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Gen. Don Bolduc (Ret.) Discusses New Hampshire Politics

America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast

01:44 min | 4 months ago

Gen. Don Bolduc (Ret.) Discusses New Hampshire Politics

"The granite state general Don bulldog. Welcome back to America first. Well, hello, sir. How are you? And I hope you listen as well. Yeah, we're preparing for Thanksgiving. We're having debates as to which is the best pie I can't decide between apple pie and pecan pie, but we've got bigger issues to discuss today. So I love the granite state I spent every summer there and offered my winters as well. I'm so sad the old man of the mountain fell off the mountain above franconia, more than a decade ago, but will you help us understand because we still can't work out the fetterman success in Pennsylvania, pennsylvanians, what have you done? Can you tell us what happened to you and what the people of New Hampshire did? Well, I think basically what happened was, you know, $56 million spent by senator Hanson on lies. And the lives were targeted based off of abortion, social security and Medicare. I saw them doing that across the nation. Marilyn's 8 by ten, people getting them every day, you know, she did for every one of my commercials, she did 5. And the money playing out the lies, I think, had a lot to do with it. It's fear. It's uncertainty. It created that in the younger generation, created that amongst women in the elderly, and then the fact that the Democrats do very well here in New Hampshire by taking advantage of same day voter registration and mail in balloting.

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General Don Bolduc Is on the Brink of Changing New Hampshire

The Charlie Kirk Show

01:53 min | 5 months ago

General Don Bolduc Is on the Brink of Changing New Hampshire

"Don baldick joins us right now. General, welcome to the program. How are things on the ground in the beautiful great state of New Hampshire? Charlie, thank you for having me on. It's great to be on your program. And, you know, things are going great. We have the momentum. She does not her, you know, senator Hassan's campaign has stalled. I wouldn't even call it a campaign. I signed up for 7 debates and we were only going to really debate twice. And that's coming up on Wednesday, the second one. The other one she has changed to forums where she speaks and then she leaves and I come in and speak. So she's afraid to confront the voters. She's afraid to stand in front of the voters and explain to them why her vote, which in many cases would have been the deciding vote has caused people to choose between heating and eating significant diesel fuel, shortages, significant natural gas shortages and open border, high crime, crime is going up here in New Hampshire as well as it is in any other place, the police have been defunded to the point where we can't recruit. We can't retain our state police has openings at a record high. I mean, what she has done to the granite state in America with her votes, she can't account for and she refuses to. On the other hand, I've done 75 town halls. I've been campaigning for over two years, I've been every town and city multiple times, and people are looking for a change. This hurts the Democrats independents, Republicans, libertarians, and free staters up here in New Hampshire. And they are sick of it and all she does is distract from the issues. And everybody is on to her game and we have the momentum.

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"general don" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

03:39 min | 6 months ago

"general don" Discussed on WTOP

"With just 8 weeks until election day, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Rhode Island are holding the nation's last major primaries of the 2022 midterms. Before the midterms, I should say, joining us live on Skype now national journal editor in chief Jeff dufour and Jeff, some of these races being closely watched tonight in New Hampshire and Rhode Island could be key to who controls the House and Senate next year, one of them is the Republican Senate primary in New Hampshire. What's going on there? Yeah, this is the main event tonight. We've got retired Brigadier general Don balda, who is the representative of the more Trump wing of the GOP. And we have state Senate president chuck Morse, who is sort of the establishment choice. This is another proxy war between the Trump wing and the more establishment wing. It is tighter than polls expected it to be right now. Ballock now leads by just about 2000 votes and three percentage points. So this is another race where if Republicans feel ball duck, it's immediately becomes advantage Democrats for the incumbent. Maggie Hassan going into the fall if they nominate Morse, the race is probably a toss up. And there's a lot of states like this where nominating the wrong candidate could cost Republicans winnable races in November. And also we have in New Hampshire two former members of the Trump administration running in the Republican primary for the first congressional district there. Yeah, and one of them looks like she has won. 25 year old Caroline levitt, who was a former staffer of Elise Stefanik, the Republican conference chair in the house and a former member of the Trump White House press team, levitz up by 2000 votes and about ten percentage points. A lot of outlets have already called that for her. So that's, again, I'm going to sound like a broken record here, but that's another race where she's going to be going up against Chris Pappas, who's a pretty centrist Democrat. And that probably makes the race lean toward Pappas because she might be a little bit out of step for a real purple state like New Hampshire. In the other one, Robert Burns is a former Trump official. He's down a little bit to George hansel by, but again, it's really, really close. It's fewer than a thousand votes separate them and fewer than two percentage points. Well, let's hop on over to Rhode Island and the governor's race there. How is that looking? That one's already been called. It was sort of an interesting race because Dan McKee was took over. He was lieutenant governor. He took over when Gina raimondo was named secretary of commerce. So McKee hasn't really lit the world on fire, but he benefited from a lot of competition. The race was just called by local outlets up in Rhode Island. And he led only 32% to 30% over Helena folks, who was endorsed by Nancy Pelosi. She was a former CVS executive, but that looks like it's over and McKee is going to get the nod again. And he'll be the favorite going into the fall. Jeff appreciate the update and the analysis. You bet, take care. You too. That is national journal editor in chief Jeff dufour, author of the new newsletter, the Sunday nightcap, if you just Google the Sunday nightcap, you'll find it, and you can subscribe. It gives you the highlights of the past week in politics and what's coming up in the next week. And coming up on WTO results of tonight's battle of the beltways. 1114

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"general don" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York

Bloomberg Radio New York

01:41 min | 9 months ago

"general don" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York

"Headquarters in New York under these Pellegrini on this special edition of balance of power with David Westin. Yes. And it is chief. Thousands gathering in the capital grounds and in front of the Supreme Court responding to this major story unfolding with the Supreme Court overturning roe V wade. President Biden calling on voters to elect a Congress that will restore the protections of roe V wade as federal law. This fall rho is on the ballot. And Biden also vowing to fight for the right of women to travel safely. In a concurring opinion justice clarence Thomas says the court should reconsider other rulings, including those protecting the right to contraception, same sex relationships and same sex marriage. Former Deputy Attorney General and former deputy solicitor general Don ayer in the Reagan and Bush administrations telling David Weston just a few moments ago, the court could go even further. They appear to be ready to simply go off and follow their sense of what the founders wanted and just implemented and not really pay attention to where that may take the country. And they are also telling us an opinion on the clean air act is coming in a few days Republican senator Susan Collins of Maine says the decision will trigger political casts. Global news 24 hours a day, I'm Denise Pellegrini here on balance power and now let's check in with Charlie the business flash, Charlie. Thank you very much Denise Pellegrini. Here's what's going on. Stocks are rallying. We're holding close to session highs. The Dow, the S&P NASDAQ all up now by 2.2% or better. The S&P is up 91 up 2.4%. Dow Jones

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"general don" Discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast

