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Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse/Iran Nuclear Deal

Ralph talks to political correspondent, John Nichols, about the scoundrels populating the Trump Administration.  And Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson outlines the dangers of scuttling the Iran nuclear deal.

John Nichols is The Nation’s national-affairs correspondent. He is the author of Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America, just out from Nation Books, and co-author, with Robert W. McChesney, of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.

“The problem with America today is that we are so obsessed with Donald Trump’s personality with what he tweets with what outrageous thing he says or does that we don’t pay much attention to – certainly our media doesn’t pay sufficient attention to – what is being done in our name but without our informed consent by the dozens of people he has put into incredibly powerful positions.”  John Nichols, author of Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America

Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired U.S. Army colonel and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. He is the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

“Unlike Kim Jong Un in North Korea… if they (The Iranian government) chose to go the nuclear weapon path, if they were forced to do that, that would be the last choice they’d want to make, because that would make them the international pariah.  It would isolate them.  And what they want most of all, what their people want – especially those under thirty-five, which is about 50% of the Iranians’ 75 million population – what they want is to join the world economy and to be prosperous and to be successful.” Lawrence Wilkerson: retired U.S. Army colonel and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell


  1. Jim Conrady says:

    I agree about Iran, there are plenty of Islamic countries that have had many a turn with that very closed government. A government also as closed as North Korea, but with Kim Jung Un there is a huge difference in temperament: Dictator Un wants recognition and respect. He expects to receive that in the form of the US and South Korea putting off the war games permanently. In his own mind, if that occurred, he would have won a sort of victory. He looks at those “games” as being VERY provocative. If we were able to do that — along with spending MUCH less time covering the escalated rhetoric about war, then we might make some headway. It is all about respect and I think we ought to be the first to de-escalate the saber rattling and military posturing.

  2. tom says:

    reagan was put in by general electric

  3. Pierce says:

    Nader and Wilkerson, these voices of reason are two windows into a rational discourse that is as vital as water.

  4. Roxie says:

    Thank you so very much Ralph, Steve and David as well as your very fine guests…

    I am amazed at your wonderful work and so glad the Ralph Nader Radio Hour exists to educate us all, on subjects we have very few other sources for reliable information! (actual facts) Historical context certainly helps, too, in understanding it all.
    Please keep up the very good work! You are a blessing!!