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Paul Ryan talks about the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor with host Jim Fausone. Their vision is to create a Hall of Honor for Michigan citizens who have distinguished themselves through military service and/or public service as a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. It seeks to recognize our most distinguished service members and veterans through a Hall of Honor induction while creating a means and location to educate future generations of Michigan's military legacy. The November 19, 2021, ceremony in Lansing, Michigan will recognize people like President Gerald Ford, Maj. General Lucius Theus and Lt. Aleda Lutz.
Photo: The Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, abbreviated G.U., formerly the Main Intelligence Directorate and still commonly known by its previous abbreviation GRU, is the foreign military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Unit 29155 is a Russian (GRU) unit tasked with foreign assassinations and other activities aimed at destabilizing European countries 5/12: #CrossfireHurricaneDiary: Allegedly linked to the GRU and Vladimir Putin on the Guardian front gate, April 1, 2017. Svetlana Lokhova @TheRealSLokhova.
The theme of this episode is a surge of creativity in the Biden administration as it searches for ways to regulate cybersecurity and cryptocurrency without new legislative authority. Paul Rosenzweig lays out the Department of Homeland Security's entries in the creativity sweepstakes: New (and frankly pretty modest) cybersecurity directives to the rail and air industry plus a much more detailed (and potentially problematic) set of requirements for pipeline companies. Matthew Heiman describes a Justice Department plan for enforcing cybersecurity rules for federal contractors that should chill the hearts of management: an initiative that raises the prospect of whistleblower suits under the False Claims Act for failure to disclose breaches to the government. I suggest that this means the notoriously short tenure of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at large companies will now come with a built-in retirement compensation package. Creativity in regulating cryptocurrency was signaled both by the White House, which is working on a broader and more coordinated regulatory approach and by the Justice Department, which is planning a major criminal investigative approach to the industry. Nick Weaver gives us the details. Paul covers a remarkably creative assertion of The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) jurisdiction over a Chinese purchase of Magnachip, a company with virtually no ties to the United States. Despite having no obvious skin in the game, CFIUS insisted on a CFIUS filing under President Trump and then vetoed the deal under President Biden. I suggest that the claim of extraterritorial jurisdiction, which in other circumstances might have annoyed South Korea, is in this case a good way for South Korea to avoid taking heat from China. Paul explains why the Facebook outage was a much bigger deal than Americans realized. If you were living in Costa Rica, the loss of Facebook and WhatsApp, he says, could have greatly complicated every aspect of daily life, including calls for emergency services. Paul digs into the return of “hactivism”—not to mention skepticism about hactivism. I marshal the evidence that the Pandora Papers were the result of hacks, not leaks—and roast the newspapers feasting on the hack for their utter hypocrisy. Hey, Marty Baron! We haven't forgotten that after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) leaks of 2016, you said “Before reporting on the release of hacked or leaked information, there should be a conversation with senior editors about the newsworthiness of the information, its authenticity and whether we can determine its provenance... If a decision is made to publish a story about hacked or leaked information, our coverage should emphasize what we know—or don't know—about the source of the information and how that may fit into a foreign or domestic influence operation. Our stories should prominently explain what we know about the full context of the information we are presenting, including its origins and the motivations of the source, including whether it appears to be an effort to distract from another development.” We're still looking for that “full context” in the Pandora Papers or the Epik leaks. Nick fills us in on Facebook's extreme reaction to the creation of a tool that allows users to escape the News Feed. I discover that I've completely missed the central Facebook experience because I semi-inadvertently disabled the news feed. Paul offers some surprising news about the limits of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Turns out, it's not that good even at some of the things it should be superb at, like radiology reviews. Nick and I explore Google's acceptance of warrants based on search terms. He thinks that this has gone on under the radar for some time because both government and Google think the public reaction will be bad for business. Finally, in two quick hits: I brag about the proof that I'm one of the 14,000 Gmail users that the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU) fears most: Google caught the Russian spy agency trying to phish me with a doctored Word document. And Matthew reveals what the Russian SolarWinds hackers were looking for. From all the SolarWinds bad news, we extract this bit of good news: U.S. sanctions are really getting under Putin's skin. So much so that sanctions are among Russian spies' top collection priorities. And more! Download the 378th Episode (mp3) You can subscribe to The Cyberlaw Podcast using iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or our RSS feed. As always, The Cyberlaw Podcast is open to feedback. Be sure to engage with @stewartbaker on Twitter. Send your questions, comments, and suggestions for topics or interviewees to CyberlawPodcast@steptoe.com. 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Senior Judge Margaret Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces discusses her experiences and the military justice system, with UVA Law professor Thomas Nachbar serving as moderator. Nachbar is a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve. The event was sponsored by the Federalist Society at UVA Law. (University of Virginia School of Law, Oct. 7, 2021)
De'Vannon Hubert is the author of Sex, Drugs, and Jesus, a memoir about his struggles with drug addiction, homelessness, serving in the Armed Forces, an HIV+ diagnosis, and rejection from his church for his sexuality. De'Vannon is also the host of the Sex, Drugs, and Jesus Podcast and is the owner of DownUnder Apparel. Aside from this, De'Vannon is an Honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force and a graduate of both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. De'Vannon's story is one of surviving the social outskirts and finding one's way back to a balanced path. Email email@example.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SexDrugsAndJesus/ Twitter https://twitter.com/TabooTopix LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/devannon Websites www.sexdrugsandjesus.com www.downunderapparel.com
On October 7, 2021, TNWAC President Patrick Ryan talked with Ambassador of Colombia to the United States Juan Carlos Pinzón in Nashville for the Global Dialogue + Webinar/"Global Tennessee" series Podcast, about: U.S.-Colombian relations, regional issues, developments in Colombia, commercial relations with the U.S. and Tennessee, and the people to people connections between the countries. Join the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC.org/join) and support with your gift (TNWAC.org/donate) to ensure these quality programs continue. Thanks! Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón On July 26, 2021, President Iván Duque swore in Juan Carlos Pinzón as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States. Pinzón previously served as Colombia's Ambassador to Washington from 2015 to 2017. During his tenure, he oversaw the approval of “Peace Colombia or Plan Colombia II” ($450 million per year) that increased the U.S. funding package for security and development. Additionally, he helped establish the “CEO U.S.-Colombia Business Council” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic Council's "Colombia Task Force" with the report on the future of the U.S.-Colombia relationship. The accession of the avocado Hass to the U.S. market was an important highlight. While in office, the Colombian Embassy was recognized as the best diplomatic delegation in Washington by the World Affairs Council in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Ambassador Pinzón served as Minister of Defense of Colombia for nearly four years. Under his leadership, the Colombian Armed Forces dealt the most severe blows in history to terrorist organizations – FARC and ELN – and Criminal Bands, highly degrading their logistics, structure and leadership. Pinzón also strengthened all capabilities of the Colombian armed forces and established Colombia as a regional cooperation leader. By the end of his period, he left the Armed Forces at its historical peak in manpower, capabilities, welfare, technology and budget. Throughout his career, Pinzón has been a leader in both the public and private sectors. Between 2018 and 2021, Pinzón was appointed President of the Foundation for the Progress of the Capital Region – ProBogotá, a private non-profit for the promotion of common good, public policy and long-term strategic projects for the capital region of Colombia. He is currently a member of several corporate advisory boards and NGOs. In July 2017, Ambassador Pinzón launched a bid for president with the support of the civic citizens' movement “Colombia Above All.” In March 2018, he became vice presidential candidate. Additional previous positions include Chief of Staff to the President of Colombia; Deputy Minister of Defense; Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank; Vice President of the Colombian Banking Association; Assistant Vice President of Investment Banking at Citigroup; Private Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Finance and Public Credit Ministry; and Economist for Colombia at Citigroup. Pinzón received an honorable mention for his outstanding academic performance while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He also holds three Master degrees. A Master of Science in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. A Master in Public Policy from Princeton University (scholarship awarded). And a Master's degree (honoris causa) in Defense and National Security from Colombia's National War College. Pinzón also completed advanced courses in international relations and strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, in science and technology policy at Harvard University, and smart cities at Nanyang Technological University-Singapore. Ambassador Pinzón was born in Bogotá on December 22, 1971. He is married to Pilar Lozano and has two children, Natalia and Juan Pablo.
Welcome to The Big Impact Podcast Ep 234 and our visit with Gretchen Smith, Founder of Code of Vets - an inspirational non-profit organization dedicated to helping US Armed Forces Veterans. Code of Vets spend 98% of all donations directly on Veterans, a remarkable commitment to financial efficiency and integrity. This is YOUR invitation to donate directly to Code of Vets today! CLICK HERE BECOME A BIG IMPACT "INSIDER" We need your help to continue presenting the Big Impact each week. You can now share a MONTHLY gift via PATREON or make a ONE TIME donation via PAYPAL BIG IMPACT VIDEO CHANNEL - You'll find free VIDEOS of our podcast interviews HERE SUBSCRIBE to the Big Impact Podcast for free! Apple - Google - Stitcher - Spotify - iHeart
SAM FADDIS, Former Clandestine Operations Officer, CIA, former Congressional Candidate, Editor, ANDMagazine.com, Author, “Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA,” @RealSamFaddis Sam Faddis: "It [The U.S. Armed Forces] only works if the men and women who are putting their lives on the line believe not just the cause but in their leaders” - The gap between “uniformed bureaucrats” in Washington and active duty soldiers deployed across the world is widening Faddis: Gen. Mckenzie asserted that the War on Terror is not over - He's right Faddis talks about Lt. Col. Schelle's uncertain future ROBERT CHARLES, Spokesman, Association of Mature American Citizens, Former Assistant Secretary, State at the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the Bush Administration, Author, "Eagles and Evergreens," @RCharles4USA How many Americans are really currently inside Afghanistan? Frank Gaffney and Robert Charles delve into the litany of examples for President Joe Biden's apparent “wrecking operation” against the United States of America What is the current state of the U.S. Armed Forces? BILL WALTON, Chairman, Resolute Protector Foundation, Host, The Bill Walton Show, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality, @billwaltonshow Bill Walton talks about John Thornton's, China-US Financial Roundtable Co-Chair and former Co-President of Goldman Sachs, 6-week trip to China Talking your portfolio: Trying to stir the market to further your economic interests - Black Rock, Goldman Sachs, etc. are doing this now in regards to China Why are America's leading CEOs and entrepreneurs “making cause with Ibram X Kendi?”
