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SE Cupp's Weekend Warriors


Each week, SE and a rotating cast of experts discuss and debate the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the US. From the crisis in Syria to North Korea's nuclear weapons and Russian election meddling, Weekend Warriors keeps listeners on top of the world.

Each week, SE and a rotating cast of experts discuss and debate the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the US. From the crisis in Syria to North Korea's nuclear weapons and Russian election meddling, Weekend Warriors keeps listeners on top of the world.
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Each week, SE and a rotating cast of experts discuss and debate the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the US. From the crisis in Syria to North Korea's nuclear weapons and Russian election meddling, Weekend Warriors keeps listeners on top of the world.




Trump's Syria Shocker Endangers US Ally, Enrages Republicans & Democrats

President Trump has opened the floodgates in Northern Syria, pulling out the only protection Kurdish fighters there could count on to keep Turkey at bay. Turkey has already taken advantage of it with a huge operation in the region, leading 60,000 civilians to flee. Republicans and Democrats in Congress are outraged by the decision, the Pentagon and State Department advised against it. There is no end in sight for the conflict in Syria, and this gives ISIS room to rise again. These facts...


Impeachment & Trump's Tainted Foreign Policy

It's the second week of an impeachment inquiry, and Trump has asked a second foreign country to investigate the Bidens - this time it's not an ally, it's communist China, in broad daylight. CNN National Security Analyst Sam Vinograd sums it up: "China is already attacking our elections, President Trump asked them to keep doing it." So what does this all of this mean for US foreign policy and diplomatic relations going forward? Sam and SE break it down. via Knit


"Locked & Loaded": Is The Saudi Oil Attack America's Problem?

Tensions with Iran are boiling over following the attack on Saudi oil refineries. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has warned that US military strikes will lead to "all-out war," while Trump has said America is "locked and loaded" but expressed his desire to avoid conflict. So is this a crisis that the US can clean up? And should the response to an attack on Saudi oil be handled by the Saudis? Former CIA operative and CNN Intelligence and Security Analyst Robert Baer sits down with S.E....


Seeking Justice After Genocide In Iraq

In August 2014, ISIS invaded northern Iraq and massacred 10,000 Yazidi people, mostly men and boys over age 12. They kidnapped thousands of women and children, enslaved roughly 7,000 people and displaced over 400,000 to camps. Five years after the genocide, about 350,000 are still in camps, and an estimated 3,000 women and children are still missing. International human rights lawyer and advocate Philippa Greer joins SE to discuss the surviving Yazidi community's plea for justice and...


Celtics Center Enes Kanter Refuses To Stay Silent On Turkey

"The last time I saw my family was in 2015. The last time I talked to them, I can't even remember. It's been years." From subjecting his family in Turkey to raids and trials to forcing him to cancel his youth basketball camps in the US, Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter talks to SE about how the Erdogan regime has tried to silence him, and why he refuses to stop criticizing the repressive Turkish leader. via Knit


Trump's Problematic Pick For DNI

Dan Coats is out as the Director of National Intelligence and there are real questions about the credibility & reasoning behind Trump's replacement choice, GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe. CNN Counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd joins SE to talk about the DNI nomination and IC morale under Trump, plus he discusses his new book, "Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World" via Knit


A Preventable Crisis: Thousands Of Syrians Starving As The US Military Stands By

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin this week exposed a stunning, preventable humanitarian crisis happening in US-controlled territory in Syria. He joins SE to explain why thousands of Syrians are facing starvation, and why "one tweet, one snap of the finger, would allow the US military to do what they do all over the world, which is save people's lives." via Knit


The Not-So-Special Relationship?

The UK Ambassador to the US resigns after secret cables in which he described President Trump as "incompetent" and "inept" leaked to the Daily Mail. There's speculation that the leak was a politically motivated act by someone in London aiming to open up the post for an outspoken pro-Brexit official - and a source tells CNN the incident has already led to a "chilling effect" among the diplomatic community. CNN Political Commentator Doug Heye joins SE to discuss what this means for America's...


Are We At War With Iran?

