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PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Nate Lindberg from PWTorch.com to discuss WWE Friday Night Smackdown with live callers and on-site correspondents. They discuss the Brock Lesnar-Roman Reigns contract signing and whether Lesnar is just messing with Heyman or if there's possibly a secret Lesnar-Heyman alliance, Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch, Queen and King tournament semi-finals, Edge-Seth hype, and more. They also have on-site correspondents from both Smackdown and Rampage, including Tribute to the Troops taping notes.
Today's Topics: 1) Gospel - Lk 11:47-54 - Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with (the prophets) blood! Saint Callistus I, pray for us Religious exemption: U.S. District Judge David Hurd ruled that New York state cannot impose a COVID-19 shot on healthcare workers without allowing for religious exemptions. At least 24 states have imposed COVID-19 shot mandates on workers, usually in healthcare https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/new-york-must-allow-religious-exemptions-to-covid-19-vaccine-mandate-judge-rules/ar-AAPqOwL Military vax and conscience: Catholic troops can refuse the COVID-19 shot, declared Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Archdiocese of the Military Services. “No one should be forced to receive the aCOVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience” Troops asked Archbishop Broglio if the church's permission to get vaccinated outweighed their own conscientious objection to it. “It does not,” he wrote https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/10/catholic-troops-can-refuse-covid-vaccine-archbishop-declares/186056/ Bishop: Act like you're devout: Archbishop Joseph Naumann, head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee, accused President Joe Biden of being “in the control of abortion extremists.” Naumann told EWTN News Nightly:“ He likes to call himself a "devout" Catholic. I urge him to begin to act like one, especially on life issues. and to let his faith really inform his conscience and the decisions that he's making, not the platform of his party” https://www.google.com/url?q=http://email.vervemail.com/ct/58516767:6XgXO-2Nh:m:1:1700380382:0860B0D2BC25A293D14C5A79B5961A0F:r&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0aMz1prbRvly1bHLODxA8R2) Bishop Schneider tells Steve Bannon the Latin Mass is "stronger" than Pope Francis: "It will win" https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bishop-schneider-the-traditional-mass-is-stronger-than-pope-francis-it-will-win/ 3) Natural immunity: An alternative to vaccines https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/natural-immunity-an-alternative-to-vaccines_4039793.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email2&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-10-09-1&mktids=2cee0030e0239b9362704310f5e5686e&est=7CfRkTRfgYUOhlyRWPoR2Xwa%2B8AJ8GeJKxlflfmLk4s9Pnh5ZRlQn7%2BDTGPrW7dTdQ%3D%3D 4) American Airlines form for employees seeking exemption from the vaccination. How would I respond?
People being fired for refusing to be experimented on is a crime against humnaity. It's time to name and shame the companies do this. Troops in Taiwan? And Tech Tuesday - Is tech WHY we are all following orders?
The RSB Show 10-11-21 - Biden mandate madness, Natural immunity ignored, Police terminated, Trust in media, Troops non-compliant, Physicians silenced
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This Week's Topics:Prayer for Political Prisoners 3:00Biden AG Call Parents Terrorist 5:30Attack on Parents Planned by Left 8:30FBI Says it Doesn't Track Antifa 15:00McConnell Caves on Debt Ceiling 17:00Great Letter from Grassley 21:00They Admit they Deleted Voter Files! 23:00Legislators want Audits in All States 28:30Horrible Jobs Report AGAIN 31:00Biden Devastating Polls 33:30Republicans Still Strong on Trump 37:30Governors Act to Secure Border 43:30Biden Cancels Wall Building 49:00Study: Natural Immunity Best 50:00Ivermectin ENDED Covid in India 53:00Fake Facebook Whistle Blower 56:30Facebook, Instagram Outage 65:00China Threatens Taiwan 67:00U.S. has Troops in Taiwan 69:00Fakes Senate Report Released 71:00What is Operation 147 ? 77:00Call ATT this Week help OAN 82:30Our Contract with Trump 84:00
