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burning in kenosha wisconsin madam
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speaker
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i rise to support the impeachment of
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president donald j
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trump
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as far as the allegations of cia hacking
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the senate computers
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pain could be volatile and i’m about to
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talk to him about
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that the russians taped it and have
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leverage over him
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and now here’s cd media’s host of
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information operation
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l todd wood and george eliason
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welcome to the information operation
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while we where we try to tell the
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american people really what’s happening
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uh with this
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massive military-grade psyop that’s
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going on
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against the population today we have
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rich higgins who has a
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multi-decade career as an army officer
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in the pentagon and then a defense
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contractor and then finally with the
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national security council where he was
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an adviser to president trump
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he was fired uh a few years into that uh
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for writing a memo where he outlined the
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sedition and
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the coup that was going on against the
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president here’s the book by the way the
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memo
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we’ll get into that a lot welcome rich
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thanks for coming on the show
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hey thank you for having me i appreciate
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it no worries
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so i you know i i found your book
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you know as a somewhat similar
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background very concise and it’s it kind
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of really told in a
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in a quick read what we all have been
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feeling for a long time what’s been
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happening
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inside and outside of of government the
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media
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you know education etc i i feel like
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it’s all coordinated and
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and really an infinite information
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operation is why we
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started this show but if you could give
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us kind of an overview of your career
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and
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and what you what got you to this point
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and you do a good job of it in the book
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but
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maybe it’ll entice our readers to to go
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pick it up
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uh yeah look um i really appreciate you
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bringing me here today
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and uh you know the this is my first
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time ever writing a book
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you know i i’m i’m probably like
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yourself you know it’s
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there’s kind of an adjustment period of
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becoming kind of more public
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with our experiences right it’s it’s
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true i’m i’m still getting used to that
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so if i i’m if i’m reluctant in some
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areas you understand why
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but uh yeah in a nutshell uh i was an
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army eod officer
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actually a non-commissioned officer when
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i first first
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served ended up leaving the army in 2000
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went to work for the justice department
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all this is laid out inside the book
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uh ended up responding to the 9 11
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attacks
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in new york city the day after wanted to
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get back into the fight
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ended up in the defense department
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working inside the counterterrorism
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tech black ops world for about 10 years
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and uh you know the the thing i i’m
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trying to tell in the book is
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uh you know and i titled it the memo
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because you know having supported
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trump in the 2016 campaign uh
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i wanted to uh i wanted to give people
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um a picture how somebody who kind of
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comes from the national security
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community
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uh of the deep state if you will yeah
