What the Hell Is Going On

What the Hell Is Going On

Tune in as the American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka and Marc Thiessen address the questions we’re all wondering in their podcast, What the Hell Is Going On? In conversational, yet informative episodes Pletka and Thiessen interview policymakers and experts, asking tough, probing questions about the most important foreign policy and security challenges facing the world today.... Show More

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September 16, 2020 46 min

Daniel Yergin joined the show to discuss the benefits of fracking, how energy production influences US policy with China, Russia, and the Middle East, and what the 2020 election could mean for US energy dominance.

The post WTH will the 2020 election mean for US energy dominance? Daniel Yergin on America’s emergence as an energy superpower appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Dr. Ruth Wisse joined Dany and Marc to discuss the upcoming election and the Democratic Party’s turn toward socialism.

The post WTH is at stake in the 2020 election? Lessons from history on the danger of going from bad to worse appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the director of Operation Warp Speed, joined Dany and Marc to explain how the US is working with the public and private sector to accelerate vaccine development at a speed never before seen.

The post WTH is going on with a COVID vaccine? Operation Warp Speed director Dr. Slaoui on the coronavirus endgame appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Sen. Scott joined Dany and Marc to discuss the JUSTICE Act and partisan delays in meaningful police reform.

The post WTH is going on with the chaos in American cities? Sen. Tim Scott on the politicization of violence and racial unrest appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Ellen Nakashima, the reporter who first broke the story, joined the show to walk us through the details of the cyberattack and America’s offensive cyber capabilities.

The post WTH is going on with Trump’s cyberattack on Russia? Discussing Marc’s interview with the President appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Fred Kagan joined the show to explain how the Russian government is using Afghanistan and other conflict zones to undermine American leadership abroad.

The post WTH is going on with Russians paying to kill US soldiers? Is Putin paying the Taliban to kill American servicemen? appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Jonathan Horn, Robert E. Lee’s biographer, joined Dany and Marc to talk about the current backlash against American statues and how to draw the line when considering which statues to keep.

The post WTH do we do about cancel culture? Debating Confederate statues, law and the new mob rules appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Michael Strain joined the show to explain why America is likely to see rapid economic growth over the summer, but a slower recovery thereafter.

The post WTH is going on with the coronavirus economy? When will the US economy return to normal? appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Rep. Will Hurd joined the show to explain why, rather than defunding, a combination of police reform, promoting best practices, and giving police chiefs the power to fire bad cops is the best way to address police abuse.

The post WTH is going on with defunding the police? Rep. Will Hurd on reform, racism and what the Republican Party needs to do to reach out to minority communities appeared first on American Enterprise Institute -...

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Sen. Cory Gardner joined the show to talk about the need for a bipartisan consensus on China, and explain why the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act provides the best framework for US policy in the region.

The post WTH is going on with Congress and China? Sen. Cory Gardner on the right way to counter China in the Asia Pacific appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Barton Gellman, one of the journalists to whom Snowden leaked, joined Dany and Marc to talk about his relationship with Snowden and his new book, “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the Surveillance State.”

The post WTH is going on with Edward Snowden? Discussing the greatest theft of US secrets in history with author and Snowden confidant Barton Gellman appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Sen. Ted Cruz joined the show to discuss protests, riots and how US adversaries are taking advantage of American discord.

The post WTH is going on in America? Sen. Ted Cruz on the George Floyd protests, China, Iran, and the Zodiac Killer appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined Dany and Marc to explain the administration’s strategies toward China, Iran, and Venezuela.

The post WTH is going on in the world? Secretary of State Pompeo on China, Iran, Venezuela and partisan politics at home appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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The Justice Department recently dropped its charges against Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security advisor. The decision has reignited the debate over Flynn’s alleged collusion with the Russian government, the Obama administration’s role, and whether, in light of new evidence, Flynn has been exonerated. Journalist and former prosecutor David French joined the show to […]

The post WTH is going on with Michael Flyn...

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The President of Freedom House Michael Abramowitz joined Dany and Marc to explain why Freedom House assesses that democracy is under assault.

The post WTH is going on with freedom in the world? Is democracy in decline? appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Sir Angus Deaton joined the show to discuss his new book and the coronavirus’ likely impact on communities already suffering from opioid abuse, unemployment, alcoholism and suicide.

The post WTH are deaths of despair? Nobel Prize winner Sir Angus Deaton on the other epidemic appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Rep. Michael McCaul, the leader of the new task force, joined the podcast to explain how Congress is addressing threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party.

The post WTH should Congress do about China? Rep. McCaul on the China task force and US policy toward Beijing appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Roger Noriega joined the show to talk about the attempted coup and US policy toward Venezuela.

The post WTH happened with the failed Venezuelan coup? Discussing the mercenaries that tried to take out Maduro appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the protest movement, joined Dany and Marc to explain why it’s more important than ever that the world stand with Hong Kong.

The post WTH is going on in Hong Kong? Joshua Wong on how Beijing is using the coronavirus to suppress pro-democracy protests appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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