The mainstream media is praising President Trump for his strike on Syria. Neoconservative Bill Kristol speaks admiringly of H.R. McMaster, the new National Security Advisor. We take all this as a bad omen, as the Establishment continues angling for direct conflict with Russia. We speculate on President Trump's ultimate foreign policy direction: Not Bush, Not Obama, but What Exactly? We listen to Nigel Farage discuss eerie parallels between approaches to Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad. Deja Vu all over again? False Flag potentials? Meanwhile, we puzzle over the fate of Syria's Christian population and their enduring support for Assad. Might "regime-change" put them in a worse predicament? Also, we discuss scenarios for conflict with North Korea. Are Kim Jong-un's days numbered? Plus, we voice displeasure with conflicting media signals over the status of Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, a truly indispensable member of Team Trump. Might some personnel "stability" be in order? We think so. With Listener Calls & Music via George Wassouf, Clean Bandit, PIL, ELO, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
The "unpredictable" President Trump launches a surprise missile attack on Syria. What does it mean? A circumscribed 'signal' as John Bolton suggests -- or perhaps an unhealthy return to American interventionism in the Middle East? With geopolitical stakes rising, Russia's Vladimir Putin has issued a stern verbal warning to the U.S., threatening retaliation for future missile strikes. Thus, we ask, will the Leftist CNN finally drop their Russian "collusion" nonsense? Meanwhile, some Trump supporters are voicing frustration with recent events, fearing a Trump migration towards failed "Establishment" policies. Warning signs? Also, we contemplate the possibility of a "false flag" scenario in Syria. Can heartrending "photos" be misleading? At this particular juncture, why would Bashar al-Assad be wanting to use Sarin Gas on his own people? Does it make sense -- or might ISIS have incentive to make it look like he did? Can we trust the consensus of the American Intelligence Community? We explore the risks of "red line" presidential pronouncements. Plus, we review the Palm Sunday terror massacre of Coptic Christians in Egypt. With Listener Calls & Music via Amro Diab, Little Big Town, Beck and Depeche Mode.
Observations on the "artificial reality" of American discourse. Has the media reached its outer limit for the manufacture of bogus "narratives"? We review breaking details of the Obama Administration's surveillance of Donald Trump. Are matters taking a more ominous turn? The pugnacious Sen. Chuck Grassley wants answers, and has penned a series of intriguing letters of concern about politicized intelligence agencies. Could Andrew McCabe, the FBI's deputy director, be in hot water? Along with certain other high-profile members of the Deep State? We speculate on the "internal battles" now going on within the intelligence community. Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff coughs up another nothingburger, Evelyn Farkas digs deeper and AG Jeff Sessions raises the prospect of "convictions" putting an end to all the leaking. Plus, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols praises Brexit and the working classes and claims Trump is "absolutely magnificent." With Listener Calls & Music via George Strait, Dwight Yoakam and The Beatles.
Freewheeling conversations on patriotism, truck driving and talk radio as an "intimate medium." Notes on the current contretemps between President Trump and the House Freedom Caucus over the failed overhaul of Obamacare. Was Trump wise to call them out by name? Will Republicans soon revisit the issue in a more productive manner? We consider the role of Rand Paul in health care reform. After visits this week with Matt Drudge and President Trump, could Sen. Paul be headed further into the limelight? Plus, from the ever-expanding realm of activist absurdity, PETA declares "milk" to be a 'symbol of white supremacy.' With Listener Calls & Music via Aerosmith, Junior Brown, Dwight Yoakam and the Zac Brown Band.
Is the Deep State in Deep Trouble? What we're seeing right now in American politics -- all the chaos, negativity and outright insanity in the media -- might just be a necessary stage on the way. As in, we're seeing exactly what it's supposed to look like when an elected "outsider" jeopardizes the long-held power of the Establishment. President Trump has leverage on the Deep State, however, and he's using it, as the national conversation pivots from Russian "collusion" to Obama Administration "surveillance" of Trump. David Ignatius of the Washington Post remarks that Trump's "initially preposterous" tweets on wiretapping are now looking rather prescient. Former Obama official Evelyn Farkas has spilled the beans, Rep. Adam Schiff is in full retreat, and Rep. Devin Nunes hovers over the target. Meanwhile, Trump golfs with Sen. Rand Paul, calls out the House Freedom Caucus and presses ahead on the Neil Gorsuch SCOTUS nomination. John McCain and the Bushes complain. With Listener Calls & Music via Van Halen, Social Distortion, Reba McEntire and Clare Dunn. In Memoriam: Nascar Dennis, a long-time friend and soul brother of Backbone Radio.