STEVE BANNON’S “60 MINUTES” INTERVIEW ON TRIAL: Mac

PART 2 of our look at the “60 Minutes” interview that Charlie Rose did with Steve Bannon, the President’s recently resigned “Chief Strategist.”  We’ll listen and deliberate over his comments that were NOT included in the interview that played on the CBS Network.

QUESTION:  do you find him credible or not?

UN SANCTIONS ARE OF MARGINAL USE BUT A NECESSARY STEP: Grant Newsham

Grant Newsham
Japan Forum for Strategic Studies
Senior Researcher
Col USMC (ret)

The United Nations Sanctioned North Korea last week, Japan says that there will be no negotiations until the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized and South Korea is launching cruise missiles from aviation platforms.  Our Pacific Rim specialist Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret) helps us make sense of it.

NEWS & VIEWS: The Lyrics Behind the French, German, English National Anthems

Mac
USS Rangers CV-61
XO, Marine Detachment
1988

On Bastille Day, Mac decided to take a look at lyrics of the National Anthems of France, Germany and Great Britain.

Interesting stuff!  You’ll be surprised at the violent bloody nature of lyrics of La Marseillaise.  The Germans sing to their women & wine!

 

 

THE NEWS & PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS BRUTAL: Mike McNamara

Mac in Afghanistan

(1) THE NEWS:  No Budget passed… sequestration… no compromises in sight… no healthcare bill anytime soon… what has to occur in order to change how our uncivil government operates? When I say “change,” I mean putting the interests of the American people before all other things.  What set of circumstances needs to occur for that to happen?

(2)  OBAMA’S PERFORMANCE:  Former President Barak Obama’s performance as the Chief Executive was defined by Executive Orders, a healthcare plan that is crumbling under it’s own weight and failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran… China expanding territorially into the South China Sea and North Korea on the verge of obtaining a nuclear tipped ICBM.  Incredible.

UNPLUGGED (KINDA) — GENERAL JOE DUNFORD’S Q & A WITH THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe DUNFORD, appeared before the National Press Club yesterday (Monday, June 19 2017) and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO HIS COMPLETE COMMENTS — you’ll be smarter, trust me.

The Chairman talks Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, SU-22’s being shot down, Russia, Turkey, Iran, North Korea, the Defense Budget and strategies in each of these regions as well as his vision of how American involvement contributes to success.  What you’ll get is complete answers to difficult questions, not sound bites.

Well done by the National Press Club!

Friday, June 02 2017 — Hour 2: Aviation Mishap Investigation – Curt Knowles, LtCol USMC (ret)

Curt Knowles
LtCol USMC (ret)

Curt “Rudy” Knowles, LtCol USMC (ret) and former F18 pilot, joins the program as our official “F18 Explainer in Residence” and walks us through an investigation into a fatal crash last summer at MCAGCC in Twentynine Palms that occurred during a night strafing run done by a single seat F18.

Rudy will explain the term “Controlled Flight into Terrain” and what that means to the rest of us and most importantly, how that happens.  We’ll also the discuss the lack of flight hours that leave all pilots short of “proficiency” but “current” and the dangerous place that is for today’s Marine Aviators.

Tuesday, May 30 2017 — Hour 2: DHS Secretary John Kelly on “This Week” – & – U.S. Army Captain Luis Avila sings at the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert

John F. Kelly
Secretary
Dept of Homeland Security

00:00 Minutes:  Thoughts on Memorial Day continued.

00:10 Minutes:   DHS Secretary John Kelly talks “leaks,” the Manchester bombing and preventing terrorism in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Luis Avila
U.S. Army

00:25 Minutes:   DON’T MISS THIS… audio from the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C.; done by PBS.  Check out U.S. Army Captain Avila singing… it’s the best!

THE BOSTON MARATHON’S STRUGGLE TO INCLUDE DISABLED VETERANS: Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes became an amputee while standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon with his wife  in 2013 when IED detonated and killed four spectators.  He recently wrote an article in the The Boston Globe criticizing the Boston Marathon and the Boston Athletic Association for their lack of inclusion of disabled competitors in the race.

Downes joins us today to discuss his experience on that day in 2013, his road to recovery that introduced him to scores of amputees at Walter Reed and his struggle to have “Patriots Ride on Patriots Day.”

This story is an amazing look at how athletes with disabilities are still treated as second class citizens in legendary high-visibility competitions.  His personal story is also one of incredible discovery about the world of the American Military as he and his wife did rehab at Walter Reed and came to know the most selfless, courageous and inspirational fighters on the planet.