After 20 years of military operations, over $2 trillion dollars, an estimated 160,000 lives 50,000 of which were civilian, 2,448 American Service members, 3,846 US Contractors, roughly 66,000 Afghan national military and police, 1,144 allied service members, 44 aid workers, 72 journalists and over 50,000 Taliban and other opposition fighters the United States is finally pulling out of Afghanistan. While that is an exceedingly high toll to pay for America’s longest war ever those numbers are just a fraction of what the long term consequences will cost. In today’s episode we’re going to take a look at the long war in Afghanistan, the history surrounding the disputed country, how we got here, what went wrong and what the future holds for the country, the region and the world as a result of what’s happened there.
In our Disney Detective, Disneyland President talks about “New Membership Options” & Change coming to the Hall of Presidents
Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, Bo-Katan Star Didn’t Know of Luke Skywalker Cameo Until Finale Airing & Hints that ‘The Mandalorian’ Will Jump Timelines
And for our Entertainment News, Passing of a Talk Show Legend
And then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week…
In this post inauguration episode we reflect on the legacy of Donald J. Trump and the impact he’s had on the country, the world and the presidency. We’ll run down some of his most notable accomplishments in office and give credit where it is due. We’ll also look at some of the more significant failures he’s faced while in office. Then we’ll take a look at what the long last impact of his time in office will have on numerous aspects of life moving forward before we look to the future of the Biden administration and discuss the challenges facing the new president and how we think he will handle them.
This week we address the difficult topic of the January 6th protest turned insurrection at the United States Capitol Building. It was a dark and scary time for our country to see what was thought to be peaceful protestors supporting President Trump’s claim of victory in the 2020 United States Presidential election March on the Capitol, lay siege to a joint session of congress and breach the building all for the purpose of disrupting the final stage in certifying the election.
We’ll discuss what happened and the progression from protest, to riot to insurrection. We’ll layout the timeline of events as we know at this moment. We’ll talk about some of the crimes committed and the assault on the building itself and what led up to it.
We’ll also talk about the outcome. What was the ultimate result of the insurrection. What happened to the people who participated. What consequences the president and his party face as a result. What the future might hold after this unprecedented event. And finally we’ll have an open discussion about how to talk to your kids about events like this so they can understand what is going on, feel safe with day to day life and can cope with the fear and anxiety unexpected events like this can bring on.
In this episode we put Trump again Biden in a statistical matchup of the ages. From the tail of the tape analysis all the way through 5 rounds of head to head competition we look at the two candidates in detail. Using survey data from two well respected surveys we’ll compare each candidates stand on Key Issues versus how survey respondents polled.
Round 2 will look at reasons respondents gave for voting for either candidate. We’ll look at personality traits of each candidate in Round 3. Round 4 is a measure of voter confidence in key issues as it relates to each candidate. And the fifth and final round looks at which candidate is more trustworthy.
All throughout the match up we’ll provide color commentary and analysis of the candidates and the issues measured. In the end we’ll tally up each candidates results in a 10 point must system and give you our thoughts.
This week’s episode is ripped from the headlines as we explore the rising tensions between the United States and Iran. We look back at nearly a century of history between the two nations and what brought us to the current brink of war that exist between the two countries. We’ll explore the current relationship not only between the United States and Iran but also how that relationship is influencing the United State’s position around the world with both it’s allies and adversaries. Then we’ll take a look at the various scenarios laid out before us and speculate on the direction that the current conflict will go, the impact on future administrations and the overall stability in the region.