October 12th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Are conservatives divided? And the story behind Argo

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

On GPS this week: What to make of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy? Following the Republican presidential candidate’s big foreign policy speech this week, Fareed convenes a panel of experts to discuss democracy in the Arab world, America’s influence around the globe and whether U.S. conservatives are divided. On this week’s panel are: Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, American Enterprise Institute scholar Danielle Pletka, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and commentator Kishore Mahbubani.

Also on the show, Fareed discusses the back story to Argo, the Hollywood telling of how a handful of Americans escaped Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, with former CIA officer and operation mastermind Antonio Mendez.

Finally, how America came to terms with death. More than 600,000 Americans were killed in the Civil War. Harvard historian Drew Faust and filmmaker Ric Burns discuss a new PBS documentary that shows how those deaths today explain an important part of America’s national identity.

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  1. 100 % ETHIO

    Watch-out the Jew. They must be given Polligraph tests, before they held any positions in America.

    October 13, 2012 at 5:36 am | Reply
    • William

      Jews are not very popular with the Left and the OWS types.

      October 14, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply
  2. William

    Being a Conservative I can tell you the divide started in the last years of Bush. Many like myself did not like us going into Iraq. Republicans voted right along with Dems, including Biden, giving authorization to go in. Republicans spent and tried to buy votes just like Dems. We couldnt tell the difference anymore. So that is when the Tea Party formed. All they ever complained about is fiscal matters. They helped vote out fiscally liberal RINOS. But of course they were immediately branded as racists and subversive elements because they went against Dem aligned Republicans. The Congressional elections showed them kicking out career Republican politicians and replacing them with new and fresh faces who are more like accountants than smooth politicians.

    October 14, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      True, William, the GOPs believe that accountants and investors would bring the country's economy back on its feet, ignoring the fact that governing a country is not the same as running a private company.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:28 am | Reply
  3. Anthony T Eyton

    II fully realize that the movie "Argo" could only attract an American box office with American heroes in lead roles. However, the accurate story of the Iran caper was told in the book "Our Man in Tehran" by the academic Robert Wright published in 2012. The book by Tony Mendez grossly exaggerates his minor role. He spent only 24 hours in Tehran, the movie script idea may have been his, but in reality it never was used. This was essentially a Canadian operation, with some limited support from the CIA. Please read the Wright book to get the true story.

    October 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  4. Richard

    Argo: One of your comments was to point out that this was not a Canadian operation as many people believe. Perhaps you should do more research and get your facts correct before you go on air. Our government was fully involved. Find out what country's passports did your diplomates use when they left Iran and where did the get them?

    October 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  5. joe anon 1

    argo is propaganda.

    keller, pletka, and stephens are lying zionist propagandists.

    pletka and stephens are israel-first jews. keller is a jew in word and deed. also, a bootlicking embarrassment.

    October 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  6. anne

    I am surprised that Fareed Zakaria would cover the movie Argo without doing a bit more research. In presenting the fictionalized account of the event as fact, he does a disservice to the brave men and women involved, The least he could have done was add a postscrpt to the interview noting that the movie accound,and that of his guest do not accurately represent the facts of the event.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  7. Brian M.

    With all the verbosity involved in the upcoming Presidential election, it is hard to interpret what each side stands for. Perhaps a summarized spread sheet in comparing the Obama and Romney platforms on how they would handle the economy, foreign policy, abortion, medicare, etc. should be posted so that electors can have a clear picture of each party's plans are. Attention spans, to verbal explanations given by TV "talking heads", are very short. Written statements of policy can be reviewed and discussed by the populace in forming opinions.

    October 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  8. Kulbir Singh Jain

    Reference comments/speech by Gov. Romney on REDUCTION of TAXES and improving/reviving ECONOMY.
    He said , he would deny or reduce deductions, thereby taxable income will go up. Hence reduction of deductibles, will justified reduction in taxes of the RICH. Unfortunately he did not define the financial limit for a person to be defined as " RICH " or " MIDDLE CLASS " or a " POOR ". This needs to be done.
    Deductions for a MIDDLE CLASS are, Medical ( over 7% of AGI ), Local Taxes, State Taxes, Home Mortgage Interest on up to 2 homes, Charities, DMV payments ( only limited ), Limited Education Tuition fees, Union Fees, use of autos for business or work related jobs and a few others but very limited. These deuctions are not much for a middle class family but helpful in reduction of taxes, the rich must be taking deductions far more than these. To them, it does not matter if these deductions are removed because they are getting reduction in rate of taxation. S finally the rich will stand to gain by this policy and the middle class will suffer and end paying more taxes. Therefore, this policy is like a WOLF IN A SHEEP'S CLOTHES.
    Both the President CADIDATES must very clearly define how their TAX POLICIES are going to help middle class.
    Thanking you, respectfully, Kulbir Jain

    October 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  9. Harriett Zabka

    argo is a great movie, i really love the action and storyline...

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