Ep 7.0 – Iranian protests and the hatred of Tom Cotton

This week, we take a look at a new report on Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health care from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, then discuss a story about Senator Tom Cotton and his war mongering policies along with a breakdown of President Trump’s recent comments on the Iranian protests.

01:00 – National Academies’ report on evaluation of VA mental health care

07:15 – People Danny (and Henri) hate – Sen. Tom Cotton

16:55 – Army pays $4m to families of victims killed by extremist soldiers at Fort Lewis

20:55 – The recent Iranian protests

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VA Provides Mental Health Care to Veterans of Recent Iraq and Afghanistan Wars of Comparable or Superior Quality to Other Providers, Yet Substantial Unmet Need Remains

National Interest – The Cotton Doctrine: More wars, less security – Christopher A. Preble

Seattle Times – Army pays 4 million to families of victims killed by extremist soldiers – Mike Carter

National Interest – Epistemology, Rhetoric, and the Iranian Protests – Paul Pillar

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Ep 6.5 – 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive – lessons of Vietnam revisited

We recently passed the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive.  As such a pivotal point in time to understand, we continue our sit down with COL (ret) Greg Daddis and discuss the factors that led to America’s losses in Vietnam and how those lessons are still so important today.

4:50 – Nation building in Syria

14:37 – Veteran sizzle reel

19:05 – Trump admin’s new national security strategy

28:40 – Changing the rules about VA Individual Unemployability – Check out Ep 5.0 for recent news on the VA involving medical marijuana and using veterans as props.

38:00 – The use of special operations forces in the war on terror

52:52 – Part 2 of our sit down with COL (ret) Greg Daddis on the anniversary of the Tet Offensive and the lessons Vietnam can teach us about the War on Terror.


America in search of an un-Geneva on Syria – War on the rocks – Sam Heller

Military investigating shooting in newly leaked Afghan combat video – Politico – Wesley Morgan

Fact Check: Did Donald Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal Cut Support for Disabled Veterans? – Snopes

Trump’s National Defense Strategy Has the Pentagon Popping Champagne – The American Conservative – Andrew Basevich

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Coming Year in Special Ops


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Ep 5.0 – Gold star families be damned – using veterans and their families as props

Memes are as prevalent today as tear-off apartment flyers and peg message boards once were before the Internet existed.  As veterans, we find that our community has a lot of memes created around it, many not even made by veterans in the first place.  Wounded veterans, families of grieving servicemembers, and even invoking the memory of a deceased veteran to score political points (Pat Tillman, Chief Owens’ widow at the State of the Union, and Mrs. Wilson receiving a fucked up POTUS condolence call are all prime examples) are not beneath many politicians in this country.  And the sad reality is that memes are free speech, but that doesn’t excuse the pain caused by meme creators wanting to appropriate the pain of both being in and surviving the military.

So for a community that’s constantly told that it actually protects our rights, including free speech, what is a veteran to do when his or her story / photo / video and so on are appropriated for what really amount to propaganda?  Here’s our take on it.

01:00 – Recent veteran medical marijuana news – VA’s change in marijuana policy and AZ doc left in the lurch with her medical marijuana study for veterans with PTSD

5:00 – The death of Mr. Vance Perry, disabled veteran who died of hypothermia after leaving a VA facility

11:35 – Trump admin national security posture changes toward China and Russia

35:15 – Marco Chavez finally comes home to the US after being deported for a crime he denied ever committing.

40:20 – Use of servicemembers, veterans, and their families as political props.  

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/09/576577596/va-clears-the-air-on-doctors-talking-to-veterans-about-marijuana-use

https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/health/2017/06/08/arizona-marijuana-doctor-johns-hopkins-university-veterans-administration/378212001/

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-marco-chavez-20171221-story.htmlhttp://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Family-shares-concerns-after-fathers-death-467971303.html

http://www.11alive.com/mobile/article/news/local/army-veteran-freezes-to-death-after-being-released-from-va-hospital/504901459

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/01/07/learn-his-name-first-trumps-tweet-politicizing-military-widows-touched-a-nerve/?utm_term=.78d8fe4b9a45

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trolls-scammers-and-verified-facebook-pages-made-this-combat-wounded-vet-an-anti-kneeling-meme-his-real-story-is-much-better?utm_content=tp-facebook&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social


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Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.


	

FOH Ep 4 – #MeToo when you wear the uniform – Sexual assault in the military

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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Ep 3 – Seventeen years later: the failed war in Afghanistan

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.

Ep 2.5 – Part 1 of our interview with Matthew Hoh

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

FOH Ep 2 – Bowe Bergdahl and the crisis in Yemen

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 (https://www.amazon.com/Once-Eagle-Anton-Myrer/dp/0060084359)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/national-security/bowe-bergdahl-the-former-hostage-who-pleaded-guilty-to-desertion-avoids-prison/2017/11/03/4bde4e56-b8e4-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html

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

The VA Paws Act; HR 2327

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2327/text

Task and Purpose – Tempers Flare Among Special Forces Vets Over New Unit’s Beret — And Mission – https://www.google.com/amp/taskandpurpose.com/tempers-flare-among-special-forces-vets-over-new-units-beret-and-mission/amp/

Senate won’t accept billion dollar failures from Army secretary nominee

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2017/11/02/senate-wont-accept-billion-dollar-failures-from-army-secretary-nominee/

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

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hr-mcmaster-trump-will-use-whatever-language-he-wants-on-asia-trip/article/2639429

Seattle Times – AP Interview: SEAL wants Bergdahl dishonorably discharged, http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ap-interview-from-rage-to-peace-a-seals-view-of-bergdahl

The Daily Beast – We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night – https://www.thedailybeast.com/we-lost-soldiers-in-the-hunt-for-bergdahl-a-guy-who-walked-off-in-the-dead-of-night

 

Episode 1 – The Last Days of SGT La David Johnson

Why are US troops deployed in Africa?  If you’re confused why, you’re not the only one.

In FOH’s first episode, Henri and Danny break down major stories from the military / veteran community, including updates about Bowe Bergdahl, whistleblower and recently released former soldier Chelsea Manning, and the deaths of four US Special Forces soldiers in Niger.

00:30 – Russian missile testing

02:05 – Kurdish MG on the US’s failings in Iraq, Newsweek article by Kurdish general.

03:40 – II MEF stretched thin.

06:50 – Yemen humanitarian crisis

11:25 – Cameroon torturing terror suspects

13:30 – SF deaths in Niger / US military mission in Africa

42:05 – Bowe Bergdahl and his current status

1:01:00 – Chelsea Manning

1:21:00 – Total

http://taskandpurpose.com/chelsea-manning-harvard/

http://taskandpurpose.com/general-marines-stretched-thin/

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-has-betrayed-kurds-and-iraq-will-suffer-it-694575

http://www.newsweek.com/what-lies-behind-accusations-abuse-cameroon-troops-fight-boko-haram-410421

 

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