Monday, March 14, 2022

Latest Goodfellows

Ukraine, of course, with Congressman Mike Gallagher, who occasionally gets a wise word in edgewise.


If the above embed doesn't work, direct link here at the Hover website, along with podcast for audiophiles.


  1. Niall touched on it briefly a bit: the role of desperation.

    Remember, The Third Reich came to power because Germany had embraced a man who they believed would return them to greatness. Germany was once the home of mystics in Europe and home of the Rational Enlightenment. But the crushing economic obligations placed upon the Germans to prevent the resurgence of a belligerent European power ended up blowing up in their faces. Why? Desperation has a way of pushing people to the edge. Remember, Putin has been quoted as saying, "If there's no Russia, why do we need the world?"

    The other mistake I see, again, comes from lessons in WWII. Letting Adolf run amok in Europe for years led to a very, very, very BAD conflict later on. I'm concerned NATO is allowing the same thing with Putin.

    Regardless of which outcome comes forth, it will be rooted in desperation and avoiding shame. China is certainly taking notes on everything being done on both sides. And, today! Saudi Arabia will accept the Yuan for oil. Bye bye petro dollar?

  2. It was a good episode. Mike Gallagher comes across as an impressive person & HR was in his element. I prefer the Goodfellas episodes with someone who has real knowledge about something -- rather than people who are professional yakkers.

  3. Thanks for an interesting conversation. Niall Ferguson seemed to be the most informed and closest to the reality, which is to be expected, as a historian he knows the history of the conflict and the history of Ukraine and Russia. I am glad that John seemed to back up on enforcement of a no-fly-zone, and he ruled out bombing Moscow. It would be nice if the conversation discussed the events leading to the war, such as USA arguments, Ukrainian arguments, Russian arguments, NATO expansion, and other major relevant events. Well, I guess this would be out of scope and would take too much time.

  4. Great episode - highly recommended!

  5. Impression: The U.S. military is becoming less capable, not more capable, according to the participants in this latest Goodfellows segment. H.R. McMillan: Give the Ukrainian forces medium-range surface-to-air and surface-to-ship missiles to create a no-fly zone above Ukraine. N. Fergusson: The conflict in the Ukraine is part of a larger developing conflict; limiting the discussion to theaters, such as the Ukraine, the Middle-East, or Indo-Pacific regions, is an incorrect approach. M. Galligher: The direction that the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff are headed is entirely wrong and misguided--focus on the present and near-term needs/risks; the Biden administration's emphasis on climate change is doing great damage to the economy and the ability of the nation to contend with these risks.

    The discussion was informative. It presented four perspectives and some useful alternatives, but fell short of a consensus on a coherent strategy to be followed due to lack of time.

    Thanks for posting the video.


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