Sam and Emma host Adam Weinstein, Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute, to explore the status of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and what the region might look like moving forwards. They look into why the Pentagon might want a quick withdrawal now that they are committed to withdrawing at all, and whether or not U.S. contractors will choose to linger beyond the military’s time in the country before Weinstein walks us through the Afghan Security Force’s capacity, and the intelligence community’s concerns about not having as robust of a surveillance state in the region. They round out the discussion by examining the history of the conflict as a 40-year civil war, how the U.S.’s role in anti-soviet jihad is responsible for much of the destabilization that has occurred, and the fantasy of a clean counter-insurgency. Sam and Emma unpack Manchin’s bootlicking of bipartisanship even as republicans continue to restrict voting on the state level, and really really try to think about the Senate glass as half full.
And in the Fun Half: Angus King finally falls on the right side of the filibuster-or-democracy debate, Tucker Carlson hits us with the age-old “if homeless people really wanted houses they would buy them” argument, and Milo Yiannopoulos discusses giving queer folk something to be proud of this June (him going straight). Next, Mike from Omaha explores the antisemitic conspiracy theory at the roots of the conservative war against Critical Race Theory, before Sam chats about his own experiences with conservatives rallying against the Jews, and how the far-Right maintains this antisemitism while publicly claiming parallels to Jews in Nazi Germany. Sam and Emma look into the fact that Donald Trump might not put his pants on like the rest of us, and Ben from NY calls in to chat about the 2022 NY governor race while Sam boosts the importance of pressing Cuomo and State Senators on the upcoming NY Medicare for All Bill, plus, your calls and IMs!
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