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Ben Weingarten Guest Hosts “The Buck Sexton Show:” American Exceptionalism vs. Anti-American Progressivism, China Deep Dive with Dean Cheng, Khashoggi Caper with David Reaboi, 2020 Election Preview with Tammy Bruce

On New Year’s Eve my friend Buck Sexton gave me the opportunity to guest-host his “The Buck Sexton Show.”

During the episode, I talked everything from American exceptionalism and the progressives’ brazen effort to propagandize beginning with toddlers to undermine it, China and the Trump administration’s underappreciated but utterly vital efforts to counter Beijing’s malign influence with the Heritage Foundation’s Dean Cheng, the Khashoggi Caper with Security Studies Group’s David Reaboi and a preview of 2020 and the significance of the Trump presidency with Fox News Contributor and Independent Women’s Forum President Tammy Bruce.

You can listen to the episode in full below, followed by the individual segments themselves:

The Imperative to Defend an Exceptional America Against Progressive Anti-Americanism

Deep Dive on China’s Hegemonic Ambitions, the Trump Administration’s Revolutionary Effort to Counter Her

Interview with Dean Cheng on China’s Global Ambitions and America’s Response

The Khashoggi Caper with David Reaboi

Interview with Tammy Bruce on the True Significance of Trump and the Race for 2020

Clips shared with permission from Premiere Networks

Ben Weingarten Guest-Hosts ‘The Wilkow Majority’ on Sirius XM: Corruption of Education by Progressives with Heather Mac Donald, Trump’s Policy on Syria and Iran with Tony Badran and Khashoggi, Immigration Partial Shutdown and the GOP with Deroy Murdock

On December 26, my friend Andrew Wilkow gave me the opportunity to guest-host his “The Wilkow Majority” on Sirius XM.

During the episode, I talked everything from American exceptionalism and the progressives’ brazen effort to propagandize beginning with toddlers to undermine it — and the corruption of education generally — with Manhattan Institute Thomas W. Smith fellow Heather Mac Donald; the Syria troop pullout, Lebanon, Iran and the U.S. national interest with Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) scholar Tony Badran; the Khashoggi Caper and a preview of politics running into 2020 with National Review’s Deroy Murdock.

You can find the interviews below:

Heather Mac Donald on the Corruption of Education by Progressivism, Identity Politics

Tony Badran on President Trump’s Middle East Policy: Syria, Lebanon, Iran and the U.S. National Interest

Deroy Murdock on Khashoggi, Immigration and the Shutdown, State of the GOP

Clips Courtesy: Sirius XM

My In-Depth Interview with Sir Roger Scruton on Unrest in the West, Puritanical Progressivism, Free Speech Under Attack (Video)

For Encounter Books’ “Close Encounters” video interview series, I spoke with Sir Roger Scruton on political unrest in the West and its historical context, the puritanical nature of progressivism and attempts by its adherents to stifle dissent, the imperative to defend free speech and much more.

Robert Spencer on Islamic Supremacism, U.S. Middle East Policy, Defeating Jihad

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Robert Spencer (@jihadwatchRS) is the director of the invaluable counterjihadist website, Jihad Watch, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS.

Mr. Spencer’s work sits at the nexus of a number of seminal issues, from national security and foreign policy, to identity politics and free speech, and theology and political philosophy. The battle being waged by Islamic supremacism against the West implicates all of these matters, and Mr. Spencer’s insights make him uniquely qualified to discuss them. 

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U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, U.S. Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel

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Richard Grenell is the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, and the longest serving UN spokesman and political appointee in American history, where he served from 2001 to 2008.

Amb Grenell occupies one of the most critical positions in American diplomacy in Berlin, not only because Germany represents the EU’s largest economy and has disproportionate influence on the continent, but because of its pivotal role with respect to both Iran’s efforts to evade U.S. snapback sanctions, and Russia’s efforts to provide energy to and thus leverage over European nations.

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Ex-NSC Official Allegedly Fired Over Memo Warning Trump of ‘Deep State’ Resistance: ‘There’s a Whiff of Tyranny in the Air’ from Politicization and Weaponization of the NatSec Apparatus

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Rich Higgins is an expert on the nexus between theological doctrines and information age unconventional warfare, and has spent 20 years combating terrorism in a variety of senior positions within the Department of Defenses.

Higgins, an early supporter of President Trump, served as director for strategic planning in President Trump’s National Security Council (NSC).

That all changed when a memo that he had produced for President Trump on the political warfare that he was to face internally from the Deep State, and externally from the media and like-minded interest groups in collusion with the administrative state, leaked out to the public.

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Did the ‘Deep State’ Deep Six Pentagon’s Lovinger Over Discovery of Shady Defense Department Contracts to FBI Trump Informant Stefan Halper?


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Sean Bigley (@smb_JD) is a national security attorney who prosecutes intelligence community whistleblower retaliation cases. His firm represents approximately 200 U.S. intelligence officers, diplomats, armed forces members and other security clearance holders each year.

But in spite of Mr. Bigley’s experience as a litigator and former federal background investigator, one case has been unprecedented.

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Former CIA Operative Charles Sam Faddis on Disastrous Politicization of the Intelligence Community, How China’s ‘Eating Our Lunch’ in Intel and NatSec, The Grave (Ignored) Narco-Hezbollah-Failed State Threat on America’s Southern Border

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Charles Sam Faddis (@RealSamFaddis) is a retired CIA operative, where he spent decades serving abroad in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe, culminating in his heading CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center’s Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMD) unit, which was charged with pursuing terrorist WMD programs worldwide. It was Faddis who was responsible for leading the first CIA team into Iraq, in advance of the 2003 invasion.

Faddis left the CIA when he had the chance to continue advancing up its senior ranks because he saw a bureaucracy that like much of our administrative state had grown sclerotic, heavily politicized, politically correct and thus subversive of its main objectives.

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How Leftism Supplanted Judaism and Subverted Israel and Zionism Under ‘Tikkun Olam’ — Social Justice with a Perverse and Baseless Religious Veneer


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Jonathan Neumann has written perhaps the seminal book on how modern Jewry has supplanted its traditional values and principles with Leftism, based on a perverse, sophistic reading of the concept of tikkun olam, “healing the world,” that demands devotion to social justice as the highest good and organizing principle of the Jewish religion.

By way of background, Neumann is a graduate of Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. He has written for various American, British, and Israeli publications, was the Tikvah Fellow at Commentary magazine, and has served as assistant editor at Jewish Ideas Daily.

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Michael Ledeen on the Potential Collapse of Iran’s Khomeinist Regime and America’s Role, the False Sunni-Shia Jihadist Split, IC and Law Enforcement Sacking of Pro-Israel Political Opponents, Why Gen. Flynn Was Targeted and May Have Falsely Pled Guilty


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Michael Ledeen (@michaelledeen) is a historian, longtime think-tanker currently serving as the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration and author of 38 books.

Perhaps most pertinent to today, Ledeen is an expert on Iran, with deep ties to dissidents and countless individuals in the diaspora cultivated over many decades, dating back to the fall of the Shah and the Revolution of 1979.

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