Thursday, February 3, 2011

Today on Kresta - January 3, 2011

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Feb. 3

Live From Legatus Summit in Naples, FL

4:00 - Egypt street violence escalates: Few options for Obama administration
As Egypt’s political crisis degenerated into violent clashes between pro-democracy protesters and those supportive of President Hosni Mubarak, the United States continues to call for a speedy transition to democracy. Meanwhile Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood movement has unveiled its plans to scrap a peace treaty with Israel if it comes to power. We talk with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense KT McFarland.

4:20 – Legatus and the 2011 Legatus Summit
Legatus is an organization for Catholic businessmen who seek to study, live and spread the Faith in their business, professional and personal lives. Legatus currently provides service to over 1,800 businesses in over 60 chapters (and growing) across the United States, and internationally on three continents. We talk with Executive Director John Hunt about Legatus, their Winter Summit, and it’s amazing line-up of speakers that we will hear over the next 3 days.

4:40 – Catholic Schools Week: The State of Catholic Education in America
In this Catholic Schools Week, we take the temperature of Catholic schools in America. Do Catholic schools matter? Do they make a difference? Where do Catholic homeschools fit into the Catholic educational paradigm? We look at all of these questions and more Sister John Dominic, Principal of Spiritus Sanctus Academy in Ann Arbor, MI.

5:00 – Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday – God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life
Ronald Reagan is hailed today for a presidency that restored optimism to America, engendered years of economic prosperity, and helped bring about the fall of the Soviet Union. Yet until now little attention has been paid to the role Reagan's personal spirituality played in his political career, shaping his ideas, bolstering his resolve, and ultimately compelling him to confront the brutal -- and, not coincidentally, atheistic -- Soviet empire. This Sunday we commemorate Reagan’s 100th birthday and Paul Kengor, author of God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life is here.

5:40 – How the Uprising in Egypt Compares to / Contrasts From the 1979 Iranian Revolution
The mounting popular demand that Egypt's all-powerful ruler step aside has suddenly forced the US to contemplate a Mideast without the guarantee of a bedrock Arab ally — and raised the specter of the anti-American revolution in Iran a generation ago. The spiraling turmoil in Egypt is confronting the Obama administration with its most acute foreign policy crisis to date, and officials are forced to toe a delicate line. We talk to Mark Bowden, author of Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam, about how the Egypt is like – and unlike – the 1979 Iranian Revolution.


  1. Re: The Paul Kengor Interview

    I always love to hear Paul Kengor on Ave Maria Radio. He's my favorite Republican hack and RR worshiper.

    Paul said that Ronald Reagan was the only person who predicted the demise of the Soviet Union. Here's the exact quote: "My professors and everybody else talked about what a buffoon Reagan was, what a bomb thrower he was, how he made these silly predictions about the Soviet Union ending up on the ash-heap of history. And Reagan is the only person in the world that believed that that's going to happen. And then it happened. And we're told, 'Well, you know, Reagan wasn't the only person.' You know, all these contradictions."

    Paul, you're wrong.

    In the late 1970s New York senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan predicted the end of the Soviet Union. Moynihan wrote a November 19, 1979, article for Newsweek called "Will Russia Blow Up?" In that article Moynihan predicted the downfall of the Soviet Union because of its ethnic and economic problems. (Disclosure: I haven't yet read Moynihan's Newsweek article. I found references to it in the New York Times and the Manuscript Reading Room website at The Library of Congress.)

    Then in January, 1980, Moynihan spoke on the Senate floor. He made a very specific prediction: "The Soviet Union is a seriously troubled, even sick society. The indices of economic stagnation and even decline are extraordinary. The indices of social disorder -- social pathology is not too strong a term -- are even more so. ... The defining event of the decade might well be the breakup of the Soviet empire."

    Moynihan wasn't the only one who predicted the demise of the Soviet Union. There were many others. Check out this Wikipedia entry called "Predictions of Soviet collapse." Reagan is included in the entry along with Moynihan and many others.

    I pity Kengor's students at Grove City College. They paid good money to learn the truth. Unfortunately, they're getting propaganda.

  2. I will agree with you in that people predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union. However from what I can see none of the people in the list of predictors actually had any solid data as to the realistic possibility of the USSR collapsing. The previous presidents (R & D alike) thought that the USSR would be around for a while and did no follow up work on that. Also of those people providing predictions Ronald Reagan and ultimately Pope John Paul II were the only ones had any clout to do anything about it. I have yet to hear the interview with Dr. Kengor and maybe he will prove my theory wrong.

  3. Mauman: seriously!
    Nearly each president served detente. So if the Russians didnt have enough $$moola play the arms race, then they would negotiate treatys keep them at parity , it was detente', an accomodation. Mostly it was done without adequate knowledge of Russian GDP.