Wine is mentioned in many historical accounts in Afghanistan, as are the lush vineyards, orchards, and gardens. This is not the first thing many of us think of when we think of this country. This episode started as a curious "poking around" effort into unearthing whatever wine and spirits history Afghanistan had to offer. It resulted in a story with many loose ends that somehow always led back to the humble vine ... with some drunken Mughals along the way. Resources from this episode: Books: Islam and Tibet: Interactions along the Musk Routes, Akasoy, A., Burnett, C., & Yoeli-Tlalim, R. (2016) Koh-I-Noor: The history of the world's most infamous diamond, Anand, A., Dalrymple, W., (2017) [Audible Version, 2017] Return of a King: The battle for Afghanistan, Dalyrmple, W. (2013) [Audible Version, 2021] The Silk Roads, Frankopen, P., (2015) [Audible Version, 2021] The Snow Leopard Project: And other adventures in warzone conservation, Dehgan, A. (2019) [Audible Version, 2019] Papers: Colloquium Journal/Agricultural Sciences: Gardening of Afghanistan, Maykhan, H., Troshkin, L.P., Kravchenko, R.V., Hilmand, M., Wafa, S. (2020) http://www.colloquium-journal.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/colloquium-journal-1769-chast-2.pdf#page=26 Grapes Production in Afghanistan, Khasrow, A. (January 2016) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/289999498_Grapes_production_in_Afghanistan/link/569429ba08ae820ff072b7fe/download Transregional Intoxications: Wine in Buddhist Gandhara and Kafiristan, Klimburg, M. (2016), from Borders: Itineraries on the edges of Iran, Pellò, S., pp. 271 - 302, Edizioni Ca' Foscari (2016) https://www.academia.edu/27604861/Borders_Itineraries_on_the_Edges_of_Iran Websites: Scroll.in: From the Vedic age to the Mughal and the Raj - The colorful history of alcohol consumption in India, Pande, M. (22 May 2017) https://scroll.in/article/834765/from-the-vedic-age-to-the-mughals-and-the-raj-the-colourful-history-of-alcohol-consumption-in-india Atlas Obscura: The Ancient Method That Keeps Afghanistan's Grapes Fresh All Winter, Glinski, S. (25 March 2021) https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-did-people-store-fruit-before-fridges Atlas Obuscura: The Conqueror Who Longed for Melons, Hay, M. (15 November 2017) https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/babur-mughlai-food-india Der Wein: Weinbau in Afghanistan - Der Weinkennerin, Hamm, W. (5 September 2009) https://web.archive.org/web/20151208012526/http://www.weinkennerin.de/weinlaender/afghanistan/weinbau-in-afghanistan.html The Economist: Wine and Tulips in Kabul, (18 December 2010) https://www.economist.com/christmas-specials/2010/12/16/wine-and-tulips-in-kabul Express: Taliban takes over Norwegian Embassy destroying wine bottles and children's books, Hawker, L. (8 September 2021) https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1488409/Taliban-news-Norwegian-Embassy-wine-bottles-books-destroyed-Afghanistan Farm Progress: US Troops get Lessons on Afghanistan's Grape Industry, Letizia, N. (7 June 2012) https://www.farmprogress.com/grapes/us-troops-get-lessons-afghanistan-s-grape-industry Military Wikia: Alcohol in Afghanistan https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Alcohol_in_Afghanistan Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Giving the Army the Lowdown on Grapes, Geranios, N. (11 June 2012) https://dnews.com/local/giving-the-army-the-lowdown-on-grapes/article_fa01a00e-5163-55e8-b8fd-67462b3a938a.html Population Of [last accessed 5 October 2021] https://www.populationof.net/ University of Washington: Memoirs of Babur, Waugh, D. (1999) https://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/texts/babur/babur1.html UW Madison: Catching up with ... Michelle Moyer, Hagenow, B., (12 Ocober 2012) https://grow.calsdev.cals.wisc.edu/deprecated/agriculture/catch-up-with-michelle-moyer Wein.Plus: Afghanistan (23 June 2021) https://glossary.wein.plus/afghanistan World Health Organization: Substance Abuse - Afghanistan profile (2018) https://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/global_alcohol_report/profiles/afg.pdf Wikipedia: Alcohol in Afghanistan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_in_Afghanistan Wine Economist: Wines, Vines, War, Peace and Troops in Afghanistan, Veseth, M. (4 July 2012) https://wineeconomist.com/2012/07/04/wines-vines-war-peace-and-troops-in-afghanistan/ Podcasts: Glass in Session® Winecast: S3E4: Wine from Dried Grapes (2020) https://glassinsession.libsyn.com/s3e4-wine-from-dried-grapes Glass in Session® is a registered trademark of Vino With Val, LLC. Music: “Write Your Story” by Joystock (Jamendo.com cc_Standard License, Jamendo S.A.)