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how does somebody
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how does somebody that comes from that
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community come to support a donald trump
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right and uh what was it about donald
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trump that
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that spoke to something that i’d seen
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that i’d experienced and candidly uh you
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know
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you get down into the ranks of the
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military there’s a lot of people that
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support the man
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and i i was trying to i was trying to
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give voice to some of that
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um and so you know and
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when you’re reading the book i think
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what i want people to to take away from
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it isn’t
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it isn’t a look what i did book at all
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uh the book was really a labor of love
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because i think
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i wanted to use my story to tell all of
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our story
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you know why would a veteran who’s a
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maga guy yeah um
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back this donald trump this businessman
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from queens right
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right and uh i think that yeah the blue
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collar billionaire and you see the
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you know i could have written a really
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technical book about
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you know special operations and black
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ops it’s not that
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i wrote it purposely in a way that i
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hope is accessible not just the veterans
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although
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veterans and police officers i’m sure
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will enjoy it it’s written for the
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general public
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and for people who are trying to
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understand what is going on in our
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country today
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yeah as i said it’s i
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i know i have and a lot of my friends
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have had just this feeling for some time
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that something is happening and it’s
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really only come
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i guess to fruition in the last six
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months to a year where you really see
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all the pieces
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put together where you where you have
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you know what’s been happening in the
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fbi
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the our intelligence agencies uh the
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media education in government the state
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department you know we’ve done a lot in
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ukraine and what’s been going on in
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there
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with the state department as far as
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supporting soros and elsewhere and that
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agenda
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is just fascinating and frightening but
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um
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so can you tell us what happened to
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you in the white house um you know you
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started
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seeing what was going on i know you
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write in the book that you felt that
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some people needed to be
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to be removed were you successful at
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that at all and
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you know how did that process play out
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well i was successful at getting myself
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removed so
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i think i think you have uh i think yeah
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you take the wins where you can get them
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uh i think you’ll see that the
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i think the best way to explain what
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happened to the white house the white
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house was kind of the culmination
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you know the book begins with this story
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right and it kind of cycles back to it
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right but i think um having supported
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the president through the campaign
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um and you know i was one of his
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counterterrorism advisors i was one of
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his surrogates at the republican
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national convention
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a lot of politics and drama involved
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there where i thought things really
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started to come off the rails i mean we
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you know we saw the rush hack the
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election the hillary nonsense throughout
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the campaign