This week, Adam is joined by the hosts of Zero Blog Thirty, “Uncle” Chaps and Captain Cons, to discuss how important it is not to politicize our Armed Forces, and the lessons civil society can learn from the military for living, working, and caring for those who think differently from us.
Scomo dodges questions about running out of parliament & Moonman's plans to shake up the masked singer with some beverages & SAS Australia with the Armed Forces. Moonman's Saturday Special Podcast #Comedy #Moonman See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Brian Boucher is a former professional ice hockey goaltender who is a game and studio analyst on national ESPN and ABC games. He played 13 seasons in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes. He currently holds the NHL's modern record for the longest shutout streak at 332 minutes and 01 second, set while he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2003–04 NHL season. Now, we turn our feature story…. In Westerly, A dozen banners hanging from light poles in the downtown area pay tribute to local veterans who served in the armed forces. Each banner is dedicated to a single veteran and includes a photograph and description of the individual's service as well as the banner sponsor. The Westerly Lions Club took the hometown heroes banner project on after Paul Doyle, a club member who sits on its board, suggested it. Doyle learned of the program from a cousin who lives in Pennsylvania, where it originated. With a father, two brothers, an uncle and grandfathers who all served in the U.S. Navy, Doyle grew up respecting those who served. When he learned of the program, he contacted a Lions Club in Pennsylvania that was involved to get details: "As soon as I saw the picture in Pennsylvania, I thought that's a really good idea. I think some of the stories of the vets from the past get lost" The banners provide a high-visibility way to remind the community of the service provided by members of the U.S. Armed Forces at a time when the military can seem isolated from other parts of American society. "The wars back in the day were more well known. Everybody had to do something or sacrifice something in order to help the cause, but now it seems very compartmentalized.” The Westerly Lions Club, which has about 100 members, initiated a fundraising and publicity effort to raise money for the banners. Half of the net proceeds from the effort will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans organization and the rest will be used by the club, which maintains a nonprofit foundation to support other nonprofit organizations. Printing Plus on Main Street made the banners and the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, which owns the hardware on the light poles, supported the effort. Doyle also thanked Town Manager J. Mark Rooney, a veteran, for assisting and making town workers available to assist with installation of the banners. The banners will be up for one month and then a second set of banners with additional veterans will go up for one month in the spring. Eventually the banners will be put up once per year, and Doyle said members of the club hope to make the program a regular, long-running effort. Stay up to date on this developing story at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Robin Marie Callejo of Westerly. She was the loving companion of Quintana Perry for 21 years. Born in New London, Robin loved her sports – watching the Boston Red Sox and Green Bay Packers, following Drag Racing as a fan of the John Force team and bowling for many years on Friday nights. She was a graduate of Fitch High School Class of 1988 and a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University. She leaves her partner, her parents, her aunt, her sister and step-brother. Robin was the loving aunt to two. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Robin's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Your Working Dog Radio hosts, Eric @vanessk9 & Ted @ted_summers, sit down with US Marine Vietnam Veteran, and co-founder of The United States War Dogs Association, Inc., Ron Aiello. Aiello had the honor of serving with the First Marine Scout Dog Platoon from 1964 to 1970. He and his dog Stormy were one of the first thirty Marine Scout Dog Teams to be deployed to Vietnam in early 1966, and the gents discuss what it was like working with a 6' leash and a pistol, having her literally save his life, as Aiello recounts harrowing tales of Stormy's abilities, to find, alert, and protect her team from weapons, booby traps, and enemy soldiers. And ultimately, what it was like to give Stormy to her next handler, future unknown, and leave her behind. In 2000, Ron and four other Vietnam Veteran dog handlers formed The United States War Dogs Association, Inc. in Stormy's memory and honor. USWDA is a nonprofit organization of former and current US military dog handlers and supporting members. The USWDA is committed to promoting the long history of the military service dogs, establishing permanent war dog memorials, and educating the public about the invaluable service of these MWDs. Aiello has been guiding his organization as president, ensuring that our deployed US MWD Teams receive complete support (especially post 9/11) through “Operation Military Care, K9” through care packages and letter-writing correspondence. The organization has sent more than 25,000 care packages to teams, and has helped adopt hundreds of retired dogs to date. The work the USWDA doesn't end there, as they provide follow up care for medical expenses for the dogs as well, which can be lifesaving and a huge relief for the adopters. Aiello has also been a consultant for numerous, film producers, screenwriters, book authors, and national and local newspapers. Aiello has also been on numerous television shows and has done many radio interviews, promoting Operation Military Care, K9, explaining why MWDs are an asset to the Armed Forces of America. Ron's background in military war dog service and his dedication to honoring the memory of the service and sacrifice of the US MWDs gives him a unique perspective that he can use to educate the public on the history of military war dogs. Aiello still doesn't know what happened to Stormy after the war, but luckily, many laws have gone into ensuring our MWDs are taken care of, and brought back home after their service. So sit down, and reflect on our country's long standing use of MWDs. Help is honor Stormy, and all the dogs before her and after her, and check out Aiello's website, and consider donating! Please check out and support this amazing group and their mission. www.uswardogs.org Thank you to our partners. @KineticDogFood kineticdogfood.com @americanaluminumaccessories ezrideronline.com @horizonstructures horizonstructures.com/commercial-dog-kennels @rayallenk9 rayallen.com WORKINGDOGRADIO 10% off @dogtraofficial dogtra.com WDR10 10% off of a single item over $200 @hits_k9 Training & Conference hitsk9.net @quickdermbyvetcare vetcare.us “10WDR” 10% off of your 1st order @almk9equipment almk9equipment.com “WDRADIO” 10% off Music by @brotherdege brotherdege.net
The war in Afghanistan is over. In this episode, we document how and why the Biden administration finally admitted defeat in our 20 year attempt to create a new government in Afghanistan and we take a hard look at the lessons we need to learn. Afghanistan is a country in a far away land, but there are disturbing similarities between the Afghanistan government that just collapsed and our own. We'd be wise not to ignore them. Executive Producer: Rachel Passer Executive Producer: Anonymous Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes CD236: January 6: The Capitol Riot CD218: Minerals are the New Oil CD210: The Afghanistan War CD124: The Costs of For-Profit War How We Got Here Craig Whitlock. The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War. Simon and Schuster, 2021. Patrick Tucker. August 18, 2021. “Trump's Pledge to Exit Afghanistan Was a Ruse, His Final SecDef Says.” Defense One. Eugene Kiely and Robert Farley. August 17, 2021. “Timeline of U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan.” FactCheck.org. Eric Schmitt and Jennifer Steinhauer. July 30, 2021. “Afghan Visa Applicants Arrive in U.S. After Years of Waiting.” The New York Times. Craig Whitlock, Leslie Shapiro and Armand Emamdjomeh. December 9, 2019. “The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of the war.” The Washington Post. Mark Landler and James Risen. July 25, 2017. “Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals.” The New York Times. John F. Harris. October 15, 2001. “Bush Rejects Taliban Offer On Bin Laden ” Washington Post. The Evacuation: Those Left Behind William Mauldin. September 2, 2021. “Afghanistan Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Staff Left Behind.” Wall Street Journal. Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Annie Karni. August 29, 2021. “Series of U.S. Actions Left Afghan Allies Frantic, Stranded and Eager to Get Out.” The York Times. Sami Sadat. August 25, 2021. “I Commanded Afghan Troops This Year. We Were Betrayed.” The New York Times. Marjorie Censer. August 18, 2021. “US contractors rush to get former employees out of Afghanistan.” Defense News. Siobhan Hughes. August 18, 2021. “Afghanistan Veterans in Congress Trying to Prevent ‘a Death Warrant' for Helping America.” Wall Street Journal. Alex Sanz and Tammy Webber. August 18, 2021. “US friends try to rescue brother in arms in Afghanistan.” AP News. Seth Moulton. June 04, 2021. "Moulton, Bipartisan Honoring Our Promises Working Group to White House: Evacuate our Afghan Partners.” Contractors in Afghanistan Matt Taibbi. August 18, 2021. “We Failed Afghanistan, Not the Other Way Around.” TK News by Matt Taibbi on Substack. Jack Detsch. August 16, 2021. “Departure of Private Contractors Was a Turning Point in Afghan Military's Collapse.” Foreign Policy. Matt Stoller. July 15, 2021. “‘A Real S*** Show': Soldiers Angrily Speak Out about Being Blocked from Repairing Equipment by Contractors.” BIG by Matt Stoller. Lynzy Billing. May 12, 2021. “The U.S. Is Leaving Afghanistan? Tell That to the Contractors.” New York Magazine. Oren Liebermann. March 29, 2021. “Pentagon could open itself to costly litigation from contractors if US pulls out of Afghanistan this year.” CNN. Lucas Kunce and Elle Ekman. September 15, 2019. “Comment Submitted by Major Lucas Kunce and Captain Elle Ekman.” [Regulations.gov(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulations.gov). Aaron Mehta. Oct 25, 2016. “30 Years: William Perry — Reshaping the Industry.” Defense News. Jared Serbu. August 22, 2016. “DoD now awarding more than half its contract spending without competitive bids.” Federal News Network. 41 U.S. Code § 3307 - Preference for commercial products and commercial services. Money: Lost and Gained David Moore. August 23, 2021. “Lawmakers Benefit From Booming Defense Stocks.” Sludge. Lee Fang. August 20, 2021. “Congressman Seeking to Relaunch Afghan War Made Millions in Defense Contracting.” The Intercept. Anna Massoglia and Julia Forrest. August 20, 2021. “Defense contractors spent big in Afghanistan before the U.S. left and the Taliban took control.” OpenSecrets.org. Stephen Losey. April 16, 2021. “The Bill for the Afghanistan War Is $2.26 Trillion, and Still Rising.” Military.com. Eli Clifton. February 16, 2021. “Weapons Biz Bankrolls Experts Pushing to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan.” Daily Beast. Open Secrets. 2021. Defense: Lobbying, 2021. Open Secrets. 