245. Dan Lamothe. Inside The US Military Support For Israel. Will America Go Get Our Hostages? Traveling with New Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen CQ Brown. Tuberville’s Holds Cut Deeper. Passing Peak Ukraine. China & Taiwan Loom. What’s Next for Gen Milley?


Halloween is right around the corner. And things in Washington DC, and the world, couldn’t be any spookier. It’s a scary time. There’s still no Speaker of the House. Congress is an epically disgraceful mess. Ukraine is still deep in the fight. Israel is about to unleash hell on Gaza. And Putin and Hamas couldn’t be happier. 

And this is an episode that is not afraid to meet the moment. Army veteran and national security and politics analyst Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) hosts another insightful and rapid-fire episode of the best independent politics, news and culture show in America. And one that sits uniquely on the intersection between politics and national security. 

The world is on fire. Parts of the world are smoldering low and parts are raging loudly. And when the world of national security heats up, there’s no better guest to turn to than Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe).

The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) is one of the best military and Pentagon reporters in America. He has written about the US Armed Forces for more than a decade, traveling extensively, embedding with each service, and covering combat in Afghanistan numerous times. 

Dan joined us for appearances in Episode 96 in January of 2021, Episode 154 back in February 2022 and Episode 206 in January 2023. And he’s back now to break it all down fresh off of an overseas trip with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General CQ Brown—a trip which coincided with the attacks on Israel by Hamas. It’s a compelling, insider’s view that you’ll only hear here.

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