The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast

06:20 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast

"And I was going to bet on them and just try to have about 15 tickets. And of course, being a gambler at that time in your young Cavaliers had a horse in that I thought was an easy winner. His name was Carney's point. And I decided that some of my money on carnage points and my yeah, if I recall correctly, he got beat and I only ended up with three tickets on secretary, but that was all right three was enough. But it was a great experience. Yeah. Yeah, I can imagine. But just to be so close to him, didn't you even witness a young lady pulling a piece of hair out of secretariat? Well, that's a long time ago, but I do recall that. I was in the paddock. I was grilling a horse named fave count. It was one of I was very young. And so I was grooving this horse and I was working for Jerry Levine. He got a more experienced room to take the horse to the paddock. So I was walking around on the other side. And I remember turning and watching their secretary in front of me and they said he reaches up and just kind of turned one of his hair from his tail into her finger and just kind of give it a little Paul and he didn't even yeah, I didn't move an inch in L and of course she got something to remember for the rest of her life I guess. But I remember seeing that and it was quite I was impressed with how come he was in the paddock. He not much bothered him. Yeah, people will do just about anything for a souvenir like that, especially from a great horse, like secretariat visiting with trainer Dan vela here on trainer talk presented by facing tipton if you're just tuning in, Dan has been doing this since 1972, so a 50 year career and he has so many wonderful stories. Real quick before we move on, Dan, I want to pass this along a bit of housekeeping here for our listeners. This show, of course, presented by our friends at phasic tipton, facing tipping getting ready to host their winter mix sale in Lexington, Kentucky, which is supposed to start next Monday. We are under a ice storm advisory here in the bluegrass. So because of that phasic has decided to push the sale back one day. So the sale instead of being Monday and Tuesday next week, it will now be Wednesday Tuesday and Wednesday. February 8th and 9th to allow everybody to get in here safely and I think a wonderful move by facing tipton. Let's talk a little bit more about your relationship with Frank stronach in the horses that you had the chance to be around with him. What do you remember about the first time he met Frank and how that relationship came to be with you training for him? Well, I had I had it started a gentleman that worked for him. His name was Don Amos. And I had trained a little bit for I was just getting going and I had training to horse that dawn had sold at auction. And I got to know dawn, he would come by the barn. So yeah, I called him up one day, and I said, general Don, I'd love to get to meet Frank, strong. And I'd love to, you know, I mean, you got to be aggressive sometimes. You got to sell yourself. And Dons got me an interview with Frank and that's where it all started. We sat down and talked and we kind of hit it off right away. My father had been a machinist. He was there was a connection there. We talked a little bit about that. Frank was a machinist when he started out and yeah, next thing I know I had four horses in the barn and had some great success with a couple of them and it moved up from there. Which are some of the horses that you're never going to forget when you think back on your career, Dan, whether they were a dean of spring's horses or horses that were owned by other people that you were around, but some of the horses, when you say, boy, I've been doing this 50 years. I'm never going to forget this horse, or these horses. Yeah. One of my first jobs, I trained for Steve stab. He had affiliate names, agriculture. She was not a very big silly, not imposing. But might have been the fastest horse. I was ever around. We took her to I was training kind of in tandem with another trainer at the time, and for her staff role. And we took her to Europe and she got beat ahead and Frito obeyed a long shot. She was an absolute rocket. So I'll never forget her. You know, probably the best horse I was ever around. Well, not probably. He was ghost sapper was, you know, I mean, if you categorize horses allowance horses, their stay courses, there's grade one horses. There's classic horses. Then there's that category that's kind of mysterious almost. And I called them freaks. They're just rigs. They do things that your whole life, you watch horses and they can't do them. Secretary, it was that way. And I go shopper was much the same. I mean, you could watch him and some of his races and he would, you know, he'd run three quarters of a mile in sprint time. And then just keep on going. And horses shouldn't be able to do those things. And he could. I had the pleasure of breaking him as a baby and getting him ready. And send him out to Bobby frankel and it was kind of he was a bit of a lazy horse, so it took a while for him to really clue in, but of course, Bobby was one of the greatest of all times. And we would chat about him and stuff like that, very interesting, but if I'm not mistaken, first start of his life, I think he run one of the best buyers for a first time starter still ever. And ghost rapper was he was a top end horse that you only see a couple in your lifetime..

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"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

Jocko Podcast

07:25 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

"Or what have you upper. Body those those kind of thanks. Yeah they were serious stuff back in there. Because i'm quite in this back in the day to when when it was illegal but they'd have booby-traps but it would they wouldn't be violent booby-traps they just like alarm title. I heard one where they had just like. Cases and cases of mouse traps So like if you if you stepped onto you nudge de and it was like a bunch of birds. Taking off or whatever but louder. It'd be something like that like that kind of stuff. Those two islands early early warning device and but they also had the closer. You got the worse off. it was for you. And that's why the the The the forest rangers were always you know they were very appreciative of us going in there because we take very slow and you know guys were trained very trained very well and we had you know we had some technology to help us out as well so But yeah it was there. It was ugly and we're lucky that we didn't set any of them off able to either go around them or you know neutralize them Different way was old fashioned way with with the the rope and the grappling. Appaling out and watch what happens. Wow that was a good show. Glad we weren't around that right on general any closing thoughts. Well i think the only closing thought that. I would have in since this. Is you know you focus on leadership. A lot is I just like to let everybody know that Throughout all this. I realized that i was imperfect leader. And as long as i remembered really three things and that is to remain humble thankful ungrateful and that i never let my ego getting away and i was always self aware of my weaknesses and worked on those and let my strengths be what they are Better off for me and everybody else around me and These type of shows and the things you do and what the show does for anyone who listens to it. is is Is hugely important. for america because right now but we need more than anything else is effective leadership it is. It is a huge huge issue. And and something that. I think my experiences teaching in college and being around own kids and being around others his their thriving for before you know leadership and these examples that we have seen in the past and and you represent that here with the show. I just wanna thank you for this opportunity. i'm humbled and grateful for it and and so thank you what you do and thanks for letting me tell my story. Thanks for coming on. Thanks for joining us More important thank you for your leadership your service to our great nation your sacrifices overseas. It's been a long war for america. You were there for most of it. And that's saying a lot and you are still continuing to fight for america. We appreciate it thank you. God bless you. Thank you very much and with that. General don bolduc has left. The building definitely seen a lot always looking to improve. I think that's something we can definitely take away. Maybe we can all look to improve. Maybe that's a good idea. Echo charles sir. Any suggestions where we can start to improve ourselves. What do you got well. He did mention how he's he didn't say he was the oldest one cadet in the police it to assume he's the assume that i But he did imply that he you know the the point is he's out there staying capable talking about jumping out of planes with hips a certain way to the extent where they're like. Oh yeah you pass just you can do. You can still do this kind of stuff. You were this capable. You're in meaning the hips past mart. Yes exactly right. you're good to go remember they. They're like Oh you would you know. They're concerned about his whatever. Jump out of planes of these hips. They're like oh and then you can patrol boats right. Point is very capable high levels of capability fifty nine twenty nine nineteen years old. Whatever we're maintaining it is ticking caucus ticking. I heard that that one. So we want to keep ourselves capable mentally physically of course through this path of capable capability chasing. We're chasing capability of course who's going to take some beatings hundred percent takeover me. You do some to take beating sometimes at that sometimes. Yes gonna get squeezed on that one so e you know how like i said. Hey we'll be with you that one day. And i was like mannix like i feel like i got hit by a truck. And you're like oh yeah full-body dumbs it's way more than full body don's psychological got some emotional don's as a man and that's that's real you know that's just one of the many examples of the beatings are going to take on this path problem. No sometimes you need some supplementation. Help you through those beatings. In fact you get through these beatings. That's when the capability starts to emerge seem sane additional levels of capability. Anyway got some supplements for you can help you help us. So first supplement on talk about is a new era of energy drinks. Straight up like the old new category new category or category new paradigm. Shift discipline go. Yeah so no sugar. It's healthy energy. Drink straight up. That actually tastes good. Yes saw someone someone wrote. Hey i thought jaakko didn't drink energy drinks. I heard him say he didn't drink them unless he really needed him. Well why is that. that's true. That's a fact is a fact before this came out because you we're gonna wanna drink one of the other energy your. You don't want to drink those unless you had to. I've got a nineteen hour. drive fourteen hours into it. I'm fading. I need something to boost me up for the next three hours. Okay cool overdosed with caffeine. Get your jitters on but you get there. So that's what i used to do for sure now sudden it's like oh i've got something that i can drink. It's actually healthy for me. And it gives me the benefits of energy right. It's a no brainer studio do do. Do i drink traditional old.

