October 26th, 2013
03:20 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Anger at the U.S., and rethinking David vs Goliath

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On GPS this Sunday: France and Germany are angry about revelations of U.S. phone-tapping, while Saudi Arabia seems disappointed by U.S. policies in the Middle East. What can Washington do? Fareed speaks with a panel of experts including Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, journalist Karen Elliott House and former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani.

“I mean, the French have security concerns about jihadists in their territory. The Germans do, too. Mohamed Atta came from Hamburg,” Stephens says. “So there are legitimate reasons why the National Security Agency would be monitoring, or at least covering meta data, for a lot of the calls that are placed throughout the European Union.”

Plus, rethinking the Bible: Malcolm Gladwell explains why the David and Goliath story was about an underdog ... except that the real underdog may have been Goliath.

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  1. rightospeak

    CFR is responsible for the anger, the endless wars -will you discuss it ?

    October 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  2. ✠RZ✠

    Next piece of legislation might be called "The Keep Act of America" on how to Keep the President's Word, Keep the Country From a Going Broke, Keep The Government Open, Keep The Banks Capitalized, Keep Wall Street Happy, Keep the MIC in Funds Without a War, Keep Putin and Rouhani's Noses Out of It, Keep From Defaulting, and Keep Anyone From Finding Out the Truth.

    And in case any of the above fails drastically, we will also need a contingency plan a which might be called "The Damage Control, Cover it Up, Play it Down, Sweep It Under the Rug, Blame Anyone Else, and Help We Could Really Use a Major Distraction or World War III Right About Now Act of America.

    October 26, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Well said, RZ. This is what can be expected from the right-wing politicians in Washington D.C. Don't expect any of this to change any time in the near future since both the White House and the majority of our politicians have been paid off!

      October 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
      • Michael Allen

        All of the Islamic terrorists on 9-11 were from Saudi Arabia. The Rebels in Syria are mostly made up of Al Queada allied Sunni radical Islamists. So now we are supposed to be worried that Saudi Arabia is angry with us because we do not support their terrorist allies ?! And to the blond right wing lady pundit on the panel , I say. What you call 'dithering' by President Obama on Syria. We call respecting the Will of the American People, who want nothing to do with the Syrian religious civil war.
        PS: All US Troops out of Afghanistan in 2014.

        October 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Bret Stephens, yes, “there are legitimate reasons why the National Security Agency would be monitoring" phone calls in Germany. But why on earth Angela Merkel's cell phone?
    There's a motive though, why the US spy on us our leaders in Europe: trade secrets and negotiations with other countries!

    October 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • ✠RZ✠

      Washington's Presidential and Homeland Security powers have been so successful domestically that they figure they should try it out on the rest of the world. Germany can take a huge sigh of relief in now knowing that Angela Merkel is NOT A TERRORIST. WE CONFIRM NOT A TERRORIST. YOU ARE SAFE! WE REPEAT YOU ARE SAFE! ANGELA IS NOT A TERRORIST. But you just gotta hear about what she keeps in her bedroom.

      October 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Michael Allen

      Another Darth Vader Cheney and Bush inspired fiasco that Rock Obama has to deal with five years after the fact. Will Bush / Cheney never go away ?

      October 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  4. chrissy

    Lol @ Bimbo thats exactly why its called "politricks"! What needs to be changed is the legality of kickbacks being paid to politicians and they need to be prosecuted in the same manner as insider trading has been done to members of Wall Street and Corporate America! Both are the same methods of fraud!

    October 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • ✠RZ✠

      The fact that John McCain only uses his iPhone to play Texas Hold'em should have been a dead give away to everyone about NSA phone tapping........ Yeah, you're right, it's John McCain, maybe not everyone........ Ok, perhaps just some of us........... Alright, never mind!

      October 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
      • Michael Allen

        Just muse this. If the Obama haters had their way. John McCain would be President. The guy that called for war against Russia ( in the Geogian Republic ) , N. Korea , Syria and Iran. But no new taxes on billionairs .

        October 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  5. Malvado

    Regarding data gathering, Why is there no large, pointed, discussion about the REAL fears of data collection? People are not truly against or afraid of having "meta data" colllected from their calls or emails. The fears originate from what will be done with that data. This type of behavior leads to "witch-hunts." WHEN those collecting data do not find the wrong-doers that they are looking for in the data they look closer and deeper in to the data UNTIL they find one, ANY one. Then they will find other ways to use the data. Soon the "meta-data" that was collected to protect the people is being used against the people. People will be discriminated against based upon what is know about them and how they can be grouped with and compared to other people. And this is what the people are fearing, the data will used to squeeze (basically extort) money from the people that the data is supposed to protect.

    October 27, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • ✠RZ✠

      "Witch-hunt". Excellent analogy and choice of words. Let me reassure the Germans again.

      Attention all Germans ! We can confirm that Angela Merkel is not a witch. I repeat, ANGELA MERKEL IS NOT A WITCH! YOU ARE SAFE! WE CONFIRM SHE IS NOT A WITCH. IT'S OK! IT WAS JUST A HALLOWEEN COSTUME IN HER BEDROOM. SHE IS NOT A REAL WITCH. What's that ? The dope on Hillary ? Not a chance, she'll turn us all into toads in a heartbeat!

      October 27, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  6. Dale

    Why does Gladwell assume the Bible is wrong. The fear of all of Israel seems not too indicate a large man with a disability. Plus Bible states the message is from God. So from where does man's authority come?

    October 28, 2013 at 7:55 am |
  7. Mary

    Listening to Malcom Gladwell the key word in all examples is confidence, this river runs through the interview. I ask :when will parants and educators ever learn this is more important than education?

    October 29, 2013 at 8:54 am |
    • ✠RZ✠

      Once we teach them.

      October 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm |

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