64 episodes

A look at the foreign policy disasters of the United States and their long-term consequences, both for the people in question and for the world today.

Safe for Democracy Jonathan Coumes

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A look at the foreign policy disasters of the United States and their long-term consequences, both for the people in question and for the world today.

    Vietnam VIII: End of Indo-China

    Vietnam VIII: End of Indo-China

    Here it is, the end of the last real battle of the French war: Dien Bien Phu. After this it’s just Geneva and the transition from French ignobility to American monstrosity. That all comes next time though. For now, maps. And you can, as always, click these for a larger view. The overview: The view … Continue reading Vietnam VIII: End of Indo-China →

    • 3 hr 51 min
    Vietnam VII: Dien Bien Phu

    Vietnam VII: Dien Bien Phu

    Finally we’re here, at the end of the French War, at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Some cool show news: we’re registered for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards. Which means I filled out a form at podcastawards.com. For that process to get any further, you folks need to head to podcastawards.com and nominate Safe … Continue reading Vietnam VII: Dien Bien Phu →

    • 2 hr 32 min
    Vietnam VI: Learning Curve

    Vietnam VI: Learning Curve

    And here we are, finally, finally making it to the end of the French War. We still have Dien Bien Phu and the denouement to wrap up, which we’ll do in the next episode, maybe in the fastest-ever-produced next episodes, so fingers crossed there. Like last time, I’m covering pretty much all the material that I’m … Continue reading Vietnam VI: Learning Curve →

    • 2 hr 38 min
    Vietnam V: Giap and de Lattre

    Vietnam V: Giap and de Lattre

    I’m trying something a little different with these show notes, especially since, with that interim show about Kennan already done, I don’t have any other story I want to be telling apart from the cast. So I’ve got a couple of supplementary things and then all the audio credits, but just giving you the videos … Continue reading Vietnam V: Giap and de Lattre →

    • 2 hr 16 min
    Kennan and Cold War Policy

    Kennan and Cold War Policy

    Like I said at the end of last episode, there were some broader Cold War issues that I wanted to talk about and some history that I wanted to churn through that didn’t quite fit into the framework of the longer shows. That’s because I want those longer ones to be narrowly focused on the … Continue reading Kennan and Cold War Policy →

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Vietnam IV: The First Indochina War

    Vietnam IV: The First Indochina War

    We’re getting into the French War proper now, and we’ll make it almost all the way to the outbreak of the war in Korea by the end of this one. I’ve got some videos whose audio I couldn’t use, for various reasons, in the show itself, but that might serve to give all of us … Continue reading Vietnam IV: The First Indochina War →

    • 3 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

ezezaguna ,

Exceptional work

I don’t always agree, but his genius and honesty shine through in everything he does. An exceptional podcast. On par with Mike Duncan.

Mandrewbeyer ,

Safe for Democracy

Jon Coumes presents a brilliant series of insightful programs that dig deep into many issues that face Americans and other populations around the globe. The topics are never easy to understand, but Coumes makes them understandable through careful, thorough research and an easygoing, nonthreatening style which skillfully masks a keen intellect. Listen and learn, my friends, to this rising star. Safe For Democracy is a wonderful podcast series.

TheChavinator ,

Illuminating

In-depth and informative foray into the intricasies of US-international relationships at the level of the politician or diplomat as well as the independent citizen. SFD clearly knows the material intimately, evidenced in the intelligent progression of ideas and themes throughout. I most appreciate the illumination of connections to our current political climate and of the consistent divide between institutional intelligence and their public claims. In a word, inspiring.

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