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This is Bombshell, a bi-weekly podcast coming to you from Washington insiders to dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. We’ll talk military strategy, White House mayhem, and the best cocktails known to (wo)man. Brought to you by War on the Rocks.

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This is Bombshell, a bi-weekly podcast coming to you from Washington insiders to dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. We’ll talk military strategy, White House mayhem, and the best cocktails known to (wo)man. Brought to you by War on the Rocks.

    Revenge of Cartography

    Revenge of Cartography

    In this episode of Bombshell, the ladies  welcome Madelyn Creedon, former deputy administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, to discuss the state of arms control today. The crew also discusses other foreign relations goings on: North Korea won’t call South Korea on their cell phone, late at night, or otherwise; India-China drama continues; and there’s much ado in Venezuela. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan before November and you may have noticed something’s up in civil-military relations.

    • 52 min
    China, All the Way to New York

    China, All the Way to New York

    In this week’s episode, while Loren cleans out her office, Radha and Erin dig into an array of China-related topics: Huawei! India! Hong Kong! And last, but certainly not least, the World Health Organization. The ladies then turn to White House/American mayhem and try to be analytical while lamenting ongoing violence against black Americans and the potential deployment of U.S. troops in American cities. And finally, an awkward transition to a discussion of pop-culture yields some gems.
     
    Links
    Huawei
    Scott Bade, “Huawei’s Terrible Week,” Tech Crunch, May 30, 2020 Emily Feng, “The Latest US Blow to China’s Huawei Could Knock Out Its Global 5G Plans,” NPR, May 28, 2020 India Border
    Jeffrey Gettleman and Steven Lee Myers, “China and India at 14,000 Feet Along the Border,” New York Times, May 30, 2020 Hong Kong
    Sergei Klebnikov, “Trump Announces New Sanctions On Chinese Officials, But Won’t Scrap Phase One Trade Deal,” Forbes, May 29, 2020 “Trump Targets China Over Hong Kong Security Law,” BBC News, May 30, 2020 Kenneth Rapoza, “Imaging Hong Kong Without Its US Special Status Deal,” Forbes, May 29, 2020 Jack Caporal, “The US-China Mini Deal (That Never Was?)” CSIS, October 17, 2019 WHO
    Brianna Ehley and Alice Miranda Ollstein, “Trump Announces US Withdrawal from the World Health Organization,” Politico, May 29, 2020 “Coronavirus: Backlash After Trump Signals US Exit from WHO,” BBC News, May 30, 2020 Protests in US
    Dan Lamothe, “Trump Administration Offers Active-Duty Military Forces and Intelligence to Help Quell Minnesota Unrest,” Washington Post, May 30, 2020 Samuel Sinyangwe, Tweet, October 5, 2019 Jennifer Doleac, Tweet, May 31, 2020 Megan Ming Francis, Tweet, May 30, 2020 Audrey McNamara, “ Paul Mayor Says Earlier Comments About Arrested Protesters Being Out of State Were Not Correct,” CBS News, May 30, 2020 “Pentagon Puts Military Police on Alert to Go to Minneapolis,” CNBC, May 30, 2020 George Floyd
    Kate Shellnutt, “George Floy Left a Gospel Legacy in Houston,” Chrsitanity Today, May 28, 2020

    • 46 min
    I'm On A Boat

    I'm On A Boat

    This week Erin, Loren, and Radha regroup for a "what did I miss" session to discuss the events of the last few weeks. Starting with the bizarre coup that wasn't in Venezuela, the ladies go on to talk about the Iran not-so-snap-back sanctions — including the Babysitter's Club analogy that you’ll need in order to understand why everyone is so annoyed — and the potentially pending restart of the China trade war. They then turn to the dwindling number of inspector generals and remind everyone why process is their valentine. They close out this episode with a discussion of books that will help you to learn if you feel like, cope when you need help, and escape when you want to.

    • 50 min
    Burning Out Our Fuse Up Here Alone

    Burning Out Our Fuse Up Here Alone

    Jung Pak, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, joins Bombshell to discuss her fascinating and timely new book: Becoming Kim Jong Un. Radha, Erin, and Loren remind listeners that Afghanistan is still a thing even if the U.S. government would prefer it not to be. Also, did you know it’s possible to restart a trade war amid the pandemic? Or that the United States is a participant in the JCPOA? Neither did we. Plus, pop culture!

    • 52 min
    I Do My Hair Toss, Check My Emails

    I Do My Hair Toss, Check My Emails

    This week the ladies are back with a normal-ish episode, complete with special guest Nora Bensahel! She helps them dive deep on COVID-19 impacts on the defense budget. From there, they explore possible changes to the “global order,” Loren offers a tutorial on Hungary and Israel, and Radha schools us on trade issues. The ladies wrap up with a discussion of the most pressing issue of the day - haircuts. And issue a heartfelt socially distant hug to the Iyengar family.
     
    Links
    “Coronavirus: Iran and the US Trade Blame Over Sanctions,” BBC, April 17, 2020 Jessie Yeung, “The US is Halting funding to the WHO. What Does This Actually Mean?” CNN, April 16, 2020 Thomas Y. Choi, Dale Rogers, Bindiya Vakil, “Coronavirus is a Wake-Up Call for Supply Chain Management,” Harvard Business Review, March 27, 2020 David Barno and Nora Bensahel, “After the Pandemic: America and National Security in a Changed World,” War on the Rocks, March 31, 2020 Thomas Wright, “Stretching the International Order to Its Breaking Point,” Atlantic, April 04, 2020 Daniel W. Drezner, “The Most Counterintuitive Prediction About World Politics and the Coronavirus,”Washington Post, March 30, 2020 Thomas Wright and Kurt M. Campbell, “If Biden Wins, He’ll Have to Put the World Back Together,” Atlantic, April 13, 2020

    • 55 min
    The One Where We Talk About Our Feelings

    The One Where We Talk About Our Feelings

    This week Loren and Erin talk their way through all the coronavirus feelings: fear, hope, gratitude, some minor policy questions, and the pop culture that's giving us life. Stay home, be safe, wash your hands.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
602 Ratings

602 Ratings

17th Line of Defense ,

Great podcast

I have enjoyed this podcast from its inception. The three co-hosts bring a wealth of varied expertise that always provides interesting and informed perspectives.

WMGay ,

Fun and Informative

Great podcast.

Peter Guillam ,

One certainly hopes the Bombshell trio...

Recorded this podcast before 6 p.m. EDT June 1, lest they again be guilty of willful ignorance for the benefit of career enhancement.

Simp, half in the bag as per usual, claims this was recorded on a Sunday morning, which would make it May 31.

However, with all of the times in the past 14 months that the trio has willfully ignored major issues involving the criminally indicted leader of a major nuclear power and Simp’s black hole to all things involving the dictatorial owner of her native Jayhawk Land, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the trio simply cut this cast after 6 p.m. EDT June 1 and ignored the Flashbang Photo-Op.

Never forget the Bombshell Trio’s Core Lack of Principles:

1. Maximize the portfolio gains of the Military Spending Sugar Daddies who have their hands around the throats and lesser earning potentials of the Bombshell trio;

2. Further their careers as D.C. representatives of their Military Spending Sugar Daddies; and, of course,

3. Ignore any and all competent discussion regarding the foreign and military policies of the First-Ever Criminally Indicted Sitting Ruler in the Land of Meir Kahane.

Money. Power. The Land of Meir Kahane.

These are the only reasons the Bombshell trio exists.

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