Kresta in the Afternoon – December 17, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Who Got What Out of Iraq?

    In his new book, Nothing for the Nation: Who Got What Out of Iraq, former Indiana Congressman John Hostettler outlines why he, as one of only three conservatives in Congress, voted against the authorization to invade Iraq in 2002 and why it has hurt conservative Republicans in the House. “Unfortunately the airwaves and bookshelves are full of popular conservative voices suggesting the Iraq conflict is a ‘conservative’ foreign policy success,” writes Hostettler. He makes the case that the founders of our republic would refute the claim that our invasion of Iraq is even remotely supported by conservative philosophy. He joins us.

    Second Topic – Lawsuit Filed Against Treasury Dept: Stop AIG Bailout Financing Terrorism

    A federal lawsuit was filed this week against U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and the Federal Reserve Board to stop all bailout funds from going to American International Group, Inc. - “AIG”.  According to the lawsuit, the U.S. government, through its ownership of AIG, is not only violating the Constitution, but also promoting and financing the destruction of America using American tax dollars. The basis of the lawsuit is that AIG intentionally promotes Shariah-compliant businesses and insurance products, which by necessity must comply with the 1200 year old body of Islamic canon law based on the Quran, which demands the conversion, subjugation, or destruction of the infidel West, including the United States.  To help achieve these objectives and with the aid of federal tax dollars, AIG employs a three-person Shariah Advisory Board, with members from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Pakistan.  According to AIG, the role of its Shariah authority “is to review operations, supervise its development of Islamic products, and determine Shariah compliance of these products and investments.” Dick Thomson, Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, is here to explain.

    Third Topic – Pope's diaries to be published in Rome

    The diaries of Pope John XXIII, have been published in full next this week in Rome. Both before and during WWII he was credited with helping to save thousands of Jewish refugees in Europe, to the point where some Jews consider him to have been a "Righteous Gentile". However an entry in July 1943 in his voluminous diaries - presented yesterday at the Gonfalone Oratory in Rome - records his reaction to the fall of Mussolini in tones of regret. In her writing of Meet John XXIII: Joyful Pope and Father to All, Patricia Treece was granted access to some of the diaries. She joins us today to look at this release.

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