Iran shoots down a US military drone a week after the Trump administration blamed Tehran for an attack on two energy tankers, escalating tensions between the two countries. If there's a central theme in this ongoing confrontation, it's bluffs and mixed messages from both sides. CNN National Security Analyst Sam Vinograd joins SE Cupp to wade through the bluster and determine whether the situation can be de-escalated. via Knit


Assad's Chilling Blueprint For Dictators

"What Assad is doing is he's creating a blueprint for dictators all over the world in order to create havoc... and operating with impunity." The Syrian American Council's Bassam Rifai joins SE to discuss the ongoing genocide and refugee crisis in Syria, Russia and Iran's malign actions in the country, and the world's seemingly indifferent response. via Knit


Attacking Trump's Weak Spot, With 2020 Candidate Rep. Seth Moulton

"National security should be front and center in this campaign because it's the best way to take on Donald Trump." Democratic Congressman and presidential candidate Seth Moulton explains why he thinks 2020 Democrats need to hit Trump on foreign policy, calling the President "a weak commander in chief." Moulton also gives SE his plans to confront Russian election interference, North Korean aggression, the crisis in Syria, and more, and discusses how his combat tours in Iraq shape his foreign...


The Trump Bump & Netanyahu's Record Victory

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won his record-breaking fifth term in dramatic fashion-how much of an impact did President Trump's aggressive pro-Israel moves in the home stretch of the campaign have on the outcome? And what does this mean for peace between Israel and Palestine, and the Trump-Netanyahu relationship going forward? SE is joined by CNN's Oren Liebermann from Jerusalem. via Knit


What Everyone SHOULD Be Talking About From The Mueller Report

While both sides are fighting over what will be redacted, what qualifies as obstruction, what meets the level of criminal liability, and who will get subpoenaed -- they're both glossing over one of the most important conclusions from the probe -- that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. After all, that's what started this whole mess. Former FBI Counterintelligence Operative Eric O'Neill joins SE to discuss Russia's election interference and whether America is ready to fend off further...


1,001 Days After Brexit, There's Still No Brexit: An Explainer

Time is running out for British PM Theresa May to iron out a Brexit deal with Parliament. SE Cupp and Doug Heye break down her ongoing battle with lawmakers, why Putin is loving the drama, the risks of America meddling in the politics of an ally, and the "hard leave" worst-case scenario. via Knit


Russia Touts "Hypersonic" Missiles: Are We Taking The Russian Threat Seriously Enough?

Russia boasts about new "hypersonic" weapons that could thwart US missile defenses, as Putin withdraws from the INF treaty. CNN National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd joins SE to discuss the politics behind Russia's announcement, how worried we should be about these new weapons, and whether Russia has a technological advantage over the US. via Knit


Nuclear Showdown?: De-escalating India & Pakistan's Military Face-Off In Kashmir

Is the current standoff between India and Pakistan the closest the world has come to a nuclear conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis? SE is joined by USIP's Moeed Yusuf, Author of "Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments," to analyze the long-standing tensions and current conflict over the disputed Kashmir state, and they discuss whether there's a role for the Trump administration to play to de-escalate the conflict and how upcoming regional elections are making a messy situation even...


"History Will Remember This Genocide": The Human Cost of Inaction in Syria

Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad has led a campaign of carnage against hundreds of thousands of his own people, deploying chemical attacks and other atrocities while much of the world looks the other way. SE Cupp is joined by CNN Political Analyst & Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin, who shares the heartbreaking story of one Syrian prisoner, setting the horrific scene of how the war started and what-if anything-can stop it. via Knit


Have Democrats Gone Soft on Anti-Semitism?

Rep. Ilhan Omar is a rising star in the Democratic party, but does her vocal and frequent criticism of Israel cross the line into anti-Semtism? And what does that mean for the so-called party of diversity? Jewish News Syndicate's Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Tobin joins SE to discuss it all. via Knit


War Profiteering & Reconstruction In Syria

Years of conflict have left Syrian cities in ruins, and while the images evoke tragedy for most, for President Bashar al Assad they represent opportunity. With the help of private investors and businesses, he hopes to turn the rubble into luxury real estate developments, but the EU has implemented sanctions to stop him. The Washington Post's Louisa Loveluck joins SE from Beirut for more on Assad's plan to rebuild through war profiteering. via Knit


"A Huge Coup For ISIS": Deadly Suicide Bombing In Syria Raises More Questions About Trump's Withdrawal Plan

Weeks after Trump announced he plans to pull US troops out of Syria, saying ISIS was defeated, the terror group claims responsibility for a suicide bombing there that killed 4 Americans. CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward is on the ground in Syria to give SE perspective from the frontlines, and Ret. Col. Cedric Leighton joins for expert analysis on what happens next. via Knit