Tag Archives: North Korea

Hugh Hewitt: Who’s to Blame in Tensions With Iran?

The Trump administration deserves some credit for seeing Iran clearly.

President Obama did not. His efforts to lure Ayatollah Khomeini into changing the behavior of his rogue regime never had a chance because it began from the premise that appeasement works, but appeasement never does work.

Not with Iran. Not with Russia and the famous “reset” button. And not in the 1994 deal with North Korea.

The appeasement policies of Obama have been abandoned. Good!

Iran is dangerously close to provoking a conflict—and most U.S. media outlets are far behind the news curve.

President Trump has been ably served by National Security Advisor John Bolton—as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Both rightly believe that Iran was, is and will remain a rogue regime as long as the radical theocrats remain in power.

It’s not about Bolton or Pompeo.

It’s about the mullahs in Tehran. It has been since 1979.

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Lanhee Chen: The President Was Right to Walk Away

President Trump’s recent summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un may have ended without a deal, but the entire episode served to demonstrate that sometimes, walking away is the best decision.

Published news reports suggest that the North Koreans were asking us to lift many of the most onerous sanctions that have been placed upon them, in return for a promise that they’d destroy a site that’s been called the “heart” of their nuclear program.

But there were no guarantees that we’d be allowed to verify their claims. And certainly no guarantees that they’d keep their promises.

Given our history with the rogue regime, we have plenty of reason to distrust.
It can be tough to walk away from a negotiation, particularly when it would be politically expedient to do otherwise.

That’s why President Trump should be congratulated for doing what he did.

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Iran Deal, Hostage Release and Elections Give Trump a Big Week


Townhall Review – May 12, 2018

Congressman Mike Gallagher talks with Hugh Hewitt about President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal. New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and Hugh Hewitt look at the Iranian reaction. Michael Medved examines former President Obama’s reaction complaining that the pullout was a “serious mistake” and accusing Trump of being “so misguided.”  As President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un get ready for their upcoming meeting, three hostages held by North Korea were released and Mike Gallagher celebrates that news. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley speaks with Hugh Hewitt about the rapid-fire federal judge confirmations. Michael Medved looks at how the low unemployment has created new employment problems for some cities…not enough workers. Dennis Prager has his take on the prom dress controversy and how the young lady who posted innocent pictures of her dress had no idea the storm it would create. Michael Medved looks at the reworking of school history textbooks to include the historical contributions by the LGBT community.

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Two Huge Tests for Trump Diplomacy


Townhall Review – May 5, 2018

Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, joins Hugh Hewitt to discuss how the possible Iranian duplicity during the brokering of the Iran Nuclear Deal recently uncovered by Israeli intelligence might affect that fragile deal. Michael Medved examines the historic meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Hugh Hewitt and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell look at the Federal judiciary and the pace of judicial appointments and confirmations. Michael Medved looks at the question about the accuracy of Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu’s claims regarding the Iranian nuclear agreement. Dennis Prager talks with author and commentator Jonah Goldberg about his new book, “Suicide of the West, How the Rebirth of Nationalism, Populism and Identity Politics is Destroying Democracy.” Andy Puzder, trial lawyer, restauranteur and author discusses his new book, “Capitalist Comeback,” with Larry Elder. Mike Gallagher gives his take on Trump supporter Kanye West and his willingness to attract the scorn of peers, fellow entertainers, and even California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

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Lanhee Chen: Encouraging Developments on North Korea


When it comes to North Korea, the old adage of “Trust, but verify” isn’t nearly enough. We should—absolutely—be skeptical of the rogue regime’s claims. And we should, of course, hold them accountable for whatever promises they might make.

But we should still be encouraged by Kim Jong Un’s recent statements that he wants peace and is committed to stopping his nuclear weapons tests.

A lot of hard work stands between where we are and where we want to go, but the Trump Administration deserves credit for bringing us this far. The key question is whether President Trump can produce a deal that completely ends that country’s nuclear weapons program.

In his efforts, Trump is assisted by an all-star team of aides: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.  If anyone can get this right, we should have confidence in this team.

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A Look Back and a Look Ahead with Speaker Paul Ryan


Townhall Review – April 28, 2018

Retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan joins Hugh Hewitt looking on his accomplishments as Congressman and Speaker of the House. Michael Medved and Daily Beast columnist Gordon Chang discuss the evolving and historic developments between North Korea, the United States and the world. Dennis Prager questions if protests over political disagreements are crossing the line of civility. Michael Medved shares how James Shaw, the hero who stopped the shooter at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, continues to be a hero for the victims. Dennis Prager looks at a bill in the California legislature challenging the ability of religious traditionalists to provide services to those struggling with sexual identity or orientation. Hugh Hewitt asks Jeffrey Goldberg, editor of The Atlantic, about the hiring, then firing, of Kevin Williamson allegedly over a comment he made about abortion years earlier. Mike Gallagher looks at the unusual comments made by Toronto mayor John Tory during a press conference that followed the deadly automobile attack killing 10 and leaving 14 others hurt.

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