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- [Jenna] Tonight, the latest
on the deadly attack in Syriathat killed four Americans.
- We will never forget theirnoble and immortal sacrifice.
- [Jenna] As the US begins to pull out
and the war there rages on.
- As President, my first dutyis the defense of our country.
- The President unveils a new strategy
to defend the United Statesagainst hypersonic missiles
and nuclear weapons.
All this and shots across the bow
between the Presidentand Speaker of the House.
as the government shutdownlurches through it's 27th day.
Four Americans killedand three more injured
in a suicide blast in Syria.
Welcome to Faith Nation.
I'm Jenna Browder.
Well ISIS is claiming responsibility
for the deadly explosion
that killed at least 10 other people
in the northern Syrian city of Manbij.
Today at the Pentagon,
President Trump calledthe Americans killed,
quote, brave American heroes.
- We're now actually able tobegin to hand off the fight
against ISIS in Syria toour coalition partners
and we are bringing our troops home.
The califate has crumbledand ISIS has been defeated.
- The latest killing comes days
after the US began removingequipment from the war zone
and in the midst of aplanned US troop withdrawal
from the country.
Well today, the Presidentannounced a strategy
for a new high-tech basedmissile defense system.
- We are committed to establishing
a missile defense programthat can shield every city
in the United States and wewill never negotiate away
our right to do this.
The US will now adjust its posture
to also defend againstany missile strikes,
including cruise and hypersonic missiles.
My upcoming budget will invest
in a space-based missile defense layer.
It's new technology.
It's ultimately going tobe a very, very big part
of our defense and,obviously, of our offense.
- The missile defense push comes
as countries like Russia and China
have heralded nuclearcapable hypersonic missiles
10 times faster than the speed of sound.
Russia says the missiles canhit targets 1,000 miles away.
The announcement comes as theUS seeks to shift resources
from countering extremismin the Middle East
to preparing for complexglobal power threats
from countries like Russia, China,
and North Korea and Iran.
- The United States could losea war with China or Russia.
That according to a new reportcommissioned by Congress.
This deep look at our nationaldefense strategy finds
the US military haspotentially lost its edge
when stacked up against global powers.
It's the most technologicallyadvanced member
of the Navy's fleet.
As part of a growing defense budget,
the USS Zumwalt is a stealth-capable
guided missile destroyer with a price tag
of some $4 billion.
- The stronger we are,the less chance we have
of having to go to war.
- [John J.] The Presidentis touting the increase
as the largest militarybudget in US history,
at least four times the sizeof China's defense budget
and more than 10 times that of Russia.
But a new report to Congress shows signs
of an eroding military edge,
warning the US couldlose a war against powers
like China or Russia.
- It's a real dire warning.
This is a flashing red light.
- [John J.] John Hannah
is the former DeputyNational Security Adviser
to Vice President Dick Cheney.
- The United States risksreal strategic insolvency
and the danger that wecould lose regional wars
in critical theaters of operations.
- [John J.] DefenseSecretary James Mattis said
he was humbled by the largestdefense budget in history.
Now, it sounds like itmight not be enough.
- I hope we can avoid an arms race.
The challenge we face right now
is that the Army is as small as its been
since the second World War.
The Navy is, I think,on track to be smaller
than it has been sincethe first World War.
And the Air Force is thesmallest its ever been.
= [John J.] Eric Edelman is the co-chair
of the National DefenseStrategy Commission.
The bipartisan report to Congress warns
that available resources forevery branch of the military
are clearly insufficientif the US were to fight
a global power and deterother enemies simultaneously.
- Our technology is farsuperior to anybody else.
Our jet fighters, even our tankers,
but our planes, our ships, there's nobody
that makes the equipment like we make it.
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- [John J.] But thatequipment comes at a price.
While rising global powershave invested heavily
in new high end capabilities,
American interests have concentrated
on a different kind of fight.
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As the US military trainedits fire on terrorism,
brought by violent Muslimextremists in Iraq, Afghanistan,
and now Syria for the last 15 years,
China and Russia have been busy developing
highly sophisticated military weapons
like this Russianhypersonic Kinzhal missile.
- [Translator] No missile defense system
will be able to withstand it.
