Entries from Nov 2015
Mike Barnicle on the president’s response to the threat of ISIS

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle and Peggy Noonan, author and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, discuss the president’s response to the threat of ISIS. “President Barack Obama’s circle is indeed closer, tighter, and smaller in a lot of ways… Do you think that when it comes to Syria, when it comes to ISIS, President Obama is looking at a situation where he knows that, no matter what we do, we have no real allies?,” asks Mike. Hear Noonan’s response and her thoughts on a collaborative, punitive strategy against ISIS.

Mike Barnicle talks with Senator Ron Johnson about ISIS

“I haven’t spoken to anyone in the defense establishment who doubts that we could take Al-Raqqah, Syria in three or four months from ISIS….But if we take territory, ground, from ISIS—we take Rakka, their capital—then what?,” asks Mike Barnicle of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), a member of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, about his call for assembling a coalition to battle ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Watch the Morning Joe discussion between Mike and Sen. Johnson here on the complexities of fighting ISIS. Only on MSNBC.

“Ben Carson is now in that luge run, downhill in the wintertime”

“Ben Carson is now in that luge run, downhill in the wintertime…. But the big number to me is that 58% of Iowans could still change their mind. That reflects the mood of the country right now,” says Mike Barnicle of the latest Republican presidential polls out of Iowa, which show candidates U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gaining ground and Ben Carson slipping. Listen to Mike’s comments on the GOP field and the Iowa political landscape here. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle talks with investigative journalist Cam Simpson

Investigative journalist Cam Simpson, senior international correspondent for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek, joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about how U.S. intelligence dramatically underestimated oil revenue and other income to ISIS. “Who were the accessories, the accomplices, to ISIS in getting this oil out of Syria and Iraq and into the world?,” asks Mike. Listen to Simpson’s answer here on why ISIS doesn’t even have to get oil out of their territory to make money. Read the report on ISIS’s financial numbers, “Why U.S. Efforts to Cut Off Islamic State’s Funds Have Failed,” at http://bloom.bg/1T0aUPX.

Mike Barnicle’s comments highlighted on The Washington Free Beacon

The Washington Free Beacon highlights Mike Barnicle’s comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, during which time he spoke about the thin line between anxiety and fear and how President Barack Obama’s disconnect with Americans on tackling global terrorism could help to push some over that line. “He’s certainly out of the loop in terms of the daily conversation here in this country. I think a lot of people want to hear from Barack Obama,” says Mike of the President.

MSNBC: Obama Is Making Americans Feel That U.S. Is ‘Leaderless’

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Obama Is Making Americans Feel That U.S. Is ‘Leaderless’

“There’s a very thin line between anxiety and fear… and a lot of people feel like we’re leaderless in terms of confronting a global war on terror. It’s time for the President of the United States to give a speech to the country…,” says Mike Barnicle of President Barack Obama’s apparent disconnect with his constituents’ concerns over global terrorism, according to new polling that shows a majority of Americans lack confidence in the president’s approach to current terror threats. Listen to Mike’s comments here about President Obama’s process and the now questionable intelligence reports on progress against ISIS. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Harvard University’s John Della Volpe talks with Mike Barnicle

Harvard University’s polling director John Della Volpe joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about how millennials feel about national security and fighting ISIS. “Of the 57% of millennials who want boots on the ground [in Syria]… are they going to go?,” asks Mike. Listen to the conversation here about millennials calling for a stronger foreign policy approach.

Mike Barnicle considers the latest polls out of Iowa

On Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle considers the latest polls out of Iowa that show Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump surpassing Ben Carson among likely Republican primary voters. “Paris has changed everything, electorally, in terms of politics in this country. It’s now a combination of fear and anxiety in this country…,” says Mike of Carson’s decline among Republicans, who now seem to prefer someone with a better grasp of foreign policy. Watch the conversation here. Only on MSNBC.

Ret. U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg talks with Mike Barnicle

Ret. U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, a Medal of Honor recipient, joins Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about brotherhood and how he would trade his medal in exchange for the lives of his fallen brothers in arms. Watch the full conversation with Capt. Groberg here and listen to his thoughts on the terror attacks in Paris and his own experience tackling a suicide bomber. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle provides a simple key to understanding the state of the U.S. econo...

