Apr 22, 2021 • 1HR 39M

Joscelyn ‘Round the Middle East

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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.
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On today’s episode, Vital Interests author and national security extraordinaire Thomas Joscelyn makes his first Remnant appearance. With a healthy supply of Hayek references on hand, Jonah seems determined to outdo the wonkiness of Brian Riedl’s visit earlier this week. Al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, China, and the meaning of necrocracy are all discussed peacefully by the pair, until a certain name is mentioned; If you thought Jonah’s contempt for Woodrow Wilson was unparalleled, just wait until you hear the disdain that overtakes Tom at the mere mention of Henry Kissinger. 

Show Notes:

-    Tom’s journal, Long War

-    Vital Interests at The Dispatch

-    Just in case you happen to know Siraj Haqqani

-    The history of the institutionalized form of al-Qaeda, the AQAP

-    Bin Laden’s files

-    Tom: “The Flawed Reasoning Behind Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal”

-    Jonah: “Biden Citing the Wrong Reasons for Afghanistan Withdrawal”

-    The Remnant with Bing West

-    Kissinger makes WWI metaphors in regards to China

-    Hitchens: “A necrocracy?”

-    The Remnant with Oriana Skylar Mastro

-    “The Longer Telegram,” by an anonymous official

-   Lin Wells’ memo