Episode #166: National Security Blunders – Then and Now

Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, removed his name from consideration moments after this week’s program was concluded. Nonetheless, there was still plenty to talk about, especially in light of Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser. Aaron Blake of the Washington Post fills us in with the details of Flynn’s departure, as well as the remaining questions about the administration’s contacts with Russian officials.

One of Trump’s senior advisers, Stephen Miller, has echoed his boss’ claim that illegal voting is rampant in New Hampshire, trying to make the case that such votes cost Trump the win in New Hampshire. But Fergus Cullen, the state’s former Republican chair, and Dave Scanlon, the N.H. deputy secretary of state, both refute the argument that the Granite State has had any instances of widespread voter fraud.

We visit with Todd VanDerWerff, a critic at large for Vox.com, who came up with a unique and fun list: pairing presidents of the past half-century with their most identifiable TV show that was running at the time.

And we end the program by going back to 2003 when Secretary of State Colin Powell gave his memorable speech at the UN Security Council on the now-discredited notion of Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction. Lawrence Wilkerson, Powell’s then-Chief of Staff, talks about what went into the speech and reveals that even as it was being given, Powell and he both had serious doubts about its veracity.

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Music used in this podcast:

Strange Days by The Doors 

House of Fun by Madness

I’m Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys

Television Man by Talking Heads 

I’ve Been Waiting by Matthew Sweet

The Unknown Soldier by The Doors

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