2021. Defense: Money to Congress. Laws S.1790 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 Sponsor: Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Status: Became Public Law No: 116-92 on December 20, 2019 H.R. 3237: Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Status: Signed into law, 2021 May 20 House Vote Breakdown Congressional Budget Office Score Law Outline TITLE IV: BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE GENERAL PROVISIONS EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF THE AFGHAN SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM Sec. 401: Amends the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 to expand eligibility to include Afghans who worked not only for the US Government for more than 1 year but also our allies as an off-base interpreter or if they performed "activities for United States military stationed at International Security Assistance Force (or any successor name for such Force). Increases the number of Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) to Afghan partners by 8,000, for a total of 34,500 allocated since December 19, 2014. Sec. 402: Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of state to jointly waive for 1 year (maximum 2 years with an extension) the requirement that Afghan partners eligible for SIVs get a medical exam before they can receive their visa. The Secretary of Homeland Security has to create a process to make sure Afghan SIV holders get a medical exam within 30 days of entry into the United States. Sec. 403: Allows the surviving spouse or child or employee of the United States Government abroad to be eligible for immigration into the United States if the employee worked for our government for at least 15 years or was killed in the line of duty. It also expands entry permissions for Afghan SIV applicants in addition to those who have already been approved. This is retroactive to June 30, 2021. Policies for Visa Processing: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Policy Manual, Chapter 9: Certain Afghan Nationals U.S Department of State -- Bureau of Consular Affairs. “Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans - Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government.” Audio Sources Gen. Mark Milley: "There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days." August 18, 2021 General Mark Milley: The time frame of rapid collapse that was widely estimated and ranged from weeks to months, and even years following our departure, there was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days. Central Command submitted a variety of plans that were briefed and approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense and the President. These plans were coordinated, synchronized and rehearsed to deal with these various scenarios. One of those contingencies is what we are executing right now. As I said before, there's plenty of time to do AARs(After Action Reviews) and key lessons learned and to delve into these questions with great detail. But right now is not that time. Right now, we have to focus on this mission, because we have soldiers at risk. And we also have American citizens and Afghans who supported us for 20 years also at risk. This is personal and we're going to get them out. President Biden on Afghanistan Withdrawal Transcript July 8, 2021 Sound Clips 01:30 President Biden: When I announced our drawdown in April, I said we would be out by September, and we're on track to meet that target. Our military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on August 31. The drawdown is proceeding in a secure and orderly way, prioritizing the safety of our troops as they depart 3:40 President Biden: Together with our NATO allies and partners, we have trained and equipped nearly 300,000 current serving members of the military, the Afghan national security force, and many beyond that are no longer serving. Add to that hundreds of thousands more Afghan national defense and security forces trained over the last two decades. 04:04 President Biden: We provided our Afghan partners with all the tools, let me emphasize, all the tools -- training, equipment -- of any modern military. We provided advanced weaponry, and we're going to continue to provide funding and equipment and we'll ensure they have the capacity to maintain their Air Force. 5:54 President Biden: We're also going to continue to make sure that we take on Afghan nationals who worked side by side with US forces, including interpreters and translators. Since we're no longer going to have military there after this, we're not going to need them and they'll have no jobs. We're [sic] also going to be vital to our efforts. they've been very vital, and so their families are not exposed to danger as well. We've already dramatically accelerated the procedure time for Special Immigrant Visas to bring them to the United States. Since I was inaugurated on January 20, we've already approved 2,500 Special Immigrant Visas to come to the United States. Up to now, fewer than half have exercised the right to do that. Half have gotten on aircraft and come commercial flights and come and other half believe they want to stay, at least thus far. We're working closely with Congress to change the authorization legislation so that we can streamline the process of approving those visas. And those who have stood up for the operation to physically relocate 1000s of Afghans and their families before the US military mission concludes so that, if they choose, they can wait safely outside of Afghanistan, while their US visas are being processed. 8:13 President Biden: For those who have argued that we should stay just six more months, or just one more year, I asked them to consider the lessons of recent history. In 2011, the NATO allies and partners agreed that we would end our combat mission in 2014. In 2014, some argued one more year. So we kept fighting. We kept taking casualties. In 2015, the same, and on and on. Nearly 20 years of experience has shown us that the current security situation only confirms that just one more year of fighting in Afghanistan is not a solution, but a recipe for being there indefinitely. It's up to the Afghans to make the decision about the future of their country. Others are more direct. Their argument is that we should stay with the Afghans and Afghanistan indefinitely. In doing so they point to the fact that we we have not taken losses in this last year. So they claim that the cost of just maintaining the status quo is minimal. 9:19 President Biden: But that ignores the reality, and the facts that already presented on the ground in Afghanistan when I took office. The Taliban is at its strongest militarily since 2001. The number of US forces in Afghanistan had been reduced to a bare minimum. And the United States and the last administration made an agreement that they have to with the Taliban remove all our forces by May 1 of this year. That's what I inherited. That agreement was the reason the Taliban had ceased major attacks against US forces. 9:55 President Biden: If in April, I had instead announced that the United States was going to go back on that agreement, made by the last administration, the United States and allied forces will remain in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future, the Taliban would have again begun to target our forces. The status quo was not an option. Staying would have meant US troops taking casualties, American men and women back in the middle of a civil war, and we would run the risk of having to send more troops back in Afghanistan to defend our remaining troops. Once that agreement with the Taliban had been made, staying with a bare minimum force was no longer possible. 10:34 President Biden: So let me ask those who want us to stay: how many more? How many 1000s more Americans' daughters and sons are you willing to risk? How long would you have them stay? Already we have members of our military whose parents fought in Afghanistan 20 years ago. Would you send their children and their grandchildren as well? Would you send your own son or daughter? After 20 years, a trillion dollars spent training and equipping hundreds of 1000s of Afghan National Security and Defence Forces. 2,448 Americans killed, 20,722 more wounded, and untold 1000s coming home with unseen trauma to their mental health. I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome. 11:51 President Biden: Today the terrorist threat has metastasized beyond Afghanistan. So, we are repositioning our resources and adapting our counterterrorism posture to meet the threats where they are now: significantly higher in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 12:07 President Biden: But make no mistake, our military and intelligence leaders are confident they have the capabilities to protect the homeland and our interests from any resurgent terrorist challenge emerging or emanating from Afghanistan. We're developing a counterterrorism over-the-horizon capability that will allow us to keep our eyes firmly fixed at any direct threat to the United States in the region and act quickly and decisively if needed. 12:38 President Biden: We also need to focus on shoring up America's core strengths to meet the strategic competition competition with China and other nations that is really going to determine our future. 14:58 Reporter: Is the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable? President Biden: No. It is not. Because you have the Afghan troops, 300,000. Well equipped, as well equipped as any army in the world, and an air force against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable. 15:45 President Biden: Do I trust the Taliban? No, but I trust the capacity of the Afghan military who is better trained, better equipped, and more competent in terms of conducting war. 18:07 Reporter: Your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse President Biden: That is not true 18:53 President Biden: And I want to make clear what I made clear to Ghani, that we are not going to walk away and not sustain their ability to maintain that force. We are. We're going to also work to make sure we help them in terms of everything from food necessities and other things in the region. But there is not a conclusion that in fact, they cannot defeat the Taliban. I believe the only way there's going to be -- this is now Joe Biden, not the intelligence community -- the only way there's only going to be peace and secure in Afghanistan, is that they work out a modus vivendi with the Taliban, and they make a judgement as to how they can make peace. And the likelihood there's going to be one unified government in Afghanistan, controlling the whole country is highly unlikely. 21:30 Reporter: Mr. President, how serious was the corruption among the Afghanistan government to this mission failing there? President Biden: First of all, the mission hasn't failed yet. 22:00 President Biden: There were going to be negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan national security forces, and the Afghan government that didn't come to fruition. So the question now is where do they go from here? The jury is still out, but the likelihood there's going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely. 23:20 Reporter: Mr. President, "speed is safety," as you just said in your remarks. Are you satisfied with the timeline of relocating Afghan nationals? Is it happening quickly enough to your satisfaction if it may not happen until next month at the end? President Biden: It has already happened, there have already been people, about 1000 people have gotten on aircraft and come to the United States already on commercial aircraft. So as I said, there's over 2500 people, that as from January to now, have have gotten those visas and only half decided that they wanted to leave. The point is that I think the whole process has to be speeded up -- period -- in terms of being able to get these visas. Reporter: Why can't the US evacuate these Afghan translators to the United States to await their visa processing as some immigrants of the southern border have been allowed to? President Biden: Because the law doesn't allow that to happen. And that's why we're asking the Congress to consider changing the law. President Biden Remarks on Afghanistan Strategy Transcript April 14, 2021 Sound Clips 00:38 President Biden: I'm speaking to you today from the Roosevelt -- the Treaty room in the White House -- the same spot where in October of 2001, President George W. Bush informed our nation that the United States military had begun strikes on terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. It was just weeks, just weeks after the terrorist attack on our nation that killed 2,977 innocent souls, that turned Lower Manhattan into a disaster area, destroyed parts of the Pentagon and made hallowed ground in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and sparked an American promise that we would never forget. We went to Afghanistan in 2001, to root out al Qaeda to prevent future terrorist attacks against the United States planned from Afghanistan. Our objective was clear, the cause was just, our NATO allies and partners rallied beside us. And I supported that military action along with the overwhelming majority of the members of Congress. More than seven years later, in 2008 weeks before we swore the oath of office -- President Obama and I were about to swear -- President Obama asked me to travel to Afghanistan and report back on the state of the war in Afghanistan. I flew to Afghanistan to the Kunar Valley, a rugged, mountainous region on the border of Pakistan. What I saw on that trip reinforced my conviction that only the Afghans have the right and responsibility to lead their country. And that more and endless American military force could not create or sustain a durable Afghan Government. I believed that our presence in Afghanistan should be focused on the reason we went in the first place: to ensure Afghanistan would not be used as a base from which to attack our homeland again. We did that, we accomplished that objective. I said, along with others, we would follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell if need be. That's exactly what we did. And we got him. It took us close to 10 years to put President Obama's commitment into form. And that's exactly what happened Osama bin Laden was gone. That was 10 years ago. Think about that. We delivered justice