Episodes and blog posts

MeToo when you wear the uniform – Sexual assault in the military – Ep 4.0

Ep 4 is here.  Hope you enjoy it.

I did want to make a note for people about SGT Johnson, the SF soldier who died in Niger back in October.  I said his name a number of times in this episode and I’m pretty sure most of them were SGT La Johnson.  His name is SGT La David Johnson and I apologize for not saying his name correctly.  I have memory issues and sometimes things don’t get out quite right.  But, a person’s name is an important thing and I aim to do it right.

We are starting a bonus program for anyone contributing to $3+ to us on Patreon!  There will be bonus podcast content not shown on ordinary episodes, original writings from Danny and myself, some collaborations with other creators and some other surprises we have cooked up.  Stay tuned!

00:40 – Jerusalem becoming location of US Embassy

08:38  – Gas line explosion at Camp Pendleton 

11:09  – Niger updates

42:20  – Analyzing recent deployments of Raytheon Patriot missile defense systems

51:00  – Three sisters, three academies, four generations of service

105:13 – Sexual assault in the military

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/…/american-embassy-israel-trump-move.html

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/bjddq8/everything-we-know-about-u-s-special-ops-are-doing-in-33-african-nations

https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-sports/army-navy-game/2017/12/05/army-navy-week-3-sisters-3-academies-and-4-generations-of-service-3/

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Episode 4 drops Friday – training deaths at Camp Pendleton / West Point QB accused of sexual assault

Thanks to everyone whos’s listened so far!  We recorded Ep 5 today and are working on plans for the next few episodes.  Lessons of Vietnam is going to be covered in Ep 6.  Please keep giving us your ideas.  We’ll find a way to cover it!  In the meantime, Ep 4 drops at 0630 Pacific on Friday!

 

Seventeen years later: the failed war in Afghanistan with Matthew Hoh Part 2 – Ep 3

For Ep 3, Fortress On A Hill takes the wide lens to the failed war in Afghanistan. Our hosts, Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson and Danny Sjursen, also discuss updates to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the hope for changes in the VA’s presumption towards illness caused by Agent Orange.  Then we polish off our episode with Part 2 of our interview with Marine combat veteran and State Department whistleblower Matthew Hoh.

Episode 3 –

00:59 – Agent Orange – Blue Water Veterans

12:30 – Yemen update via The Intercept

19:22 – Few veterans at Ivy League schools

25:56  – War in Afghanistan

34:11  – Trump Vietnam visit; selling F-18’s to the masses

38:55 – Matthew Hoh Interview – Part 2

 

1 hour, 1 minute total

https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2017-10-30qr.pdf

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/will-u-s-stay-committed-to-toxic-agent-orange-cleanup-in-vietnam

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/14/congress-yemen-war-unauthorized/

Matthew Hoh is a member of the advisory boards of Expose Facts, Veterans For Peace and World Beyond War. In 2009 he resigned his position with the State Department in Afghanistan in protest of the escalation of the Afghan War by the Obama Administration. He previously had been in Iraq with a State Department team and with the U.S. Marines. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy.

New episode drops Friday!!

Episode 3 is ready to drop!  This week, we’ll be dissecting the war in Afghanistan in more details, then we’ll finish up with Part 2 of our interview with Matthew Hoh.  Come check it out!!!

Danny’s latest from TruthDig – the hidden truth about losing the draft

The national disgrace of apathy has many causes, but one is paramount: the 1973 decision to end conscription.

 

Seventeen years later: the failed war in Afghanistan with Matthew Hoh Part 1 – Ep 2.5

Danny and I got the opportunity to sit for our first interview with Marine combat veteran and US State Department whistleblower Matthew Hoh.  Matt joins us here to discuss our new president, the unending war in Afghanistan, and recent increases in US activity in Africa.
Here’s part 1.  Enjoy!

Matthew Hoh is a member of the advisory boards of Expose Facts, Veterans For Peace and World Beyond War. In 2009 he resigned his position with the State Department in Afghanistan in protest of the escalation of the Afghan War by the Obama Administration. He previously had been in Iraq with a State Department team and with the U.S. Marines. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy.

To learn more about Matthew Hoh, visit his blog at https://matthewhoh.com

A Medium article of mine on Colin Kaepernick and the NFL protests

It’s been a hard year in terms of our national conversation on protesting and what is and isn’t acceptable when a person chooses to protest.  During November’s huge protest by many NFL players over police brutality and comments made by President Trump regarding the players’ very ability to stage protests.  I saw this morning that a state house rep from Indiana is proposing a new law that would allow anyone who attends a Indianapolis Colts game the ability to receive a full refund for their ticket cost if they were offended by a player’s choice to protest.
Protesting has never been popular in almost any form.  Dr. King’s movement in the 60’s, although thought of more fondly today and misused historically by those who wish to legitimize protesting as a whole, was never popular by any stretch of the imagination.  Dr. King was harassed by many, including those in power at the time.  J. Edgar Hoover placed Dr. King under surveillance, using the false premise that Dr. King has Russian sympathies.  Dr. King also survived a horrible assassination attempt almost ten years before his death.  A mentally ill woman who believes strongly that Dr. King did in fact have Russian sympathies stabbed and almost killed him.
““But you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium, I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore anyway.”  – President Trump on NFL protests
When someone sees a protest, they need to separate themselves from the method of protest and ask one simple question, “Why?  Why is this person risking life and limb to demonstrate a point they strongly believe in?”  As Americans, we have the legal right to protest and when someone makes a simple one line assertion that protesting in and of itself is wrong, that someone must not understand what living in America really means.  But at least, we now have a very public example of someone who believes and pushes faux patriotism.
https://medium.com/@chrishenrikson/an-open-letter-to-tara-kyle-war-widow-and-nfl-champion-8b5f3936cd24

Bowe Bergdahl and the crisis in Yemen – Ep 2

In Episode 2, Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson and Danny Sjursen discuss recent developments in the military’s case against Bowe Bergdahl and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

01:00  – VA PAWS Act

05:00  – Afghanistan

13:00  – New beret for SFAB

27:00  – Bowe Bergdahl sentence announcement

38:00 – Army secretary nominee

44:40 – HR McMaster on Trump’s use of language

55:10 – Yemen

1:32:00 – Total

Once An Eagle by Anton Myrer

Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison – Washington Post

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/complicit-americas-non-war-crimes-yemen/

The VA Paws Act; HR 2327

Task and Purpose – Tempers Flare Among Special Forces Vets Over New Unit’s Beret

H.R. McMaster: Trump ‘will use whatever language he wants’ on Asia trip

Seattle Times – AP Interview: SEAL wants Bergdahl dishonorably discharged

The Daily Beast – We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night