“Top Gun,” the iconic US Navy fighter jock film, is about to come out in a new version. Hollywood and the Navy, which both kowtowed to Beijing’s political sensitivities, airbrushed out of the new movie several takes because they would make the Chinese mad. On NPR’s “Marketplace” Kent Harrington offers some thoughts on what it’s all about.
Discussing the most alarming aspect of the intelligence community chief’s testimony that Russia and China are working closer together against the United States as Trump alienates our allies. Also addressing Trump lashing out at the intelligence chiefs calling them passive and naive tweeting they should go back to school - Kent Harrington gauges the reaction of the intelligence community.
Relations between the intelligence agencies and President Trump have gone downhill from day one of his administration. Trump’s attacks and efforts to bring their agencies to political heel will accelerate that slide during the 2020 campaign. Kent Harrington's discussion with Ian Masters, host of ‘Background Briefing’ on KPFK, 90.7 FM, public radio in Los Angeles.
Kent Michael Harrington
Analyst, Journalist, Author and National Security Affairs Expert
Ian Masters, host of “Background Briefing,” KPFK-FM, Los Angeles, interviews Kent Harrington on President Trump's upcoming meeting with North Korea's Kim Chong Un. is it Reality TV or real diplomacy?
An assessment of Trump’s just-concluded state visit to Japan which prioritized pomp over policy where at the closing press conference, in one breath Trump undercut his National Security Advisor and Japan’s Prime Minister Abe by suggesting North Korea’s recent short-range missile tests were not a big deal and did not violate U.N. sanctions, which they did. Apparently, Trump is only concerned about North Korea’s long-range missiles which could reach the U.S., but for Japan, Kim Jong-un’s nuclear-tipped short-range missiles are a big deal. Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst who was National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, joins us to discuss his article at Project Syndicate “Kim Jong-un’s Moneyball Strategy” and Trump’s Japan trip.”
President Trump's revocation of a former CIA director's security clearance raises fundamental questions about political coercion and presidential powers. Ian Masters discusses with Kent Harrington what they mean for an embattled presidency and the country and looks at the risks ahead.