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"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

Jocko Podcast

09:19 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

"Right. And so i said we can't. We can't allow that to happen. You know it's bad enough to lose somebody in your unit combat but suicide and of course we missed all kinds of warning signals. Everybody missed warnings. Who new family new. But the family was afraid to talk because they were afraid that if they say anything then it's gonna hurt their h- their husband career and so we need to be better at making sure doesn't hurt her career. Make sure they get to help because we can do. We get a lot of white space on account or what guys back. We can make it work and taking these health assessments and gonna walk right. You gotta have take these programs and you at the top. I'm telling you rich quickly. See who was my senior enlisted advisor navy seal. Great guy love rich. I know rich rich. And i had the same issues and we would get in front of the unit and we would talk and we would share a personal experiences and we had everyone's back the only person that didn't that got taken off. Was the sergeant major of our Sieff team you know our direct action teams. And that's because he took. After we talked to him he took all forty five of his guys. The next day over launched tool random to program and when he was getting his eye to see if he had any traumatic brain injury they found a tumour but the size of and eraser on his brain. He got medevac to To walter reed. They took the tumor off and they said hey you know. If this had gone another year you would have been figuring out in the life plan And they replaced his left hip that he had been You know dealing with for years And he was a new man right And an advocate of this whole program and you know after he left the team. He went off to our training And has been an advocate for this and you know promoting ever since and this is what you get you get guys with a better understanding bottom up but they gotta have that top down cover and i'm afraid it's still not there. It needs to be there. We gotta put it there. And and you know i went through the everyone else goes through. All i'm weak something wrong with me. i'm less of a man And that's none of that true right. So that's that was. Your last tour was was at sock africom right. That was it You know it was funny. I joined the army twenty. Nine june nineteen eighty-one and gave up command and had my retirement ceremony on twenty nine june twenty seventeen. I retire officially until two august. Two thousand seventeen. But you know i Came home went on terminal leave and started helping veterans put together a business called truth to power Which which i was doing really well with At about four speaking events a month which was good. It was bringing in the money that i needed. Then i get hired to be an associate professor at knowing college and i just got laid off on was trying to find a job i got laid off in may trying to find a job so i ended up Applying to hampton police department. And i am now a at fifty nine years old. A police recruit in the new hampshire police academy i'm the platoon leader and My youngest guy in the class of nineteen years old. And i'm like holy crap and so graduate november november nineteenth And it was funny because in one thousand nine hundred eighty. I was in class number four. Because remember i police officer and i am now in class. Two hundred and eighty-one and so Yup i'll start working working at hampton police department. Which is the town right next to strap them. Where i live now in new hampshire. It's a it's on the sea coast saw. It's right there. On the beach in a majority of the work there. Patrolling the a the hampton beach area. Which is which is going to be cool and high venture baywatch. Yes right. that's right. And i you know i mean i've always looked at where i can contribute and i gotta tell you at fifty nine years old when i in. It's quite a process to. Because i applied and i got my test date of three may and i went in took my test with twenty seven other young guys and that was the standardized test right so i take a standardized tests. No forty years. So i was nervous about that and i took the test that i passed much to my dismay and surprise and i got set up my oral interview and i had the lieutenant sergeant patrolman and they go all right. We know we are. We all voted for you right in the last election. We all we know who you are. And we know what you've done for our country. Why the hell do you want to do. This and i said had just looking for a way to contribute and you know There's no more to it than that. And he goes okay and the sergeant starts asking me questions. And it gets the patrolman he goes. I don't have any experience any questions. And i said yeah. You do your police officer so bring it on but nonetheless You do the polygraph. And you do the physical fitness test. And you do. The you do the The psychological tests and it was like going through special ops again in all those things that lead up to you getting in and get a qualified physically mentally You know you gotta pass the The the full physical test And i have two prosthetic hips and three prosthetic discs because of combat injuries and that was the thing they were worried about the most right and i said listen. I've jumped airplanes with these things. I can certainly handle patrol. They go okay. that's okay. I guess you can't right and And so My wife thought i was nuts so that might seem like nuts and then what seems like even more nuts to me. Is you entering the political arena. What what brought that about. I was asked. I was asked by I got a lot of emails. Texts and Ladders phone calls from people in all ten counties in new hampshire all fifty states to include across the military asking me to run for office and i thought well if people think i can help them. I don't have all the answers Certainly not a politician And i think there are many people in the military would attest to the my my lack of political acumen because it's just not there to straightforward blah blah blah but nonetheless If you think i can help you. I'm gonna try and so that's my why for running And and so You know i. I just want to help our country. Our economy help us become more fiscally responsible and help us be able to improve the safety and security of americans so that we can all live the american dream. That's all i wanted to write. The oath i took in the military is still valid. I still believe in. And and the american dream and and the greatness of this country and and and i have a tremendous amount of of exposure to What other people. Other places across the world think and feel about american promise of america and I think that regardless of your political beliefs or spectrum that you fall on you know god family community and country is got to appeal to everybody and that's my platform and that's what i'm doing and that's what you're doing right now. So what does it. You run for right now too. So everybody knows united states. Senate in new hampshire where where you've lived for fifty nine out of fifty nine where you've been a resident a fifty fifty nine dollars..

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"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