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but where it became alarming was right
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after uh the election you know november
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9th if you will
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sure um you would expect in normal times
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those sort of campaign
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shenanigans to recede right and to go
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away
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yeah where this time we saw it
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escalating
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so the transition period is really where
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i think i
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kind of queued on something is wrong
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here a lot of that was
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planned obviously the women’s march and
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all that stuff that happened
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right so it’s it’s what we saw was this
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coordinated
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massive and you know you’re pretty sure
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it’s perfectly named an information
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operation a counterintelligence
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information operation that instead of uh
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receding and kind of backing off
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you know accelerated and and magnified
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you know as the as the preparations
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began for him to assume office in
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january and so
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you know i was throwing red star
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clusters up where i could
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uh and warning you know various people
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around the campaign but i think there
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was no context for them to understand
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this this just wasn’t the way things
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were done
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i remember a very specific conversation
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i had with jeff sessions about this
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and i said to him sir you know the fbi
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is up to some stuff
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you know we’ve got these concerns these
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people have gone inside the transition
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he said oh rich don’t worry about that
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i’m sure the fbi is all over it
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and you know looking back
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so january 20th comes around and uh he
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takes office
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and you remember in the first couple of
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weeks there you saw you know the
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telephone call with the mexican
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president
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the telephone call with the australian
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president and you’re saying yourself
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what is going on here and
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you know i’m harkening back to 2002 2003
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this is the stuff we would do to saddam
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hussein right right we would make
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telephone calls from his generals
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showing they were plotting to overthrow
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him whether it was true or not i mean
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this is just you know classic deception
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type stuff right
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right and so we we sat there
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and and um you have to get past that
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initial
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shock of what’s going on around you and
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uh finally once we kind of got past that
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initial shock you know by
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by mid-february general flynn’s gone uh
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you know ezra cohen as you’ll see in the
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the new movie that’s out ezra cohen
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finds out about all these unmasking
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abuses that had transpired it really we
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really at that point dug in
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we knew we were in a real fight that the
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presidency itself was at risk
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and uh i didn’t feel like the political
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leadership in the national security
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council could be trusted particularly
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h.r mcmaster i thought he was a terrible
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choice as the national security adviser
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he represented everything that the
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president ran against um
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and i think uh you know we knew we
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couldn’t go to him with this
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so what i what i had done and the reason
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the book is titled the memos i wrote
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this
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uh memorable warning the president about
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the you know the
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i’ll call them the forces arrayed
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against them and the structure
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of of of um they’ll call it the order of
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battle of what those forces were trying