Included in this episode: 1. How U.S. Troops in Taiwan Add Even More Fuel to the China-U.S. Tinderbox 2. This Is the White House's Plan to Take on Facebook 3. Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov Win Nobel Peace Prize for Fighting for Press Freedom 4. NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Found Some Boulders. That's a Much Bigger Deal Than it Seems 5. Why Nike Hasn't Weighed In on NBA Superstar Kyrie Irving's Vaccine Hesitancy .
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SCMP's US reporter Owen Churchill analyses USTR Katherine Tai’s speech on the US-China trade deal, the new ‘China office’ of the CIA and the reality behind news reports of US Marines in Taiwan; China desk reporter William Zheng discusses China’s increasing PLA aircraft deployments across the Taiwan Strait in the leadup to 10/10 day, and Brussels-based reporter Finbarr Bermingham analyses the recent EU leadership summit and its pivot from China policy to crisis talks about the Aukus military…
Since President Joe Biden pulled U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, many are sorting through whether a withdrawal was really necessary. Regardless, the decision marks a decided end to a long and protracted war, which began during 9/11. Amb. Robert Finn joins Julian Zelizer in this week's episode to analyze the decision and its effects in this week's episode. A former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Finn is a former lecturer on Turkish literature at Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies and Ertegun Professor of Turkic Studies. His distinguished foreign service career includes posts at U.S. missions in Turkey and as ambassador to Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Today Mike James gets another chance to talk with Tammy Kovaluk. Tammy is the founder and Race director at Rise Challenge Events. Last year Mike traveled down twice to run her OCR events in Bend Oregon. They talk about the upcoming race NEXT WEEKEND 10/9/202 in Bend Oregon Want more Background on Tammy and the events, follow these links: https://anchor.fm/beastnetpod/episodes/Episode-233-Rise-Challenge-Events-ej7nin https://anchor.fm/beastnetpod/episodes/Episode-241-Troops-Challenge-presented-by-Rise-Challenge-Events-ekjnba https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/esv725 BEND OREGON RISE TROOPS CHALLENGE 10/09 Register here: https://www.risechallengeevents.com/ Follow Rise here: Instagram @rise_challenge_events Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RiseChallengeEvents https://www.harmonyfarmsanctuary.com/ BREAKING NEWS! OCR-Strong has just released the sponsor a racer T-Shirts. Proceeds from the sale of shirts funds the scholarship program for athletes to get back on course. All sponsor events are eligible for sponsored race entries. Get over to www.ocr-strong.com/ and order you one today! www.BeastNetPod.com Music Info: https://beastnetpod.com/music #beastnetpod #OCRBuddy #OCRStrong #OCRaddix #OCRStrong2021 #raceLOCALere. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/beastnetpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beastnetpod/support
Here are three big Things you need to know right now— Three— According to someone who would know—Bruce Springsteen is a complete fraud—someone who took on a persona—to be a rock star—but its nothing like who he really was or maybe is— Two— Nancy Pelosi is being slammed for being Delusional for claiming spending $3.5 Trillion dollars has no cost at all—I mean—I am pretty sure a kindergartener could figure this out— One— The southern border is collapsing—the economy is in big trouble some say because of the soaring prices—most notably in energy costs—Germany and others are actually firing up coal power plants that had been shut down—just to move the juice— Here in the United States we are begging for Saudi Arabia and others to push more oil onto the market so we can buy it— But none of that compares to the wild testimony on Capital Hill this week—that has exposed President Joe Biden for lying—openly about what advice he was given for the American exit from Afghanistan— In fact every top military advisor that has been in the hot seat—says the exact same thing—President Biden was told he needed to leave at least 2,500 troops on the ground—and he needed to keep Bagram Air Force Base—and doing anything less would result in the collapse of the Afghan army and the collapse of the Afghan government— Which is exactly what happened—when the hapless and incompetent commander in chief—decided he knew what was best—and ignored all the advice—that would have kept the entire place calm—like it had been for more than 18 months— Now the terrorists have a safe zone to build their plans and prepare to attack the United States—and yes—Secretary Austin says we may well be back in Afghanistan before you know it— Lets start with what Joe Biden knew—and later lied about—
