though, from my experience of having run five presidential campaigns, fareed, that sometimes people say
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Jul 2, 2017 10:00am PDT
last time we saw such low numbers was when your president and you worked for george bush, and george bush was -- but it was really more about the iraq war. and it was about the sense that the war had gone horribly and alienated the world. what's striking about this is he's barely done anything. and he has numbers that it took bush six years of a badly prosecuted iraq war to go through. >> i think the world is embarrassed for us, watching what this man has done so far to the presidency, but i think it's important to draw a distinction between them and their governments. if you spend time with officials in sunni golfs they say they'll take trump as president any day, and that's also laisrael's view. >> and do you think china has a great working relationship with them. >> he says all the right things, but behind closed doors we're not sure what the follow-up is going to be but they do like the change. >> what sense did it make for jared kushner to go to the middle east and suddenly in 12 hours produce peace between the israeliings and the palestinians? >> first of all, there's no reason
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May 8, 2016 7:00am PDT
week. let's get started. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> the conservative columnist george will says that donald trump is the most unconservative nominee in the 162-year history of the republican party. what will his candidacy do to the party, to the country? i have assembled a group of conservatives to help me understand the issues. david frum was a speechwriter for george w. bush and he is the chair of the policy exchange. emily miller was the senior editor of the opinion for "the washington times." before that she spent years working for republicans on capitol hill as well as secretaries of state, power and rice. dan has served as senior foreign policy adviser to governor mitt romney in both white house runs and has advised paul ryan, as well. and an op ed columnist for "the new york times." you wrote a column which made me think of something which there were 17 candidates who ran for the republican nomination. the least conservative of those candidates won. what does that say about what the republican party thinks of conservatism? >> well, first, it says there is a large constituency among republican vot
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Mar 17, 2013 7:00am PDT
. he was also national security adviser in the 1980s to then president george h.w. bush. first question, what do you think they were trying to do, ambassador? this seems so bizarre. you wrote a piece about engaging with them. i feel as though it would be nice to get them less isolated, but then they go and test a nuclear bomb and threaten a preemptive nuclear strike and promise rain bullets on south korea. why are they doing this? >> i met with north koreans very recently and talked to them about it. and they said what has happened is that they have given up on their diplomats and the military is now in control. and what they want is talk about moving from the now disbanded agreement to the creation of a peace treaty. that's what they want to talk about and anyone who is willing to talk about that, they will listen to. anyone who wants to talk about what they call is the old way, give up your nuclear weapons and then we'll talk is going to get no where. >> do you think this is being directed by this 28-year-old boy who has essentially no experience in politics or government and seems mo
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