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The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world’s countries, and yet, most Americans don’t know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a ‘warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn’t see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that. Join Danny, Henri, and Keagan, three leftist combat veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world’s countries, and yet, most Americans don’t know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a ‘warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn’t see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that. Join Danny, Henri, and Keagan, three leftist combat veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

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United States

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The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world’s countries, and yet, most Americans don’t know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a ‘warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn’t see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that. Join Danny, Henri, and Keagan, three leftist combat veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

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English

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Episodes

Episode Zero – Christopher S. “Henri” Henrikson – Ep 99

4/2/2021
Here is our second episode in an ongoing series where we break down early life and military experiences of ourselves and other anti war veterans, to catalog and understand the human history of dissent and moral injury, and maybe...let everyone learn a few new bits about their favorite podcast hosts. Let us know what you think. Video version: https://youtu.be/_DojEJ-4tco Let me guess. You're enjoying the show so much, you'd like to leave us a review?! Click here for Stitcher. Click here for...

Duration:02:07:44

This Is Not A War Story w/ Talia Lugacy – Ep 98

3/24/2021
Click here for the video version of this episode on YouTube. Talia Lugacy, director and co-writer of This Is Not A War Story, drops by the podcast to discuss the film's upcoming release. A collaborate work between Talia, her cast and crew, and a group of anti-war veterans, the film takes to task many of the conventional and stereotypical tropes that are associated with veteran portrayals in films and television. The film will be screened this upcoming weekend on Sunday, March 28 at 5:00pm,...

Duration:01:08:59

The Pentagon and Afghanistan Papers w/ Hedrick Smith – Ep 97

3/22/2021
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers, we sat down with Hedrick Smith, award winning journalist and producer, who was one of the principle journalists covering the initial release of the Pentagon Papers. Hedrick's YouTube channel - The People Vs. The Politicians Recent video from Hedrick regarding his good friend and famed journalist Neil Sheehan and their experiences in covering the Pentagon Papers. Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times...

Duration:01:02:03

Episode Zero – Daniel A. Sjursen – Ep 96

3/15/2021
This is the first episode in an ongoing series where we break down early life and military experiences of ourselves and other anti war veterans, to catalog and understand the human history of dissent and moral injury.. As usual, Danny is the first subject for dissection. Enjoy! Buy Danny's book - Patriotic Dissent Let me guess. You're enjoying the show so much, you'd like to leave us a review?! Click here for Stitcher. Click here for Apple Podcasts. Click here for our Facebook page....

Duration:01:30:15

The Siege w/ Tom Secker – Ep 95

2/27/2021
We revisit “The Siege”, an action movie involving terrorist cells in New York City from 1998, starring Denzel Washington, Annette Benning, and Bruce Willis and we couldn’t in good conscience do that without our friend Tom Secker. Remember that weird time New York City was bombed by Iraqis and Palestinians? Us either. However, that means that Bruce Willis will forever be known as General John McClain. Spy Culture - Tom's website and blog Tom's piece on Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy Trailer...

Duration:01:58:49

50th anniversary of Winter Soldier hearings – Live Stream (audio only) – Ep 94

2/20/2021
We are coming to you live today for a special episode to mark the 50th anniversary of the Winter Soldier hearings. We have a great line-up of guests to discuss this with us, to include Greg Daddis, Andrew Basevich, Vince Emanuele, and Jovanni Reyes, alongside our usual Fortress crew of myself, Danny, and Keagan. The Winter Soldier investigation was a three day summit in Detroit, MI, in February 1971, which brought combat veterans who fought in Vietnam to testify to their personal experiences...

Duration:02:22:19

Oliver Stone’s Heaven and Earth w/ Tom Secker – Ep 93

2/12/2021
Tom Secker joins us to discuss the third and final film in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy, Heaven And Earth. "Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le) lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. She leaves for the city, surviving desperate situations, but surviving nonetheless. Eventually she meets a U.S. Marine named...

Duration:01:59:29

Vincente Emanuele of PARC Media – Ep 92

1/27/2021
Vincente Emanuele of PARC Media stops by the podcast to discuss his extensive organizing work, the 80’s movies that drove him to enlist, his background in the Midwest and his family’s roots, his reactions to the January 6th Capitol siege, and the idea of understanding the wide variance of beliefs and attitudes of veterans who participated in it. Irregular Army - How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror - Matt Kennard Bring The War Home:...

Duration:01:28:12

2021 Foreign Policy Predictions – Ep 91

1/21/2021
KBOO listeners:Click here to finish episode. (1-23-21: Our podcast hosting server had some issues yesterday and early this morning. There's still issues streaming the episode through iTunes, but it will now download and can be heard streaming on our website. Apologies for the inconvenience.) As the United States embraces a new year and a new president (and his Obama era dream team), we felt inclined to discuss our predictions for American foreign policy for 2021, including Africa, the...

