When We Leave.
Afghanistan Tomorrow and Forever.
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Operation “Blame the Afghan People” is in full swing. The countdown to us forgetting completely about Afghanistan has also just begun and the media is doing its best to shove a comparative narrative to Vietnam down our throats. Today’s episode explores our national amnesia, examines the Vietnam comparison, talks about what happens when our occupations end and questions the continuation of a wartime military budget.
Episode Timestamp + Link | Clip Link
- 00:04:42 | TODAY: Taliban Seize 3 Afghan Cities Amid U.S. Troop Withdrawal
- 00:04:49 | CBC News: Taliban surround Kabul after capturing Jalalabad
- 00:04:57 | CBS This Morning: Taliban militants take Kabul as president flees Afghanistan
- 00:05:00 | NBC: White House Reacts As Taliban Gain Control of Afghanistan
- 00:05:05 | BBC News: Desperate scenes in Kabul as President Biden defends Afghan pullout
- 00:05:45 | War and the Media: Howard Zinn
- 00:08:31 | AP Archive: Vietnam Saigon the Communists Takeover
- 00:08:44 | BBC News: Deaths reported at Kabul airport as Afghans try to flee Taliban
- 00:09:24 | CNN: Biden speaks after Afghanistan's government collapses
- 00:10:26 | Global News: Trudeau says Canada "heartbroken"
- 00:12:01 | Troy: We Are Lions
- 00:12:25 | The Departed: You Must Be the Other Guy
- 00:13:53 | Platoon: I Got A Bad Feeling
- 00:20:52 | The Godfather Part II: You're Nothing to Me Now
- 00:21:54 | The Gambler: F*** You
- 00:25:21 | Fox59 News: Biden Administration Defense Spending Proposal
- Forbes: Will Wealthy Countries Take In Afghan Refugees? Here’s What Europe, Canada And The U.S. Are Doing.
- The Intercept: $10,000 Invested in Defense Stocks When Afghanistan War Began Now Worth Almost $100,000
- Peter G. Peterson Foundation: Budget Basics- National Defense
- World Bank: The World Bank In Vietnam
- Vietnam Briefing: Vietnam’s Economy, FDI Show Steady Growth but Fourth Wave a Concern
- World Economic Forum: The story of Vietnam's economic miracle
- CTV News: 'Canada left them behind': Afghan interpreters and their families plead to be evacuated from Afghanistan
- CBC: N.S. veteran unhappy as Taliban retakes control of Afghanistan
- War On The Rocks: China’s Strategic Assessment of Afghanistan
- Congress: H.Res.1003 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)