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to accomplish who was behind it why they
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were behind it
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and i tried to do it in a short and
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concise way as possible
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um you know general mcmaster got a hold
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of that memo
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at some point and i was you know i tell
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people all the time my feet didn’t hit
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the ground you know i was
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i was swooshed off that finally happened
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in july when they figured out it was me
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um yeah but but part of the battle that
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went on inside the national security
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council was one where
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we had uh you know in normal times i
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think you would see this
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you would have a kind of a peaceful
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transition within the national security
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community itself but foreign policy had
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been at the absolute forefront
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of of the president’s campaign in 2016
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where
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you know we were going into year 15 in
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afghanistan you know where
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you know these endless war against isis
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that just goes on and on and on in syria
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um you know a uh uh
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ostrich strategy of dealing with the the
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chinese in terms of their informational
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warfare and
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uh their non-kinetic warfare right yeah
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and so
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the president was he was battling these
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institutional norms
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and what i saw happening and this isn’t
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necessarily uh uh
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you know i’m not trying to knock on h.r
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mcmaster and the same is true for uh
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john bolton
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they thought their job was to tell the
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president what these institutions
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would do all right we see that now with
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general milley
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and my understanding of the national
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security council and general keith
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kellogg said this often remember you
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staff the president
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he is your boss right right and your job
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exactly he is he is there our job is to
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tell the institutions
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what he wants to do exactly not the
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other way around
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so the communications pathway had been
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inverted through this quote-unquote
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interagency process uh and everybody
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talks about the process you know talk
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about a statist
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term right the process it sounds like
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something right out of 1984 moscow
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you will follow the process comrade
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right and so here here
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here we are um you know with um overt
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uh subversion taking place uh files
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going missing meetings being
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subverted uh documents missing telephone
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calls leaking
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clearly uh we had you know we had
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crossed the rubicon
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yeah definitely so you you talk in the
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book about how mcmaster was really
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pushing this islamic
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is a religion of peace issue um can you
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talk about that a little bit it wasn’t
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just him obviously but it’s
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it’s permeated the whole the military i
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know for sure in the state department as
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well
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yeah i’m gonna i’m gonna say if i’ll
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tell you flat out this
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this and this really bothers me okay and
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it’s it goes to the immaturity
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um there’s an immaturity that that comes
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with these leftist multiculturalist
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ideas
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right i have a lot of muslim friends i
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have a lot of muslim friends in iraq and
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afghanistan and other places
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and one of the things they like about me
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is that i actually take the time to
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learn the rules
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right because once you know the rules in
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their world view they can speak more