to Bin Laden a decade ago. And we've stayed in Afghanistan for a decade since. Since then, our reasons for remaining in Afghanistan have become increasingly unclear, even as the terrorist threat that we went to fight evolved. Over the past 20 years, the threat has become more dispersed, metastasizing around the globe. Al Shabaab in Somalia, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, on Al Nusra in Syria, ISIS attempting to create a caliphate in Syria and Iraq and establishing affiliates in multiple countries in Africa and Asia. With the terror threat now in many places, keeping 1000s of troops grounded and concentrated in just one country at a cost of billions each year makes little sense to me and our leaders. We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan, hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdraw and expecting a different result. I'm now the fourth United States President to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan: two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth. After consulting closely with our allies and partners, with our military leaders and intelligence personnel, with our diplomats and our development experts, with the Congress and the Vice President, as well as with Mr. Ghani and many others around the world. I concluded that it's time to end America's longest war. It's time for American troops to come home. 5:01 President Biden: When I came to office, I inherited a diplomatic agreement, duly negotiated between the government of the United States and the Taliban, that all US forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1 2021, just three months after my inauguration. That's what we inherited. That commitment is perhaps not what I would have negotiated myself, but it was an agreement made by the United States government. And that means something. So in keeping with that agreement, and with our national interest, the United States will begin our final withdrawal beginning on May 1 of this year. 8:11 President Biden: You all know that less than 1% of Americans serve in our Armed Forces. The remaining 99%, we owe them. We owe them. They've never backed down from a single mission that we've asked of them. I've witnessed their bravery firsthand during my visits to Afghanistan. They've never wavered in their resolve. They paid a tremendous price on our behalf and they have the thanks of a grateful nation. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) High-Risk List Center for Strategic and International Studies Transcript March 10, 2021 Speaker: John Sopko - Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Sound Clips 7:40 John Sopko: But right now, that state is under threat. In the wake of the February 2020 withdrawal agreement, all is not well. Compromise appears in short supply on either side. Taliban attacks have actually increased since the agreement was signed. Assassination of prominent officials, activists, journalists, aid workers and others have also increased, including an unsuccessful attack on one of the female members of the peace negotiating team. And the Taliban offensive on Kandahar city last October, as peace negotiations were ongoing, may well have succeeded, were it not for U.S. air support. Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have achieved little for Afghanistan so far, and only time will tell as to whether the new Biden administration initiative will bear fruit. And the Afghan people's fears for its own government survival are exacerbated by the knowledge of how dependent their country is on foreign military and financial support. 12:56 John Sopko: Another equally serious threat to Afghanistan's stability has also largely been ignored as we focus on the boots on the ground in Afghanistan. And that is the provision of last year's U.S.-Taliban agreement that stipulates that in addition to the departure of U.S. and coalition troops, or non-diplomatic civilian personnel: private security contractors, trainers, advisors, and supporting service personnel also must leave the country by May 1. Should this come to passSIGAR and many others believe this may be more devastating to the effectiveness of the Afghan security forces than the withdrawal of our remaining troops. Why is that? Because the Afghan government relies heavily on these foreign contractors and trainers to function. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 there are over 18,000 Defense Department contractors in Afghanistan, including 6000 Americans, and 7,000 3rd country nationals, 40% of whom are responsible for logistics, maintenance, or training tasks. Now, it is well known that the Afghan security forces need these contractors to maintain their equipment, manage supply chains, and train their military and police to operate the advanced equipment that we have purchased for them. For example, as of December, the Afghan National Army was completing just under 20% of its own maintenance work orders, well below the goal of 80% that was set and the 51% that they did in 2018. So that's actually going down. The Afghan National Police were just as bad if not worse, undertaking only 12% of their own maintenance work against a target of 35% and less than the 16% that we reported in our 2019 high risk list. Additionally, and more troubling. The Department of Defense does train, advise and assist command air, or commonly called TAC air recently reported that since late 2019, they have reduced their personnel in Afghanistan by 94%, and that the military drawdown now requires near total use of contract support to maintain the Afghan Air fleet. They assess that quote “further drawdown in the associated closure basis will effectively end all in country aviation training contracts in Afghanistan.” Again, why is this significant? Why do we view this as a high risk? Namely because contractors currently provide 100% of the maintenance for the Afghan Air Force, UAE 60 helicopters and CE 130 cargo aircraft and a significant portion of Afghans Light Combat Support aircraft. TAC air this January gave a bleak assessment, namely, that no Afghan airframe can be sustained as combat effective for more than a few months in the absence of contractor support. 17:51 John Sopko: Continued funding for U.S. reconstruction programs aimed at promoting economic development, rule of law, respect for human rights, good governance and security for the Afghan people may be more significant, because it may be the primary lever left for the US and other donors to influence that country. It appears that even the Taliban understand Afghanistan's dire need for foreign assistance. Because, as one of the few commitments that the US had to make last year was, “to seek economic cooperation for reconstruction, with the new post settlement, Afghan Islamic government.” Now how much the donor community wishes to stay involved will of course depend on what that government looks like and how it behaves. Numerous officials, including then Secretary of State Pompeo and Ambassador Halley, have stated that the US will be able to advance its human rights goals, including the rights of women and girls with the Taliban by leveraging or conditioning this much needed financial assistance. But unfortunately, as SIGAR has long reported, even when conditionality involved only dealing with the Afghan government, donors do not have a stellar record of successfully utilizing that conditionality to influence Afghan behavior. 27:19 John Sopko: Today our report suggests the donor community should realize the Afghan government is focused on a single goal, its survival. Afghanistan is more dependent on international support than ever before. It may not be an overstatement that if foreign assistance is withdrawn and peace negotiations fail, Taliban forces could be at the gates of Kabul in short order. Hearing: A PATHWAY FOR PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN: EXAMINING THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AFGHANISTAN STUDY GROUP House Committee on Oversight and Reform: Subcommittee on National Security February 19, 2021 Testimony was heard from the following Afghanistan Study Group officials: Kelly A. Ayotte, Co-Chair; News Corp Board of Directors since April 2017 BAE Systems Board of Directors since June 2017 Blackstone Board of Directors Boston Properties Board of Directors Caterpillar Board of Directors Board of Advisors at Cirtronics General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (Retired), Co-Chair Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Obama and Trump presidencies. Lockheed Martin Board of Directors since February 2020 Nancy Lindborg, Co-Chair President and CEO of the David Lucile Packard Foundation Former President and CEO of the US Institute for Peace Former Assistant Administrator for the bureau for democracy conflict and humanitarian assistance at USAID During the mid-Obama years. Sound Clips 3:13 Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA): I'd also like to take a moment to thank the nonpartisan US Institute of Peace for the support and expertise they provided to the study group during the course of its work. 3:23 Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA): In the fiscal year 2020 omnibus bill Congress led by Senator Graham Senator Patrick Leahy and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of state foreign ops and related programs. They tasked the independent and bipartisan Afghanistan study group to quote, consider the implications of a peace settlement or the failure to reach a settlement on US policy, resources and commitments in Afghanistan. After nearly nine months of review and consultation with current and former US and Afghan government officials, allies and partners and other key stakeholders, the Afghanistan study group issued its final report earlier this month. 15:12 Kelly Ayotte: We recommend that US troops remain beyond may 1. We believe a precipitous withdrawal of US and international troops in May, would be catastrophic for Afghanistan, leading to civil war, and allow the reconstitution of terror groups which threaten the United States within an 18 to 36 month period. 15:41 Kelly Ayotte: Let me be clear, although we recommend that our troops remain beyond may 1, we propose a new approach toward Afghanistan, which aligns our policies, practices and messaging across the United States government to support the Afghan peace process, rather than prosecute a war. Our troops would remain not to fight a forever war, but to guarantee the conditions for a successful peace process and to protect our national security interests to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven again, for terrorists who threaten the United States of America. 37:15 General Joseph F. Dunford: Do we need to increase forces if the Taliban don't accept an extension past the first of May, and if they then would re initiate attacks against US forces? and Chairman, we heard exactly what you heard. In the fall. What we were told by commanders on the ground in the department of fence was that 4500 US forces, in addition to the NATO forces that are there was the minimum level to address both the mission as well as protection of our forces in the context of the conditions that existed in the fall in as you've highlighted, those conditions have only gotten worse since the fall so in in our judgment 2500 would not be adequate. Should the Taliban re initiate attacks against the United States Hearing: Examining the Trump Administration's Afghanistan Strategy House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on National Security January 28, 2020 Witness: John Sopko - Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) Sound Clips 48:54 John Sopko: We've almost created a system that forces people in the government to give happy talk success stories because they're over there on very short rotations. They want to show success. The whole system is almost geared to give you, and it goes up the chain of command, all the way to the President sometimes. He gets bad information from people out in the field because somebody on a nine month rotation, he has to show success, and that goes up. 54:24 John Sopko: Maybe incentivize honesty. And one of the proposals I gave at that time,be cause I was asked by the staff to come up with proposals, is put the same requirement on the government that we impose on publicly traded corporations. Publicly traded corporations have to tell the truth. Otherwise the SEC will indict the people involved. They have to report when there's a significant event. So put that onus, call it The Truth in Government Act if you want, that you in the administration are duty bound by statute to alert Congress to significant events that could directly negatively impact a program or process. So incentivize honesty. 