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  • 01:00

    Episode 280: Best of NATO in Afghanistan, With Stephen Saideman

    in Military

    Lost to many whose news sources in the USA consists of the major newspapers and the standard networks, for most of the last dozen+ years, the conflict in Afghanistan has not been a USA-Centric battle; it has been a NATO run operation.

    When the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force has been an American 4-star, the visuals can be misleading.

    For most of the last decade, American forces were dominate in only one region of Afghanistan, the east. Other NATO nations from Italy/Spain in the west, Germany in the North, and Commonwealth nations and the Dutch in the south.

    More important than the actual numbers involved, it was the Rules of Engagement, caveats, and the fickle nature of national politics that drove what effects those forces had on the ground.

    The good, the bad, and the ugly of modern coalition warfare was all in view for all in Afghanistan, but outside small circles, has yet to be fully discussed.

    Our guest for the full hour will be Stephen Saideman.

    Stephen holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.  He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict and For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres) and NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald), and other work on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations.  Prof. Saideman spent 2001-02 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.  He writes online at OpenCanada.org, Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva and his own site (saideman.blogspot.com).  He also tweets too much at @smsaideman.

  • 00:12

    U.S., NATO may not follow through with troop drawdown in Afghanistan

    in Current Events

    1. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that U.S. and allied defense officials, increasingly wary of White House plans to scale back the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, are reviewing new drawdown options that include keeping thousands of American troops in the country beyond the end of 2016. 

    2. Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said it will hold naval drills in the "east Mediterranean" in September and October, as the West frets over a military buildup by Moscow in Syria. 

    3. Israel's security cabinet on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of a series of proposed measures aimed at combating stone-throwing, including mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of throwing rocks and firebombs, and an easing of the rules governing police use of live fire in rock-throwing incidents. 

    4. A strong earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.9 struck Indonesia on Thursday at a depth of 39.9 miles. The quake hit 15 miles north-west of the city of Sorong. There were no immediate reports of damage.

    5. The Telica volcano in northwestern Nicaragua erupted on Wednesday, sending up dense columns of ash that settled over six surrounding villages. 

    You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.

    The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Psalm 22:4-8 which reads: "Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people."

    Our second coming quote for today is from G. Campbell Morgan. He said, "I never begin my work in the morning without thinking that perhaps he may interrupt my work and begin his own. I am not looking for death, I am looking for him."

  • 00:30

    Hillary & Bowe Disgraceful Adventures in Afghanistan

    in Politics Conservative

    Hillary.....Fired in Disgrace? Yep!!!!

    Bowe......and his wonderful adventure in Afghanistan....

  • 00:24

    War in Afghanistan

    in Lifestyle

    My guest will be Afghan author and industrialist, Nasir Shansab, who will help us understand the situation in Afghanistan and find a proper course of action for the United States now.  We will also discuss Mr. Shansab's book, Silent Trees. 

  • 01:52

    Stew and The Nunn, Episode 14 with guest LTC (ret) Jason Amerine

    in Military

    LTC (ret) Jason Amerine was the Commander of Special Forces A-team 574 which was the team that brough Hamid Karzai into southern Afghanistan and then help cuase the collapse and surrender of the Taliban in 2001. For bravery in the invasion, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He was also a "Real Hero" in the America's Army video game. 

    After Amerine provided information to Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) to assist the Congressman in preparing legislation to improve U.S. hostage freeing efforts in 2014, the Army received complaints from the FBI. In early 2015, the U.S. Army initiated what has been deemed by those close to Amerine as a retaliatory criminal investigation for his work aimed at improving hostage rescue procedures. In May 2015, Amerine's West Point Classmates initiated a Whitehouse.gov petition to “provide LTC Jason Amerine, SF, US Army, Whistleblower Protection and end all investigations and unfavorable actions.” On June 11, 2015 Amerine was one of five whistleblowers who testified before the U.S. Senate Committee when it convened a hearing on Federal whistleblowers. 

    A couple of weeks ago, Jason was allowed to retire, had his secrity clearance restored recognized for his service to this country by being awarded a Legion of Merit. 

  • 01:31

    Stew and The Nunn, Episode 12, Kilo Two Bravo Part Two, Pech River Boys

    in Military

    Tonight is MOVIE NIGHT!

