From Afghanistan with sorrowful results – Ep 29

It’s been WAY too long since we’ve done headlines, so we do our best to catch you up.  I break down the current situation in Yemen and discuss some updates, including the American contractors working as mercenaries there while Danny takes us back to the seventeen year old war in Afghanistan, showing the headlines missed during the week while the media was focused on a photo of the senior commander in Afghanistan carrying his rifle.


America Is Headed For Military Defeat in Afghanistan – Danny Sjursen – The American Conservative

Tank plant in Ohio that Trump “saved” – nothing in piece suggested he actually “saved” it.

1.3 million Iraqi children displaced by war with Islamic State

Al Qaeda commander gets numerous emergency surgeries while held at GITMO.

US exempts Iran’s Chabahar Port from sanctions – helpful to Afghanistan’s economy.

Iraq asks US to consider how sanctions will affect Iraq’s economy / etc.

Marine veteran protests Leupold at Blazers game

Think Progress on Leupold protest

Second Saudi journalist tortured and murdered by Saudi authorities

The Ministry of Defense in the UK is being petitioned to stop recruiting 16 and 17 year olds.

Low IQ draftees were chosen after Vietnam leaders couldn’t make numbers.

Rust costs 21 billion per year

Statistical connections between veterans and mass shooters

Army secretary says NCOs should visit barracks on weekends to prevent suicide

Hypertension linked to Agent Orange exposure

VA moving hundreds of docs from union admin spots back to providing care for veterans

1 in 5 generals couldn’t deploy for medical reasons in 2016

There’s a strong possibility that several of the northern Marianas Islands will become bombing ranges for the US Navy – ep from Chapo Traphouse

The Trump administration is demanding the Supreme Court immediately rule on the ban on transgender people serving in the military.

VA isn’t providing benefits correctly to veterans with ALS

85k children under believed to have died in the war in Yemen – CNN

Trump may declare the Houthis a terrorist organization

Finland and Denmark have joined Germany in ceasing all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over their war crimes in Yemen, along with the continuing fallout from the assassination of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi

Yemenis killed in assassination by American contractors


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If I had a nickel for every insider attack – the writing on the wall in Afghanistan – Ep 25

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done a headlines episode, so we pack this one to the gills for you.  We catch up on damage caused by Hurricane Michael to DOD bases and our government’s current climate change denying views, discuss the horrific conditions in Yemen and the U.S.’ choice to ignore the catastrophe there, and Danny takes us through the recent insider attack in Afghanistan and the spotlight it places on the continuing American occupation there.   

1:02– Intro

4:05– President Trump’s remarks on Brett Kavanaugh

5:25– President Bush receiving the Freedom Medal from the National Constitution Center

11:35– Hurricane damage to DOD facilities / use of west coast federal facilities to ship coal

19:00Code Pink military industrial complex report

24:02– Wired article discussing how hackable modern military technology has become

24:53CIA Democrats at the World Socialist Website

30:39Saudi Arabia and the assassination of Jamal Khoshoggi

38:35Humanitarian crisis in Yemen

49:34Insider attack targets senior US commander in Afghanistan


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America the beautiful…and ugly “Reality” – Ep 16.0

Even with the usual drowning of military news topics in circulation today, this last week has raised the bar considerably on how much horrible news can be crammed in such a small amount of time.  Yemen, already awash in the humanitarian disasters caused by the Saudi / UAE / US campaign to remove the Houthis, found a new low this week as Yemeni citizens fled the new drive to retake the both the port and airport in Hodeidah.  The Supreme Court demonstrates its very pointed lack of democratic principles as it voted down cases on both labor rights and President Trump’s Muslim ban, to only name a few. And poor Reality Winner receives her sentence for whistleblowing, to the tune of 63 months in federal prison and 3 years supervised release.

Grab a pillow case or a paper bag to scream into, because I think you’ll need it.


5:16 – UAE backed militia forces fight to retake Hodeidah port in Yemen from the Houthis

15:11 – Supreme Court gives 5-4 vote in favor of the Muslim ban

26:50 – Reality Winner makes plea deal, sentenced to 63 months in federal prison

37:54 – Maintaining two full brigades as a ‘deterrent’ to Russia


Henri appearance on Fault Lines Radio – June 25, 2018

UAE SAYS IT CAN’T CONTROL YEMENI FORCES — EVEN AS IT HANDS THEM BAGS OF CASH – Iona Craig – The Intercept

SHE NAMED HER CHILD “ENOUGH” – A Rare Look at Yemen’s War, Where Children Starve and Hospitals Are on Life-Support – Alex Potter – The Intercept

“IT TOOK US OVER A WEEK TO FIND ALL THE BODY PARTS” – Alex Potter – The Intercept

Reality Winner, Accused Of Leaking Classified Documents, Pleads Guilty – Camila Domonoske – NPR


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Keagan Miller interview – former Navy – NSA intel analyst – Ep 15.5 – Part 2

We bring you part 2 of our sitdown with Keagan Miller.  Keagan is a former CTT (Cryptologic Technical Technician) who served in the Navy from 2009-13. He worked at NSA Georgia in support of 5th fleet and intelligence agency operations in North Africa and Middle East such as the Libya mission in 2011, the anti-piracy mission in Somalia, as well as other intelligence support given to operations in Yemen and Syria. Since getting out of the military he has been working with homeless veterans in the non profit and at the county level as a Case manager for Supportive Housing programs.

