Tag Archives: national security

Hugh Hewitt: Obamagate

The explosive news regarding the government’s handling of former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and the transition from the period from when President Obama was president to when President Trump took the oath of office ought to have the attention of every American.

President Trump has labeled it Obamagate.

Some have tried to dismiss it or label it as some sort of nutty conspiracy theory or “birtherism” and we should do neither nor allow it.

Obamagate is simply shorthand for the intentional interference with the peaceful, seamless, cooperative transition of power between presidential administrations.

It may not be criminal to mess around with the transition, but it’s certainly destructive of the republic’s greatest political tradition.

Federal Prosecutor John Durham is, no doubt, keenly focused on everything that happened in this period.

Was there a criminal act? Maybe. Wait and see.

Were these events deeply destructive of one of our finest traditions—the peaceful transfer of power? Absolutely.

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Socialism on Display: Venezuela Erupts Into Chaos

Townhall Review with Hugh Hewitt – May 4, 2019

Hugh Hewitt gets the latest perspective from National Security Advisor John Bolton on the turmoil in Venezuela, while Admiral James Stavridis talks about the aid other communist countries are providing the Nicolas Maduro regime.

Sebastian Gorka talks with author David Harsanyi about those who continually try to label President Trump a “Nazi”. He also shares from his book, First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun.

Hugh Hewitt talks with Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner about a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will have a profound impact on businesses run by Christians.

Larry Elder talks to Reverend Robert Sirico, president of the ACTON Institute, about efforts to help the homeless get off the streets.

Sebastian Gorka talks with journalist Stephanie Hamill, who was on location at the 2019 National Rifle Association’s convention in Indianapolis.

Dennis Prager and Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, talk about the ramifications of President Trump’s recent executive order protecting freedom of speech on college campuses.

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Hugh Hewitt: 2020 Election Will Be About National Security

No matter how long this government shutdown lasts or how many more follow, 2020 will actually be a national security election, not an election about shutdown.

In the wake of Secretary of State Pompeo’s and National Security Advisor Bolton’s recent trips to the greater Middle East, we have to focus on the combustible situation in the region. It echoes that of the Balkans in the run-up to World War I. Of course, we also have the emergent threat from China … and, yes, there’s a new nuclear arms race.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we’ve gone from euphoria through catastrophe into confusion, one which led President Obama into the fantastical view that he could remake the world by ignoring its truths.

We’re back where we didn’t expect to be again: Superpower competition at every level, often just under the “kinetic” phase.

2020 is going to be a national security election.

The choice: More of Trump and his policies? or back to Obama-era make-believe?

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A Supreme Court Nominee and the Confirmation Battle that Awaits


Townhall Review – July 14, 2018

Hugh Hewitt is joined by Leonard Leo, head of the Federalist Society, to look at the confirmation process for the newly-nominated U. S. Supreme Court Justice. Mike Gallagher turns to Wendy Long to examine the vicious partisanship expected during the confirmation process. CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin joins Hugh Hewitt with his analysis of the nominee and the confirmation. Michael Medved speaks with economist Stephen Moore about the latest jobs report. Larry Elder’s guest, Walter Williams, author, columnist, and economics professor at George Mason University, explains why parenting is the number one problem facing education in our African-American urban areas. Mike Gallagher discusses NATO with Michael Desch, Director of the National Security Center at Notre Dame. Dennis Prager asks some questions about the growing “rudeness” phenomenon.

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Michael Medved: Gina Haspel Punished for Loyal Service?


Gina Haspel has been selected by President Trump as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency after serving the agency effectively for 32 years, under two Democratic and four Republican presidents.

But Democrats still oppose her confirmation because CIA policy after 9/11 called for enhanced interrogation techniques and she followed her orders in executing that policy. After Congress pressed to eliminate tactics like water-boarding, she accepted that decision too, and executed it without complaint.

For Democrats, in other words, it’s her loyal service to the agency, under both Republican and Democratic leadership, that disqualifies Haspel.

In fighting this patriotic, richly qualified nominee the Democrats are placing political gamesmanship ahead of national security.

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Trump’s First Year

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Townhall Review – December 30, 2017

Hugh Hewitt invites Deputy National Security Director Nadia Schadlow, one of the principle architects of the recently released National Security Strategy document, to share some of the details surrounding this very important document. Dennis Prager identifies the opponents of the tax reform that was signed into law by President Trump. Hugh Hewitt turns to Senator Pat Toomey, who serves on the Senate Finance Committee, to share how this tax legislation will affect Americans.  Guy Benson shares with Mike Gallagher President Trump’s list of first-year accomplishments, including the “unheralded decimation of ISIS.” Dennis Prager shares from Ross Douthat’s New York Times article that exposes the media’s shameful lack of coverage of this victory over ISIS. Michael Medved unfurrels more of the Russian conspiracy and collusion, this time involving Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill SteinHillsdale President Larry Arnn shares with Hugh Hewitt the history behind “Darkest Hour,” a film about Sir Winston Churchill’s leadership and victory against Nazi Germany. Wrapping up the show, Michael Farris, CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, sits in with Hugh Hewitt to talk about the Masterpiece Cake Shop case, one of the key religious liberty cases in our generation.

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