Laura Ingraham hosted Ted Koppel.
Koppel said he's not sure how the US has moved forward after the emergency closing of multiple embassies in the Middle East. He stated that today's embassies are fortresses and not diplomatic outreach to the countries. Ingraham and Koppel commented on the US's waning infouence. Koppel said the US needs to think carefully about what the terrorists want to achieve which is to get the US to overreact. He said we've averted the immediate plot, but have sent the message that the local government can't protect embassies, empowers al-Qaeda and thwarts and embassies role.
Koppel stated that President Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex's deep entrechment around the country and world and now the security apparatus is equally getting entrenched. Ingrhaam suggested that perhaps the Homeland Security Department should be broken up. Koppel pointed out the case of Edward Snoden, a low level security worker with high levels of access to all manner of data. Koppel said it's unclear from President Obama's statements what exactluy is going on with national security and the invasion of US citizens' privacy.
Koppel and Ingraham commented on the diverse nature of the media for politicians to pick and choose where to broadcast their messages.
Koppel said Hillary Clinton spent more time as a roving ambassador rather than as a Secretary of State in the manner of Henry Kissinger whom he deems the best in that role.