Day: June 1, 2022

Background Briefing: June 1, 2022


Are We Heading Into a New Cold War With Russia?

We begin with a warning that the U.S. response to Russian aggression in Ukraine has quickly expanded beyond the immediate military contest in Ukraine into a broader and longer-lasting conflict with Russia and that a new Cold War with Russia does not bode as well as the previous one and will not end victoriously with a “unipolar moment.” Indeed It might not end at all. Joining us is Paul Pillar, who served for 30 years as an analyst at the CIA, in which his last position was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia. Previously, he served as chief of analytic units at the CIA covering portions of the Near East, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. He has also headed the Assessments and Information Group of the DCI Counterterrorist Center, and is currently a professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and a member of the Center for Peace and Security Studies. We discuss his article at The National Interest, “How Can the New Cold War with Russia End?


Biden’s Decision to Deploy U.S. Rocket Systems In Ukraine

Then we discuss the Biden administration’s decision to deploy U.S. rocket systems in Ukraine which the Russians warn could increase the risk of confrontation between the two nuclear powers and speak with Lawrence Korb, who is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Senior Adviser to the Center for Defense Information. He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense and is the author of A New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.


After 3 Years, the Failure to Prove Barr’s Trumpworld Fantasy That Trump Was Spied On

Then finally we look into whether the subpoena served on Peter Navarro means the DOJ may be investigating Trump as well as the failure to convict a lawyer for Hillary Clinton after a 3 year investigation by the special prosecutor Barr appointed to prove the Trumpworld fantasy that Trump was spied on. Joining us is Harry Litman, a former United States attorney and deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department. A professor of political science at the University of California San Diego, he is the Executive Producer & host of the Talking Feds podcast and legal affairs columnist at the Los Angeles Times