    We have a very special guest from the soon to be released Kilo Two Bravo film will be on to follow up on our first interview about this awesome movie. Paul Katis (Director/Producer) is an extremely versatile award-winning director with extensive experience of a wide range of genres. He has worked in TV & commercial film production for over 25 years, and in that time has amassed a wealth of credits and experience. After initially editing then producing commercials, he has moved on to direct over 50 commercials before concentrating on longer form production. Learn more about this movie that will be out next week at http://www.kilotwobravomovie.com.

    We will also be talking to Jason from another soon to be released indie film, Pech River Boys. In May 2010, Bravo Company / 3rd Platoon / 1-327IN of the legendary 101st Airborne Division was deployed to the Pech River Valley located in Afghanistan's Kunar province.  They were stationed at COP Michigan in the mouth of the deadly Korengal Valley.  Pech River Boys: Tales From Afghanistan will be a documentary film to preserve the events that these men experienced and to remember their fallen brother Spc Brian Tabada.This film is still being funded on gofundme.com and more info about the film can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pechriverboys. 

  • 00:37

    Listen: SSgt. Michael J McKenzie Purple Heart recipient hit in helmet in Afghan.

    in Military

    Listen 24/7 anytime after our November 2, 2015 4pm broadcast to 3BCT 25ID Soldier Staff Sgt. Michael J. McKenzie, a Purple Heart recipient who was hit in his helmet during a firefight in Afghanistan. October 27, 2015 there was a ceremony for him where he received the helmet back to him. SSGT McKenzie will talk about his service and more. Please SHARE

    More Info and Photos: http://thankyouforyourservice.us/issue/october-2015/article/listen-ssgt-michael-j-mckenzie-a-purple-heart-recipient-hit-in-his-helmet-during-a-firefight-in-afghanistan

  • 00:06

    Afghanistan – Leave or Stay

    in Politics

    Darrell Castle talks about negotiations between the United States and Afghanistan for a new Status of Forces Agreement.

  • 02:10


    in Military

    Dustin Shelhamer
    • Served in the Department of Homeland Security
    • World Trade Center deployment
    • Space Shuttle Columbia recovery

    Ethan Hotz
    • United States Army 2010-2013
    • Combat Infantryman
    • Purple Heart recipient
    • Injured in Afghanistan by enemy 8ARMY2mm recoilless heat round
    • Honorably discharged

    Kelly Lewis

    • Army 11B 2008-2011
    • Iraq Deployment
    • Purple Heart recipient ARCOM
    • Medically retired for injuries sustained to face, arms, and legs from a RKG3 attack on our MRAP

  • 02:08


    in Entertainment

    David Maestas grew up in Vermont before enlisting in 1994 in the US Army with an Airborne Ranger contract. After almost 6 years in the 2nd Ranger Battalion he spent time with the Long Range Surveillance Detachment and 2-14 Infantry Battalion at Fort Drum, NY. His last 9 years in the military were with the 1st Special Forces Group having served as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, Intelligence Sergeant and finally a Team Sergeant of two Special Forces teams. He has earned two bronze stars amongst other awards over five combat deployments in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan for almost 4 years of time deployed.

    Since he retired a year ago, he has become an entrepreneur having successfully started several businesses to include Maestro Strategic Solutions as his parent company. He also noticed that as a Veteran, finding the help required for himself and others was difficult to navigate through all the agencies, non-profits and businesses that help Veterans. He started My Ranger Biz to consolidate Veteran businesses to address Veteran issues as well as help Veteran entrepreneurs to get started in business.


  • 01:53

    The "Dancing Boys" of Afghanistan

    in Politics

    Christmas is over, so we have to get back to work.  Learn tonight how a young "T-Boy" of Afghanistan killed 3 of our Marines in 2012.  A whistleblower tried to warn the command and is now being punished.  The parents are suing, not for money, but for answers.

    Another missing airliner over Asia.  Is this computerized hi-jacking?  What is going on?

    Obama forces military couple to move their wedding so he can golf.  He did apologize to them.  Well, that was awful nice of him.

    Another un-provocted cop shooting, this time in LA.  Thanks Rev. Al Charlatan!  Thanks a lot for this phony race-war.  You must be damn proud of yourself.

    Tune in every weeknight at 8:00pm to 10:00pm to hear The Captain unlock his treasure chest of opinions and ideas, facing all matters of Constitutional Freedom.