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Dorkfest Reprise: Danny’s Weekly Reading

Hey FoH listeners,

This week I tore thru two awesome books:

Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells us About the World

This excellent, slim volume describes the concerted effort by foreign powers and regional players (like the Saudis) to destroy Yemen, control its resources, and force its citizens to become pawns of the global capitalist order.  This book demonstrates how this process is an old one, dating back to at least 1962 and Yemen’s first civil war.  In that sense, the current U.S.-backed, Saudi terror bombing of Yemen is but one chapter in a sad, continuous tale.

And, The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End

This work shows how peace didn’t actually take hold on 11 November 1918 (the original Armistice or Memorial Day), at least not beyond France and the Western Front.  Rather, ethno-sectarian conflict broke out across the Middle East, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe.  Furthermore, this book shows how the artificial decisions and boundaries drawn by the Great Powers set up many of the world’s worst conflicts today.  As the author demonstrates, much of the world’s tumult stems from WWI or the decisions made in its aftermath.

Check them out!

Danny

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Sneak Peak: Danny’s Next Article

Hey FoH listeners,

Check out Tom Dispatch and the Nation and the Huff Post for my next article, set to drop this Thursday.

I look at the crazy war cabinet of Bolton and Pompeo that Trump is assembling.  These two lunatics scare me to death and should scare you all too!

It seems we’ve gone from military Warhawks like McMaster to civilian-clad chicken hawks like Bolton.

Bolton still think Iraq was a good idea!?! And Pompeo is a Trump sycophant ready to sell a sham war to an apathetic public.

Check out my forthcoming piece and keep an eye on these fundamentalist extremists.

One Love,

Danny

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Sneak Peek: Danny’s Articles this Week (Iraq War 15th Anniversary)

Hey FoH listeners,

This week I’ve composed and will publish in various outlets three separate pieces analyzing the 15th anniversary (today, March 19, 2003) of the invasion of Iraq, euphemistically titled Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Each piece looks at that sad anniversary from a different angle – some rather personal and anecdotal; others more analytical.  One thing remains constant in each article: this author, at least, thinks America’s (ongoing) war in Iraq was an unmitigated disaster that made the Mid-East, and the world, a more dangerous place.

I love the men I served with and am proud of the job they (tried) to do.  That said, I’m sad those boys ever got put in such an unwinnable situation in the first place.  The tragic war in Iraq certainly changed me and Henri, and millions more service members.  More importantly, I think OIF changed America, normalizing the state of perpetual war for an apathetic, distracted public.

That’s why we’ve got to stay engaged, as critical-thinking-veterans, and as an informed populace, to try and stop the next military disaster; and, make no mistake, it is coming.

Stay strong, team, and share my pieces this week at Antiwar.com, Real Clear Defense, and another publication to be announced.

One love,

Danny

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Dorkfest Volume 3 – Danny’s Reading this Week

Hey FoH listeners,

So this week I read Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict, by William Harris.  In this awesome little book (just 170 pages or so), the author, a professor of politics in New Zealand, offers the best summary of the twin wars in the Fertile Crescent from 2011-present.  He offers a stunning synthesis of a chaotic, multi-faceted war, and how the U.S. got itself involved.  He demonstrates that the wars in Syria and Iraq fed off of one another, leading to a spiral of violence that shook – and still shakes – the region.  The U.S. is now – by choice – deeply enmeshed in this intractable conflict.  My fear after reading this book: it won’t end well.

Check it out and draw your own conclusions!

One love,

Danny

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Sneak Peak: Danny’s Next Article

Hey FoH listeners,

I’ll be doing a weekly column every Tuesday from now on at Antiwar.com.

This week I’m taking a critical look at America’s generals and admirals and how they’ve let us all down for 17 years.

Where are the generals with the courage to stand up and “Call BS” on these forever wars?  Senior officers are supposed to advise presidents on prudent strategy and speak up if a mission is ill-advised or unachievable.  Instead, the “can-do” military culture has prevailed and general after general has saluted, promised success, and, of course, proceeded to under deliver.

Dissent is rare among senior military officers because the bureaucratic culture promotes “yes-men.”  That’s not what America needs.  I’d like to see one 4-star officer say “no – sir, this is not advisable or attainable.”  We need public dissent and generals willing to slam their stars on the table and threaten resignation. Our soldiers – deployed across the world in perpetual, fruitless wars – deserve at least that much.