Jocko Podcast

08:49 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

"It's april if they don't get turkey. We don't get turkey right and we had the technology. We had refrigeration units. We could put out there. I'm not not tax anything. We had stuff that would run off of off of What of those panels. Why am i found solar panels. We had all kinds of stuff And we could you know There's all kinds of innovative ways that we could get turkey out now. Some guys get the frozen butterball. Put him in the freezers and they were good to go. But what about those that. We couldn't get that stuff out too. Well i had this. I looked at ron reagan. My my walk. I and i said hey you gonna make up. And he goes all right. We'll we'll get happen. So julia farman a at the time at young lieutenant Logoff scher comes up with this plan. And she goes sir we got. I think we're going to be able to meet your intent for thanksgiving and i go all right. Well let's let's get it operation turkey drop and our Our guys figured out how to drop live turkeys in. And i said okay. It's to be cost prohibitive. Or what and they go. Oh it's it's great. We we do it with the normal runs but we just you know we got our own shoots. Pack our own stuff. We've done Several rehearsals we haven't had any misfires. So i'm not going to get in trouble with pita by dropping in a turkey and turkey. You know the parachute. Doesn't you know i was just kidding. Of course and and So we did. We did operation turkey. We got him out there. In september all the turkeys because we had to drop grain fedin we had tell them how to take care of turkeys and so they did it and on thanksgiving day. I got all kinds of storyboards of these guys eating their turkeys. Everyone's happy our guys. Happy because they get turkey and all the fixings went out there with it right. I mean boxes of of stove top stuffing man. You know all that good stuff and so these guys are eaten that stuff. Well come january. I happen to roll out to our One of other marine detachments out there and the time the young captain there was the son of the commandant of the marine corps. And i was going out to see him. I land on the ground and dust settles and the next thing. I know i got these two humongous turkeys on each side of us and go. What the heck of these guys doing out here and he goes goes all those are. Those are turkey's you know. I go these same turkeys that we've dropped to you and he goes. Yeah yeah yeah. He wants to get off the subject as fast as he possibly can. But these turkeys are snuggling up right next to me. And he told me what their names were marriage food and we continue to walk and we closer we get to the reigns the turkeys break off and they go into this tent. That scott and i walk over and they go. No no no this way. And i go now. I'm going to see with the are doing a farmer in me is now very interested so i go over to see these turkeys and they got this like they got their hooked up they got. Hey you know place to eat and drank and Tables that they jump up on. And all these things and i go. What's going on. He goes he goes off sir and he's looking down at his feeders. The guys to get two turkeys out here. They named them just fell in love with him and he couldn't kill them. And i go you. Steely eyed marine special operators couldn't take take two turkeys down for thanksgiving. We couldn't do. And i go all right. This is great. And i said hey. I don't blame ya you know i i get it And but he goes you know the afghans are waiting for the day. They're waiting for the day yard cooks right and so a special forces. Oda which are hours getting my point is we didn't always have the flexibility of replacing marines marines and so on so forth but sf. Da gets out there. And that. Next sunday i got a story board. And they're eating the they didn't have the same connection with those turkeys and the afghans. The cooks they're all smile and you know they got. They're you know they're all happy. But anyways then. So you're in that tour for twenty two months over in afghanistan and then what what what happens when you get with that so get done with that And they say. Hey you're going to the joint staff and you're going to be the deputy Deputy special operations Guy in the joint staff. And i'll be working for General nagata now. The vso idea seemed to have faded and lost some of its Steam not so much from what was happening in the field but it seemed like we went in a different direction What what caused that. Well when i got back. So i went to the joint staff Reported there in june of two thousand eleven worked on the staff and There was emphasis taken off a village. Stability operations An afghan local police from two thousand eleven or twelve but I got told hey You know general. Or admiral mcraven was now the So con- commander and General alan was the commander in afghanistan and they wanted more emphasis placed on via so so i got told that i would be going back in june two thousand twelve to june of two thousand and it was going to be a year anyways and they said hey Tony thomas was going to be the commander there to star commander. And i was going to be the one-star sift sock aac commander with the portfolio for vso lp and I'll think of his name as we go. But air force one star I was still a colonel. I hadn't i hadn't come out on the house. Seven list yet But the one star was gonna work as deputy for General thomas and he was going to do all the direct action stuff and so two portfolios one commander bringing soft under one command. And you know. Tony thomas got that and so We went in there under that construct. And and i was told. Get this back online. Get it expanded so we did that. And by the by june of two thousand thirteen ninety percent of the Ninety percent of the Rural area was in the control of the F. afghan government And it was due to village stability operations afghan local police and we started doing transitions so we were transitioning to the afghans. They had put a General ahmedzai became my battle buddy and he was in charge of the afghan local police for the minister of interior And and so. He was my battle buddy and i worked with him to ensure that he could he understood and could implement this mission. Everything from you know making sure they got the training. Make sure they get the weapons. Make sure they get the oversight. Make sure they got you know. They're doing everything they possibly can. And it was integrated into the afghan government fully and one hundred percent were out and we had this on a time. Line took us out about you. Know twenty fifteen. Maybe twenty sixteen and we would had completely transitioned it and by that time. Nearly a hundred percent of afghanistan would have been fully under the control of the of the afghan government. The taliban at the time were saying moore done al qaeda out no they were completely ineffective against same thing..

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"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

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09:57 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

"Now obviously two thousand three. I think i might have cut you off when you were about to say this before but two thousand three things are looking about as good as we could hope in afghanistan. The war kicks off in iraq. People american soldiers resources are now pouring into iraq that sort of becomes the focus. And that allows over in afghanistan where we'd had a big presence nell sudden that's gone down now all the sudden the you know al qaeda and the taliban start to see opportunities yes and so when you roll back in it's now two thousand five and now they've taken advantage of some of these opportunities. They have taken advantage of the opportunities. Yeah and I'll never forget. September eleventh two thousand five. I was on a hilltop with charlie company commander and in the Kantar province and there were fifteen hundred wave after wave of taliban fighters coming at us. It unbelievable september eleventh. Two thousand five. That was i'd been two thousand eleven I mean September eleven two thousand one one that long ago right. And you're right. I mean we had looked good in two thousand and two Two thousand three and four. We didn't have the resources that we needed. But we were still doing nation building. We were still building army. We're still building the police. We're putting together their justice system. We are putting together their constitution so on so forth all that was working but there wasn't anybody to keep the pressure on them right and so they researched and so we saw the brunt of that and can't heart province in in two thousand two thousand five september eleventh two operation medusa and Was big operation and it was just. It was just unbelievable what was going on during that timeframe in terms of you know enemy capability capacity strength numbers and it wasn't just southern afghanistan. Which were my battalion was. It was in the north who was in the east predominantly at that time in the east. We were on the border ryan. Well that was just an incredible so going on all over the place right when when you talked earlier you mentioned that you know. We were helping them. We were right in our constitution and we were set up government. We and there's a when i talk about leadership a lot Which do i talk about what happens when you try to impose your plan onto your subordinates. Onto your team you impose your plan onto them. Look you can kind of get away with it. Sometimes depending on the authority to that you have depending on the amount of leadership capital that you have depending on how much oversight. You're allowed to kind of sit there. And if you're going to impose their plan the plan on them and then you have the tenacity and the and the ability to sort of continue to put the pressure on them. Then maybe maybe you can pull it off but it's much better from a leadership perspective to say. Hey don here's this mission. How do you want to do it. And kind of let you come up with a plan. It seems like america has a tendency to want to impose you know our way onto countries whether it's vietnam. There's the vietnam thing. The way that unfolded in the way we tried to sort of impose what we wanted it to look like in the vietnamese. Don't like that they. They've fought against that for ever and they've never been beaten and so they weren't going to be beaten and it wasn't that they didn't like what we were saying. It's just that they wanted to say what they wanted to say. So so here. We are with the afghans doing a little bit doing some imposition on them And and the way that turns out it's sorta like from a leadership perspective if you don't have the the constant pressure to say no. This is exactly what i want you to do. And i have the tenacity and the leadership kaplan the resource. Kind of make you do it. Which again this is an ideal How do you think we find ourselves in a situation where we we seem to make that. That seems to be our tendency to want to impose our our way our plan onto other onto other people. Well to your point. I mean it just. It doesn't work out well right and the way we had set it up there was the. Us was doing the military. The germans were doing the police. The italians were doing the justice system. And then there was this collective body that was writing the constitution and we factored out one of the most important things that goes in a constitution or a or document whatever they choose to call it that establishes their their government and how their government is going to govern in a muslim country. and that is they. Don't separate church and state right and that was one of the big mistakes that document right And then we named the government For them as well which you know. They didn't like either so once they got it turned over to them. They made you know karzai. They made they made the changes right and we were building a top down. Western gum Police and military force which isn't culturally the way they do things right. It's very decentralized very decentralized and we're trying to centralize and we're trying to centralize it from kabul down and they don't do that either you know. Their political system is very democratic. to begin with. it's it's sure as jirgas in its local in its consent among the tribal elders in the village elders which are which are different right because you have the tribal elders and they may not be the elected village elders right but they still work together and they understand and then they have a pecking order of the tribes and so once stuff goes on stuff is available the tribes get their fair share based off of where they sit in the pecking order. And they're okay with this but we don't like that a lot of times because we want the the minority on to get the stuff but they're okay with stuff they get because it's good enough right and so forth we went in and we must all that up right because we would just not familiar with the tribes delisting about the way we think things are going to be. I remember very similar example. We had these young iraqi soldiers And the the officers were skimming their paychecks. And you know my guys you've got. They're skimming the paychecks of these young guys. So i started talking to my interpreters go. Hey where's what's going on. Can you help us. I wanna understand what's happening. He's like well. Of course they are the soldiers that that's their boss and he's going to take a little piece that's the way it works That's that's why so us going in. And trying to impose what we have this ideal of the way things should be doesn't always match up culturally and it turns into a problem. Yes and that's exactly what you know. I mean the same thing happened in afghanistan right and we were obligated to fix it which puts us in a position. We don't have any real authority to fix right. I'm gonna listen to us. There's still going to skip it. Still gonna do their thing. They're just figure out a different way to do it. And although we see that bad that bad. i'm not saying it's good. I'm saying it's just the way it is right and over time. These things will change like we saw in afghanistan right now. The ambassador to the united states and afghanistan is women never would have been that way in two thousand one or five or ten but in twenty. It's a woman that's great that's progress. They'll figure it out and they have a great university system that they figured out. It's one of the things we really didn't get involved in and it works right. And i don't mean that that everything we did was terrible because obviously it wasn't but when you start getting involved in a country's institutions and you start getting involved in their culture and their society and you're an outsider. It's never going to be received well and you're probably gonna you know trample over something that you should just you know. Just stay away from but the good things will happen as they continue to move forward and another thing that a lot of people in the villages. They didn't want to go from the seventh century to the twenty first century brighton. They didn't want to. They were very happy being in the seventh century You know one of the things that i would always tell folks that would would come to you know to do. Mana -tarian working afghanistan. I say don't give them coats. Don't give him shoes. they don't want all they're going to do. They're going to smile at you going to say thank you so much the even have kids running around with stuff on but as soon as you leave the kids are taken it off. Putting on their sandals they wear sandals you know even in the wintertime right. They're not gonna put on winter boots. Just not gonna do it..

