September 14th, 2012
05:17 PM ET

On GPS this week: What's next in the Middle East?

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET:

On "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this week: An incendiary video sparks protests across the Muslim world. What happens next?

Fareed speaks to a panel of experts to get their take: former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, author and professor of Islamic studies Tariq Ramadan and author Bernard-Henri Lévy.

Later, inside Obama's world: Writer Michael Lewis gets near unprecedented access to the president and explains what he learned for his Vanity Fair story. (And watch out for a shout-out to the all-mighty GPS mug!)

And, last: What in the world? Is another war brewing in the Middle East?

All this on this week's show

Topics: Middle East

soundoff (26 Responses)


    September 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  2. 100 % ETHIO

    Too good is too loose.
    America created everlasting wealth to Arabs.

    ...they can not create anything, except over-feeding and over-drinking with their fellow Penguins.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  3. Don Jones

    Why is Fareed still on the air after plaigarizing?? He copied others' work! Is CNN going to permit this???

    September 15, 2012 at 5:05 am | Reply
  4. j. von hettlingen

    Fareed, what a panel you've got on your show! It will be an interesting debate!

    September 15, 2012 at 5:11 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Fareed, I was disappointed that you didn't have the three together around the table.

      September 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  5. Toppolina

    Regrettably, we all knew this will happen. The Arabs are blaming America for their problems. The intellectual and secular Egyptians are also blaming America for shoving the Ekhwan down their throat and insisting that they were elected while they knew well they were NOT. Unfortunately, it is always the mob that revolts and burn... the peaceful revolution of January 25 was done by educated Egyptians, everything that followed was done by Salafis and Muslim Brotherhood America's choice to rule Egypt, the largest and most important country in the Middle East and the whole Arab world.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
  6. sio2

    Fareed's prescription for the Middle East is certain to give us more of the same, and possibly worse, an escalation into WW III.
    It is time to stop listening to what the supposed intentions of US interventions in the region are, and start looking at the consequences of these interventions. What role have the actions of our country since 9/11 played in the radicalization that you speak of. We have no reason to expect that anything different will take place in terms of the direction the region is heading, if we continue in our meddling.
    Looking at the actual consequences of US actions on the ground, one can only assume that our aim is indeed to start WW III.

    September 16, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
  7. George Ingram

    I watch this segment with great interest, and having began my career in hte Middle East in the early 70s in Tehran & Doha, an dhaving been a student with a Global view, and an expert of Predicitive Analytics, let this statement focus on the reality of the situation there: "Let there be no mistake, the War with Iran has commenced." George Ingram

    September 16, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  8. Gail

    I just watched the Michael Lewis interview about President Obama...this "journalist" is so star-struck that I found myself wondering if Lewis has a crush on the President...unbelievably syrupy, and the emotional aggressiveness he used to promote the President was disconcerting to say the least. Journalism SHOULD BE objective...none of that here, for sure.

    September 16, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  9. Melanie Bottoni

    Regarding Michael Lewis' article on President Obama, why did you not disclose that the President had veto power over any quotes used in his piece?

    September 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  10. Peter

    On Fox News the other day, I saw and heard the deputy speaker of the Israeli legislature call President Obama an "appeaser" in reference to US response to Iran's nuclear program. PM Netanyahu has also directed harsh comments in President Obama's way. These abusive and hostile comments are not going to win Israel any allies in the US in the midst of a presidential election campaign. It is a mistake for foreign leaders to try to influence elections in the US, let alone insult an American president while they are at it.

    September 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • Gene

      What are you doing watching FOX news silly muzzie.
      Why should we believe anything you say. Seems to me you are just out to raise a little sh iet.

      September 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  11. Marilou Giron

    I am very surprised to see Mr. Wolfowitz on your panel again. I thought the only place you could interview him would be in jail. And Bernard Henry Levy? Is he the only expert on Libya? Nobody listen to him either in France or the US. He is supposed to be a philosopher...

    September 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Hassen

      BHL was very instrumental in bringing about the downfall of Kaddafi . He lobbied very hard to have France assemble a coalition within NATO and conduct strategic strikes against the forces of Kaddafi on the ground. Currently, he is very active in the Syrian crisis. The man is not a mere philosopher as you think.
      I watch the GPS program with Farid Zakaria and to my surprise ,I see BHL , Tariq Ramadhan and the Neo- conservative Paul Wolfiwitz agree, I thought I was dreaming!

      September 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  12. city guy1

    Just watched part of Fared's interview with Michael Lewis. Had to get the kids out of the room. One of the great love stories of all times. I could almost feel their hearts racing as the swelling in their bodies etc, etc,. Should have been rated at least XX. What a bunch of campaign propaganda. As always, Fareed kept to his undying loyalty to the chosen one. Where was the Obama disclaimer?

    September 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  13. Janell Larocque

    RE: Interview with Michael Lewis on September 16, 2012. I found the discussion about transactional verses non-transactional relationships very interesting. The comments about not being able to fake superficial transactional relationships running counter to most Washington DC dynamics explains a lot about his relationships with the DIVAs in Congress. So going to the next step, does this mean that a good leader is someone who can fake it in interpersonal political relations?

    September 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  14. Mt Nebo

    Thank you for an inciteful hour, filled with perspectives on our world. Your journalism is compelling.

    September 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  15. winifred

    A poorly assembled panel except for Tarik Ramadhan. BHL was never a lover of Arabs or Arab culture for that matter, so why he choose to be an envoy to Libya, except to keep himself relevant is hard to fathom. Tragic as the murder of Ambassador Stevens was, BHL's contempt for Libyans is apparent when he states that without Ambassador Stevens, the Libyans would never have been able to mount their revolution. What does BHL want to be, a modern day Alexis de Tocqueville, political pundit, philosopher? Next time you have a panel on Libya, why not invite an erudite Libyan to enlighten your viewership? I must say though, BHL's grey tresses are always impeccably coiffed.

    September 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  16. joe anon 1

    bhl and wolfowitz belong in the boiling pots of uzbekistan.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  17. joe anon 1

    cant remember who at cnn, maybe crowley, said, "the occupy wall st protesters were arrested for resisting arrest".

    can you maybe elaborate a bit?

    September 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  18. Jim LeTellier

    Fareed: Without a doubt your program and your insights are the most informed opinion in the media – we could only wish that every citizen was a viewer. However, it is beyond my understanding why you persist in having Bernard Lewis and Paul Wolfowitz offering opinions. Wolfowitz, an architect of the Iraq war – the most strategic error this country has ever made – does not deserve a platform – he deserves complete isolation to prevent any further damage. In Lewis’ case, it is inconceivable that anyone with real understanding of the Middle East could proceed in ignorance of Sunni and Shia history to countenance a war that would give rise to the Shia Iraq alliance with Iran and give Osama bin Laden the greatest gift he could have prayed for. Lewis’ books – the ‘Middle East’ and ‘What Went Wrong’ – are best viewed in a bonfire. Thanks

    September 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  19. joe anon 1

    forgot to say yesterday,
    tarik ramadan is another ajami.
    he is one of several stooges trotted out by print and tv whenever an arab or muslim , the "correct thinking sort", is needed for, uh, balance.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Gene

      No, he is not.
      Tarik is a rare thinking human being who comes from the ME.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  20. joe anon 1

    if he were such he would not be on tv.

    September 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
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