Listen: Yemen, Iran, President Trump discussed on Forum
"Executive secretary of the State Department exceedingly important job and brilliantly suited for it. He came out here ran the World Affairs Council, and then later went to the council and farm relations and ran that institution in New York. So he's a he's a good San Franciscan and a good international voice. Speaking of the council of foreign relations, and international voice, I was invited by Richard Haass little well back a few months ago. In fact, to go to New York and interview him in conjunction with about seventy journalists from Canada and the United States, it turned out that Haas had to go to Europe. So for to carry filled in for him, and it was two of us talking about how international news could be better tied to local stories and these local journalists were really eager to hear and to be involved in that don't, if you have some thoughts about that, I think that's a brilliant idea. Richard usually does have brilliant ideas. And if your second choices for reasons Ikaria, I'd say you're doing pretty well without Israel. Fall-back interviewee. You know, it's very important subject. I mean, in this era of globalisation, I think the interconnection between local, and global issues is, is sort of inescapable. Where we can all see it. But the question is, is it reflected in the Newsweek at each day? I'd argue that the news, we're getting nowadays seems to just kind of lunch from tweet to tweet and is not necessarily the big issues that are, that are touching the rest of the world and touching people like you and me back at home. Speaking of that, I want every Kristof this weekend times had an article about Yemen. And he said, there really is very little public attention, given to the United Nations has deemed the worst humanitarian crisis that we are now living with and, and then he went into kind of an explanation about how with all this talk about saber rattling and war with Iran and over the weekend, the president, of course, tweeted so around better, not threaten us, we can destroy around, and we can make away all that talking. I was standing, he made a point that I thought it was very telling he said, we already are involved in a war with Iran and Yemen back behind the who tease with all kinds of munitions, and armaments, and actually supporting. The starvation children s the spread of cholera. It is indeed, the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and probably in our, in our lifetimes of matched, perhaps only by the genocide in Europe and actually predates both are coming into this world. But in in thirties and forties. Yeah, you know, it is also an example of sliding into war almost without kind of a clear decision making process are clear sense of where it would head, and what our interests were after all Barack Obama initially engaging Yemen. With the purpose of targeting Al Qaeda operatives who were there, then, you know, here, we are years later, locked into this war that not only is creating the most extraordinary cruelty and, and pain. But it also is right in the midst of a region where things are falling apart. You've got Syria. You've got Yemen. When you've got Iraq is not all resolved Afghanistan is not all resolved. And as you note, we're looking at, at Iran in a very different way. I'm not sure that the world can afford the collapse. If Iran given those circumstances in the region. Let's Roenick that President Trump seems to be maybe in the more Pacific cited is between. Well, particularly John Bolton but also my pump fail. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. It's tonight we're having our annual dinner which we celebrate leaders from all three sectors. One of them is H R McMaster, the former national security advisor and as you know, President Trump said he was firing HR because he, he was rude and condescending. And then he lurched to John Bolton who is the expert in being rude and condescending. So I'm not quite clear, but you're right. And who's been itching for a war with Iran. I mean that's clear. I think that, that is what's so striking. Is that both he pump came to their positions with a bias and, and, you know, a long history of, of seeking out conference or you know of anti around behavioral? Let's put it put it that way, President Trump came to office wanting to extricate himself from wars overseas, much as much as Barack Obama dead pulled out of or. Said he would pull out of Syria and many people feel prematurely. So, so, yes, they, they all came to office with without the same goals when it comes to your own. Well, there was a resolution in congress to essentially extricate from Yemen, that was vetoed by the president, one has to wonder does he really have any sense of Middle East policy here. I mean merica first notwithstanding make America great and everything. But nevertheless, it seems to be on the on the side of the Saudis, and these Railly's for the most part. Yeah, they're absolutely close to, to, to both of those countries. And as you know, the Saudis have been particularly the, the crown prince behind some pretty, pretty despicable moves, and Yemen being one of them crust, causing the med prints. Responsible also for this nation could Shoji. That's pretty, yes. And cover up. Yes. Yeah. Absolutely talking with Jane Wales who is presidency. Oh, the World Affairs Council. Now, vice president of the institute, and let's just touch upon China and the trade war, because the president said earlier today, he's very happy with this trade war. I mean may not be going to war with Iran, but there's a trade war with China, and where do you see this going? Yeah, he's he has said in the past at trade wars can be won. And I I'm not sure what the comes up is that he has in mind. When you got these dueling tariffs, the folks that pay for that our consumers American consumers, but also American workers, because we have it'll companies with we've supply chains that include China. So, and of course you you've seen what happens with the with the stock market. And think of how many pension plans are there. How many of us are going to retire do do care about what's happening? In the stock market so president who seems to believe somehow despite what he likes to brag about his, his Ivy league business education that doesn't seem to realize that money doesn't go into the coffers when you're in a trade war, we're going to get rich off of etry trade war. Remember that he has throughout his career led a privately held company, not, not a public company where you've got you've got you've, you've got folks to, to to serve into a turn to and, and two your stockholders. He's never had that he's never had a job that involved that kind of count ability this job president United States is all about accountability talking about a range of international events that are going on with Jane wells, and we're gonna talk about some things that she has to her leadership stewarded as far as the World Affairs Council is concerned. But in meantime, let me invite you our listeners to join us because we would like to hear from you talking about Yemen, and Iran and China and certainly. Find out what Jane thoughts are in Venezuela's,."