Political violence in the US: How it affects views of America overseas and how we can use an international affairs analyst mindset to better understand ourselves. Dems candidates talk nuclear policy at the last debate. And dive into China’s statement of military policy.
Yes, this episode is a week late. Yes, Dave is sorry. The UK gets a new PM who wants to make England Great Again. The WHO declares an emergency over Ebola. And the President suggests nuking Afghanistan.
Becky is back from Afghanistan. It’s Alex’s first episode back since podcast paternity leave. And we have so much to talk about! Trump swipes left on the UK Ambo. DOD musical chairs continues. Iran pushes back. And the next President is gonna need to solve some problems. Also: Radioactive rattlesnakes.
Brief updates on Iran and North Korea before diving deep into President Trump’s personalization of the state, including wrapping himself in the military at this week’s 4th of July celebrations in Washington, DC. Then Xander explains what the Arctic Council is and why we should pay attention to it.
After four months of podcast paternity leave, the Secure Line is back! Thank you all who hung around and waited patiently for host Dave's little baby to learn how to sleep at night. This week on the secure line: Acting Secretaries of Everything, Stumbling towards war with Iran, and Beto's war tax idea.
Dave, Caitlin, and Tony take a look at democracy backsliding in Europe and what to do about it. Then a discussion of DOD’s war-funding account gets into the broader question of national security spending priorities. And finally, Iran’s 1979 revolution turned 40 this week, so we touched on how it continues to impact US policy and politics.
This week the team breaks down the intelligence community’s annual threat assessment testimony and the president’s response. US wants more money from ROK. We aren’t optimistic about a possible peace deal in Afghanistan. And Alex gives us an update on a slew of nuclear policy issues.
The teach catches up on court challenges to the DOD ban on trans service members, deep dives into the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and then goes under the radar to cover the impact of political unrest in Zimbabwe, Sudan, and DRC. That, and updates on the Trump-Kim summit and Huawei.
Special guest Ali Wyne joins Xander and Dave this week. We chase the news of the President’s unusual secrecy over his meetings with Vladimir Putin. We go under the radar on the UK’s Brexi-tastophe. And we dive waaaaaayy deep on US-China trade relations and the intersection with technology issues. That and tangents into Iranian missiles and North Korean meetings. And Korean TV.
The Secure Line is back from our long holiday nap. And old friend Matt Fay is back as well. This week Dave, Alex, and Matt talk the border wall, the Syria withdrawal, and Kim Jung Un’s birthday trip to China.
In the 48 hours since we recorded this episode, the president ordered US forces out of Syria, ordered troop levels in Afghanistan cut in half, and the Secretary of Defense resigned. So we’ve added some thoughts on those breaking events before our normal episode. During that normal episode, Dave and Xander review the events of 2018 and look forward to 2019, before reviewing two new reports on Russian interference in US politics and the indictment of Michael Flynn’s business partners for...
For the first time in ages, the Secure Line has an all male episode. Dave and Tony talk George H. W. Bush's legacy, the growing split between congress and the White House on Saudi Arabia, and the NRCC getting hacked by.... someone... and the 60 day clock on withdrawal from the intermediate nuclear forces treaty.
Congress is taking the Saudi war in Yemen seriously for the first time… ever. Two Iranians are indicted for hacking US cities and companies. And Russia wants to own the Sea of Azov, which we have a hard time believing isn’t a location from a Harry Pottery Novel.
A quick border policy update before we dive deeeeeeep into the president’s statement on Saudi Arabia’s killing of Jamal Khashoggi. You’ll want to read along with us. The President’s Statement is here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-donald-j-trump-standing-saudi-arabia/
In the News: US troops get bored sitting on the border. US stops refueling Saudi jets. Under the radar: Bangladesh is forcing Rohingya back into Myanmar. Diving deep: Everyone lost their mind over a nothingburger story about North Korea. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/us/politics/north-korea-missile-bases.html
This week we cover the potential impact of the midterms on foreign policy, the legalities of sending active duty military to the border with Mexico, and Jeff Sessions gets fired. Also: We tell you where to get the very best chicken fingers in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Dave, Alex and Caitlin do updates on Ebola, consider why elite opinion on the Saudis has moved so quickly, discuss why Google dropped out of DOD’s cloud contract competition, and dive deep on the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.