Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are amazed that more than 90 percent of House Democrats either opposed a resolution supporting Immigration and Customs Enforcement or refused to vote on it at all. They also grumble as deficit projections once again head north of a trillion dollars and the number of food stamp recipients remains stubbornly high in a strong economy. And they denounce Vladimir Putin’s proposal to allow U.S. investigators to interview the 12 Russians indicted for meddling in the 2016 elections in exchange for allowing the Russians to interview a former U.S. ambassador.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for July 18, 2018 it’s the Trump Industrial Complex edition of the show with your suave and fascinating hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and, holding down the left coast, AI-guy Mike Stopa.

This week we bring two topics of very intellectual weight and concern. The first involves the military industrial complex, the deep state and the fate of the Republic. The second concerns the nature of Man and the importance of the Will to Power in Man’s survival. Must Man always struggle to be higher in order to still remain, in his essence, a Man?

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Jim and Greg are both on vacation this week. They will be back June 25th. There will new episodes with guest hosts Thursday and Friday of this week. Today, please enjoy an encore presentation of the Three Martini Lunch.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are in very good spirits as they savor three wonderful martinis for conservatives. First, they celebrate the news that three American hostages are on their way home from North Korea in advance of the upcoming Trump-Kim summit. They also applaud President Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, which was riddled with inspection loopholes and was never properly submitted to Congress. And they cheer the victory of conservative Patrick Morrisey in the West Virginia U.S. Senate primary, the lopsided defeat for “Cocaine Mitch” accuser Don Blankenship, and strong turnout for Republicans in three primary states.

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Sure, But Our Military…

 

Christopher Roach on American Greatness has written an essential wake-up call for traditional American conservatives, one that you would never find on the major conservative platforms or issuing from AEI. I commend it to all serious Ricochetti. It’s called “The New Model Military.”

In addition to being theoretically sound, the essay is filled with facts and examples supporting Roach’s thesis, which is, if you think America’s armed forces have remained stalwart against the progressive currents in academia and business, think again.

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Jim and Greg are both on vacation this week. They will be back June 25th. There will new episodes with guest hosts Thursday and Friday of this week. Today, please enjoy an encore presentation of the Three Martini Lunch.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem after three previous administrations acknowledged Jerusalem as the Israeli capital but refused to move the embassy. They also wince as Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes legislation that would allow residents to carry guns without a permit, leading Jim to wonder whether the anti-gun backlash after Parkland is making GOP officials more timid. And they roll their eyes as the media condemn Israel for defending its borders against thousands of Palestinians specifically sent to the border to instigate a response from Israel.

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, senior writer Michael Warren and reporter Andrew Egger sort through a dizzying day of news, including a new New York lawsuit against the Trump organization, the upcoming Inspector General’s report slamming Jim Comey for his handling of the Clinton investigation, and the unfolding human rights crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America devote all three martinis to the Trump-Kim summit. They are happy that President Trump did not promise to revoke any of the North Korean sanctions and that Kim reportedly made concessions on his missile program. They also rip the deal over Trump agreeing to end joint military exercises with South Korea, while only getting a vague promise from Kim to move towards denuclearization. They also berate Trump for lavishing public praise towards Kim, calling it a great honor to meet with him and suggesting Kim loves his people.

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More Golf Ball than Moonscape: The Red Zone in France

 

Serving in Bavaria during the last years of the Cold War, the battalion’s officers took a bus trip to Verdun, for a professional development weekend. The terrain, even in 1988, was a stark, silent testament to the horror that reigned between trenches in the Great War. Moonscape? Try golf ball, for the ubiquity and closeness of deep dimples in the ground. Thirty more years have not erased the scars.

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On this AEI Events Podcast, you’ll hear remarks from Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) on elevating and empowering veterans through VA reform in light of President Trump’s recent executive order “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Uniformed Services to Civilian Life,” followed by a discussion with experts in veterans’ affairs.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes that it must empower and equip veterans with the resources they need to flourish after service, but it struggles to fulfill this mission. A more integrated approach to veterans’ transition programs, including education and programs focused solely on economic opportunity, can better assist veterans reentering the workforce, fostering individual entrepreneurship while combating the harmful “broken veteran” narrative.

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Spencer Rapone

 

One of my best friends is a retired Special Forces officer. I asked him about the case and he replied that he thought that it was a clever ploy by Rapone to escape a commitment to serve two years or pay $40,000 for each year of college. He went on to add: “I noticed that […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to reports that former FBI Director James Comey is described as “insubordinate” in the forthcoming inspector general’s report and former deputy director Andrew McCabe is asking for immunity before testifying to Congress about the Hillary Clinton email investigation. They also push back against the outrage surrounding the arrest of an illegal immigrant delivering pizzas to a military base, pointing out the man told a judge he would leave the country eight years ago and never did. And they’re puzzled by Sen. Bernie Sanders refusing to endorse his own son’s congressional bid when he’s been very active backing other candidates around the country.

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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Selfless Service: D-Day

 

Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., was the first American general to wade ashore at Normandy, cane in one hand, pistol in the other. The eldest son of President Teddy Roosevelt, he was 56 in 1944. He had crippling arthritis and heart disease. But, he used all his political pull to get back in uniform, after Pearl Harbor, and back to the front lines. So it was that he landed on the beaches of Normandy.

