November 18th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Coming up on GPS: Ehud Barak praises Obama's support for Israel; Miliband slams UK austerity

On GPS this week, a truly global show: Guests on Israel and Iran, the Arab Spring, the Euro Zone crisis, and Fareed's take on China.

First, Fareed asks Israeli Defense Minister (and former Prime Minister) Ehud Barak whether Israel is planning a pre-emptive strike on Iran. Then, a political scientist who uses game theory to predict when a dictator will fall: A conversation with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita.

And finally, Fareed’s visit to London: He has a special panel discussion with three British thinkers: Former Foreign Minister David Miliband, the Financial Time's Chief Economics Commentator Martin Wolf, and the Editor of Prospect Magazine Bronwen Maddox.

Ehud Barak on whether Israel will attack Iran

Fareed Zakaria: I have to ask you the question on everyone’s mind: is Israel going to attack Iran?

Ehud Barak: I don’t think that that is a subject for public discussion. But I can tell you that the IAEA report has a sobering impact on many in the world, leaders as well as the publics, and people understand that the time has come. Amano told straightly what he found, unlike Baradei, and it became a major issue that I think duly so, becomes a major issue for sanctions, for intensive diplomacy, with urgency. People understand now that Iran is determined to reach nuclear weapons. No other possible or conceivable explanation for what they have been actually doing. And that should be stopped.

Ehud Barak President Obama's support for Israel

Fareed Zakaria: You know that there are people in the United States who’ve criticized President Obama for not supporting Israel strongly enough. Do you believe that President Obama is a very strong supporter of Israel?

Ehud Barak: He is extremely strong supporter of Israel in regard to its security. Traditionally, the president will support Israel in keeping its collective military edge and taking care of its security needs. But this administration is excelling in this. And it could not have happened without the immediate direct support of the president. So I don’t think that anyone can raise any question mark about the devotion of this president to the security of Israel.

Former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband on British austerity

Fareed Zakaria: When you look at what is happening in Britain, we in the United States are particularly interested, because you preemptively cut your budget, raised taxes in a way to assure markets that Britain was in good fiscal shape. What do you think the result of that experiment has been?

David Milliband: Well, it's a pretty clear laboratory experiment that if you strangle an economy, it stops growing. And we've grown, as an economy, by 0.6 percent in this calendar year. Our economy is still below the level it was in 2008. We've got a smaller economy than we had then. And I think what the government has done is instead of just taking their foot off the fiscal accelerator, they have slammed on the brakes.

Watch the full interview and much more on the Global Public Square, Sunday at 10a and 1p Eastern on CNN.

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  1. downtown dave

    Hopefully and prayerfully this administration is a friend of Israel and will continue to be a friend of Israel. http://483years.blogspot.com/

    November 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Simon

      You meant shamefully! Right?

      November 19, 2011 at 2:48 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        I do not see anything "shameful" in supporting your friends during a war against the common enemy. Would you prefer the US administration to be a friend of Al Qaeda and Hamas??

        November 19, 2011 at 6:16 am |
      • Simon

        Comparing the terrorism of Al-Qaeda and Israel you will find some similarities: they are both created by west. But the scales are totally different. Hamas has to send one person to blow up himself and kill 3-4 zionist occupiers by chance and Israel has US armament, French nukes, and German Tanks and kills +1,500 in a few weeks in their homes. Then, mainstream media say one is a terrorist group and the other one is the only democracy in the the region. I am sure you are not ashamed, because you get paid to support Zionism.

        November 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • Lima6

        "Comparing the terrorism of Al-Qaeda and Israel you will find some similarities: they are both created by west. But the scales are totally different. Hamas has to send one person to blow up himself and kill 3-4 zionist occupiers by chance and Israel has US armament, French nukes, and German Tanks and kills +1,500 in a few weeks in their homes. Then, mainstream media say one is a terrorist group and the other one is the only democracy in the the region. I am sure you are not ashamed, because you get paid to support Zionism."

        If you actually believe that drivel, you are badly in need of psychiatric help so you can learn to distinguish the difference between fantasy and reality.

        Al Qaeda was created by Bin Laden with no help whatsoever from the West. Bin Laden's hatred of the West began when he was a teenager. During the Afghan-Soviet war, Bin Laden refused to accept any aid that he thought came from the West.

        No matter what the voices in your head say, Israel is indisputably a democracy. Israel holds regular, free and fair elections. Its military forces are directed by a government that is accountable for its actions, both to Israeli voters and to international organizations such as the UN.

        Hamas specializes in such "humane" tactics as suicide bombers directed at civilians and mortars and artillery rockets that are also fired indiscriminately at civilians. Hamas is nothing a bunch of terrorist thugs who are accountable to no one. That's why Hamas has been on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations for many years (and over the course of U.S. administrations from both parties).

        If you can't see the differences between a democracy and a terrorist organization, God help you. I (and almost all Americans) surely won't.

        November 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  2. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Just think. When the GOP regain power, they will start a war with Iran (totally unfunded of course). Then they will draft all the poor people to fight(die) in the war (just like the GOP wants) and give "no bid" contracts to the rich people. Killing two birds with one stone!!! Then we can use Iran's oil to pay for the war. And when the war is over, Iran will sell us cheap oil!!! Just like Iraq........Oh wait........Never mind.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      WHY would anyone start a "totally unfounded" war with Iran???

      November 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Reply
      • GOPisGreedOverPeople

        Learn to read idiot. It's "unfunded" not "unfounded". Although both seem to fit the GOP plan.