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candidly to you
12:51
what are they supposed to be saying not
12:52
saying when are they breaking their
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rules when are they not breaking the
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rules right when
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are you gonna are you gonna uh betray
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their confidences
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right and so our ignorance of islam
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uh it shows i mean there are there are
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1400 years of islamic history to study
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okay much of it in conflict with the
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west and western civilization
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my point was always inside the community
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just don’t go blindly into this
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right and you know you look back and and
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the colonial countries
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especially france uh which had uh you
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know a tremendous amount of experience
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in dealing with the middle east right
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with the ottomans dealing with north
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africa
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um you know shirai isharak was warning
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us back in 2003. you’re going to go
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there and turn it into a democracy you
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do realize it’s an islamic country right
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and we just you know we made fun of them
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and we said freedom fries and
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you know some of our great fingers all
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that stuff yeah exactly
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and then so then you had like great
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american scholars from places like
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harvard samuel huntington
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i mean this guy was a you know a genius
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in many respects
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he was immediately dismissed and taken
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off the board because he didn’t comport
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with the politically correct narrative
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now h.r mcmaster just fell right into
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that same old
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rubric right yeah for whatever reason i
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don’t want to assess his motives but
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when you are
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when you are willing to strategically
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blind yourself like that
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um you deserve what happens well it’s
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kind of an intellectual dishonesty i
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mean that’s the way i put it
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when i talk to people on the left i mean
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it’s will willful
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of course um but tell me about sessions
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i mean what what do you think his
14:24
motivations were you were close to him
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at that point
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a lot of people think he was a bad actor
14:30
others think he was just
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you know not smart enough i mean where
14:33
do you put him in that whole
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that whole charade as far as i think he
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was a great
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yeah go ahead oh i think i think i’m a
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little bit more um
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i’m a little bit more defensive of him
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only in so far as he was one of the
14:48
first people that brought me into the
14:49
campaign
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and his staff and um
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my read on him is that he wasn’t a bad
14:56
guy he was a good senator
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he he invaded omaha beach
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with a lawn chair and a cooler okay he
15:05
had no
15:06
idea what he was going into um in normal
15:10
times he
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in in normal times he would have had a
15:13
difficult time
15:14
bringing the bureaucracy bearing the
15:16
bureaucracy to heal he just
15:17
had no experience managing a you know a
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bureaucracy with tens of thousands of
15:22
people
15:23
and massive institutional interests and
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tremendous power
15:26
right yeah um so he in normal times
15:29
would have had a hard time in this
15:31
you know he he had his bud light and his
15:34
lawn chair and his umbrella
15:36
walking up omaha breech beach into an
15:38
mg-42 nest right and then
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i mean yeah it’s just abs absolutely and
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yeah i think all and candidly in his
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defense
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and uh general flynn i think as well and
15:49
in all of us
15:50
we were all in over our head yeah none
15:52
of us anticipated what we walked into
15:54
it took a while for everybody to figure
15:56
it out i think candidly i told i told
15:58
the president this and i’ll tell you
16:00
this
16:00
um his decision to fire comey was
16:02
decisive it’s the only thing that saved
16:05
his presidency in my opinion
16:06
and people will say oh no that’s how the
16:08
special the special counsel would have
16:10
the special console was a contingency
16:12
operation for them right
16:13
they never wanted to have to do it it
16:14
forced their hand
16:16
and they all got in the boat because
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they still thought they were going to
16:19
pull it out
16:19
which is why weissman was really running
16:21
the show i think
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um history is going to be really unkind
16:25
to these people
16:26
uh i i think these these cousters i like
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to call them the koosters but you know