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07:43 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

"Who see to-ing us and then commodore harwood who see to-ing A separate direct action unit can't out of the kantar airfield and we got this task lists from From six flick right the combined forces anyways it was a three star headquarters frank and so It was about one hundred eighty different places they wanted to go to and that was our tasking to to go do that. We had to get that done so when you say go to. What do you mean goto. Like they thought it they thought it was places that had intel or had bad guys in it and all under one hundred eighty of them were dryable like towns villages or like actual target packages targets round without the target packages. It was just a little bit. There's something there but the places that all one hundred eighty more dry holes but the places that we got all the computers and all the stuff that that Some of bin laden was working on and move was working on were given to us by the afghans. Were on the ground. Hey they worked out of that one. They worked out of that. They worked out of this and and we would get a call saying hey we got al qaeda there see that's where it became tricky because taliban were afghans so you get them and they either switched sides would. They didn't switch right if they didn't switch sides while You know the the afghans you know would would deal with them through afghan law right and custom whatever al qaeda different story they were arabs. And ooh we had to be very very careful because there was only one fate for them if they got in the hands of the afghans who had been families had been killed and tortured so and so forth and have any real love for them right so that was her. Whenever we got a report and zell caddick suspected al-qaeda guy. We would go mome and we would take. We would take them into what. I would call protective custody right. And then we would move them by our own means to be interrogated and By you know coalition side of the house right. And so i mean that's that's Kind of difference between the taliban and al qaeda at the time There on the ground and how they were just dealt with differently and we didn't really worry about the afghans khazei always switch sides. But it was the it was the it was the al qaeda because they were from oman from saudi arabia. They were from pakistan. They were from some other place right and now that didn't know they were not welcome. And you know one of the worst places to go. Mommy i got there was the soccer field. Because that's where all the hangings the beheadings and the stoning of women took place. I mean stoning women in killing children for flannel kite. We handed out thousands of kites when we got down there because they're huge kite. Flying folks have competitions. You know they attack each other would kites you know it's just like this huge thing anyways They loved it right out. We got them their music. We got them things to play with music. We established businesses one of the one of the first businesses that we establish was a woman's Laundry and then we used to clean our own stuff because by the time thinking that they're by the time we got the cantu. Kantar we stunk. Right i mean it was pretty bad so anyways we did that. But i'll never forget i was on was four. Four o'clock in the morning. I was up on the candle. Har- governor's mansion. And i was doing my head mike night vision goggles and i got my afghan partner with me and keep them awake. All you do is give them the goggles because it was like. This is amazing to them right. It was amazing them see that technology they could see because they'd go back down right and i know you can't see me on the radio but i mean it it you know it just is what it is but i'm up there and i see the bakery that we had established you know and the guy goes in for work and he gets in there and he starts opening up and that's what we are bread every morning and that nan bread football shaped bread. It was warm. It was delicious by that time. We were getting peanut butter and jelly sent to us. And my wife sent me a tub a marshmallow. Because i'm from new hampshire. Fluffing utters really good right butter. Marschall sounds so. I was looking forward to it. But i'm watching this guy and i go there. He is Doing his thing we he starts you know he gets the dough all done and he gets in the bowl with his feet and starts needing and i'm like no. I did not just see that right. You can't unsee. And i'm like and i knew what his feet look like right and i'm thinking to myself it's done. I can't eat bread again right. And we go get the bread. And i'm sitting down and battalion commanders. Sitting there and watching the guys. And i go ara guys i gotta tell you i gotta tell you. This is what i saw today. I got to share this with the. I hope i don't ruin it for anybody. Morally obligated house share share. And i did and they looked at me and they i don't give me. I'm eating this bread. And he goes. The brick oven burned it all off and i go. I can't get there. I can't get there right so it kind of ruined it for me but anyways good so but by the time you leave for the first time in march it looked like things are going pretty as good as you could want them to go Two thousand and two that when you get back there again so it was interesting. I get selected to be the fifth special forces group s. three so i get bumped up from the bataille and go up to the group level and were now of course sustaining operations While it had gone to a different group so we didn't have to worry about afghanistan anymore fifth group because they're so because it was third group but then we got the warning order for iraq. So we start planning iraq. And then i get called into my group. Commanders office says hey you just got by name requested to go do an interview to be the secretary of the eight joy. I go sir. Just got the job that i've always wanted group s. three. I mean the doesn't get any better than that in in a special forces group right in in in my mind anyway. And i was like sir i i don't i don't wanna do that and he goes. Well you don't have choice and joe's and you'd better not blow it because we need an sf guy at that level. It's never happened before so we need you there right. We need you there so you go there and you do the best you can. If you don't get picked don't worry about it but don't sabotage it..

