Posted on January 15, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Evelyn Garcia, President of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Democratic Caribbean Caucus of Florida, and first Haitian to be elected to the Democratic National Committee, talked briefly via phone about the effect the earthquake in Haiti is having the Haitian- American community. Garcia explained that nerves are on edge in the Haitian community and that the approximately one million Haitian Americans living in Florida are constantly glued to the TV. Garcia also praised President Obama for his efforts to send relief.
Rob Malley, Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group, spoke about the current status of the Middle East peace process. Malley mainly spoke about the situation in Gaza and addressed growing speculation of an Israeli attack on the strip. “I’m worried”, stated Malley who expressed his concern over the lack of dialogue between Hamas and Israeli stating that more countries need to get involved in the peace process. Malley also spoke about the implications the new fence being built by the Egyptians on their border with Gaza will have on the peace process.
Steve Clemons, Author of the popular political blog, Washington Note and Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, gave an Assessment of President Obama’s efforts in the Middle East post-Cairo, and also discussed Pat Robertson’s controversial comments on the disaster in Haiti. Clemons also spoke about the economics of Dubai and why the country is doing so well. On Obama’s efforts in the Middle East, Clemons said: “Barack Obama thrives on challenges when he feels as if he’s losing”, his comments come as an answer to the question of whether Obama will find the right path for fostering peace in the Middle East.
Mike German, Former FBI agent and current Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), was back on the show to continue the conversation about the latest TSA changes in airport security screening measures. German discussed the impact of racial profiling on national security, and continued to explain how ineffective the practice is. Dr. Zogby and German received some very interesting calls from people who have been profiled and whose names are incorrectly displayed on the terrorist watch list.