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RST: Egyptian military leader trained at Carlisle Barracks; Abolishing the Turnpike Commission

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 15, 2013 3:30 PM
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Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, July 16:

Every year, dozens of military officers from countries around the world are invited to participate in classes at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle.  The idea is to build personal relationships with the military leaders of nations friendly to the United States.

Some 1,200 "international fellows" as they're called, have gone through the program since it started in 1978.

One of them was Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egypt's Defense Minister, who led a military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi earlier this month.

On Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll learn more about Gen. Al-Sisi's time at the Carlisle Barracks and the international program.


Also, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) will appear on the program to discuss her proposal to abolish the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Former Turnpike Commission CEO Joseph Brimmeier, former State Senator Robert Mellow and six others have been charged in an alleged scheme that involved bribes and political contributions in return for Turnpike contracts. 

Rep. Oberlander's bill would fold the Turnpike Commission's duties into a new office controlled by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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Dr. Stephen Gerras and Army Col. Michael McCrea

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  • Mark img 2013-07-16 08:44

    I hear rumors and allegations about corruption within the PA Turnpike Commission. At the same time, I see what appears to be a boondoggle expansion to six lanes west of Carlisle in what is a very low-traffic area. Is there a connection?

  • Michael img 2013-07-16 09:03

    Scott, I seem to remember that awhile back you had a "high muck a muck" from the Turnpike commission on Smart Talk, I also believe it was before the corruption indictments. At that time a caller made comments regarding longstanding and present corruption at the Commission. The "high muck a muck" took great umbrage to such suggestions and assured the radio audience that the Turnpike commission was on the straight and narrow. Now, after the indictments, maybe the truth will come out and the proposal of your guest will come to fruition? I do have my doubts considering the Turnpike commission has long been the "feeding trough" for countless politicians!

  • Mohamed Elsayed img 2013-07-23 19:34

    Dear Sirs,
    I would like to confirm the message that the Egyptian Military power is possessed by the Egyptian people and the key role of the military power is to protect the egyptian boarders as well as to protect the egyptian people from inside threat. The Egyptian people revolted against Morsi and the Muslim brotherhood because Morsi didnt fulfill his promises to the Egyptian people. although he came via democratic free elections , he failed to implement the democratic element. Morsi came via democratic free elections but didnt practice any democracy, His performance was against multi patry government. " we the egyptians gave order to the militry power to take an action aganist Morsi , and the militry power took an action "

    • hazemelalfy img 2013-08-08 23:34

      "the Egyptian Military power is possessed by the Egyptian people".
      "we the egyptians gave order to the militry power"
      The only people who can believe this live in Egypt. The rest of world knows it's a military coup. Reconciling both viewpoints, it was no doubt a military coup that was supported by a portion of the Egyptian people. The rest of the population who rejected it were fatally attacked by the same military that is supposed to protect them.