        November 21, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  3. J.P. Lipton

    Why isn't the video podcast the same as the audio? More important, why instead of merely mentioning that you've received complaints about this, don't you offer an explanation? I find it dismissive of your audience at best and arrogant at worst.

    November 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      I couldn't watch the whole show. Ten minutes after it began, CNN broke the news on the press conference in Damascus.

      November 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • mary

      I know! it's a shame.

      As if i would pay for cable to just watch this show on CNN. i love this show and many other cable shows, but I hate cable services for its expensive package for all the channels you will never going to watch.

      internet finally changed that but maybe not for long if congress get rid of net neutrality. then internet will become just like cable companies. i hope not.

      Dear CNN, i would love to watch GPS shows online, even with commercials. or even small monthly membership fee.
      but i'd prefer never to be able to watch your shows than pay for cable services.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:36 am | Reply
  4. Simon

    A middle eastern friend of mine was saying that they will be more happy than anybody else if Israel attack Iran. Because they believe the first day of attack to Iran will be the last day of Israel.

    November 19, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Ican assure you that Israel will not use forceagainst Iran unless as a last resort when there will be no other option to prevent an Iranian attack on Israel. If it happens, however, Israel use enough force to assure that Iran will not be capable of launching a counter-attack. Racist Jew-haters were dreaming about the "last day of Israel" for generations and will, probably, continue freiming about it for many years to come... Finally, tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who are YOU: a coward racist LIAR.

      November 19, 2011 at 6:20 am | Reply
      • Simon

        I know it is hard for you, but try to think for a moment: how one can support the only racist regime in the world and call others racist? Who is coward: the one how has an specific "view" on his/her mind or somebody who call that "view" a "lie"? And you probably don't know that it is just 60 years that zionists occupied holy lands. Literally it can not be called generations! The ones who were assassinating palestinians (especially their jews opponents) in 50's are still in power and publicly announcing the list of terror, and some idiots are still supporting them. It is really shameful. Historically, you will rarely find movements against jews in ME, but our ancestors in europe used every chance to kill and torture them. Now that we got rid of them, our governments are fully supporting them. The only thing I can think of is that: westerns hate them and don't want them back to their homelands.

        November 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Thinker23

      I can assure you that Israel will not use force against Iran unless as a last resort when there will be no other option to prevent an Iranian attack on Israel. If it happens, however, Israel use enough force to assure that Iran will not be capable of launching a counter-attack. Racist Jew-haters were dreaming about the "last day of Israel" for generations and will, probably, continue freiming about it for many years to come... Finally, tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who are YOU...

      November 19, 2011 at 6:21 am | Reply
      • Simon

        An I assure you that Israel can not use force, unless zionists are tired of themselves.

        November 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  5. steve ramsey- calgary- canada

    why Israel and USA so cowered ....you must attack SYRIA AND IRAN WITH HEZBOLLAH NOW before it is too late
    those evil terrorists are proven to be a terror for all the region and they must go, the SHIIA THUGS AND KILLERS TOOK MONEY AND WEAPON FROM ISRAEL AND USA TO ATTACK IRAQ. The world dont need another Hitler attack now

    November 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • Tara

      They will, if they can. US could have attached Iran and change the regime 25-30 years ago, not now. It is to late and we are so afraid of them. We don't know their exact power and its extend. Have you ever thougth what will happen If Iran and Hezbolla destroy Israel? How many jews you will accept in Canada? Because europeans are not gonna let them back.

      November 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  6. Albert

    what would the fallout be if europe were to abandon the eu ,and go back to individual countries and currencies.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  7. kenneth brandis

    Awaken, those that say President Obama is NOT a strong supporter of Israel, especially militarily. The Defense Minister

    of Israel is not stating this fact to be politically correct. I heard recently the same opinion of the President during a

    conference at the University of Arizona sponsored by the Judaic Studies Department.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  8. Darren

    Some of you folks are just not understanding the dangers to America of nuclear armed-Iran. There are 3 fronts where Iran will casue trouble for the US:
    1. Nuclear Iran will bully its neighbors into cutting petroleum production in order to raise prices with the threat of its nuclear weapons. Now think what $10 per gallon of oil at the pump will do to our economy?
    2. Terrorism with Impunity: remember what Iran supported Hezbollah did to our Marine barracks in Beirut? Here is an example of good-ol-Iran and what it does without nuclear arms.
    3. Domination: do you know why Iraq is demanding that all US personnel leave by year's end? Becasue that's what Iran wants the Iraqis to say to America. Nuclear Iran will swallow Iraq and become a potent enemy of the Saudis, Kuwait, UAE and Israel.
    A surgical strike on Iran's nuclear enrichment centers can put an end to their aspirations.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  9. King

    I have been a regular watcher of your GPS and have found your interviews and commentary quite thoughtful and fair. This morning I watched your interview with Ehud Barak; it was so one-sided that it was incredible. You never did ask him about the 200+ nuclear weapons that Israel has. Why? Every country has the right to produce whatever arms for its national security. Why not Iran?

    November 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Let's see.... They Stone Women, Hang Gay People, Sponsor Terrorism... You need more reasons...?

      November 21, 2011 at 2:59 am | Reply
  10. jjvanka

    'Coming up on GPS'... (?)
    The interviews were a fortnight ago, but still no video posted here. Just wondering.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  11. Irishka

    Obama has a hate on for Israel, plain and splmie. This guy damages us in ways that will take years to figure out and fix.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply

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