 


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What you need to know about the CIA – The intelligence community – Ep 13.0

America has many three letter agencies that perform a variety of tasks.  Law enforcement, tax collection, firearms investigations, customs and border security, and so forth.  Today, Danny and I discuss our intelligence community, and when we say ‘intelligence community, we mean the SEVENTEEN intelligence agencies that perform intelligence missions of all sorts.  Somehow, we have seventeen of them.  But what does the public know about their ongoing mission?  How does their presence on college campuses and film sets impact the views of the military for the average American?  What role has torture played in the intelligence community and how does it affect the intelligence we receive, seventeen years after 9/11?  With this is mind, Danny and I present our breakdown of the intelligence community.  Enjoy!!!

00:40 – The intelligence community

Ranks of Notorious Hate Group Include Active-Duty Military – Propublica

SPY UNIVERSITY: HOW INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES RECRUIT THEIR NEXT GENERATION – Radio WhoWhatWhy – Interview with Daniel Golden

The most militarized universities in America – Vice News

ClandesTime 032 – Iron Man and The Rocketeer

Covert operations: How the CIA works with Hollywood – The Listening Post – Al-Jazeera

As “Black Hawk Down” Director Ridley Scott Is Nominated for An Oscar, An Actor in the Film speaks Out Against Its Pro-War Message – Democracy Now

The Killing of Osama bin Laden – Seymour M. Hersh – London Review of Books


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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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Interview with Iona Craig of the Intercept – Part 2 – Ep 9.0

Here’s Part 2 of our in-depth interview with Iona Craig of The Intercept on all things Yemen.  Thanks to Iona for taking so much time to talk with us and sitting in on some of our headlines.

We also dig into the recent news involving denied claims for veterans and family members who were poisoned by drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejuene.  This is a far reaching issue, as anyone who lived or worked on or near Camp Lejuene could possibly get diseases, including a variety of cancers.  If you happen to have served or lived in that area, please click the link below for the VA’s website dedicated to this issue.  There’s also the matter of current servicemembers being forced to use and drink contaminated water (looking at you, Quantico!!)

00:41 – Danny attend West Point panel with Col (ret.) Andrew Basevich on the Global War on Terror

14:38 – Former marine fighting for coverage from Camp Lejuene exposures

29:16 – Current status with our ‘frenemy’ Turkey / how Turkish citizens see Americans

39:24 – Interview with Iona Craig of the Intercept – Part 2

1:15:10 – Five min rant – military parade on Veteran’s Day

IONA CRAIG WON A POLK AWARD FOR HER INVESTIGATION OF A SEAL TEAM RAID THAT KILLED WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN YEMEN. HERE’S HOW SHE DID IT. – The Intercept – Peter Maass

Death in al Ghayil (Women and Children in Yemeni village recall horror of Trump’s “highly successful” SEAL raid)- Iona Craig – The Intercept

VA whistleblower: Veterans poisoned at Camp Lejeune need Trump’s help getting care – Washington Examiner – Scott Davis

Former Marine from West Penn Twp. in a battle for justice in cancer fight – The Standard Speaker – Jill Whalen

Benefits available to people who served at Camp Lejuene – Veterans and family members – Department of Veterans Affairs


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Interview with Iona Craig of The Intercept – Part 1 – Ep 8.5

Journalism commitment comes in a variety of forms.  I’ve spent a lot of my time searching and reading news from all kinds of sources.  And as such, I read a lot of the same journalists, sometimes even at different outlets.  Glenn Greenwald would be a good example, as he appears on various outlets to share his work.  One day, you might be reading Glenn at the Intercept, and the next he might be appearing on Fox News.  The point is that he doesn’t seem to have limits on what he will do or what news outlet he might appear on; he simply wants the truth to be out there.  Danny is another great example of this. Danny writes for a variety of outlets, but doesn’t always share the IDENTICAL political affiliation that the outlet serves.  Danny’s goal is to have as many people read his work, regardless of who they are or their political affiliation.

Iona Craig is a journalist with a similar commitment, but in a very different direction.  Yemen.  She studies, writes about, and has even lived for years in Yemen.  I’ve never seen a journalist with that kind of commitment to her craft.  When I was a soldier years ago, I came to the realization on deployment that our constant changing of units (a normal part of deployments and Army life in general) wouldn’t allow us to make lasting relationships with the people in Iraq, and without trust, real change can’t be made.  And secondary to that, the people you visit, like the people I met in Iraq and the friends and contacts Iona has made in Yemen, deserve to create trust with visitors to their country.

Thanks to Iona for joining us on Fortress On A Hill.  Here is Part 1 of our discussion, along with a couple headlines that Iona was kind enough to sit in on and give us her perspective.  Enjoy!!!

00:30 – Danny discusses the emerging “threat” of China

16:45 – Ousting of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, replaced by Mike Pompeo

25:25 – Interview with Iona Craig of the Intercept – Part 1

[bctt tweet=”Meanwhile on the humaitarian side, obviously things have gotten dramatically worse. Deaths in the conflict now, although the UN stopped counting at the end of 2016 when it reached 10k in terms of children. Estimates are in the 50k for non-combat deaths, just purely on the humaitarian side this last year. What’s that mean for things on the ground? It means every time I go back there, I see more and more children dying of starvation, in medical centers across the country. Less than 50% of the country’s hospital are operational. Of a population of 27 million people, approximately 22 million need of humanitarian assistance. – Iona Craig on the crisis in Yemen” username=”fortressonahill”]

China Isn’t America’s Enemy, at Least Not Yet – Bloomberg – James Stavridis

IONA CRAIG WON A POLK AWARD FOR HER INVESTIGATION OF A SEAL TEAM RAID THAT KILLED WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN YEMEN. HERE’S HOW SHE DID IT. – The Intercept – Peter Maass

Death in al Ghayil (Women and Children in Yemeni village recall horror of Trump’s “highly successful” SEAL raid) – Iona Craig – The Intercept


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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!!!