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"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

Jocko Podcast

08:48 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

"I would put those guys in positions all the time and they would every single group every single platoon every single troop every single tasking. It they get a boom blue. And i'd sit down and say i want this to happen here so you realize how it happened so it doesn't happen overseas like it did to me. So that's the best thing you do is take those lessons learned in and spread the word so it doesn't happen again. I can tell you that there's still there's still guys on that. Oda there's there's all three of the guys that we lost still boy. Must sibling the chain of command from that. And that's okay my take responsibility fully accept it and I understand where they're coming from and that's just that's Hopefully it has made me a better leader right as a result I mean what else am i gonna do right except acknowledge it and You know move forward because my responsibilities in leading didn't end as a result of that. Yeah yeah i mean even to those those guys were lost and god rest their but at least they're the lessons that were learned from that horrible is they may be at least. There's you know as you said no operation that you oversaw after that ever had another incident so their sacrifice save lives and i know that Horrible in one way. But it's the truth it's also the truth. It's also truce in Yeah i didn't never had another one blue incident In the battalion commander siege soda. Fake commander as a general officer level commander afghanistan and combat never ever had another one and You know we attribute that to of course the experience of the guys as we go through But most importantly You know leadership and learning. They're indispensable right. And so you got to move forward. And that's what we did. So so you guys roll into canada har- and it's pretty much. No factor like. What was the resistance. Level role in indicate hark the resistance level minimal. We got ambushed going in And you know we took care that we kept going. We get to The mall omar's compound and it is There are vehicles everywhere covered with mud. Because that's what they did to try and hide from our aerial observations. They covered their vehicles with mud predator. Right so we we. We sit and that was a way for us to identify if they were if they were bad guys. Good guys because the bad guys were covering cars but here it is again i looked at. I looked at colonel fox. And i said hey sir look the parking lot full of bad guys and now they're on our side right and he goes. I don't get this And then we went to the jail and we brought john. Muhammad and john muhammad was very very close friend karzai and he had been imprisoned by the taliban tortured for very very long time and he became the governor of irs gone and he got up there and he met with karzai. And and this is a guy that i developed very good friendship with over the years No matter what job. I had going back into afghanistan in his mind. I was the commander of all special forces. Just what's not. And i would tell my. Don't hey listen on history. The tank commander here. I just got these guys he goes. Oh no no no. You are the commander of all special forces and he would tell people that and it would get in the news right and and i'd get a phone call and i didn't tell him right and so this is like a commendable special. Well he was he was a wild man. Always had been awhile man. If there's one guy that you want impo province was you know. I mean it was fully taliban was full allocate and we needed a guy like that to go up there and you know clean house but the way he was cleaning house in the way that you know it was acceptable and the international community was two different things and so we had to keep a very close eye on that but nonetheless he gets there and he goes all right. I'm gonna need furniture. So he starts going in the rooms and he sets. I want that i want that. I want that. And he goes into mullah. Omar's office and i wasn't with him but one of the guys was in there and he comes over to me and he goes. Sir you gotta get over. Here he goes the guy that we just let out of jail. He's going to the bathroom. On top of mulu omar's and i go and i go in there and he left a mess on top of that desk and that was his what he felt he needed to do and then he told karzai on my way to or is gonna province when i get the taryn cow alleged. Go i'll let you know and we'll start clear on that place out and You know. Karzai put governors and or has been province bull province for our province nimruz province helmand province. Hellman was the one that we got the largest number of taliban al qaeda and operational russian equipment out of and we had to negotiate that right. We had negotiate that with the taliban leader. There that you know he wouldn't you know he'd be free to go off. Whatever you wanted to do in cars. I said i don't care and sharks i was the Governor of kandahar now the governor of kandahar is the senior governor in the south that. Just how works. We'll do a lot of power even though you have governors and all the other provinces so he pretty much laid down the law and you know organized things and slow but surely started seeing security in southern afghanistan. Just you know shape up and then and how long did you stay in afghanistan for for that first rotation From november to march in then the left in march of two thousand two right had the governor's been put in yet. Oh yeah they were all number. Yeah so at that point. There's a pretty good looks. It's looking pretty good at this point. It looks real good. It looks real good. They're doing at the afghan way And and the airfield in canada hara was something that we wanted to secure So that we could use it to bring in and bring out. You know supplies and stuff like that. So general mattis one-star general at the time the marines gut that mission and so Their operational area was was really confined to kantar airfield. And then we had the cg soda north up. And who's becca stan. And then then. Commodore harwood came in to do seem to sort of south candle. Har- any work side by side with With general mattis and a we were in candle har- and our soul advise and assist responsibilities. Senate around sherzai at this time. Because karzai had gone up to take to be the interim prime minister up in kabul and so everything that we did we did through within by Karzai are sherzai in coordination with siege sort of north..

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"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

Jocko Podcast

08:45 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on Jocko Podcast

"The religious center gravity was more important to take cantu har- than it really was to own kabul or harare or emmy s. You know maggio sharieff Because of the significance of it and we had one presidential mission and that was to determine whether the cloak of muhammad in the mosque in kandhar was still there because it was a huge concern In the in the muslim community all all the way back to mecca right with saudi arabia. I mean this is a big deal and so you know We we were doing combat operations for three days north of here. I mean we had to go through a pass and this pass at highground was a bridge. It was it was a butchered confront and it was very well defended by the taliban and al qaeda and they weren't giving this ground up very easily and we were doing Combat operations leading patrols. Try to disrupt them we were. We were Engaging them with You know f. fifteens and so on so forth and It was going pretty real well and we were getting people that were switching sides. Afghans would come and switched sides and they were giving us great intel stuff which is always shocking for americans to hear about people switching sides and it's very common especially in the arab culture and i know that there's a i want to say this is an osama bin laden quote that you know the the people are going to bet on the winning horse so basically if you're strong and you're winning people like okay that's where we're putting our money on and so this is what you're seeing on. The ground was as the coalition grew and as cars. I got more people. People are looking around going. He's got more people and they. It's almost like a mob mentality of joining joining that team. Oh absolutely absolutely and you know. Required flexibility and adaptability. On our part. And i know i know colonel fox was just never real comfortable with it. All right don. Where did all these people come from. And i said well so they came. They came from overnight and they came from over there and he goes. These guys were fighting us. And i go. Oh yeah they'll fight us and now they're with us and we got the We you know. They're all vouched for. Because you know this is my cousin. This is my brother. This is my you know. And so hey all right and you know we got the sergeant major telling us you know it's okay and then we got elvis gone. Thank you very much. Thank you very much you know. So he goes and we're gonna arm and give them bullets and everything. And i said well yes there. We are and and he goes so he was never really quite comfortable with and he goes. He goes you you. You're good with this. And i said hey sir i don't know if we have a choice of one but yeah i'm good with it you know. I grew up in a small town in new hampshire. And i can see the same thing happened there. You know People sitting on the fence his historically. We've seen that. You know where the passive people start joining the people that are winning and you know before that they're passive now. They're active and vice versa. So yeah i. I think we'll be okay right and Sorry i'm coming for you though. If you're wrong i said all right i'll that's fair that's fair so anyways we were doing this and it's about eight thirty in the morning and we get some good intel and you know we get with karzai and we get a good decision from him and we start We start our operations up while we had a very very good process for Clearing our fires. We had a great. Sds a guy on the ground and we have absolutely no errors in we. We needed to build up our force structure going into going into kandahar. So we took this point. We took this point in time to bring in some additional Augmon tease right and was about twenty four hours before this had happened. So what we did was we We did a good transition with everybody. We had attacked p command. And he did good transition when the sds and learned all the soap's and everything like that and our sds guy in the tac p had Changed over so just so everyone knows these. These are the guys that call for fire from the air. That's what we're talking about. The tac p and the these are individuals that are trained. That's what they do. It's i mean. Obviously it's a really hard job one mistake can be deadly. And that's what they're focused on and it's great to have those guys because that's what they do for a living right and so you had a transition taking place where you're going from one guy that had been with you now your your forces growing you got some extra guys that are going to be able to help out. But they're just showing up and so they're not quite up to up to speed yet. That's correct that's correct. And and so. They did their transition. We had got mail in for the first time. So guys were you know guys that weren't directly involved in doing anything. We're opening up their mail and you know I had done a walk around our our defensive area which was an old soviet Mortar pit right up on the high ground. And i walked around. I'd gone down the hill. Just got to the bottom of the hill And this big explosion right out of nowhere and I don't know how much time had passed. Be honest with you. But i picked myself up off the ground. I had pieces of body parts stuff all over me blood all over me doing a quick assessment of myself. I got a real bad injury would my leg and Dazed looking around. And it is utter mayhem. We afghans down. We got americans down. We got rounds cooking off we got. Rpg's cook off. It's going all over the place I start walking around. I start grabbing our guys we go down to where karzai was and we made sure he was okay and he was with his cia guys and they had secured him And the guys that were with him securing him. I asked them if they would go out and reconnaissance place to bring in helicopters. Because i knew we were going to have to cast evacuate And out two hundred meters. We had casualties right It was it was a mess. All twenty of the. Us guys on the ground were injured some way or another some more than others and we had A designated a casualty control point and got with my com skies and we had to find some We had kind of like Take comms equipment from cannibalize it from other stuff to make reestablish communications with higher headquarters. I found colonel fox and he was. He was dazed and confused Just to the point where he was just not coherent about what was going on so made sure that he was taking care of And went up on the hill and we started pulling bodies off right with all these rounds cooking off and everything getting getting guys off the top of the hill getting him down and we knew we had to get Complete accountability of everybody. And we did that. I was missing right And went back up on the hill to wear his position was and that was ground. Zero the impact of the two thousand pound bombs from b..