1:10:25 John Sopko: Over 70% of the Afghan budget comes from the United States and the donors. If that money ended, I have said before and I will stand by it, then the Afghan government will probably collapse. Wartime Contracting Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs September 21, 2011 Witnesses: Charles Tiefer: Commissioner on the Commission on Wartime Contracting Clark Kent Ervin: Commissioner on the Commission on Wartime Contracting Sound Clips 1:11:30 Charles Tiefer: Our private security in Afghanistan appears to be a major source of payoffs to the Taliban. Our report has the first official statement that it's the second-largest source of money for the Taliban. Sen. Carl Levin: After drugs. Charles Tiefer: After drugs, that's right. 1:25:18 Clark Kent Ervin: It's critical that the government have a choice, and that means that there needs to be at least a small and expandable, organic capacity on the part of these three agencies to perform missions themselves, so the next time there's a contingency, the government has a choice between going with contractors and going in-house and the determination can be made whether it's more effective to do it either way, whether it's cheaper to do it either way. As we said at the inception, right now the government doesn't have an option. Contractors are the default option because they're the only option. President George W. Bush announces U.S. Military Strikes on Afghanistan October 7, 2001 President George W. Bush: Good afternoon. On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against Al-Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. These carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime. More than two weeks ago, I gave Taliban leaders a series of clear and specific demands: close terrorist training camps, hand over leaders of the Al-Qaeda network, and return all foreign nationals including American citizens unjustly detained in your country. None of these demands were met and now the Taliban will pay a price by destroying camps and disrupting communications. We will make it more difficult for the terror network to train new recruits and coordinate their evil plans. ** International Campaign Against Terrorism Senate Foreign Relations Committee October 25, 2001 Witness: Colin Powell: Secretary of State Sound Clip 27:00 Colin Powell: Our work in Afghanistan though, is not just of a military nature. We recognize that when the Al Qaeda organization has been destroyed in Afghanistan, and as we continue to try to destroy it in all the nations in which it exists around the world, and when the Taliban regime has gone to its final reward, we need to put in place a new government in Afghanistan, one that represents all the people of Afghanistan and one that is not dominated by any single powerful neighbor, but instead is dominated by the will of the people of Afghanistan. Executive Producer Recommendations Elect Stephanie Gallardo 2022 Krystal Kyle and Friends. August 21, 2021. “Episode 35 Audio with Matthew Hoh.” Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)
On September 14th, 2001 Congress passed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, allowing the Armed Forces to strike back against those responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks and deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States. That AUMF has been used by every President since. But with the War in Afghanistan over and no remaining troops on the ground, it may be time to re-think the broad power given to the commander in chief. Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young discusses the future of these military authorizations twenty years later. The 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election takes place Tuesday, September 14th, and President Biden is campaigning with Governor Gavin Newsom in an attempt to keep him from being removed from office. Former President Barack Obama released an advertisement for Newsom urging Democrats to return ballots and veto the recall. However, if the California Governor is recalled, there are more than forty candidates lined up to replace him. FOX News Radio Political Analyst and columnist at National Journal Josh Krausaar predicts the election outcome.
On September 10, 2021, WisconsinEye Host and CBS 58 Capitol Reporter Emilee Fannon and WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross reviewed this week in state politics. (Brought to you by the Wisconsin Realtors Association).On this week's episode:Rebecca Kleefisch announces gubernatorial bidMilwaukee Alder Chantia Lewis charged with campaign finance violationsGOP lawmakers push back on election auditDemocrats tour Fort McCoyNass and UW COVID policies
Photo: Toronto from top of Rossin House (S.E. corner of King and York Streets looking towards Niagara); 1840s CBS Eyes on the World with John Batchelor CBS Audio Network @Batchelorshow Memories of 9-11-01 at Toronto, Ontario. @ConradMBlack .. National Post The greatest significance of the dramatic and evil assault on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington 20 years ago was that it initiated a new form of quasi-military violence against the Western democratic powers that had emerged at the end of the Cold War as overwhelmingly the most influential political, economic and cultural force in the world. The national security policy of the leader of the Western alliance, the United States, was enunciated in two speeches to the United States Congress by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. In his State of the Union address in January of that year he said that America “must always be wary of those who with ‘sounding brass and tinkling cymbal' would preach the ‘ism of appeasement'.” In his war message of December 8, 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and many other sites in the Pacific, Roosevelt said, “we will make very certain that this form of treachery never again endangers us.” The burden of these assertions was that the United States would not be an appeasement power and that it would thereafter retain sufficient deterrent strength that no country would attack it again as Japan had. Between Roosevelt and George W. Bush, 10 presidents, five of each party, had essentially upheld that double formula successfully. The United States did not appease competing or adversarial states, although it attempted to compromise with them; and no other country has dared to risk the retaliatory response of American military might. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were the fruit of the imagination of the most militant enemies of America and the West: an attack by people who deliberately committed suicide in conducting the attack—not only were unafraid of dying but were eager to die—by forces that could not be directly linked in any command structure to any sovereign state. It was, after 50 years, the double evasion of the Roosevelt formula: forces so shadowy it was not clear how they could be appeased if anyone wished to do so, and so fanatical that they could not be deterred from even the most heinous acts because of their ardent desire to die for their cause. Clearly, and in the most dramatic possible way, a new threat had emerged. The spectacle on television of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers is rivaled only by the film of the assassination of Pres. Kennedy as the most vividly and widely remembered incident in the lifetime of anyone now living. It must be said that the American and allied response was impressive. For the first time, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) invoked the war clause and the North Atlantic Council, NATO's governing authority, unanimously stated that an Alliance member had been attacked in an act of war and every country in the alliance responded as if it were an act of war against themselves: “An attack upon one is an attack upon all.” Forces from a large number of NATO countries were dispatched to Afghanistan, [which w]as the training and staging area for the 9/11 outrages. They quickly overthrew the Afghan government, destroyed the training facilities of the terrorist groups and drove them out of Afghanistan; and virtually every country in the world other than a few militantly Islamist or very primitive states united in a vast system of information exchange and paramilitary cooperation. Those who remember 9/11 well will remember the widespread speculation and the noisy threats of terrorist spokespeople to the effect that this was merely the introduction of an endless series of massive terrorist assaults upon the West. Of course, there have been some such assaults, although very few recently and some of them were very deadly—though none as horrible or spectacular as the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago. We must not be so depressed and scandalized by the shameful end of the NATO presence in Afghanistan, at the instigation of the current U.S. president, that we fail to recognize the very thorough and almost leak-proof protection that the antiterrorist forces of the Western Alliance and its affiliates, such as Israel and Japan, have given the civil population of the West and its allies these 20 years. The disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan has been an appalling fiasco but the West was certainly not militarily defeated. The American government decided, as the Soviet Union decided in the 1980's and the British Empire decided in the middle of the 19th century, that Afghanistan had few resources, was primitive, landlocked, and terribly inhospitable, had practically no strategic value and was accordingly not worth the military effort to maintain control of the urban areas as NATO was doing with only about 10,000 members of its Armed Forces until a month ago. There is room to dispute this judgment, and I don't agree with it myself, but it was a public relations and not a military defeat. The effect of this withdrawal will be to test whether the Islamist terrorist forces wish to use Afghanistan again as the launching place for their criminal violence or not. If they do, obviously, Afghanistan will be attacked again and probably with much greater violence than it was 20 years ago. Afghanistan has been regarded as rich only in heroin, but the theory has recently arisen that it is rich in rare earths as well. It sounds like Marxist Herbert Marcuse's theory that the U.S. was in Vietnam because of the oil (which still has not been discovered). In any case, if China wants to plunge into mineral exploration in Afghanistan and add it to its famous Belt and Road, it is welcome to it. Terrorism isn't really war: it isn't an effort of one sovereign authority to try to overcome and defeat another. It is an attempt by people who possess no sovereign authority, no legitimacy whatever, to strike at innocent people with such violence that it produces sketchily outlined concessions from legitimate sovereign countries. It has been successful only when it has been the advance activity of ultimately successful revolutionary movements within certain countries. It is conceivable that it could undermine and heavily influence, as it has in the last 20 years, some countries highly susceptible to militant Islam. But even those countries will not explicitly adopt terrorist techniques because the retaliation from the states they attacked would be so overwhelming, it would completely over-power the small number of fanatics and programmed idiots who want to die for their cause. The terrible events of 20 years ago and their sequels have not threatened our civilization as Nazism and Soviet communism did: Great Powers armed to the teeth and led by satanic dictators. Terrorism horrifies all decent people and kills a comparatively small number, but as an instrument of advancement of the cause in which it is inflicted, terrorism is a failure. The West's error, and it was the mistake of George W. Bush, was to try to eradicate terrorism and war by promoting democracy. This required nation-building so profound that there were not the time or the resources to complete it effectively in the barren soil of primitive and undemocratic societies. And it failed to provide for the democratic selection of anti-democratic political movements: Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Iraqi electorate may prefer dictatorship to democracy. Humiliating debacle though it was, the departure from Afghanistan does represent a withdrawal by the West from an overextended position, and an opportunity for the principal Muslim terrorist organizations to try more conventional and less sociopathic methods of advancing their cause. It is obvious that there will be no toleration, anywhere in the West, or by China and Russia (pending Russia taking its rightful place as a western country) for terrorism or any of its espoused objectives. The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington 20 years ago were permanently shocking, but as the dramatic beginning of a campaign to shatter Western civilization, they and their sequels have been almost as conspicuous a failure as were Nazi Germany's recourse to aggressive war in 1939 and Imperialist Japan's assault on Pearl Harbor and across the Pacific in 1941. ..