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team coup
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if you will uh history is going to turn
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them to stone
16:34
for what they did i think you’re right
16:38
and i agreed with another thing in your
16:39
book where you said that
16:41
trump’s hiring process was his one
16:43
achilles hill that really
16:45
hurt him for the first three four years
16:46
of the first
16:49
i term you see that changing now as we
16:52
absolutely has changed
16:53
you know absolutely it’s changed johnny
16:55
mackenzie is uh
16:57
people people ding on him because he’s
16:59
young but he’s a hundred percent maga
17:02
he understands the issues of the past
17:04
he’s still learning kind of some of the
17:06
institutional nuances
17:08
but he has uh he has figured out i think
17:11
the vetting process by which you can
17:13
assess someone’s
17:15
not not necessarily fidelity to the
17:18
president
17:18
okay fidelity to the constitution the
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rule of law
17:22
doing the right thing getting the
17:23
mission right i i think the the media
17:25
the media likes to
17:27
to castigate manga people as sort of
17:29
trump sycophants or something
17:31
but that’s not actually the case most of
17:33
us just want to do the right thing do
17:34
the mission get the job done
17:36
you know self-reliance independence all
17:38
those american kind of principles
17:39
believe in the agenda
17:41
yeah johnny reflects that what i thought
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what i think happened initially is
17:45
you know the president’s a businessman a
17:46
real estate guy from queens
17:48
okay he is um he is
17:52
walking into an organization i mean what
17:54
are there three and a half million
17:55
employees of the federal government
17:57
worldwide i mean it’s just mind-boggling
17:59
yeah and the scale of it he was really
18:02
dependent upon finding help but the guy
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i mean
18:04
and um the guy i think who nailed it
18:07
right off the bat was
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uh steve bannon uh yeah it’s pack in
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2017 where he said
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the stat you know the staffing and the
18:14
decision to rely on the republican
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national committee
18:17
to help staff the administration was the
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original sin
18:20
of the administration it affected
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everything else
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and i think um he has learned that
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lesson
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uh but politics is what it is i mean
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it’s it’s contact sport you know
18:31
here he is a businessman he thinks okay
18:33
i’m the president now i can go be the
18:34
president
18:35
look you’re the president you get to
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celebrate your reelection for about 10
18:38
minutes
18:39
your election for 10 minutes and then
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you’re right back into the political
18:42
fight
18:43
right i don’t think he fully
18:45
comprehended just how hard of a contact
18:47
sport it really is
18:49
but you think he’s there now oh
18:52
absolutely he’s there now
18:53
yeah okay you know both of us were
18:57
former military officers
18:59
i take offense to what i see happening
19:02
in the u.s military you know you still
19:04
have a lot of this
19:05
critical race theory being taught you
19:08
have a lot of the generals
19:10
during the obama administration were
19:12
actually purged
19:14
you know uh general ham in africa after
19:17
the benghazi incident was one example
19:20
and now you see secretary of defense
19:23
esper and general
19:24
milley the joint chief jon chairman
19:26
openly defined the president
19:28
just recently multiple times in a row uh
19:32
what are your thoughts about that it’s
19:34
shocking to me and offensive
19:38
uh i think that we’ve reached a point
19:41
you know
19:41
where um
19:44
much like we have to ask ourselves you
19:47
know when the fbi was spying on the
19:49
president-elect and then the president
19:51
you know trying to remove
19:52
him from office on whose behalf were
19:54
they working
19:55
right um this is where i’m at with esper
19:58
and millie
19:58
right whose behalf are they actually
20:00
working right yeah i mean the american
20:02
people put this president in office for
20:04
a reason
20:05
one of them was to get us out of
20:06
afghanistan pretty clearly was one of
20:09
them
20:09
and yet here we are uh four years into
20:12
his administration
20:13
and uh he’s still struggling to get that
20:15
done and and
20:16
in the world you and i occupied the
20:18
commander-in-chief said it happened
20:20
it happened period instantly right
20:23
yeah and uh it’s a it’s just i think it
20:26
goes to
20:27
um the very deep state culture i hate
20:30
that term by the way it’s so
20:31
conspiratorial right just sounds
20:33
conspirate the deep state it’s just
20:35
but it really is just it’s the
20:38
bureaucracy
20:39
operating without a rudder i mean that’s
20:41
that’s what you’re trying just does what
20:42
it wants it floats around
20:44
this potion of self-interest right and
20:46
and so
20:47
my my question is who is millie going to
20:50
general millie
20:51
general millie how is he how and who is
20:54
he going to be going to work for
20:55
when he resigns okay and the same thing
20:58
for esper
20:59
i mean what what is the post service
21:02
motivation that drives these individuals
21:05
and i think if you look there you’ll
21:06
find out what’s really
21:08
what’s really feeding this beast
21:10
interesting i think trump’s made it
21:11
clear
21:12
esper doesn’t have long to go i haven’t
21:14
heard him really
21:15
discuss millie specifically but i just
21:18
find it shocking but i think he hit it
21:20
right on the point there
21:22
who is there anyone else that you think
21:24
in the administration you may not want
21:25
to say it that needs to
21:27
be gone if you will does anyone else
21:30
obviously i can
21:33
i can avoid the political uh landmine by
21:35
just saying i think they need to do a
21:37
complete institutional reset
21:39
yeah i would ask for everybody’s
21:41
resignation
21:42
uh this is i mean this is not uncommon
21:44
right it’s just a courtesy
21:46
we want a courtesy resignation from
21:47
everybody and then we’re going to
21:49
reassess
21:50
right i would really like to see the
21:52
president take
21:53
um you know i’ll call it institutional
21:56
restoration
21:57
and make that one of his flagship
22:00
efforts for a second term
22:02
um there are some institutions that
22:04
probably need to be
22:05
either completely reset or just to go
22:07
away and be rebuilt
22:09
and then there are other institutions
22:11
that i think are easily salvageable
22:12
provided to correct change in leadership
22:14
i put the defense department in that
22:16
category
22:17
uh it needs to be reincentivized the
22:18
good thing about the defense department
22:20
is
22:20
you fire a couple guys for the you know
22:22
for for a reason everybody else gets the
22:24
message real quick
22:24
very quickly and i think that we you
22:27
know
22:28
we can start there and build out but the
22:30
idea and one of the things that scares