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"general don" Discussed on SOFREP Radio

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03:20 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on SOFREP Radio

"The big problem is the bureaucracy and we got fix that bureaucracy and if we do that then we'll go a long way in ensuring that our veterans have the care that they need families have the care that they need and will be. you know. we'll be good to go one of the things that i completely disagree with right now is the. Va requiring all their doctors to have The kovic shot. I mean that's a violation of the constitutional rights. I mean that's wrong right there. The first government agency to do that. Listen i don't care if you get shot. I don't care if you don't give up right at your business. The government needs to stay out of your personal healthcare business. And this is this is wrong. I don't believe. Va should be paying for sex changes right and they just decided to do that too. I mean that's wrong right. I mean how do you serve as connect somebody wanting to get a sex-change you can't service connected. It's political and the bringing politics in everything that we do. Border security hurts new hampshire ninety five percent of the all. That leads you know. We have a huge opioid crisis. Prompts worse than it's ever been and ninety five percent of it comes from the southern border right same thing with human traffic in weapons that come in here. They want some help. They want they want us to do something you know about. That energy is another big thing right. We need to be energy independent. We gotta leverage all forms of energy. We've got to create more jobs with that. They want people with national security experience defiant against china to fight against russia to fight against iran and north korea. And keep them the hell out of business right right now. We have people that don't have any national security experience in their chinese sympathizers and russian sympathizers. And when you do that you help out. Iran and you help out. North korea and border and immigration terrible. Terrible terrible we have huge problems and then the last one is infrastructure in critical infrastructure and the broadband issue gaps. That we have here. Certainly as a senator. I can help with that and i will help. Would that excellent so I know you're you're you're pressed for time. We can't talk too much longer but tell our listeners where they can find your message on there and how they can support your candidacy dur so i need sport right. I'm not an independently wealthy man. I'm not a career politician. So i don't have a political machine by me and i'm a political outsider so i don't have the establishment behind and i think people want to get rid of the establishment. They don't trust career politicians. I am for term limits. One of the first things. I'm gonna do is co-sponsor sign on as a cosponsor. Ted cruz is term limits. Bill right so as a political outsider. Is someone who understands. Public service is someone who understands leadership someone who understands who they are and what my strength and weaknesses are end my strong national security experience. Please go to. Www dot don baltic dot com.

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07:12 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on SOFREP Radio

"And they need. They need to do their job. And take a deep look in that however from that is is you know they genuflect when a general walks into the walks into the senate chamber. You're looking for a ring to kiss. And they don't hold them accountable and a lot of them are inexperienced and they don't even know how to ask them the right questions right. Well i want to be the united states. Senator bill to do that. The dod reform and the only way it's going to get reforms from the outside in and we have to be better than we are because right now we have not earned privilege to command the men and women that we command. Well you already answered my next question because that was going to be. Why in the world would you want to run for office in congress after already serving thirty three years active duty and you just answered that. But well see. I've been asked by people in new hampshire in all ten counties. I've received correspondence from people in all fifty states and all of the military to run for the united states. Senate that's my. What if anyone. If one person thinks that i can make a difference for them and serve them and move these career politicians out of the way and create a less divisive political environment. So that we can get stuff done in this country than i. I'm going to try. Yeah that's the biggest problem. We have right now. I can remember in the old days. I mean growing up. There was a stark difference between democrats and republicans but when it came to what was best for the country more often than not they would come together and it seems like today. There's none of that. It seems like it's getting worse rather than better with the partisan politics it's going on and it's i think it's pulling our country parts. It is pulling our country apart right we forgot. We forgot that we will. We will pay any price we will meet any burden. We will defeat any enemy in order to preserve freedom that is a paraphrase of john f. kennedy but it's absolutely true and we forgot about the fact that we have to come together for economic prosperity fiscal responsibility in the safety and security of americans You know one of the things that i'm doing right now just to let you know. Is you know. I just went through the hiring process to be a police officer at hampton. Police department police academy right now. Oh no kidding. I'm giving back to my community. You know we can't find police officers You know basically this four thousand police officers in the state of new hampshire. An from last march to this july over two hundred have left. We can't recruit anybody. It's very hard to recruit. It's very hard to get the quality that we need. And so i figured you know a police officer before luke. Odeon new hampshire in one thousand nine hundred eighty. I went through class number four. And now i'm going through class number two hundred eighty one right so You know they said hey. We can't grandfather because lots changed since nineteen eighty. Don't we know that you're growing up. I mean i spend a lot of time in new hampshire then later on move there and the The police officers there in new hampshire always thought very professional. But you know with the world. We're living in today. So many police officers are getting you know. Disorder not disoriented but disillusioned. I guess it would be the better word with the way things are going in there. They're not retaining. People guys are retiring and that needs to stop because this whole defunding police thing i That needs to go away sterile steve. It's terrible what's going on the demoralization of our of our police officers the the disrespect to their families. You know what we're doing to other years and years of service those that have fallen. The suicide rates among police officers now are Are fifty percent higher than the deaths in. You know in line of duty right now. I would tell you that you know. Suicide is a line of duty deaths right if they're taking their life because of the pressures because they're not getting the help that they need you know that's a casualty right. That's casualty of You know and and it's a it's a tragedy is what it is. The same thing in the military with our high rates of suicide in the military depression is you know. You're you're like fifty four percent more likely to be depressed as a police officer than you are in any other profession in in our society and that's pretty significant right and it's because we make him feel bad right were were were. You know telling them that they're bad people in that we don't appreciate what they do force and and that's wrong and it's mostly coming from political leaders right which is which is even worse the same political leaders who go around with bodyguards And you know armed bodyguards. They'll they wanna take away your second amendment rights and they wanna deform the police. They make absolutely no sense to me. Now in with you running against maggie hats and their new hampshire. What are some of the issues up there. That the people of new hampshire. I looking to you to to change the landscape. Basically what's going on up there. Lau first and foremost election integrity is big right. Up here in new hampshire We want the federal government to stay out of our elections. So this hp one sp one nonsense that that You know the representatives and the senators want to do interfere with our election process and take over from the states is absolutely wrong violation the constitution. So they want to make sure that. I go down there and make sure the federal government stays out of our business right when it comes to election. They also want me to be a voice for them inside the state to get our state to get our governor and get our legislature. You know to fix the election integrity issues that we have here in new hampshire are machines of broke here and nobody hasn't confidence in him so in two thousand twenty two election coming up. We want a hand count. We want an audit of these machines. We want mandatory. Id.

