It’s a grim start to 2020, and we’re here to break it down for you – the impending war with Iran, the hypocritical entreaties of John Bolton, the rapture fiends guiding our foreign policy into the abyss of hell, and more! This is our first newly recorded episode since Trump’s historical achievement of becoming the first U.S. president impeached in his first term. In the classic style of a cornered sociopathic autocrat, he is lashing out at his predicament with violence.
We touch on the corruption stories that the Trump administration does not want you examining, but note that war is never truly a distraction from corruption – it is an accompanying crisis. We discuss the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, speculate on which war-hungry Trump administration officials and allies may have guided his decisions, and discuss the realignment of power developing in the Middle East and beyond. We also discuss the incredible danger posed to the world by Trump’s unilateral ability to launch a nuclear strike – a desire he has long held, and which may finally be realized, unless he is removed from office.
For our special bonus episode – which you do not want to miss – we continue the conversation and discuss Russia’s role in the Iran crisis. Russia has historically been an ally of Iran, and its role as ally and manager of the puppet POTUS is complex. We break the conflict down and also advise the presidential candidates on how they should respond – not just as candidates, but in four cases, as Senators – and also react to the Michael Flynn’s sentencing news, which broke as we were recording. You can hear this bonus episode by subscribing at the Truth-Teller level for $5/month. Subscribing at this level gives you access to all past and future bonus episodes, too.
As WWIII potentially looms, Australia burns. We plan to discuss the Australian wildfires in greater depth in later episodes, but for now, we recommend you give money to support the victims of the fires. A few organizations you can give to are here:
* The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia, working on the ground to help people in need
* Wires, a group that rescues native Australian wildlife in distress
AUDIO CLIP: Barbara Slavin, an American journalist and foreign policy expert, on CBS This Morning: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/iran-expert-us-airstrike-was-stunningly-stupid-and-counterproductive/?fbclid=IwAR3lDNL6nsi9L6OM7YWpBt7BmBwCAab_Ik7QtzX-4mY2f3SZ36blQ0cqqAI
AUDIO CLIP: Trump in 2011 on Obama and Iran: https://twitter.com/eorlins/status/1213094620403507201
AUDIO CLIP: Australian climate scientist Tim Flannery: https://twitter.com/camanpour/status/1214259229151956993
The Shadow Commander https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commander
The Dangers Posed by the Killings of Qassem Soleimani https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-dangers-posed-by-the-killing-of-qassem-suleimani
Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/04/cambridge-analytica-data-leak-global-election-manipulation
Robert Mueller's Secret Memos, Part 3: The Documents The Justice Department Didn’t Want Congress To See https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/mueller-report-secret-memos-3
Donald Trump's Worst Deal https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/13/donald-trumps-worst-deal
Trump and Pompeo on war with Iran: https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1214028293260881921?s=19
Bolton says he's prepared to testify: https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1214229003671875584
The US and Israel reportedly signed a secret pact to take on Iran https://www.businessinsider.com/us-israel-iran-secret-pact-2017-12
Trump Had No Problem with Iran's Revolutionary Guard When He Was Doing Business With Its Associates https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/04/trump-iran-revolutionary-guard-terrorist-organization
Why Iran's Protesters Are So Unhappy with Rouhani https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/iran/2018-01-08/why-irans-protesters-are-so-angry-rouhani
The Blueprint Iran Could Follow After Soleimani’s Death https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/01/what-iranian-way-war-looks-like/604438/
U.S. Stops Dozens of Iranian-Americans Returning From Canada https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/us/politics/iranian-americans-border.html?fbclid=IwAR3ibeV83yHTQuWLu-9tsRNBzPQcz6MazzOv4im-das3_Hzs4JXe39-mIpk
It Wasn’t the Law That Stopped Other Presidents From Killing Soleimani https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/01/why-kill-soleimani-now/604441/
The Killing of Qassem Soleimani is Tantamount to an Act of War https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-us-assassinated-suleimani-the-chief-exporter-of-irans-revolution-but-at-what-price