Sneak Preview: Danny’s next piece

Hey FOH Listeners,

Tune in to our next pod episode this Friday where Henri and I talk the military-industrial complex and the downfall of our ostensible “republic.”

In the bonus material, I also preview my next article for Defense Priorities about Trump, China, Russia and how to avoid the next Cold War.

Look, Trump – for all his coarse, unsophisticated rhetoric – actually showed some commonsense about foreign policy back on the campaign trail. It really is a good idea to avoid conflict and warfare with Russia, where possible.

Nonetheless, Trump’s Defense Team – Generals Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly – and the recent NDS all but declare a Cold War on Russia and China.

In my next piece I explain why that’s a bad idea and how to both cooperate, and – where necessary – divide and conquer the Chinese and Russians.

Take it from someone who struggled to beat the Third-World Taliban: the last thing the U.S. military needs is a shooting war with nuclear armed Eurasian powerhouses!

One Love,

Danny

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Sneak Preview: Danny’s next article

Hey FOH listeners,

Check out the site weekly for short previews about my upcoming articles and other publications. Right now, I’m working on a piece analyzing President Trump’s (well, really it’s Mattis’ and McMaster’s) National Defense Strategy, or NDS.
Here’s the deal: this short (unclassified version) document is – despite the boring prose and buzzword extravaganza – genuinely frightening. These guys are all but declaring a new Cold War with Russia and China, plus rattling their sabers at North Korea and Iran. Oh, and just for good measure, they haven’t forgotten the good old forever – I’m sorry, “generational” – war on terror.

Bottom line: the whole document is a gift-wrapped, early Christmas present for pugnacious generals and the military-industrial complex. Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and Boeing are licking their chops!

Tune in when the piece publishes (I’ll post a link once it does), as I tear thru the BS and expose what’s inside this document.

Check out the doc itself here (click the first link in this article): https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2018/01/23/national-defense-strategy/?utm_term=.ff7c4b5e6c93

Danny

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To whom does our military belong? Donald Trump? Secretary Mattis? Beetle Bailey?

I’ve mentioned a few times on the podcast that I feel strongly in the idea that veterans are not the only owners of the ‘military’ story.

Veterans often carry a notion of protection and awareness towards the identities they project to others about their time in service.  Almost daily, I pass a news article or friend’s post on Facebook regarding stolen valor and the comment section is usually foaming at the mouth to discredit ‘fake’ veterans, lest they not distance themselves from the idea that any part of their own service be seen as illegitimate.  I’m not trying to discredit the idea of suppressing and restricting those who say they’ve served when they clearly haven’t (my favorite one roaming around is the guy in USMC dress blues with a SEAL trident sitting below his ribbons.)  My point is that everything about the military experience can be experienced by those who have never served.  Fighting in combat, participating in drill and ceremony, and even the knowledge and training received by Special Operations Forces such as advanced marksmanship and combatives can be experienced and obtained by ordinary people.  The combination of these elements certainly makes the military experience a unique one, but not unknown outside of its ranks.

Further more, the stories that ordinary citizens share about their experiences with service members of all nations and stripes belong to them as much as any veteran.  Veterans are simply people who have survived extraordinary circumstances under the flag of our government.  And the extraordinary circumstances through which service members are sent and have survived are debated and chosen politically.  The military is far more politicized that my 18 year old self would ever have fucking believed, both within its ranks and outside of it.  And the reality is that in our type of democracy, our main avenue to affect foreign policy and thereby overall military policy is through elections.  But we seldom make that connection; that our politicians, through the ‘power of the purse’ can help dictate policy.  We’re now at a trillion dollar defense budget.  And what the military does under the banner of ‘protecting our freedom’ have direct and indirect consequences for all Americans, let alone the dead brown people from ‘shithole’ countries that we’ve left in our wake.

So, don’t ever give yourself the chance to let a news alert of a dead service member go by without asking yourself, “What was that servicemember’s mission?” and “What aspect(s) of that mission did not go as planned?”  Granted, that should just be your first two questions, but I think you get the idea.  “Thank you for your service” needs to become “tell me about your service.”  And we need to lose the reverence to which we’ve ascribed to veterans.  Veterans have been through some harsh shit; don’t get me wrong.  I’m walking living proof of that harsh shit.  But my experience is not above other kinds of suffering that people have experienced.  I believe my government owes a significant debt to all veterans and needs to be held accountable in repaying that debt.  However, and if you’ve only skimmed to this point, let me be crystal fucking clear: defending our nation and the rights of its citizens, while repaying our debt to veterans is not mutually exclusive with ceasing the arming of terrorists or stopping the brutal massacre of innocent civilians in actions we support like in Yemen.  We can do all those things together and still maintain the defense of our country.  I want the opportunities to create veterans like Danny and myself to be few and far between.

For now, we’ll continue to wage war in every continent in one way or another.  Those fucking penguins in Antarctica have had it coming.  And we’ll mourn our lost service members as the cost of ‘freedom,’ all the while the only actual people whose freedom it actually affected are already dead, maimed, or displaced into a refugee black hole somewhere.  Many veterans will continue to have meme fights on Facebook and disparage others’ attempts at ‘stolen valor,’ while ignoring the war and chaos still being made by their former employers.

Please speak out about the topics Danny and I cover on the podcast,  Don’t let any of these stories stagnate and become forgotten.  And share new ones we’ve never considered.  We’ll be fucking all ears.

Today is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  At least for me, it would be less painful to consider the history of Auschwitz if our country wasn’t still creating widows and orphans in the wake of its imperialism.  If we weren’t, at least we could look at survivors and relatives of Auschwitz and tell them that we’ve really learned the lessons that their ancestors’ lives gave us.  For now, all we have is ‘sympathy for the devil.’

Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul to waste
And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

 

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Ep 5.0 comes Tuesday and 5.5 lands on Friday!!!!

We’ve got two new episodes coming out this week!  5.0 will dig into recent news about the veteran community and its access to medical marijuana along with recent use of veterans and their families as political props.

Then, 5.5 takes our spin on white supremacy and its status in our military.  Come take a listen!

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!

 

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.

 

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