The assassination of Qassem Suleimani – Ep 56

This is a different sort of episode from what you’ve come to expect from us.  The three of us are in utter shock at the brazen, cowardly, illegal assassination of IRGC General Qassem Suleimani and the potential aftershocks to the Middle East as a whole.  The U.S. is the closest it has ever been to all out war with Iran. This should scare you; it terrifies the fuck out of us.

And with that in mind, we want to remind our listeners, especially those who are still in the military, of one very important thing: you don’t have to do this.  You don’t have to deploy to the Middle East. You don’t have to sacrifice your own safety, nor those of your fellow troops, nor certainly the safety of the people of the Middle East (especially Iraqis and Iranians.)  If you need an ear, email us anytime. You can also call us, leave a message, and we will call you back. You also can contact the fine folks at the GI Rights Hotline. Their information is below.


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FOH is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller.

Intro / outro music “Fortress on a hill” written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Clifton’s Bandcamp pageClifton’s Patreon page

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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.

“The Long Road Home” with Tom Secker – Ep 36

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Today, I sit down with Tom Secker of spyculture.com to discuss the National Geographic series The Long Road Home.  Here, Tom and I note its lack of discussion on the historical and cultural questions surrounding the massive battle in Sadr City, known by veterans of the battle as Black Sunday, and the military questions I have as a soldier who was fighting against the same Mahdi militia in southern Iraq at the same time.

Thanks again to Tom for chatting with me.  He wrote an amazing piece of analysis with journalist Matthew Alford on the influence of the Pentagon and the CIA in American films and television.  It’s called National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.  Definitely pick up a copy!!  And don’t forget to subscribe to Tom’s podcast, ClandesTime.  He recently did a review on Executive Decision, the Kurt Russell/Steven Seagal film from 1996.


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Thanks to Nate Bethea from What A Hell of a Way to Die for editing and mixing this episode

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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