Day: November 16, 2023

Background Briefing: November 16, 2023


The Escalating Threat of Domestic Terrorism as a Result of the War in Gaza

We begin with Wednesday’s testimony from the head of the FBI about the increased threat of domestic terrorism as a result of the war in Gaza that was overshadowed by idiotic Q Anon accusations from congressional ignoramuses Marjorie Taylor Greene and Clay Higgins. Joining us is Thomas Mockaitis, a Professor of History at DePaul University who has taught counter-terrorism courses for the past 13 years at venues around the world as part of the U.S. Department of Defense Counter-terrorism Fellowship Program. He is the author of 6 books including ‘New’ Terrorism: Myths and Reality, Violent Extremists: Understanding the Domestic and International Terrorist Threat and Iraq and the Challenge of Counterinsurgency. We discuss his article at The Hill, “Defeating Hamas is the easy part. Lasting peace is the critical goal.”


The Likely Impact of AIPAC’s $100 Million Targeting of the Squad in Next Year’s Primaries

Then we look into the division among Democratic voters over support for Israel and support for Palestinian rights following a heated demonstration at DNC headquarters and assess the likely impact of AIPAC’s $100 million investment in running candidates against members of the Squad in next year’s primaries. Joining us is Alexander Sammon, a politics writer at Slate who has previously written for Mother Jones, The New Republic and the American Prospect. We discuss his latest article at Slate, “The Squad Is About to Fight for Its Political Life.”


An Appraisal of the Biden-Xi Meeting

Then finally we get an appraisal of Wednesday’s meeting between Biden and Xi and speak with Michael Swaine, a senior research fellow and former director of the Quincy Institute’s East Asia program and one of the most prominent American scholars of Chinese security studies. Previously, he worked for nearly twenty years as a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in Chinese defense and foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian international relations. He also advises the U.S. government on Asian security issues and his books include Remaining Aligned on the Challenges Facing Taiwan and Conflict and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Strategic Net Assessment.