A.M. Edition for Sept. 30. WSJ's Sune Engel Rasmussen describes life under Taliban rule and the worries about Afghanistan's economy. Britney Spears's father is suspended as conservator of her $60 million estate. Facebook is scheduled to testify at a Senate hearing about its products' effects on young people's mental health. And, the science behind Covid-19 transmission on planes. Peter Granitz hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stanford Steve & The Bear discuss who they know the most about between OU, Arkansas & Ole Miss. Maryland gets a primetime game. How for real is Michigan? Who is the best team in the Big 12? Concern with Oregon, MACtion, betting double digit favorites and a whole lot more
NATO steps up patrols in Kosovo. Serbia troops on high alert The Duran: Episode 1101 Moscow Calls on NATO, EU to Urge Pristina to Withdraw Forces From Kosovo and Prevent Escalation https://sputniknews.com/20210928/moscow-calls-on-nato-eu-to-urge-pristina-to-withdraw-forces-from-kosovo-and-prevent-escalation-1089478081.html #Serbia #Kosovo #NATO #TheDuran
Senators press generals on Biden's decision to pull all troops; Milley, Mackenzie: we assessed that 2,500-3,500 troops should stay; Milley: U.S. credibility damaged by Afghanistan withdrawal; Pelosi reverses course, plans to hold infrastructure vote Thursday even if massive budget bill is not done; Progressive Dems angry with Pelosi on infrastructure reversal; Moderate Dems raise concerns about cooperate tax hikes; Sanders urges House Dems to vote “no” on infrastructure until budget deal passes; WH: Biden thinks meeting with Sinema “moved the ball forward”; Pediatric group: kids make up nearly 27% of current nationwide cases; NYC mayor: 45% jump in vaccinations since mandates announced; Parents protest after court rules in favor of mask mandate in TN school district; WH: 400,000 Americans received booster shots this past weekend; CDC: 55.4% of U.S> now fully vaccinated; Ex-FDA chief: Delta COVID surge could end by Thanksgiving; Ex-FDA chief: COVID likely to become a “persistent menace”; Gabby Petto's family calls on her fiancé to turn himself in; Petito's mother becomes emotional: “she's with us”; Brian Laundrie's parents say they don't know where he is; Grisham book explains Trump's secretive Walter Reed trip in 2019; Former press secretary describes Trump's “terrifying” temper in new book; New tell-all book details lewd behavior from Trump; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Guy Benson Show - 9-28-2021 [00:00:00] 3:06 pm - Milley, McKenzie say they recommended 2,500 troops stay in Afghanistan, after Biden claims he was never told [00:16:25] 3:27 pm - Milley defended phone calls where he reportedly said he would warn China of a US attack [00:18:23] 3:35 pm - Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) [00:31:39] 3:52 pm - Biden Border Flashback [00:36:45] 4:06 pm - Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) [00:52:37] 4:27 pm - AXIOS: Public trust in Joe Biden to provide accurate COVID-19 information [00:55:09] 4:35 pm - GOP Senators Block Democratic Bill to Fund Government and Suspend Debt Ceiling [01:07:59] 4:52 pm - Politico: Pelosi steers Dems toward infrastructure vote, without spending bill in tow [01:13:30] 5:06 pm - Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor at National Journal & Fox News Radio Political Analyst [01:28:27] 5:26 pm - 'Is it transphobic to say only women have a cervix?' [01:31:52] 5:35 pm - REPLAY: Senator Barasso [01:41:40] 5:49 pm - Homestretch: Five for Fighting Concert
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee today about the Afghanistan withdrawal.Each said that, before the Taliban's swift takeover and subsequent evacuation of Americans and allies from Afghanistan, they recommended American troops remain in the country. They also said they were caught by surprise at the speed with which the Afghan government collapsed.This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at firstname.lastname@example.orgJoin the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.