Duration:03:47:43

Assange verdict live stream (audio only) – Ep 90

1/17/2021
On January 4th, we hosted a live stream to discuss the verdict of Julian Assange's extradition hearing (he's not being extradited for the time being) and the ramifications of the decision, both to Julian and to freedom of speech as a whole. Steve Poikonen, host of Slow News Day and co-host of the Free Assange online vigil series, along with a few of Steve’s pals, joins us to discuss the verdict and the potential impact to American journalism. Donate here to help Action 4 Assange and cover...

Duration:06:14:00

Not A Nation of Immigrants w/ Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz – Ep 89

12/25/2020
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz returns to the podcast, discussing the premise of her new book, "NOT "A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS" Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion", coming soon from Beacon Press. Let me guess. You're enjoying the show so much, you'd like to leave us a review?! Click here for Stitcher. Click here for Apple Podcasts. Click here for our Facebook page. Alternatively, you can click here: https://lovethepodcast.com/fortressonahill Email us at...

Duration:04:28:10

Karen Kwiatkowski – Ep 88

12/20/2020
Karen Kwiatkowski, USAF Lieutenant Colonel (retired), writer at LewRockwell.com, and senior fellow at the Eisenhower Media Center, stops by the podcast for an in-depth discussion of her career, to include serving at the height of the Cold War, the huge collection of personalities and political bends of her time at the Pentagon, to include the neocons early in the Bush II presidency, her expertise on the Africa continent and U.S. regime change policies there, and her regrets around her role...

Duration:04:42:17

Dr. Ben Freeman – Ep 87

12/6/2020
Dr. Ben Freeman, the Director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy (CIP), stops by the podcast to discuss his own intellectual and professional journey, his work on foreign funding and influence inside the United States, the oft-misunderstood role and defense-industry links American think tanks, why we should ever keep an eye on Saudi machinations, and the related prospects for Biden transition team—with more than a few quips and inside...

Duration:03:23:13

Bill Astore – Ep 86

11/30/2020
Bill Astore, a retired Lieutenant Colonel (USAF), professor of history, one of TomDispatch’s regular contributors, and a senior fellow at the Eisenhower Media Network, stops by the podcast to discuss his career in the Air Force as an engineering officer, his family history of military service, the inherent problems in the American ideals of exceptionalism and hero worship, and the powerful, but often forgotten anti-war history of George McGovern. You can find his personal blog at...

Duration:03:20:52

The Black Banners (Declassified) w/ Ali Soufan – Ep 85

11/14/2020
Ali Soufan, former FBI agent who investigated al Qaeda in the late 1990’s up to and including the 9/11 attacks, chairman and CEO of The Soufan Group, and author of several great works, including the recent second edition of “The Black Banners”, now completely unredacted, stops by the podcast to discuss his work as a federal agent, his portrayal in The Looming Tower (both the award winning book by Lawrence Wright and the Hulu limited series), his youth in Lebanon and how he was dared to apply...

Duration:03:11:02

“I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters, and Objectors to America’s Wars” w/ Chris Lombardi – Ep 84

11/5/2020
Chris Lombardi, editor at Democratic Left Online, stops by the podcast to discuss her new book “I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters, and Objectors to America’s Wars”. It’s an amazing history of military dissenters, conscientious objectors, and their hard, but determined path of dissent. She will be hosting a live stream on Nov 10, 2020, at 4pm PST. Click here to register for the event! Journalist Chris Lombardi has been writing about war and peace for more than twenty years. Her...

Duration:02:30:28

The foreign policy history of Joe Biden – Ep 83

10/31/2020
It all comes down to this. After around 18 months of speculation and primaries, the election is Tuesday. The country is at a crossroads of immense proportions. And to add to the leftist/progressive discussion and atmosphere of the 2020 presidential election, here is an analysis of the critical points of Joe Biden’s record concerning foreign policy anda brief examination of his domestic record relating to racial justice, to include a half dozen sound clips from the man himself. This was a...

Duration:01:35:34

Former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley – Ep 82

10/13/2020
Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and whistleblower on the FBI's inaction prior to and following September 11, 2001, joins us for a discussion on her career history to include her time conducting racketeering investigations in NYC, her role as a whistleblower in the FBI during the Bush administration, her thoughts on nonviolent alternatives to state violence, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!! Let me guess. You're enjoying the show so much, you'd like to leave us a review?! Click here for...

Duration:03:35:41

Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and Its Conflicts – Ep 81

10/7/2020
We take a pause from the insanity of the election and a commander in chief with COVID-19 (remind me to thank him for endangering the staff at Walter Reed, as well as the permanent staff at the WH!) to discuss the recent explosion in Lebanon and America's long intervention history there. We break down some of the myths from Danny's series and give everyone a good picture of where Lebanon is today and how American foreign policy took it there. Below is the links for Danny's series on Lebanon....

Duration:03:43:18

Understanding the War Industry w/ Christian Sorenson – Ep 80

9/30/2020
Christian Sorenson stops by the podcast to discuss his new book "Understanding the War Industry", a detailed look at contracting within the U.S. military industrial complex and how its giant war chest gets funneled to an endless list of contractors, without question to its necessity or what could have been purchased in its place. Christian writes at ibpoffices.com, and he's on Twitter @cp_sorensen Everyone from libertarians to mainstream liberals to anarchists utters the words...

Duration:02:16:23