WMAL Interview - LT COL TONY SHAFFER - 04/10/17

Apr 10, 2017, 03:47 PM

INTERVIEW -- LT. COL TONY SHAFFER - a CIA trained former senior intelligence officer and the New York Times bestselling author of " Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft an Special Operations on the Frontlines of Afghanistan – And The Path to Victory." His last book was "The Last Line."


McMaster calls aircraft carrier deployment toward Korean Peninsula 'prudent' - The new deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group toward the Korean Peninsula is "prudent," White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday. "It’s prudent to do it, isn’t it? North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior,” McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday." “The president has asked us to be prepared give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the American people and to our allies and partners in the region.”


Sen. Marco Rubio says U.S. can’t defeat ISIS until Syria Pres. Bashar al Assad is removed. The Florida Republican said, the U.S. must work to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power before it can hope to defeat ISIS. "There is no such thing as 'Assad, yes,' but 'ISIS, no,'" Rubio said. "This focus that you can defeat ISIS as long as Assad is there is not true. They are two sides of the same coin."

Tillerson: Rubio's remarks 'regrettable' - Last week, Rubio said it was no coincidence a chemical weapons attack in Syria came after Tillerson made comments suggesting Syrian President Bashar Assad could remain in power. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday said Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) comments about the timing of past comments by the secretary of State and a chemical weapons attack in Syria were "regrettable." "I think that's a regrettable comment on the part of Senator Rubio," Tillerson said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

McCain says administration rhetoric "partially to blame" for chemical attack in Syria. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said comments made by people in President Donald Trump’s administration are “partially to blame” for encouraging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s apparent use of chemical weapons on his people last week. McCain responded to remarks that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made at the end of March, before the attack, including comments that the Syrian people would determine Assad’s fate, and that removing him from power isn’t a top priority. “I think it probably was partially to blame,” McCain said. “And Secretary Tillerson basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy. As I said again, taking this action I support and was important.”


EGYPT - Egypt: Isis claims responsibility for Coptic church bombings https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/09/egypt-coptic-church-bombing-death-toll-rises-tanta-cairo?CMP=sharebtnfb - Egypt's Sisi says three-month state of emergency to be declared http://dlvr.it/NrY5Rs

SWEDEN - Stockholm Truck-Attack Suspect Had Received Deportation Order...