- [John J.] RussianPresident Vladimir Putin says
it can carry nuclear warheads
and hit targets over 1,000 miles away
at speeds 10 times fasterthan the speed of sound.
- Now we have new kinds oftechnologies coming online
that are gonna change things up a bit,
hypersonics, artificial intelligence,
quantum computing, things like that.
- [John J.] Another new report
from the GovernmentAccountability Office warns
there are no existing countermeasures
to defend against thesehypersonic weapons.
Experts say the Americanmilitary needs to redirect.
- China's military budgetis likely to double by 2030
and certainly at leastdouble again by mid-century.
At that point, it would be larger
than today's US military budget.
- [John J.] Michael O'Hanlonfrom the Brookings Institution
says if China's economy keepsgrowing, so will its military.
And they're not the only problem.
- Russia, first of all,is not gonna overtake us,
but they may have enoughto be a big problem anyway.
They've got 5,000 nuclearweapons just like we do.
They have conventionalsuperiority in regions
where we have allies we aresworn by treaties to defend.
So they're big enough to be a problem,
and even if their budget'sonly 1/10 of ours.
- [John J.] Despite Russia's
relatively small defense budget,
its nuclear arsenal remains a threat.
- Nuclear deterrence is tricky because
what matters is not what wethink would deter somebody,
but what they think.
- [John J.] Edelman, an American diplomat
and former defense official,
warns that both Russia and China
are investing in new nuclearweapons and delivery platforms.
- We've grown very complacentabout this because,
since 1945, nobody has usednuclear weapons in anger,
and so I think there's a tendency to think
no one will ever do this.
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- [John J.] With the exceptionof North Korea and Iran,
no armed state is likely tolaunch a pre-meditated attack.
The most imminent worryfor experts we talked to
is the cyber realm.
- A cyber attack has the potential appeal
of incapacitating uswithout killing anybody,
immediately or directly.
If the electricity grid goes down,
a lot of Americans will die.
- [John J.] Even if theUS were to retaliate,
a country like Russia is less susceptible
to cyber attacks.
- Russia might decidethat all we're gonna do
is cyber attack them back.
It's one thing in the heat of the moment
to punch back againstsomebody that just hit you.
It's something else ifit takes a year or two.
So maybe Russia's theoryof victory would be
the Americans will lose heart
if we can just slow them down.
- Experts we talked to saythere's huge uncertainty
as to whose tools arebetter in the cyber realm.
Even at a historic $716 billion,
the US still spends lesson defense in terms of GDP
than under Ronald Reagan.
So if we want to keepour edge against Russia
and prevent China from outspending us,
the US has to decide now
whether to increase an alreadystaggering military budget.
John Jessup, CBN News, the Pentagon.
- Well, the governmentshutdown is in its 27th day,
and neither side is showingany signs of giving in.
After the Speaker ofthe House sent a letter
to the President urging him todelay the State of the Union,
President Trump sent aletter to Nancy Pelosi
postponing the Speaker'splanned trips overseas.
But as the tit for tatcontinues, there's little relief
for the nearly one million federal workers
furloughed or forced to work without pay.
Today, the President made another push
for the long promised border wall
in the middle of the shutdown.
- We need strong borders.
We need strong barriers and walls.
Nothing else is going to work.
The federal government remains shut down
because congressional Democrats
refuse to approve border security.
We're going to have border security.
While many Democrats inthe House and the Senate
would like to make a deal,
Speaker Pelosi willnot let them negotiate.
The party has been hijackedby the open borders fringe
within the party, the radical left
becoming the radical Democrats.
- And the President used the announcement
of the new missile defense initiative
to make the case for bordersecurity at the Pentagon today.
The Second Lady of the United States
is returning to teachart in the classroom.
This week, the announcement
that Karen Pence would returnto an elementary school
in Northern Virginia was met with ire.
Teachers at Immanuel Christian School,
where Pence spent 12 years teaching art,
must sign a statementthat marriage is, quote,
the uniting of one woman and one man.
Those anti-LGBTQ viewsstole headlines this week
and CNN, an op-ed, detailedthe Pence's family, quote,
astonishing moral hypocrisy.
The Second Lady's officeresponded that, quote:
It's absurd that Mrs.Pence's decision to teach art
to children at a Christian school,
and the school's religiousbeliefs, are under attack.