He was in the first wave, saw they were a mile off course, and started marching up and down the beach barking useful orders. Men got moving inland off the beach and the Navy and Army brass were informed of the glitch, so they could adjust execution of the plan. For this action, Brigadier General Roosevelt was awarded the Medal of Honor—posthumously. He died of heart disease a few weeks and a number of miles after the beaches. Consider that he had already “done his duty” in World War I, and that his son was also on the beach, a son named after another Roosevelt brother who had died as an aviator over France in the Great War. With all that in mind, consider this:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as President Trump disinvites the Philadelphia Eagles from their White House visit, after most players decided to boycott the event. They also laugh as the normally loquacious Sen. Ted Cruz is left speechless after being asked if he thinks President Trump has the power to pardon himself. And Jim rips outgoing Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz for his pathetic noncommittals on the 2020 presidential race, while explaining how Schultz would likely be a flop in the Democratic primary.

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What all’s involved in training today’s warriors for combat? CDR Michael Nordeen, a Hoover Institution National Security Affairs fellow and decorated naval aviator, discusses the tools and technology necessary to keep the US Navy at a state of readiness. With the filming of the “Top Gun” sequel underway, he also speculates on the career path of Lt. Pete Mitchell (aka, Tom Cruise) and the automation and human skills needed to pilot an F-18 jet.

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Veterans’ Suicides Are Increasing

 

Our veterans are dying in increasing numbers—at their own hands. I was moved to explore this topic thanks to Nicole Fisher of The Federalist’s recent article. She quoted a Department of Veteran Affairs study published in September 2017:

More than 20 veterans commit suicide each day, a number, on average, 22 times greater than the civilian population. In fact, veterans’ suicides account for 18-20 percent of suicide deaths in the country, while they make up only about 8.5 percent of the adult population.

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I Remember

 

And I’ll never forget. The men of 3d Battalion, 25th Marines whose lives were taken in the War on Terror in 2005.

Major Ricardo Crocker
SSgt Joseph Goodrich
SSgt Anthony Goodwin
SSgt Kendall Ivy
Sgt Aaron Cepeda
Sgt David Coullard
Sgt James Graham III
Sgt Bradley Harper
Sgt Justin Hoffman
Sgt Michael Marzano
Sgt Nathaniel Rock
Sgt David Wimberg
HM2 Jeffrey Wiener
Cpl Jeffrey Boskovitch
Cpl Dustin Derga
Cpl David Kreuter
Cpl Michael Lindemuth
Cpl Bryan Richardson
Cpl Brad Squires
Cpl David Stewart
Cpl Joseph Tremblay
Cpl Andre Williams
HM3 Travis Youngblood
LCpl Timothy Bell Jr.
LCpl Eric Bernholtz
LCpl Dustin Birch
LCpl Nicholas Bloem
LCpl Roger Castleberry Jr.
LCpl Daniel Chavez
LCpl Michael Cifuentes
LCpl Wesley Davids
LCpl Daniel Deyarmin Jr.
LCpl Christopher Dyer
LCpl Nicholas Erdy
LCpl Grant Fraser
LCpl Lance Graham
LCpl Jonathan Grant
LCpl Jourdan Grez
LCpl Thomas Keeling
LCpl Ryan Kovacicek
LCpl Christopher Lyons
LCpl Brian Montgomery
LCpl Aaron Reed
LCpl Edward Schroeder II
LCpl Devon Seymour
LCpl Kevin Waruinge
LCpl William Wightman
PFC Christopher Dixon

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America return with three crazy martinis. First, they shake their heads as President Trump tweets that those who died for our country would be really proud of his economic record. They also roll their eyes as liberal politicians and media figures express outrage over images of illegal immigrant children being confined to cages – until they learn the images are from 2014 during the Obama administration and then delete their tweets. And they react to California scrambling to find records for tens of thousands of voters who were mistakenly enrolled twice, all of this just a week before primary day in the state.

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The Princess Goes to Bootcamp

 
Husband and daughter; USMC vet and USAF Airman.

I come from a patriotic family. We stand and honor our flag, recite the pledge, sing the anthem at sporting events, love July 4th and appreciate those who have served in the military. However, the “Greatest Generation” was the last military service in our own family and they have now passed on. (Well, my husband served in the infantry in the USMC, but his service was well before I met him so I did not experience that sacrifice with him). In the four generations since WW2, no one in my own family has committed to military service of any kind. Until this year.

My daughter finished high school a couple of years ago and she had the near-perfect high school experience — an honor student and magna cum laude grad, homecoming court, student council, dance line, tons of friends, etc. We jokingly referred to her as “The Princess.” As expected, she went on to college where, not as expected, she floundered … too much unstructured time, too much interest from the wrong young men, too many parties, not enough devotion to study and classes. My mostly responsible high schooler seemed to have lost her mind! After a couple of semesters, my husband and I told her she was done and welcomed her back home and to full-on adulting: Full-time job, car insurance, cell phone bill, new tires expense, etc. She seemed lost and viewed herself as a failure compared to her high school peers who were progressing through college. She and I did a mom/daughter book club and read Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules book. She got back involved in the church through a young adult group. But she continued to struggle. She confessed that she felt purposeless.

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