Jim starts out talking about former President George Bush’s remarks on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Then, we are joined by DR. FRANK SORRENTINO, author and expert in his field of political science, constitutional law, history, philosophy and leadership who talks about the closely divided congress, Biden’s infrastructure proposal and other historical and current trends in politics.
PRESIDENTIAL POWER AND THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM, by Frank M Sorrentino PhD (Author)
Publisher : Archway Publishing (April 5, 2019)
The most significant and dynamic struggles for power in the United States of America occur between presidents and the federal bureaucracies, and these struggles often overshadow those between Congress and the courts. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with other agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Defense, all wield significant political power. In Presidential Power and the American Political System, author Frank M. Sorrentino analyzes the president’s ability to influence and prevail over these powerful bureaus. He eloquently evaluates how effective presidents have been in this regard, since these agencies have great expertise and control over crucial national and international security information. In addition, presidents must effectively navigate the unique American political system that includes separation of powers, federalism, and decentralized and undisciplined political parties, all of which serve to dilute executive power. Using the case study of the FBI, Sorrentino shows how bureaus can inject their interests and political values into their work and goals. Presidential Power and the American Political System demonstrates the power of the FBI in particular to be a bureau that pursues its own interests and can have a significant impact on limiting presidential power and other actors in the wider American political system.
Author Frank M. Sorrentino is a New York City local and an expert in his field of political science, constitutional law, history, philosophy and leadership after having taught these subjects for over forty years. He received his master’s degree and PhD in politics from New York University, and he received his bachelor’s degree in political science from St. John’s University. Dr. Sorrentino is the author of seven additional books, including Presidential Leadership and the Bureaucratic State, American Government: Power and Politics in America, Ideological Warfare: The FBI’s Path toward Power, Soviet Politics and Education, and The Review of Italian American Studies. He has also served as contributing editor to The Italian-American Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of the American Presidency. Dr. Sorrentino is currently working on a new book, Leadership in the Twenty-First Century.
THE NEW BILLIONAIRE SPACE RACE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE
KATHRYN WALDRON, National Security & Cybersecurity Fellow at R Street Institute joins us to talk about Richard Brandon’s flight this past Sunday, this week’s upcoming flight by billionaire Jeff Bezos. And another , later, by Elon Musk.
KATHRYN WALDRON focuses her research and writing on the intersection of geopolitics, economics and cybersecurity. Before coming to R Street, Kathryn was a graduate research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Kathryn earned her master’s in economics from George Mason University and her bachelor’s in economics and international relations from Wheaton College.
THE UNREST IN CUBA AND U.S. REACTION
Our guest is CARRIE FILIPETTI. the Executive Director of the Vandenberg Coalition, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cuba and Venezuela in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and former Deputy Special Representative for Venezuela at the U.S. Department of State.