So much happened this week, it’s not possible to fit it into this summary. We do a lightening round through the “secondary” issues before diving into the dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and what that means for the CIA and State. Then we head over the pond to the UK where the culprits of the assassination of a former Russian agent are increasingly clear *coughputincough.*
Wow, the news of this week was busy! A former Russian spy is killed with a nerve agent in the UK. Vladimir Putin does his nuclear show and tell. North Korea might want to talk. Trump wants to impose tariffs on steel. And the Holocaust Museum revokes an award they gave to Aung San Suu Kyi.
The team tackles why Cyber Command hasn’t received authority to respond to Russian hacking and wonders what Jared Kushner’s job is now that he doesn’t have a security clearance. We also talk about the legal difficulties of search warrants for “cloud” data when it’s actually on a server in a different country. And it looks like China may have a new leader for life. All that, and the final Olympic curling update of 2018.
Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians brings the investigation fully into meat space reality. Mike Pence is unprepared for handling Kim Jung Un’s sister. And no, it turns out the President didn’t ask any generals about his military transgender ban before announcing it.
The intelligence community has a warning about Russia and the 2018 elections. Security Clearances: What are they good for? And swapping foreign aid for votes at the UN. Stick around for a report on biathletes, Norwegian fashion, and dogsledding.
This bonus episode is a one-one-one discussion with Dr. Kevin Woods, who has spent years studying American and Iraqi attempts to understand each other’s intentions and signals from the time before the first Gulf War through the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. It’s an instructive example because the many challenges inherent to clearly sending and accurately interpreting other countries’ signals are an active part of today’s public discourse about other potential crisis flash points.
We dissect the National Defense Strategy and then unpack common misconceptions about what’s possible, military-wise, in North Korea. National Defense Strategy: https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf
The team tries to take on the question of what the Trump administration has done well, decides that question is too hard, and so answers a different one instead. We also give the president some advice. And we talk about nuclear weapons; more particularly, the Nuclear Posture Review.
We read the 2017 National Security Strategy so you don’t have to. What in it, what’s not, and what’s important. But if you want to, it's here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NSS-Final-12-18-2017-0905.pdf This is our final show of 2017. Happy New Year -- We'll see you on the flip side!
This week the team talks about ICAN, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and a former client of host David Solimini. Then it's off to Paris for a discussion about US leadership on global issues. Third we talk about the administration's forthcoming national security strategy. And then Xander takes us into the weird world of talking robots in Saudi Arabia. Yes, seriously.
A quick show this week: The president decides to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize that city as the capital, Michael Flynn’s indictment raises the mixing of private interests and government action, and Rex Tillerson’s slow-motion exit from Foggy Bottom.
The team returns from Thanksgiving break to talk North Korea’s new ICBM launch, the closing of the State Department sanctions coordinator office, gender and diversity in national security, the Pope’s trip to Myanmar, and some fun at the end.
In the shadow of this week’s terrorist attack in New York, we discuss the connection between domestic politics and radicalization. And after the Senate holds hearings on Russian Facebook ads during the 2016 campaign, we dive deep into how voters and policymakers should think about the responsibilities of social media companies.
This week we’re jumping off comments by WH Chief of Staff John Kelly to dive deep into how Americans think about how civilians and military leaders should interact. Then we take a trip to Asia with promised follow-up on the 19th Communist Party Congress in China and the president’s planned trip the Asia in November. Links mentioned in the show: WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Remarks in the press briefing room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps5ttDzWBaY Robert Killebew, US Army (Ret.) An Old...