Gen. Milley dropped a bombshell today - throwing President Biden and Nancy Pelosi under the bus. Todd Starnes discusses this breaking story along with the ongoing fallout over COVID vaccine mandates with guests Rob Finnerty, Knox County mayor Glenn Jacobs, and Mat Staver from Liberty Counsel. He also discusses the Brian Laundrie manhunt in an exclusive interview with Dog the Bounty Hunter! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
John Whitehead says it is time to bring all the troops home. military spending is bankrupting us and defense contractors are price gouging the tax payers. The empire has come home and using it's power on the American people. Wars aren't making us safer.
The Biden Administration is demanding that members of the US military who refuse the covid shot be DISHONORABLY discharged! The Administration is also taking aim at military members who prefer to pass on the vax because they have natural immunity from a previous infection. Is this about discipline...or about a political purge of the military? Also today: cancer deaths in UK will skyrocket due to covid lockdowns and care restrictions. Do the world covid elites have an endgame now that their narrative has failed?
With the rise of superhero movies dominating the box office, these days it seems like it's almost fashionable to be a geek. Veteran death metaller Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Pounder) was a geek long before being a geek was cool. Mr. Harvey grew up on horror/ monster movies, sci-fi and comic books. So being the talented musician he is, his latest project was inevitable. "The Last Son Of Krypton" is an amazing instrumental soundtrack for a film that only exists in Harvey's mind. Drawing influence from the John Williams-esque composers, Harvey has created a beautiful set of music worthy to accompany the next "Man Of Steel" flick. Now Mr. Harvey once again sits down with us to tell all about this "super" project. In our "News, Views, and Tunes", we crank the title track + some of Matt's other projects, Pounder and Expulsion. As well, lots of New and Used from The Troops of Doom, Trappist, Sacrifixion, Get The Most, Morta Skuld, and introduce Montreal's CroMagnum in our 'Indie Spotlight". Horns Up and Stay Healthy! This Episode is sponsored by Trve Kvlt Coffee. Summon the coffee demons to possess yourself a cup today! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
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On this episode of CoastLine we talk with Sculptor Stephen Hayes about his mission: to make Black bodies more human in the eyes of the world. The Cameron Art Museum commissioned a work from Hayes to commemorate a group of unsung African-American heroes: the United States Colored Troops who fought the Battle of Forks Road on the current site of the CAM. It's a skirmish that led to the fall of Wilmington and ultimately, the end of the Civil War. Our conversation with Hayes can be hard to hear sometimes due to our remote Zoom recording, but it's worth fighting through.
This message is doubling as both Eric Ludy's Sunday sermon and the ninth installment in his epic fall Daily Thunder series entitled, Daring to Do as Stanley Dale. In this particular episode he investigates the astounding spiritual courage and boldness of men and women of God throughout these past 100 years. The series title, Daring to Do as Stanley Dale begins to really take shape in and through this particular message. The time is now for the Church to regain its ancient moxie. For more information about Daily Thunder and the ministry of Ellerslie Mission Society, please visit: https://ellerslie.com/. If you have been blessed by Ellerslie, consider partnering with the ministry by donating at: https://ellerslie.com/donate/ Support this podcast
This is the ninth episode in Eric Ludy's epic fall Daily Thunder series drawing on the boldness and bravery of the fearless missionary ventures to Irian Jaya (Papua New Guinea) during the twenty-five years from WW2 up until the massive harvest of souls in the 1960's. In this episode he investigates the astounding spiritual courage and boldness of men and women of God throughout these past 100 years. The series title, Daring to Do as Stanley Dale begins to really take shape in and through this particular message. For more information about Daily Thunder and the ministry of Ellerslie Mission Society, please visit: https://ellerslie.com/. If you have been blessed by Ellerslie, consider partnering with the ministry by donating at: https://ellerslie.com/donate/ Support this podcast
The astonishing fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban after nearly 20 years of American occupation has had many wondering what went wrong in our nation's longest war, not just in recent days but in the two decades that preceded it. Award-winning investigative reporter Craig Whitlock offers an authoritative perspective. Whitlock has covered the war in Afghanistan for the Washington Post as a foreign correspondent, Pentagon reporter, and national security specialist. His new book, The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War, tells the story of an unwinnable campaign that had gone awry almost from the beginning, sparking a military and government conspiracy to keep the failure of the war from the American people. As he explains in this interview, “America was losing a war it thought it had won.”