And for more on that andto help us break it down,
including the latest on the shutdown,
we are joined by ChiefPolitical Analyst David Brody.
David, what do you makeof this whole situation
with Karen Pence?
She cannot catch a break,
- (scoffs) No.- it doesn't seem.
- No, she really can't.
Look, she believes in thetraditional view of marriage
coming from the Bible.
This just in, the Bible hasbeen around for a while.
I think you've heard of that.
And she's going to teach at a school
that promotes those values.
So you have to wonder on just a strict,
straight-up common sense standpoint,
what's the problem with that?
Look, the bottom line is, Jenna,
that when it comes todiscrimination, LGBT discrimination,
there are federal anti-discriminationlaws on the books,
but when it comes toprivate Christian schools,
there are none, so she can do that
and I know the liberalsare up in arms about it,
but look, it is what it isand she's just holding through
to her values and beliefs.
- And when it comes to theshutdown, we're on day 27.
David, this seems tobe getting pretty petty
between the President and the Speaker.
- It really is.
I mean, look, they're givingkindergartners a bad name,
I think, really, if you think about it.
Both sides I mean.
And you know the White Houseis basically saying, look,
if Nancy Pelosi had gone out of town,
she would've had a hard time,
obviously, negotiating a shutdown
being in Brussels or Afghanistan
or wherever she was gonna go.
But I think what'sinteresting here is, look,
the White House is also sayingthat first she was in Hawaii,
then the Democrats went to Puerto Rico,
now she's off to Brusselsand Donald Trump says
poor me, I'm all alone,
I'm in the White House waiting for someone
to come talk to me.- He keeps saying that,
I'm all alone.
- I'm all alone.
No, I don't think you'reall alone, but anyhow,
the point is is thatthis has really become
crazy and childish at this point.
I will say this, Jenna.
Chess and checkers, you know,
Nancy Pelosi I reallybelieve is playing checkers,
which is straight-up,
Donald Trump, playing chess,
maybe not two movesahead of her necessarily,
but when you're unpredictable,
that makes it very difficult
for Nancy Pelosi to figure out
what Donald Trump's gonna do next.
- David, can he actually prevent her
from going overseas like this?
I know he said she could fly commercial,
if she'd like to, but canhe actually prevent her,
keep her from going?- He can.
He can allow or preventthe military basically
from blocking her andother congressional folks
from going overseas.
As a matter of fact, theWhite House now saying
that all, what they call CODELs,
congressional delegation tripsoverseas will be postponed
until the governmentre-opens, so we'll see.
- Is it a given, David, that the shutdown
will go on past January 29th,
when the State of the Unionis supposed to happen?
Do you think it'll drag on past then?
- I think so.
I really don't see any end in sight.
I think the tipping point will be
when the PR gets badfor, depends what side,
Let's see how this plays out.
But if Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer
think that Donald Trumpis gonna roll over,
back to that chess and checkers game,
they've picked the wrong guy to deal with.
He is a New York street brawler
who is determined to win the fight.
Does he get childish at times?
Yes, and oh, by the way,a quick little detail
to point out about this trip today.
Nancy Pelosi was supposed to leave
for that trip overseas at 3:00 p.m.
The White House press release on this
came out at 2:15 in the afternoon.
They told, apparently,according to my sources,
they told Nancy Pelosi she wasn't going
just a few hours before that.
So just sorry, Nancy, don't pack the bags.
Maybe JetBlue's available.- Well, unpack the bags.
I'm she was--- I'm sorry, unpack the bags.
- She was I'm ready to go, I'm sure.
- That's right.
- She said the President couldsubmit his State of the Union
in a written statement.
David, would it be unprecedented
for a President to do this?
Just a few seconds left.
Has he ever, has thePresident ever been uninvited
to give the State of the Union?
- Never uninvited, but it'snot unusual for a President
to submit a written Stateof the Union request.
As a matter of fact, only26 out of 45 presidents
have actually, excuseme, let me rephrase that.
26 of 45 presidents have not given
a State of the Union speech.
So, in other words, therehave been plenty of times
where presidents havegiven written responses,
or excuse me, written State of the Unions.
Jimmy Carter last did it in 1981.
- I believe Woodrow Wilson was the first.
- That is correct.
You beat me on historical trivia.