22:31
me more than anything else that we see
22:32
going on right now is there’s this
22:34
institutional
22:36
um i’ll call it indifference uh it may
22:38
be more
22:39
devious than that or hostile than that
22:42
but i’ll call an institutional
22:43
indifference to the fact
22:44
that you have these marxist ideologies
22:47
just yes
22:48
just seeping their way into these
22:50
institutions and they have been for 25
22:52
30 years in many respects but those
22:54
things are now come to a head and
22:56
uh they’ve been they’ve been just so uh
22:58
deleterious to our
23:00
overall capability what you see is what
23:02
i would call the citadels of western
23:04
civilization the citadels of the
23:06
republic the cia
23:08
the fbi the defense department i mean if
23:11
these
23:12
institutions aren’t safe none of us
23:15
are yeah yeah i mean it’s really crazy
23:20
so uh you know i i have been in the
23:23
of the opinion over the last year that
23:25
it was very obvious
23:27
uh you know late last year after
23:29
impeachment you had a roaring economy
23:31
the president was
23:33
on his way to re-election unemployment
23:35
for you know minorities was at record
23:37
lows
23:38
incomes were rising uh people were very
23:41
optimistic
23:42
and then we had this uh pandemic i don’t
23:45
believe in coincidences and i just feel
23:47
that that was
23:48
too big of a coincidence and then we
23:50
have yesterday two virus
23:53
manufacturers halt their you know their
23:55
trials
23:56
three weeks before the election on the
23:58
same day i i find all this fascinating
24:00
and
24:01
and to me i just don’t buy it i mean
24:02
what are your thoughts i think china was
24:04
involved i think they released it on
24:05
purpose
24:08
i’ll talk a little bit about china i
24:09
think
24:12
in may many people don’t know this in
24:14
may of 2019
24:16
china declared people’s war against the
24:19
united states
24:20
and um most of our you know most of our
24:23
strategists because they don’t underst
24:25
you know
24:26
we all in the west learn clap sweats
24:29
right
24:30
klaus which is like you know for
24:31
anybody’s ever been in the military they
24:32
can quote clause what’s left and right
24:33
we’ve all read on war
24:35
um but we don’t read mao
24:38
in the same way um and
24:42
mao is ten times the strategist klaus
24:44
which was i mean
24:45
the guy unified china okay but
24:48
he understands warfare is the continuum
24:50
of politics
24:52
but he has actually done it all right
24:54
and
24:55
i think when when i look at china um
24:58
what i saw happening in the bush years
25:00
and the obama years was this kind of
25:02
collective indifference to the potential
25:03
threat that they represented right
25:05
napoleon used to
25:06
say when china awakens the world will
25:08
tremble
25:09
and beginning in 2001 with the you know
25:12
the
25:12
reintegration of china into the global
25:14
economy you’re giving them five nation
25:16
status
25:17
we saw the chinese took advantage of
25:19
that and they authored several plans
25:20
china 2025
25:22
china 2049 and then most importantly the
25:25
one belt one road
25:26
effort and this one belt one road effort
25:29
is
25:29
um you know it’s the it’s the uh the
25:32
sync went on it’s the raison d’etre it
25:34
so it explains so much of what we see
25:36
going on in the world today because the
25:38
international bankers the central
25:40
bankers have decided that the
25:41
unification of the eurasian land mass is
25:44
central to their emergent markets
25:46
right and we saw this in the trump in
25:48
the trent the uh excuse me in the obama
25:50
years
25:51
they would talk about this concept of
25:53
managed decline right it was the managed
25:55
decline it was the age of china was
25:57
coming
25:58
well trump was elected to stop that
26:01
right
26:01
and so manage decline came off the table
26:05
and what took its place how about just
26:07
decline
26:08
so once they stopped being able to make
26:10
money off of us because the president
26:12
was implementing
26:13
smarter trade policies they became
26:15
overtly hostile
26:17
and what scares me is that the chinese
26:19
communist ideology
26:21
is aligned it has aligned itself with
26:23
the islamist ideology because they
26:25
recognize that we are
26:27
a blind b the democratic party has
26:29
embraced both of those hostile
26:31
ideologies
26:32
and see the money is behind them
26:35
right the money is backing their side we
26:37
we can’t even have the republican
26:39
congress uh or the the republican senate
26:43
uh you know put forward a referendum
26:44
condemning antifa and tifa still doesn’t
26:47
even designate a terrorist
26:51
must be behind the organization to
26:52
prevent that from happening not to
26:54
mention the fact that many of these
26:55
democrat politicians children
26:57
are members of antifa to include tim
26:58
kaine okay i mean that’s where we’re at
27:01
um and so when i think about china that
27:04
may 2019 declaration you had the
27:06
impeachment beginning we know that
27:08
they allowed travel out of wuhan
27:10
intentionally
27:12
one of the other things that’s always
27:13
kind of come to mind and i’ve questioned
27:14
openly on twitter in the past is
27:17
if you are going to do a bio this is the
27:19
problem for the chinese red is to
27:21
explain this away if you were going to
27:22
do a bio-weapon attack against the
27:24
united states
27:25
our policy of a bio-weapon attack
27:27
retaliation was nuclear
27:28
that was our deterrence policy so you’d
27:31
have to make it look like an accident
27:33
wmd sure right you’d have to make it
27:36
look like an accident in order to
27:37
release it
27:38
yeah so this is the great conundrum that
27:39
the chinese really ought to open their
27:41
books on right i mean this
27:42
this is the the danger of that sort of a
27:44
deterrence policy in the first place and
27:46
then you know we all know that and
27:47
for those of you who are interested in
27:49
the national security side you can go
27:50
and do some research on this
27:51
lieberman the guy who was doing the
27:53
research at harvard uh that was working
27:55
with the chinese and the two chinese
27:57
who were arrested at boston’s logan
27:58
airport they were looking at
28:00
the development of nano payloads for
28:02
embedding inside of coronaviruses
28:04
as a tailored weapon system uh or as a
28:07
delivery system for payloads that could
28:09
be
28:09
virally distributed inside the body
28:11
perhaps even targeting individual organs
28:14
this is the stuff of nightmares okay and
28:17
um our national security community has
28:20
really kind of played
28:21
you know again kind of short shift on
28:22
that stuff we we need to reinvigorate
28:26
uh that particular part of our defense
28:28
portfolio to you know because the you
28:30
know a threat
28:30
of the threat has changed they’re
28:32
willing to and
28:34
absolutely and i’m not saying that this
28:37
was for sure a bio weapon attack i’m
28:39
saying the possibility even today
28:41
remains
28:41
yeah and so um going forward i think
28:45
you know when you think about when you
28:47
think about these ideological threats
28:49
confronting us
28:50
i’m a big believer in the you know and
28:51
you’re a military guy i’m a big believer
28:53
in the strategic defensive
28:55
sure i think we need to focus on our own
28:57
house
28:58
and getting it in order and um
29:02
failing to do that right a failing to do
29:04
that everything else
29:05
doesn’t really matter yeah um and i’d
29:08
really like to see the president and
29:10
his because he is going to be re-elected
29:13
his new administration uh really focus
29:16
on the
29:17