Maria Teresa Kumar, sitting in for Ali Velshi, is joined by Congressman James Clyburn, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, former presidential candidate Julian Castro, Mother Jones' Ari Berman, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, abortion rights activist and author Robin Marty, MSNBC Daily's Hayes Brown, The 19th's Errin Haines, Punchbowl News founder Anna Palmer, NBC's Antonia Hylton, captain of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team Somaya Faruqi, founder of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team Roya Mahboob, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association Dr. Georges Benjamin, and Alabama resident Dorothy Oliver, who went door-to-door and helped get her rural town 94% vaccinated.
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. 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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)
Joined today by Ross Manuel to talk about the Battle of Hamel, a unique fight in WWI where U.S. Soldiers fell under Australian command as innovative combined-arms warfare was being implemented on the battlefield. We get into the background of the battle as well, some items below and more. - Why was Hamel strategic? - U.S. getting experience with Australian units - Success in combined-arms tactics - Private Henry Dalziel (Victoria Cross) - Corporal Thomas Pope (Medal of Honor) Ross Manuel is an avid Military History Enthusist who chronicles Australia's Military History through his podcast ‘I Was Only Doing My Job' as well as videos on TIkTok
(00:00-7:02): Brian unpacked Michael Foust's Christian Headlines article, “Biden Says He Doesn't Believe Life Begins at Conception, Labels Texas Law 'Almost Un-American.'” He also commented on Rep. Jim Jordan's tweet, “Real America is done with #COVID19. God bless!” (7:02-24:22): Becky Murray, Founder of the global missions organization, One by One and Coauthor of “Embrace the Journey,” joined Brian to talk about the work of One by One to rescue children from slavery. Learn more about Becky and One by One at onebyone.net and connect with her on Facebook OneByOne.net (24:22-40:56): Tyler Huckabee, Senior Editor at Relevant Magazine and Co-Host of the Cape Town Podcast joined Brian to talk about some of his recent articles. “Jessica Chastain Thinks We Got Tammy Faye Bakker All Wrong” “In an Address to the Nation, Biden Used the Book of Isaiah to Compare U.S. Troops to Prophets” “How Philip Yancey Left Toxic Religion Without Losing His Faith” “How Gen Z Will Shape the Church” “How the Church Can Use Critical Race Theory” Check out Tyler's articles at relevantmagazine.com and connect with Tyler on Twitter at @TylerHuckabee (40:56-49:23): Brian shared his thoughts on an encouraging message from Andy Stanley, “Where is your Treasure?” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode #65 Brent Smith is the lead singer of Shinedown and Smith & Myers. He's been a friend of Mistress Carrie for 18+ years, and has been hard at work on Shinedown's 7th studio album, touring with Smith & Myers, preparing a Fall Shinedown Tour, and the release of the bands first feature film, based on the bands 2018 album Attention Attention on September 3, 2021. They talked music, touring, Jonathan Davis, Covid, U.S. Troops, and so much more! Episode Notes Thanks to DCU for sponsoring this episode. Check out the custom playlist for Episode #65 here Click here to listen to Episode #1 of The Mistress Carrie Podcast featuring Brent Smith from June 10, 2020 Find Attention Attention Film here: Apple Twitter Find Brent Smith Online here: Twitter Instagram Facebook Website Find Shinedown Online here: Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Find Mistress Carrie online: Official Website The Mistress Carrie Backstage Pass on Patreon Twitter Facebook Instagram YouTube Cameo Pantheon Podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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