- All right, David, thank you
very much.- Okay, Jenna.
- And for more news on thepartial government shutdown,
check out the CBN NewsDaily Rundown podcast.
You'll find more insightsfrom David there,
and he lays out who'sreally pulling the strings
in the Speaker's office.
Well when we come back,
we preview tomorrow's March for Life
with the President of Focus on the Family.
Find out what Jim Daly had tosay about a pro-life project
that's close to his heart.
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- Well tomorrow is the46th Annual March for Life
Tens of thousands are expectedto march on the National Mall
in support of protecting the unborn.
Every year, the march happens
around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade,
the 1973 case that legalizedabortion in the United States.
Since then, an estimated 60 million babies
have been aborted.
The march includes aweekend of activities,
including the Rose Dinner,where Vice President Pence
will give an address.
Back in 2017, he made history
when he addressed the March for Life
just one week after the inauguration.
And last year, President Trumpalso spoke via satellite.
This year, the weathercould be a challenge
for the march on the Mall,
as snow is forecasted for the weekend.
One voice leading the pro-lifecause is Focus on the Family.
Earlier, I sat downwith President Jim Daly
to talk about the importanceof the March for Life
and a pro-life project close to his heart.
All right, well Jim, thanksso much for joining us.
Welcome to Washington.
- It's great, great to be here.
- You know, this issue of life,
obviously very importantto Focus on the Family,
one of the leading voices in this battle.
Why is it important forall of you to be here
for this March for Life?
- Well I think that solidarity,to say we are standing
for the pre-born child to saythat that is a human being
made in the image of God.
And I think for tensof thousands of people
to come to Washington andsay we agree with this
makes a statement to the culture
that they are not forgotten.
And I so appreciatethe momentum right now.
You know, technology has really helped
to prove that the baby in the womb
is truly a baby in the womb.
It's not just a blob of tissue.
And I think more and more so,
the culture is understanding that.
- [Jenna] And speaking of technology,
I know you all are getting ready
to roll out your OptionUltrasound program.
Talk about that.
- Yeah, it's a great program.
It's actually been happeningfor about 14 years.
We're gonna up the game,
- Okay.- so to speak,
and put more machines around the country,
but we've already placedabout 800 machines
around the country.
It's resulted in over425,000 babies being saved.
Our goal is a million alive in 2025.
And that's what we're gonna try to do.
- So, you know, when peoplesee these ultrasounds,
they have a change of heart.
Talk about just the psychology of that
and how it really changes.
It can be a 180 for someone who has this.
- Yeah, the numbers, anywherefrom 60 to 70 percent
of an abortion-minded woman,when she receives counseling
and sees the ultrasound,actually uses that technology
to see the baby in the womb,
often sucking its thumbor waving its arms,
she has a change of heart.
60 to 70 percent of the womenthat go in for an abortion,
if they see the ultrasound,
they will say wait a minute,I don't want to do this.
And I think that's all about information.
You know, I think that's the difference
between the pro-life movementand the pro-abortion movement.
We're more than willing to show a woman
what is happening in her body.
Planned Parenthood and other clinics
typically will try to preventher from seeing that shot.
- And abortions, in recentyears, the number is down.
Talk about, in the context of history,
where does the pro-life movement
and the abortion issuestand right now today?
- Well, you know, the difficulty,
so often, we're looking atthe numbers, staggering.
55 million children havebeen taken through abortion.
It's the greatest catastrophicloss of human life
in history, 55 million, it tops wars
and combinations of wars.
So when you look at itfrom that perspective,
that's the heavy-heartednessthat the pro-life movement has
is how many children havedied through abortion,
and yet the numbers are down.
Our concern is it may be down
because of the morning after pill
and other pharmaceuticals now
that are being used after awoman realizes she's pregnant
and she could take pharmaceuticals
in order to terminate the pregnancy.
The great news is there's also a pill
that can reverse that.
Once a woman, if she regrets taking it,
if it's within a certain amount of time,
she can reverse the effectsof those abortifacient pills.
So my point, and I think thepro-life movement's point,
is we need to understand that all life
is created in God's image.
We're all God's creatures.
And we need to protect them at the border
as well as here in the womb of a mom.
- Jim Daly with Focus onthe Family, thanks so much.
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- More and more excavations in Israel
are validating the Bible.