First, Shubhajit Roy joins the show to discuss the portfolios in the new Afghan government, the involvement of Pakistan, and what it means for India.Next, Mohamed Thaver talks about the NIA's chargesheet in the Ambani bomb scare case and the biggest takeaways from the investigation so far. (16:22)And finally, we go over the latest on the recruitment of women into the Indian armed forces. (27:15)
On September 3, 2021, WisconsinEye Host and CBS 58 Capitol Reporter Emilee Fannon and WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross reviewed this week in state politics. (Brought to you by the Wisconsin Realtors Association).On this week's episode:Governor's Race 2022Election AuditCOVID-19 SurgeTourism Secretary Anne SayersFort McCoy
Continuing the series of Black's History Week podcasts on British military deployments, Professor Jeremy Black talks to The Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart, about the future role of Britain's armed forces and whether the departure from Kabul marks the end of foreign nation-building operations. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and iTunes to ensure you never you never miss an episode. -- Image: UK military personnel board a A400M aircraft departing from Kabul on August 28, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by Jonathan Gifford/MoD Crown Copyright via Getty Images) Music: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (premiumbeat.com)
For those who have fought and died in the U.S. Armed Forces, they leave with their families the weight of their sacrifice. Holly Higgins of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, lost her son, Daniel Johnson, while he served in the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan in 2010. Higgins talks about dealing with the loss with her other son, Erik Johnson, a Specialist in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. They shared their experience as part of StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, which is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
In this episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, Dr. M. Taylor Fravel joins us to discuss whether China has become more militarily assertive toward its neighbors during the pandemic. Dr. Fravel argues that, although some expected the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to halt or reduce its activity during the Covid-19 pandemic, the level of Chinese assertiveness seen prior to the pandemic has continued during the pandemic. He adds that the PLA's ability to dispatch medical teams within China during the pandemic while maintaining its pace of operations in regional disputes shows that China is reaping the rewards of two decades of PLA modernization. Lastly, Dr. Fravel describes the benefits of increasing US collaboration with countries on the front lines of Chinese disputes. Dr. Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Fravel studies international relations, with a focus on international security, China, and East Asia. His books include, Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes, (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949 (Princeton University Press, 2019). His other publications have appeared in International Security, Foreign Affairs, Security Studies, International Studies Review, The China Quarterly, The Washington Quarterly, Journal of Strategic Studies, Armed Forces & Society, Current History, Asian Survey, Asian Security, China Leadership Monitor, and Contemporary Southeast Asia.
Rev. Craig G. Muehler, CAPT, CHC, USN, (Ret.) — Director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces (MAF), joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how LCMS military chaplains serve today, how our chaplains have been affected by the situation in Afghanistan, updates from LCMS chaplains serving in or near Afghanistan and at evacuation centers, and how we can support these chaplains as they serve both our armed forces and Afghan refugees. Contact MAF at firstname.lastname@example.org to stay informed about relief opportunities or to learn more about becoming a chaplain. Find more information about MAF at lcms.org/armedforces.
Experiencing life serving as a member of the Armed Forces, working with non-profits, becoming a master seamstress, studding phlebotomy, earning multiple degrees, running marathons, and teaching in the public school system, Nikki ultimately found the fulfillment of her purpose in the creation of her own non-profit organization, Buy From A Black Woman. With the mission of serving, supporting and providing tools and resources to help Black Women Business Owners succeed, Buy From a Black Woman was born out of Nikki's passion for service and her recognition of the lack of support and resources available to black women business owners. Since 2016 Buy From a Black Woman has empowered, educated and inspired black women business owners and the people who support them. Buy from a Black Woman is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on ensuring that Black Women have the tools and resources that will allow them to be successful. Through educational programs, an online directory, and funding, Buy from a Black Woman continues to grow as a trusted resource that helps Black Women in business. What You Will Hear in This Episode: Nikki's belief and search for her purpose. Intention behind starting a blog and the buy from a black woman challenge. Listening to what you should be doing and doing it. Reasons why black women businesses aren't more successful. Understanding the difficulty and the major challenges of starting a business. Bringing on experts to help grow and maintain. The importance and power of sharing your story. Nikki's activities before starting her business and the turning point. Listening to your intuition and fulfilling your purpose with intention. Success story and the Black Women Business Grant. Quotes: “The wage gap is real…..When it comes to black women businesses and all women businesses we have the biggest wage gap.” “People don't understand how difficult it is to start a business until they have to start a business.” “You have to be properly educated so you can properly market, maintain and sustain your business.” “There is no way you can grow doing everything yourself….I have to be able to allow other people to put soil and fertilizer into my garden as well.” “You have to listen to your intuition.” Mentioned: Buy From a Black Woman Hip Hop Tea Company Buy From a Black Woman Directory IG, Twitter, Facebook @buyfromablackwoman Youtube @buyfromablackwoman or @buyfromablackwomantv email@example.com Not Done Yet! Not Done Yet! Amazon Bonniemarcusleadership.com The Politics of Promotion Fb @Bonnie.Marcus LinkedIn: @Bonniemarcus Twitter: @selfpromote IG: @self_promote_ Bonniemarcusleadership.com https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/genderedageismatwork
Jane Strong from Equus effect and John Bourges Jane Strong, SEP, ESMHL Executive Director Co-founder and Lead Facilitator Eponaquest Equine Experiential Learning Instructor PATH, Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner Certified Enneagram Teacher Jane began her lifelong love of horses as a competitive rider. When she left the world of traditional horsemanship behind, she had no idea that horses would ever become an integral part of her life again. It was not until she began to study the principles and practices of natural horsemanship that she came to understand what horses had to teach us about how we come across to others, about being in the moment and how to bring out the best in ourselves. Read More about Jane I've worked in this way with horses for the past 10 years. Because horses engage all of our senses and ask us to be as present as they are, they can help people discover new ways of seeing themselves in relation to others. This work is both serious and fun, energizing and relaxing, easy to understand and deeply meaningful. By teaching us to stay present in the face of change, horses can help us develop our capacity to navigate transitions from one phase of life to another faster than any other mode of experiential learning or treatment I know. They invite the deepest, most honorable part of ourselves to come forward and meet life on life's terms. JS John Bourges Putnam County Currently John Bourges is the Program Coordinator for the PFC Joseph P Dwyer Veteran peer Support program in Putnam County, as well as a Putnam County Coroner. He worked as a Registered Nurse from 2003 to 2018 in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department settings, earning a BSN, CCRN and CEN, as well having been an ACLS, PALS & BLS Instructor. He was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as an Officer, serving both as an ER and ICU nurse in a combat area of operations. He has twenty years' experience with the New York City Police Department including Patrol, Narcotics and the Detective Bureau. John is also trained in Personal/Dignitary protection (full carry, & H.R. 218). He is on the Board of Directors of the Prevention Council of Putnam, formally NCADD; an advisory member of the Putnam County Suicide Prevention Task Force; on the Advisory Board of The Healing Communities Study (Columbia University); On the Advisory Committee of The NYS Suicide Prevention Coalition “Helping Those Who Help Others” (HTWHO); On the Advisory Committee National Association of Social Workers-NYS ‘Veteran Mental Health Training Initiative', (VMHTI); ‘First Line' Peer to Peer support for Law Enforcement, member/advisor. #JohnBourges #PDSupportGroup #PoliceOfftheCuff ❗❗❗ Check out our website: https://policeoffthecuff.com
TwoSistas and "waving" to mindset - what does that exactly mean??!! Having gratitude in our hearts to motivate others even in the hardest of times; empowering others to see "good" in a situation even when hope appears "hopeless" -- and showing our gratitude to those who have served, those who have lost so much and their families in the whatever branch of the Armed Forces of the United States of America - we salute you and your families; we salute those who are now retired from the service but still continue to give their all to our country! Do you have someone in the Armed Services to whom you would love to give a shot out too? Contact: Janis.TwoSistas@gmail.com or send either Carroll-Sue or Janis private DMs on our Facebook page.
Shanta has an authentic talk with Marquise Trent arounda Comprehensive Look at Gangsta Rap Its Subgenres and Their Effect on Our Generations; About Marquise;Born in a city known for hatred and a literal slave mentality, Marquise Trent was called for a time as this, birthed for a time as this. In a world full of turmoil, misguided souls, and absolute chaos, someone has to join the battlefield to assist the other soldiers and warriors fighting for the lives of the people; Marquise is that one.With a strong desire to see change, coupled with unrivaled passion and a drive for liberty, Marquise will undoubtedly impact ANY crowd that you place him in front of as an Empowerment Speaker. As a published author of the book Overstanding™: a Comprehensive Look at Gangsta Rap Its Subgenres and Their Effect on Our Generations, this young man intends to further his reach and influence via this riveting non-fiction work.As an accomplished inspirational recording artist, Marquise has recorded and performed music that has reached as close as a neighboring city or county to as far as Japan, creating a global buzz! As a Veteran of the Armed Forces, a recipient of a Bachelor's Degree, and even a former criminal,Marquise has a plethora of life experiences to tap into to provide his audiences with engaging encounters that they will NOT forget.One speech. One book. One song at a time.Author. Speaker. Coach.MarquiseTrent.comhttp://www.marquisetrent.com/youtube.html#/Connect with Authentic Talks 2.0 Podcast on social Media:www.authentictalks2.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/authentictalks2.0_withshanta/Twitter: @authenticTalks2.0Clubhouse: @AuthenticTalksEmail: AuthenticShanta@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsC3wtpcdWRywryicns0gwQPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authenticshanta8638/authentictalks-with-shanta-podcast/
ANN/Groong Week in Review - August 22, 2021Topics:The Government's 5-Year PlanIs Russia Rearming Armenia? Artsakh?Press Freedoms Curtailed in ParliamentTopics from the PanelistsProfessionalism in PoliticsCOVID ComplacenceGuests:Asbed Kotchikian @Asbed_KHrant Mikaelian @Hrant_datablogHosts:Asbed Bedrossian @qubriqEpisode 86 | Recorded: August 22, 2021
In 2019, human rights activist and land defender Brandon Lee was shot four times outside his home in Lagawe, Lfuagao by the Armed Forces of the Philippines after being targeted for assassination by the Duterte administration. We speak to Brandon along with Rhonda Ramiro, chairperson of Bayan USA, about the assassination attempt, the ongoing abuses of the Duterte administration, and the United States' continued support. Bayan USA: www.bayanusa.org Philippine Human Rights Act: www.humanrightsph.org Fundraiser for Brandon: gofundme.com/f/justice-4-brandon-lee-campaign Human Rights Defenders Fund: ichrpus.square.site/hr-defenders-fund Investigate PH: www.investigate.ph
Mehdi Hasan, sitting in for Ali Velshi, is joined by Congresswoman Susan Wild, Dr. Irwin Redlener, former White House aide Olivia Troye, NPR's Asma Khalid, the New York Times' Helene Cooper, photojournalist Lynsey Addario, Dr. Richina Bicette, the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Afghanistan War veteran Kiyoshi Mino, journalist and author Spencer Ackerman, and former FBI agent Clint Watts.