Check it out this Tuesday,

Danny

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Danny’s Weekly (Nerdy) Reading List

Hey FoH listeners,

This week I read two books.  The first was The Pentagon’s Wars by Mark Perry.  This awesome work read like a novel and told the story of civil-military conflict from the inside.  Definitely read this one yourself, but here’s a preview: Since 1991, America’s top flag officers (with a couple exceptions, notably GEN Martin Dempsey) have failed their soldiers and the nation by not standing up to civilian policymakers who chose to send our servicemen and women on hopeless crusades.  It’s a sad story, but an absolutely vital one.

The other was The Triumph of Christianity by Bart Ehrman.  One of my side interests (call it a guilty pleasure) is the history (not the theology) of early Christianity.  This new one explains how the Jesus movement grew from maybe 20 followers at the crucifixion to eventually take over Rome and the Western World.  It’s a crazy tale; but, most interesting is the way Ehrman describes what was lost in the process, which, sadly, was the pagan sense of religious plurality and tolerance.  Believer or atheist – it doesn’t matter – check out the book and decide for yourself on these huge historical issues.

Danny

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Sneak Preview: Danny’s Next Article at The Hill

Hey FoH listeners,

Check out The Hill early next week for my upcoming article about the newly declared (by Trump and company) Cold War with Russia and China.

Bottom line: this threat is overblown and the last thing the overstretched U.S. military needs is a new shooting war with nuclear armed Eurasian powers.

In a sort of Kissinger-esque (minus the war crimes) fashion I lay out a new, more prudent, path.  Instead of driving Russia and China into each other’s arms, how about we find ways to divide them.  We’d all be safer and might just avoid the next global catastrophe.

Doesn’t that make sense? Am I crazy?  I don’t think so.

Give it a read and let me know if I am!

Danny

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Bonus: What Danny is Reading This Week

Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan, edited by Aaron B. O’Connell.

Ok, I admit it – I’m sort of obsessed with the war in Afghanistan. It’s now our longest war, I served in it (2011-12), and I can’t fathom what we’re still doing there. Matters are worse than they’ve ever been, and even senior military officers admit the U.S. is mired in a “stalemate,” this after nearly 17 years of American efforts. This book is edited by a Marine Corps officer and former history professor at the Naval Academy. The work is a collection of excellent essays that try to explain what went wrong from a variety of angles. The essays are accessible, digestible and genuinely made me think and reconsider the course of this war. Unfortunately, the book left me even more disenchanted with this ongoing disaster. Check it out!

The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey, by Soner Cagaptay.

If you want to understand our longtime “ally” with the second largest army in NATO, then pick up this short book. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power since 2002, and looks likely to stay at the helm well into the 2020s. This guy has grown increasing Islamist, authoritarian, anti-Western, and pro (sort of) Russian. Now, the Turks have invaded Syria, again, and are attacking the US-allied Kurdish militias. Erdogan and Turkey fear Kurdish autonomy more than nearly anything else. In short, the whole situation is a mess and Erdogan is making a power play in the region divergent from US interests. This book tells the story of Erdogan, his rise, and the history of Turkey both eloquently and succinctly. Nerds of the world – pick up this book!

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Sneak Preview: Danny’s next piece

Hey FOH Listeners,

Tune in to our next pod episode this Friday where Henri and I talk the military-industrial complex and the downfall of our ostensible “republic.”

In the bonus material, I also preview my next article for Defense Priorities about Trump, China, Russia and how to avoid the next Cold War.

Look, Trump – for all his coarse, unsophisticated rhetoric – actually showed some commonsense about foreign policy back on the campaign trail. It really is a good idea to avoid conflict and warfare with Russia, where possible.

Nonetheless, Trump’s Defense Team – Generals Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly – and the recent NDS all but declare a Cold War on Russia and China.

In my next piece I explain why that’s a bad idea and how to both cooperate, and – where necessary – divide and conquer the Chinese and Russians.

Take it from someone who struggled to beat the Third-World Taliban: the last thing the U.S. military needs is a shooting war with nuclear armed Eurasian powerhouses!

One Love,

Danny

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