As Chris Mitchell reports,one dig is uncovering
one of the Old Testament'smost important sites.
- You're looking at theheart of biblical Israel,
along the route known asthe Way of the Patriarchs.
This is ancient Shiloh, theplace where the Bible says
Joshua divided the promisedland between the 12 tribes
and where the Tabernacle of the Lord stood
for more than 300 years.
- Welcome to ancient Shiloh.
This is the firstcapital of ancient Israel
and it's a sacred spotbecause the Mishkan was here,
the Tabernacle where peoplecame to connect with God.
- [Chris] Scott Striplingdirects the excavation here,
and along with dozens of volunteers,
they're digging into history.
- We're dealing with realpeople, real places, real events.
This is not mythology.
The coins that we excavated today,
we're talking aboutcoins of Herod the Great,
Pontius Pilate, Festus,Felix, Agrippa I, Agrippa II.
The Bible talks about these people.
We've got the image right there.
- [Chris] That imageincludes a fortified wall
built by the Canaanites.
They're finding a treasuretrove of artifacts,
including coins and 2,000pieces of pottery a day.
- Now this one was from yesterday.
It's been washed already.
So you see the same formright out of the ground
and yesterday and these are those handles
from the stone vessels.
Remember Jesus' first miracle at Cana,
they were stone jars full of water.
That's that ritual purityculture of the first century.
- [Chris] An archaeologistlooks at these shards
as a fine timepiece.
- Just like yourgreat-grandmother's pottery
is different from your potterythat you're using today,
and once we learn the pottery,
then we can use it as ourprimary means of dating.
- [Chris] Stripling saysliterally digging into the Bible
can change your life.
- You can read the Bible,you can walk the Bible,
but the ultimate is to dig the Bible.
You know, when we actuallyget into the soil,
like these students from Lee University,
they're literally, it'sunder their fingernails
and in their nose andtheir mouth and their ears,
and they're exposing this ancient culture
and it becomes one with you
and sort of like we came out of the soil,
and as we dig into thesoil, we connect with God
and with each other, I think,in a very important way.
- I love getting my hands dirty.
I love digging in the dirt.
It's my favorite thing.
- [Chris] People fromall ages man the dig,
with the main drivers beingstudents like Abigail.
- It's tiring and exhausting,but it's really rewarding.
It's exciting to find ancient things,
things that have been laying in the dirt
just waiting for usfor thousands of years.
- [Chris] She says the Biblecomes alive in the dirt.
- I read the Bible totally differently
than I did before I came here.
And when I read theBible, I know the places,
I know what's going on.
I understand it more deeply,
especially where previousarchaeologists have claimed
that the archaeology disproves the Bible.
But when we dig here, wefind that everything matches.
You read it in the Bible,you dig in the dirt,
and there it is.
- Archaeology doesn't set out
to prove or disprove the Bible.
What we want to do is toilluminate the biblical text,
the background of the text,
so to set it in a real world culture
to what we call verisimilitude.
So we get an ancient literary description.
Now we have a materialculture that matches that.
Chris, you're sitting whereSamuel and Eli and Hannah
and these people that we have read about.
They came just like us, needing answers,
needing to connect withGod, needing forgiveness.
- [Chris] He says they dig into the past
and find lessons for the present.
- One of the faith lessons for us
is that God is the potterand we're the clay,
and even if our lives arebroken like these vessels are,
God told Jeremiah,
after he told him to go toShiloh and see what he had done,
he told him to go to the potter's house
and look at a flawed vessel
and see how the potterputs it back on the wheel
and works out the imperfections.
My faith lesson is this,that yes, we're imperfect,
but if we'll allow God,
he wants to put us on his potter's wheel
and he wants to make us a vessel of honor.
- [Chris] Stripling oftencites Psalm 102, that says:
O Zion, your servantstake delight in its stones
and favor its dust.
- Ultimately, Chris, if the Bible is true,
then the God of the Bible hasa moral claim on our lives.
And as we establish theveracity of the biblical text,
I hope that everyone watchingwill just think about that,
that God loves us and he hasa moral claim on our lives.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell, CBN News,
Shiloh, Biblical Samaria.
- And that is going to doit for Faith Nation tonight.
Thanks for joining usand have a great evening.