In today's episode, Chris focuses on how we are processing the 'right now' in Afghanistan: the chaos of today, and the mistakes being made, of which there are plenty. Whether Biden or Trump, both administrations got us to where we are. And while many Americans agree that we should be leaving the 'Forgotten War' after 20 years in-country, the 'how' we leave is among the most important, and seemingly, the most miscalculated. But the longer view of what we wanted to accomplish and what our Armed Forces sacrificed and carried out needs focus as well. Front and Center: Beyond our own diplomats and civilians, some 18,000+ Afghan citizens and their families are scrambling to get out of Afghanistan. The interpreters, the drivers, the cultural advisers, are among those that aligned with the U.S. and our interests, and are now in direct threat from the Taliban. How do we get them out? Is it not our moral obligation to protect them after they helped us? Why wasn't this happening first? Chris looks at the long game and argues it happened for two reasons: poor planning and not understanding this as a priority.At Issue: How do you now keep us safe?
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You've heard of Operation Enduring Freedom. Get ready for Operating Enduring Afghani Invasion of the West. As you may have heard, Joe Biden telegraphed what was basically an invitation for the Taliban to take control back from the puppet government in Afghanistan, which he is now using as a pretext to import "thousands" of militarized Afghan migrants "and their families." The Armed Forces have already been mobilized to extract and transport them, according to a White House statement. So not only do you get to bear the financial and human cost of the longest failed military mission in human history; you also get to permanently house, clothe, and feed thousands of rent-seeking anti-white extremists of military age who hate you and want you dead. Sounds like a fair deal, right? This is EPISODE 738 of So to Speak w/ Jared Howe!
August 13, 2021: Andrew Chapados and Drea Humphrey talk about vaccine passports for health care workers and the Armed Forces, the CDC's recommendations for COVID camps and then break the news that the Trudeau Liberals will soon demand that all commercial air travellers provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccines.
Armed Forces Brewing Company is a Military tribute craft brewing company comprised of three brands that pay homage to our great American Military: both active duty and Veterans. Today, we're talking to Alan Beal, the CEO of Armed Forces Brewing Company, about their new venture, a few of their key shareholders (who have some done some pretty epic stuff for our country), and we're talking beer, on this episode of PICK UP THE SIX Podcast.
This is a Fb-live rip from the Extreme Health Inner circle between Dr. Al and US. Army, Retired Brigadier General, Becky Halstead. You can check out more on General Halstead on episode 103. Among Becky's many persona accomplishments and firsts, she was the first woman in U.S. history to serve as a commanding general in combat. She has also recently authored the book, “24/7: The First Person You Must Lead is YOU”. Which is a book on leadership and the leadership principles based upon decades of her practice and observation in life and in the U.S. Army. The goal of our chat was to inspire the Extreme Health Inner Circle to recognize the importance of leadership in their lives and maybe even to ignite them into action. This is a deep dive into leading during chaos, is there any chaos going around right now? How do you embrace and lead through change, the pivotal points in her leadership journey, how she identified leaders in the U.S. Army and much more. The Extreme Health Website. Team Up with The Extreme Health Inner Circle. Wear Extreme Health Merch! Connect with The Extreme Health Newsletter. The Extreme Health Podcast is brought to you by: All music arranged by Kept Alive. MeetPaddy App: Your all-in-one for your website, landing page, funnels, text message marketing, CRM, social media marketing scheduler, drag + drop surveys, forms, calendars, voicemail marketing, online reputation review/management, Facebook/google ad analytics, chat bot, course and memberships, products and more. Whoop: Daily personalized fitness, sleep, and recovery data delivered to you in real time with WHOOP. Optimize the way you recover, train, and sleep with daily reporting on mobile and desktop apps. Get a FREE WHOOP strap and your first month FREE when you join with my link. Audible: Audible is the world's largest producer and provider of spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, enriching the lives of our millions of listeners every day. I use it everyday while I run, drive or relax on the couch. ButcherBox: Delivers 100% grass-fed, grass-finished beef, free-range, organic chicken, heritage breed pork, and wild caught Alaskan salmon directly to your door, free shipping. You can use the link for $30 off of your 1st box. CleanBeautyCon: Advocates for safer and more sustainable cosmetics. Clean Beauty Con produces weekly Clean Beauty Virtual Summits,I was a featured guest at one of the summits and I loved it. Use the discount code riseupradio to save 10%.
The American armed forces are the most well-funded military in the world, but outside of a few humanitarian victories, the U.S. hasn't won a war since 1945 … and in the 21st century, that might be by design. On the front lines, combat-ready battalions are replaced by nimble special forces. Fighter aces share the skies with drones. And the very concept of American military might is used for something far different from what we might expect.
Struggling in the polls, President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to ignore next year's election results. But is the risk of democratic rupture real? Or is the far-right simply crying coup?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)
Welcome to the place where I get to let my geek flag fly and talk about all things geek. Basically a fuzzy guide to life, the universe, and everything but mostly geek stuff. This is where I look into the world of geekdom and some geek news, comics, The Simpsons, Star Wars, and whatever randomness finds its way onto the recording. This level of the podcast is a fun one where Danny and I talk Star Wars all about our Star Wars fandom based on our own life journeys as veterans of the Armed Forces. Topics included Stormtrooper accuracy, fire teams in Mando, technology and wars, complications of running militias, military history on display (WWII films, Rome, Nazi Germany, Vietnam), psychology of military members, military rank and file, clones and battle droids, when Star Wars gets the military right, contemporary military influences from Star Wars (robotics programs named after Luke, Reagan's Star Wars space program, R2D2 bunkers in Iraq, 93 yo Pentagon man nicknamed Yoda, 1LT James Earl Jones), superior military dominance in perpetuity, and more! A great conversation and I hope you enjoy our insights. Congrats on completing Level 253 of the podcast! Think positive, test negative, stay safe, wash your hands, wear a mask, and good luck out there. Feel free to contact me on Twitter and/or Instagram (@wookieeriot). You can also reach the show by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org., or by joining the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1879505335626093). I'd love to hear from you. Also subscribe to the feed on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Stitcher, Breaker, IHeartRadio, RadioPublic, Spotify, or any of the apps which pull from those sources. Go do your thing so I can keep doing mine. If you feel so inclined, drop a positive rating or comment on those apps. Ratings help others find the madness. Tell your friends, geekery is always better with peers. Thank YOU for being a part of this hilarity! There's a plethora of ways to comment about the show and I look forward to seeing your thoughts --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/laugh-it-up-fuzzball/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/laugh-it-up-fuzzball/support
FlightSafety International, a Berkshire Hathaway company Ron was named the President, FlightSafety Services Corporation (FSSC), in January 2014. FSSC provides turnkey aircrew training systems (ATS) and contractor logistics support (CLS) to its military customers. It includes aircrew training, courseware, advanced technology training devices, computer based training workstations and support for simulators at 18 U.S. military bases. Current programs include the development and fielding of the ATS for the new KC-46 aircraft., CLS for T-1 and T-38 training devices, instruction and CLS for KDAM ATARS (special operations) and the KC-10. Ron joined the FlightSafety International team as the Director of Military Business Development, FlightSafety Simulation, in October 2011. His responsibilities included finding first-class training and simulation solutions for its military customers. This covered the spectrum from part-task trainers to high fidelity, full flight simulators. He was then named as the Vice President of FSSC in October 2013. He previously served in the U.S Air Force obtaining the rank of Major General. He commanded the first squadron operating the new C-17, a C-141 operations group and a KC-135 air refueling wing. He also led the Air Force's center that directed worldwide flights of its fleet of 800 cargo and tanker aircraft – about one takeoff every 90 seconds. Ron's interagency experience includes international contingency planning as the senior Air Force officer at the Department of State. His Pentagon experience includes planning and budgeting about $30 billion to support Air Force logistics. He also ran the Air Force's accredited Staff College. Finally, Ron's Air Force career culminated with leading 17th Air Force which directed all Air Force activities in Africa to include anti-terrorism, anti-piracy and disaster relief operations. Ron has about 4,800 hours as a pilot and instructor flying C-141A/B, C-17A, KC-135R (Boeing 707) and C-21 (Lear 35) aircraft. His formal education includes a degree in Engineering Mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master's degree in Business Administration from Webster University a degree from Air Command and Staff College and a master's degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Ron also attended the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
With the attention of the world focused elsewhere, a conflict that threatens the stability of an entire continent has slipped under the radar. Ethiopia's Tigray conflict has rapidly spiralled out of control, decimating their Armed Forces and sending the country toward the brink of collapse. With few options left, the now desperate Ethiopian Government is recalling their peacekeepers from dozens of hotspots across Africa, opening the door for conflicts throughout the continent to reignite. On the panel this week. Kjetil Tronvoll (Oslo Analytica) Alan Boswell (Crisis Group)Alex De Waal (World Peace Foundation)For more info please visit www.theredlinepodcast.com
This week's guest is Jeff Lubin; he's a nationally known Master Photographer, keynote speaker, a leader in the business and photography world, and an expert in sales. He's also owned one of the most successful studios in the country for over 38 years. Jeff is my mentor and the reason I had my online dating breakthrough. He's also given me some of the best advice in my life. In this episode, we discuss the ways relationships are just like running a business. There are many similarities, like the importance of your brand, your value, networking, connections, down to supply and demand. We also discuss unwritten rules, navigating the highs and lows, and why we should remain confident in our abilities. Jeff Lubin began with humble beginnings in a small studio with a window and a neon sign to becoming the leading portrait photographer in the Washington, D.C. area for nearly four decades. Some of his clients include Lynda Carter, Cal Ripken, Robert & Sheila Johnson, and Larry King. In 2017, The Lubin Studio was commissioned to create seven paintings to adorn the United States Court of Appeals for The Armed Forces work, which will display throughout history. Jeff's style has won him many national and state awards. He earned the coveted Master of Photography Degree from Professional Photographers of American in 1992, after only three years of competition. The following year, he received his Craftsman Degree. Jeff's work has been featured in several issues of Rangefinder Magazine and The Professional Photographer. He has also published over 100 articles in photography. He's been a renowned keynote speaker at national and state conventions all over the globe. Jeff's style is one of the most emulated in the photography industry over the last quarter-century.Kerry Brett and Jeff Lubin cover a lot of ground, from photography, building a brand and successful business, to starting over with online dating. Topics include:How to create a household name brand.How to be relentless in your pursuit to the top.How to stand out in a crowd and be memorable.Why if you be your true authentic self, you will be more likable and relatable.Often people don't give themselves a chance or realize what makes them different or special is the very thing that will make them stand out in business or on these dating apps. Why true growth comes from the experiences you have and things not working out.Why having a never quit mentality is the reason behind an entrepreneur's success.Why limiting beliefs keep us stuck in our current situation, either staying in a job that makes you unhappy or in the area of our love lives. You are what you think and how thoughts expand.If you can change your thinking you can change your reality.What you resist persists, and if you are doing the same patterns repeatedly and things are working, that is the definition of insanity.To find out more about Jeff Lubin go to www.jefflubin.com. or join 10,000 photographers ib his Facebook group Jeff Lubin's Portrait and Business Tip of the Day and on Instagram @j_lubin. Follow Jeff Lubin and ring his bell on clubhouse.