Following Sara Eisen’s CNBC report on the latest retail market trends, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle provides a simple key to understanding the state of the U.S. economy: “You want a great index on how to read the American economy? Go by Home Depot parking lots—if they’re full, things are getting better, and if they’re half empty, things are going down.” Watch the conversation on the current differences in performance between Walmart and Home Depot here. Only on MSNBC.

U.S. Congressman Peter King talks with Mike Barnicle

As many state governors across the country oppose accepting any Syrian refugees, U.S. Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Chair of the U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, explains to Mike Barnicle his concerns over proper vetting of refugees and the possibility of ISIS infiltrators entering in the process. Watch the conversation here on increased apprehensions over Syrian migrants. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton talks with Mike Barnicle

U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), a former U.S. Marine and Iraq War combat veteran, talks with Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe about the need for President Barack Obama to outline a comprehensive, long-term plan for defeating ISIS and creating stability in Syria. Listen to Rep. Moulton discuss the president’s latest speech and how U.S. policy should respond to terror groups and threats in the Middle East. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Obama’s hesitancy to escalate the conflict against ISIS

“President Barack Obama is a very smart guy and he’s smart enough to know that he has 14 months left in his term. Now he’s thinking: ‘Is this really going to be my legacy? That I came in with war and that I’m leaving with a larger war,’” says Mike Barnicle of the president’s hesitancy to escalate the conflict against ISIS in Syria. Listen to Mike’s full comments here on President Obama’s speech to the G20 in Turkey yesterday. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle talks with Roger Cohen

On Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle talks with New York Times foreign correspondent and columnist Roger Cohen, currently in Paris, about creating a possible NATO force in response to the latest terror attacks by ISIS. “Isn’t part of this—something that is rarely mentioned by the President or various politicians in the U.S.—that we are engaged in a generational war?,” asks Mike. Watch the conversation here and listen to Cohen’s reasoning for supporting NATO troops on the ground in Syria. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on “containing” ISIS inside Iraq and Syria

Following last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Mike Barnicle considers President Barack Obama’s comments on “containing” ISIS inside Iraq and Syria. “President Barack Obama clearly has a deep aversion to implanting more American troops in [the Middle East]… averse to leaving office with a huge growing war on his hands… but ISIS can inflect terror anytime, anyplace, anywhere,” says Mike. Watch the conversation on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on the likelihood of ISIS-organized attacks inside the U.S.

Mike Barnicle on Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris

“Everything has changed… the focus now has to be on our Syrian policy—or lack of policy. The Syrian civil war has to be settled. The President of France, François Hollande, said ‘this is an act of war.’ Well, what are we going to do?,” says Mike Barnicle in the aftermath of Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, of which ISIS has claimed responsibility. Listen to what Mike has to say about dealing with ISIS here. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Donald Trump phones in to MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump phones in to MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about tracking the financial support received by ISIS. “What would you do in terms of locating, identifying, and potentially freezing the assets of some governments in the Middle East, but certainly individuals, who have a long track record of raising and sending money to terror groups?,” asks Mike. Listen to Trump’s response here.

Jeb Bush with Mike Barnicle on his approach to terrorism surveillance inside the...

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush discusses with Mike Barnicle his approach to terrorism surveillance inside the U.S. Watch the conversation here and listen to Bush’s comments on restoring the Patriot Act’s metadata program in the fight against ISIS.

Malcolm Wrightson Nance joins Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle

Malcolm Wrightson Nance, a career counterterrorism and intelligence officer and executive director of Terror Asymmetrics Project, joins Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about the possibility of escalating terrorist attacks following the latest tragedy in France. “For ISIS to grow it has to recruit… how much of what played out in Paris over the weekend, in addition to terror, is a recruitment tool?,” asks Mike. Listen to Nance describe ISIS’s strategy here. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on the right-wing response to terrorism in France

“The right in Paris, led by Marine Le Pen…has gone out its way to provoke anti-Muslim sentiment in that country, quite vocally… and that’s part of the equation. Obviously, defend your country, but provocation of Muslims is something entirely different and it’s going on today,” says Mike Barnicle of the right-wing response to terrorism in France. Watch Mike’s comments here, along with his response to Mitt Romney’s editorial in the Wall Street Journal calling for war against ISIS. Only on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.