Benghazi http://kgou.org en World Views: May 17, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-17-2013 <p></p><p>University of Oklahoma political economist and European Union expert <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/eu_center/people.html">Mitchell Smith</a> joins the program for a conversation about the eurozone's economy slipping further into recession, and the American kicked out of Russia over accusations of spying for the CIA.</p><p>Veteran diplomat Richard Arndt speaks with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis about how the national security state changed U.S. diplomatic relations. He's the author of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=133077">The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century</a>.</em></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 6141 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 17, 2013 Evolution Of Embassy Construction Shows The Terrorists Won http://kgou.org/post/evolution-embassy-construction-shows-terrorists-won <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year an independent review by veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen slammed the U.S. State Department for inadequate security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the September 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.</span></p><p>“The styles of public diplomacy are now constrained by our fear,” says Richard Arndt, a veteran U.S. diplomat and the author of <em><a href="http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=133077" target="_blank">The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the&nbsp; Twentieth Century</a>. </em>”Which after all is what terrorists try to produce, and which they've amply succeeded in.”</p><p>Arndt says as the United States reestablished diplomatic relations with European countries after World War II, the goal was to build the most beautiful embassies possible.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 16:05:35 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Joshua Landis 5857 at http://kgou.org Evolution Of Embassy Construction Shows The Terrorists Won VIDEO: Lankford Questions State Dept. Officials on Benghazi http://kgou.org/post/video-lankford-questions-state-dept-officials-benghazi <p>U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK5) was one of several members of Congress today questioning three top diplomats about September's deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.</p><p>http://youtu.be/gSLDqo47my8</p><p><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 13.1875px;">U.S. State Department foreign service officer and former deputy chief of mission&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 13.1875px;">in Libya Gregory Hicks told Lankford&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">the only person who can waive security requirements for high-risk, high threat locations is the Secretary of State.</span></p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 20:22:26 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 5476 at http://kgou.org