We're back, with one slightly-older co-host and another co-host who is ready to drive across the country! Tune in for discussion and debate relating to: The domestic and international law aspects of the Biden administration's decision to conduct airstrikes against Kata'ib Hezbollah targets in Syria and Iraq The ongoing Biden administration internal debate over which rules should govern the use of lethal force in locations other than Syria and Iraq The Supreme Court's denial of cert. concerning warrantless searches of electronic devices at the border (leaving in place a significant circuit split, oddly) The Supreme Court's denial of cert. in a case involving torture claims against a contractor associated with the Abu Ghraib prison The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruling in Begani concerning court-martial jurisdiction over former servicemembers Sentencing for a US translator who became a spy for Hezbollah, providing classified information including the identity of human sources linked to the attack that killed Iran's Suleimani Sentencing for a US person convicted of teaching the making of explosives for purposes of a federal crime of violence Seizure of websites used by Kata'ib Hezbollah and also by an IRGC-affiliated Iranian media group All that, plus the MLB crackdown on scuffed balls and ... Steve's Excellent Cross-Country Road Trip!
President Biden has a press conference about firearms in an attempt to curb the rise in crime. Biden claims that cities with the most strict gun law do not have the highest crime. General Mark Milley testifies that the Armed Forces are studying Critical Race Theory. Whistleblowers tell Congress that the military is teaching ant-American indoctrination. Biden and Congressional Republicans reach an agreement on an infrastructure bill. Dinesh D'Souza joins us to discuss the wokery and the war on speech.Please visit our great sponsors:Patriot Mobilehttps://PatriotMobile.com/DanaSwitch today with promo code DANA for free activation and a free gift. patriotmobile.com/dana or call 972-PATRIOT. Kel-Techttps://KelTecWeapons.comKelTec: Creating Innovative, Quality Firearms to help secure your world. Delta Rescuehttps://deltarescue.orgGet your complete Estate Planning kit at deltarescue.org/dana today and let your passion for animals live well into the future. Superbeetshttps://DanasBeets.comGet a free 30-day supply of the new SuperBeets Memory & Focus with your purchase of SuperBeets Heart Chews when you shop at DanasBeets.com. Ladders, Inchttps://theladders.com/DanaStart using the Ladders' new Apply4Me service today and never fill out another job form again!
Salty Talk is a special edition of Healthy Rebellion Radio. Each week on Salty Talk Robb will do a deep dive into current health and performance news, mixed with an occasional Salty conversation with movers and shakers in the world of research, performance, health, and longevity. For the full the video presentation of this episode and to be a part of the conversation, join us in The Healthy Rebellion online community. WARNING: These episodes may get “salty” with the occasional expletive. Please Subscribe and Review: Apple Podcasts | RSS Submit your questions for the podcast here Show Notes: 1. Rx required for N-AC Kelly says: Hi Robb and Nicki, Long time listener, first time question asker! I recently read an article by Dr. Mercola: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/05/15/nac-banned.aspx regarding the requirement that one may soon need a prescription for the amino acid trifecta N-Acetyl Cysteine. I have been taking this for a while just for general wellness but now I'm pretty bummed that I have to get a prescription, fill it at the pharmacy, and probably pay more for it now. I'd love to hear your thoughts on whether the juice is worth the squeeze? And of course I always love hearing some salty talk about why this is happening now when it was available OTC for almost 60 years. I guess those pharma guys and gals need more money? Thank you both for your level-headed, realistic and applicable-to-real-life-people health guidance. Your work is appreciated. NAC: A Natural Product So Powerful It Is Used in Hospitals https://www.pharmacytimes.com/view/nac-a-natural-product-so-powerful-it-is-used-in-hospitals Reduction in Ephedra Poisonings after FDA Ban https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc1502505 "The number of calls to poison centers related to ephedra poisonings peaked at 10,326 in 2002 and steadily declined to 180 by the end of 2013 (Figure 1). Exposures resulting in major effects also peaked in 2002, numbering 108. Beginning in 2008, there have been 3 or fewer reports of exposures with major effects per year. The number of deaths peaked at 7 in 2004, and there have been no reported ephedra-related deaths since 2008." Acetaminophen and the U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study Group: lowering the risks of hepatic failure https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15239078/ Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers (>100,000/year) and accounts for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure each year....By enabling self-diagnosis and treatment of minor aches and pains, its benefits are said by the Food and Drug Administration to outweigh its risks. It still must be asked: Is this amount of injury and death really acceptable for an over-the-counter pain reliever?" Over-the-Counter Pain Medication Market will Exhibit a Steady 4.0% CAGR through 2028: Future Market Insights https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/02/20/1738355/0/en/Over-the-Counter-Pain-Medication-Market-will-Exhibit-a-Steady-4-0-CAGR-through-2028-Future-Market-Insights.html "The OTC (over-the-counter) pain medication market surpassed US$ 18 billion in 2018, with growth influenced by changing perceptions on generic pharmaceutical drugs, according to a recent study published by Future Market Insights (FMI). The study opines that market revenue will rev up at an improved rate of 3.7% to exceed US$ 19.3 billion in 2019. FMI analyzes various aspects of market growth influencing the OTC pain medication market....As acetaminophen is considered as a safer pain medication than other pain relievers, its demand will continue to remain high in the upcoming years, opines the FMI study." Use of N-acetylcysteine in clinical toxicology https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1928204/ "The major use of N-acetylcysteine in clinical toxicology is in the treatment of acetaminophen (paracetamol) overdosage. The hepatorenal toxicity of acetaminophen is mediated by a reactive metabolite normally detoxified by reduced glutathione. If glutathione is depleted, covalent binding to macromolecules and/or oxidation of thiol enzymes can lead to cell death." N-Acetylcysteine Improves Liver Function in Patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3270338/ Non-alcoholic fatty liver change is a common disease of the liver in which oxidative stress plays a basic role. Studies are largely focused on protecting the liver by means of anti-oxidative material. The aim of this study is to evaluate the role of N- acetylcysteine in the process of liver injury....NAC resulted in a significant decrease of serum alanine aminotransfrase after three months, compared to vitamin C. This effect was independent of the grade of steatosis in the initial diagnosis. Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2000–2017 https://health.mil/News/Articles/2019/01/01/NAFLD "During 2000–2017, a total of 19,069 active component service members received incident diagnoses of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)" Incidence of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children: 2009–2018 https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/146/6/e20200771/tab-figures-data N-acetylcysteine overdose after acetaminophen poisoning https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4354467/ Sponsor: The Healthy Rebellion Radio is sponsored by our electrolyte company, LMNT. Proper hydration is more than just drinking water. 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On today’s special Memorial Day podcast edition, the brothers have an incredible interview with Fred Wellman, Executive Director of the Lincoln Project who served in the U.S. Army for 22-years as an aviator and public affairs officer, including four combat tours in Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. We discuss what Memorial Day means to Fred, how Dems can use their power to influence real change and WTF is wrong with Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn. The episode also focuses on personal anecdotes of the deep ties to the Armed Forces within the Meidas family. Make sure you tune in every Tuesday and Friday for NEW episodes of The MeidasTouch Podcast! Get your Meidas Merch today at store.meidastouch.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/meidastouch/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/meidastouch/support