So many nukes, so little humanity – US nuclear weapons policy – Ep 9.5

Nuclear weapons are a complicated and pretty morose topic.  Most of what Americans know about our nuclear capabilities comes more from movies and TV than actual news and content.  We might discuss how far and how much damage an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuke would cause or maybe discuss the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the natural result of those who wish to challenge the US.  As a kid, I remember reading about our nuclear capabilities and the workings of our ICBM’s.  It was fascinating and terrifying, wrapped all up in one radioactive package.

So, as usual, Danny and I take the given narrative from the US government and spend some time tearing it apart.  We have far larger nuclear stockpiles than most people know, and yet our president wants even more.  Don’t get me wrong; our nuclear arsenal do need some much needed upgrades and modernization, but is our collective choice in spending billions to maintain and even possibly expand this arsenal actually needed to protect our country?  And what the ever living f*%$ is first strike policy and mutually assured destruction?!

The new cold war here and we’re going to kick its ass.  Enjoy!!  Oh, and please don’t forget to give us a review on iTunes!  It helps us out a lot.

00:38 – Daily Beast – whistleblower retaliation

11:51 – Senior leader misconduct hearing (and whistleblower retaliation) – House Armed Services Committee

20:22 – US nuclear weapons policy

Misbehavior by top officials and officers is on the decline, Pentagon leaders say – USA Today – Tom Vanden Brook

U.S. Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation – Daily Beast – Kevin Poulson

Exclusive: CIA Whistleblower Lawsuit Highlights Lack of Agency Accountability and Need to Extend Protections to Intelligence Community

Why Trump might bend nuclear security rules to help Saudi Arabia build reactors in the desert – Washington Post – Steven Mufson

Trump admin nuclear policy – Washington Post

US to loosen nuclear weapons constraints and develop more ‘usable’ warheads – The Guardian

Prevention is the Only Solution: a Hiroshima Native’s View of Nuclear Weapons – Counter Punch – Seiji Hamada

Defense One – The State of Defense 2018


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Iranian protests and the hatred of Tom Cotton – Ep 7.0

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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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.