The editor of Commentary magazine and the film critic for The Weekly Standard, John Podhoretz served as a speechwriter in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He is the author of Hell of a Ride: Backstage at the White House Follies.
Podhoretz begins this wide-ranging discussion with the assertion that "[T]he national counter assault against Obama is a manifestation of democratic politics as they ought to work," not a blatant attempt at obstructionism. "Politics begins when elections end."
Shifting from domestic politics to international affairs, he outlines the deteriorating U.S.-Israel relationship, its impact on the Jewish American community, and how this relationship is further strained by divergent views in the administrations of each country on how to evaluate and confront the danger posed by a nuclear Iran.
John Podhoretz is an American neoconservative columnist for the New York Post, editor of Commentary magazine, the author of several books on politics, and a former presidential speechwriter.
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.