getting the domestic part right and
29:18
beginning to to rest the country away
29:21
from these
29:22
you know these communist uh idiots
29:24
who’ve you know taken over the
29:25
democratic
29:26
party and they’re infecting our you know
29:28
our children
29:29
well they have to be confronted i i
29:31
happen to think that uh
29:32
their economy is not as strong as they
29:34
think it is you know i was
29:36
an on trader for a couple decades and
29:38
and i feel that
29:40
their debt is massive and that’s one
29:42
reason they were
29:43
incentivized to do something like this
29:45
to because they knew if trump was
29:47
re-elected
29:48
you know and the tariffs would continue
29:50
that they’re in real trouble they can’t
29:51
build cities fast enough to keep their
29:53
people working i mean it’s just
29:55
it’s it’s a house of cards uh so
29:58
speaking of the election and the reason
30:01
i started this show is
30:02
is there is obviously some type of
30:04
coordinated information operation
30:06
as we’ve talked about
30:10
how does the right go after this machine
30:12
this cabal this
30:15
uh people have to go to jail obviously i
30:16
think your point of uh consequences for
30:19
behavior
30:20
needs to happen and what’s coming out of
30:21
doj is not real
30:23
you know it doesn’t give you warm and
30:25
fuzzies on on that happening actually
30:28
yeah look i i think i’m i’m not a uh
30:32
i’m not a bar durham naysayer uh i just
30:35
you know i as somebody who’s worked
30:37
inside the community for a long time
30:38
you know mainly on the counter-terrorism
30:40
side i recognize these things are slow
30:42
yeah like just brutally slow like doing
30:44
good indictments takes time
30:46
and the scale of what durham has been
30:48
asked to investigate
30:49
is massive the reason i still believe it
30:52
is yeah
30:53
right right the but the scale of it is
30:55
is i mean it touches all the
30:56
intelligence agencies it touches the
30:58
defense department
30:59
it touches political politicians i mean
31:01
it’s just big
31:03
um if there were ever a case for a
31:05
special counsel this was probably one of
31:07
them
31:07
but we’ve had you know we had special
31:09
counsel fatigue by this point
31:10
right right and uh i think what you’re
31:13
going to see is
31:14
we won’t get everything we want you know
31:17
we’re
31:18
we’re not going to see everything that
31:19
we want i think we’re going to see
31:20
enough to know that you know people will
31:22
have paid
31:23
you know at some degree for what they
31:25
did they’re already paying in the public
31:27
sphere
31:28
certainly right oh and and i think i
31:31
think you know
31:32
i’m a i’m i’m i’m a believer
31:35
i think that history though is going to
31:37
really judge these characters right
31:39
um they’re going to be they’re going to
31:42
be fro you know andrew mccabe will be
31:44
frozen in history right there along
31:46
benedict arnold right right there next
31:47
to benedict arnold i mean it’s that it’s
31:49
that level of betrayal
31:51
and what’s amazing to me is they’re so
31:54
tone deaf um as to their own
31:58
malfeasance and corruption that that
32:00
they still are in this act of uh
32:02
disgusting self-justification that makes
32:04
it hard to watch them
32:05
right you know yeah
32:09
it’s it’s amazing to see true i mean i
32:11
agree
32:12
yeah it’s
32:15
so to wrap up um
32:18
i have one more point i i’m really
32:20
concerned also about our service
32:22
academies and i i keep telling myself
32:24
the term we can try to deal with this
32:26
but still today this
32:28
critical race theory social justice
32:30
cultural marxism
32:32
destroying the institutions you know
32:34
reducing the level of hardship
32:36
so that you don’t produce really you
32:38
know people who can
32:39
get through tough times i’m hopeful that
32:42
in the second term
32:43
that trump has the bandwidth to deal
32:45
with that or someone in dod
32:48
i mean do you feel that’s something that
32:49
can be addressed
32:51
or it’s it’s a little bit tough because
32:54
it’s education but
32:57
i think it’s imperative that it get
32:59
addressed um it’s not
33:00
unique to the service academies it’s
33:02
throughout the joint professional
33:03
military education environment
33:05
um you know i mean we remember a couple
33:06
years ago where you had the guy at west
33:08
point
33:09
caught you know he was wearing the chase
33:10
shirt right he wasn’t the only one
33:13
yeah and the professors knew and the
33:15
senior officers knew
33:17
and again it go the military is probably
33:19
the easiest to fix because the cultural
33:22
accountability model there is very quick
33:24
acting right you fire a couple leaders
33:26
for doing the wrong thing everybody else
33:27
gets the message real quick
33:29
and um you know this administration’s
33:31
moved to kind of address the threat of
33:33
communism we’re gonna
33:34
we have a massive educational mission to
33:36
kind of you know get people familiar
33:38
with the precepts again i was very lucky
33:40
i came into the military right about the
33:42
time that the cold war guys were
33:43
retiring
33:44
and i took the time to just sit and
33:46
listen to them
33:47
uh read the books they passed me read
33:49
the token archives read the sword and
33:50
the shield you know read read the books
33:52
about the cold war to understand it
33:54
and to get into the ideology not that
33:56
i’m an expert on it but i know
33:58
i know when i hear truth and um
34:02
that’s really what it requires i think
34:03
as far as the service academies go
34:05
you know we i think the na i think the
34:07
naval academy west point
34:09
i know you’re an air force academy grad
34:10
i think you know one of the things that
34:12
the maybe the president
34:14
needs to tell his post espersek def
34:17
is i want you to make a concerted effort
34:19
to give me an officer corps that’s
34:21
worthy of the republic
34:22
yeah and and that starts with
34:24
understanding this two things
34:25
number one is they need to understand
34:27
that the constitution
34:30
is simply the legal means but the actual
34:33
strategic idea the idea we’re defending
34:35
ism
34:36
is embodied in that declaration and you
34:39
need to understand the strategic nature
34:41
of your oath
34:42
and that is something so many of our
34:44
officers have lost sight of
34:46
well put rich thank you so again this is
34:49
the memo
34:50
uh rich where’s the best place to get
34:52
the book uh can they get signed
34:54
you can get it you can get it at rich
34:56
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34:57
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34:59
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35:02
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35:04
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35:06
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35:07
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35:08
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35:11
higgins underscore dc
35:13
at rich higgins underscore dc uh you
35:16
know i’m
35:17
pretty active on there lately sometimes
35:19
more than others but
35:20
uh going into this election cycle and
35:23
everything we’re expecting to see i’m
35:24
gonna be out there throwing some
35:25
insights
35:26
from a political warfare special warfare
35:28
prism
35:29
and i hope people can pick something up
35:30
there what can we expect to
35:32
see of you in the future uh
35:36
wait god knows
35:40
all right rich uh thanks for joining us
35:41
on information operation and maybe we
35:43
can have you back on down the road
35:45
thanks for ha
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