DarkSide hacks Colonial Pipeline and extorts 5 million dollars, thereby holding large parts of the East Coast gas supply hostage. Hamas rains rockets down on Israel for no good reason. How much is Russia involved? How about Turkey or Iran? Are these standalone stories or are they part of a geopolitical great game? What do pipelines and rockets tell us about our enemies? I discuss all this and more with Havok Journal writer and former Special Forces and DIA officer Richard Liebl and Havok Journal owner Charlie Faint. This episode covers everything from Special Forces humanitarian missions to the two-state solution.
Have a listen here.
I usually record at the office, but my wife was out and I was on childcare duty at home for this one. So, I set the kid up with food and movies and one stipulation – that he not bother me for an hour. And then he almost derailed the episode in the first five minutes by repeatedly barging in on me to fix one issue after another so he could watch Austin Powers on my phone. I wouldn’t have minded so much, but he came in right as I was fumbling through cyber-speak which is not my first language by a long shot. I think you should only hear him come in the third and final time, so it shouldn’t detract too much from the episode, but it does explain why I’m hemming and hawing my way through the explanation of the DarkSide attack.
Yes, we do have a rule that no smart Marines are allowed on the podcast. Unless they are a drooling vegetable. But I think that’s only common sense.
During the episode, I mention an Eli Lake article in the NY Times about Israel taking over the West Bank and Gaza, which I immediately started caveating because I don’t ever remember reading anything by Eli Lake in the Times. Sure enough, I misremembered – it was a Bret Stephens piece and it specifically talked about eliminating Hamas. Batting 1000% as always. Go me.
I mention that anti-Semitism has been the predominant cause of hate crimes in the US since the FBI started tracking hate crimes in 1995. I should have clarified – anti-Semitism has been the predominant cause of religious hate crimes in the US. Anti-black hate crimes and, more recently, anti-homosexual (not anti-lesbian, fwiw), hate crimes have been more common overall.
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