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05:58 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on SOFREP Radio

"Domestic issues family issues right. Shoot down every measurable gerry that we were looking at as leaders and and passing office. Indiscipline was a direct result of mental injuries and people not having the ability to properly deal with how their brain has changed because we've thrown them in combat rotation after rotation after rotation after rotation right unbelievable and i offered this program special operations command. General thomas want anything to do with it really and nobody else wanted to do it. And i thought it would be a great program for the rest of the special operation. Commands restless off. No i thing the commander did replacement was get rid of the program. And so we're hurting our people and we know we're hurting our people and we hurt colonel ray owen ray. Everything that happened to him was avoidable. It was an i g complaint against him. And i'm telling you i met people that that didn't have a lot of good things to say about them. You know family members and subordinates. Because he was suffering personally professionally. He was self medicaid and the sad thing about it is a good leader in a well respected leader. But he wasn't being able to optimize any of that because he was. He didn't get any therapy. Any help Would these issues of post traumatic stress and other issues that he had. And that's what. The i g investigation told the chain of command in. What are the chain of command. Do they ignored it. And then what happened to him. Got worse and worse and worse until it culminated into event involving a gun with his family in their home and the police and now he's facing criminal charges and the chain of command back then didn't do anything. It's the same chain of command except they all got promoted right now. They're not helping right. And this is a bad thing. And i'm going to write another article for software. You know you know putting yourself who ten general dietrich regina general bo debt. These guys need to be held accountable for their lack of action. Right the same the same things that they did during the year ambushed right. Not taking care of our guys. They're pointing the fingers trying to protect their. You know their boys tried. I you know trying to protect higher chain of command. This is just wrong. We gotta stop doing this. We have to stop doing. We have a series of senior leaders. That are part of the good old boys club. Organizational nepotism they take care of each other at the expense of the people that they're supposed to be helping and someone's got to do something about it and someone's going to do something about it quick. Well that brings us to you. Know why you're running for office. Because you know i i read something you wrote. I wanna say it was about two or three years ago. For small wars journal about there being leadership lack i guess would be the word via way to describe it in our national government in the top echelons of our military yet. You're absolutely right. I did write an article by it. I experienced it right. Listen i have my own fault right. I mean i'm not perfect leader. I i had to learn how to be a good leader. I had to learn how to do things. I had to admit things. I had to look at myself in the mirror and say hey listen. This is not good. It's one of the reasons. I went for treatment for p. t. s. and and tv. I i had guys that work for me. When i was a time command when i was six who came to work for me in south africa and said well you know you are the same guy. You're motivated purpose direction. All that but your approach is much different. Yes i'm a better version of myself. Right because i got treatment. And that's what's lacking and people are afraid to say. I'm still the only general officer in soft to publish an article calling himself out in the new york times saying. Hey listen i wasn't. I wasn't an optimal leader. And i had tremendous responsibilities and we need everyone else to do that as well. You should not be promoted promoted because of that you you get you get help and you move forward right. And that's that's what we're that's where we're stuck. We we pick people in our own image. We exclude those that that are contrarians. We don't like contrarians steve. If somebody disagrees with their out of the club oh it can't disagree with me. How dare they disagree with me right. And that's not right either Right now we have a political. We have a generals and admirals who are totally political. You prove it. I've watched them change from late. Bush era through the obama era into the trump era and now in the binder. They change their stripes. They change their chameleons their political in nature. They're allowing critical race training to occur in our military. They're creating problems with they're not. They're not focusing on war flannel. Our military is not ready to fight. It needs to be ready to fight and they have nobody to blame but themselves. Oh you know what they do. They say oh. It must be time commanders fall..

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05:52 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on SOFREP Radio

"And asked us to write a supporting plan which we listen to the afghans. We looked at history. We listened to what the russians had to say. Listen to what everybody had say. And we put together this program and and it was something that the afghans recognized it caught. It was one eight the cost of the military and the police And it just took off because why it's how they defended themselves against alexander. The great genghis kahn. The bricks russians. So it's proven to work and we've banded so you know years of dimissed those early except for me except for the first rotation and then you know twenty ten to twenty thirteen and a half and then you know tara terrible and no one's gonna be called before but the point that needs to be made is our men and women are service members. Helluva joe every crazy thing that they were asked to do. They did well even when they knew it. It wasn't the right thing to do. They still did it. It went out there. They served with honor. And that's the thing you don't hear right now is our troops did a superb job right. Of course you're not you're not gonna get the joint chiefs firm or anybody that came before them with a senior military leaders to include general austin when he was a centcom commander say hey we failed as i'm going to say that and i'm going to say i fail. I'm gonna include myself in that. Because i'm not one that points fingers. Yes i was the general officer during this timeframe yes i did tend towards and afghanistan. Yes i know. Lot about afghanistan but the more you know about afghanistan the less you know about afghanistan and you got remain humble. There's a right way to do things in his wrong way to do things. And we had to listen to our people and we didn't listen to our people and yet there's a lot of regrets seventy servicemembers. I lost intend tours. And i think about them every single day and we let them down because of bad strategy bad policy both during and now coming out of there. It's it's it's upsetting sir. You're one of the very few if not the only general officer did was open about his own struggles with ptsd How's that working out for you. I saw a picture of your dog. Victor is is. He a big help to you victims of great health committee. A sitting right behind me right here. More importantly he's a great help to many many others as well no matter where i go. Victor victor changes the mood. Attitude of every wrong every place we go to and and so let me get back to the beginning of the question. Yeah so my wife noticed. Hey this guy's no he's not the same guy you know. And he's he acts differently and he's not comfortable at home and he's hyper vigilant all the time and he's moody all the time and he's his balances off and just a whole bunch of things and she started noticing two thousand eight and she was encouraging me to go for help but hey there was no help going to be given out in two thousand eight and questionable even today. I'd like to make some comments about all owen ray. A chance here but After this but wine is it wasn't until two thousand thirteen when she jude align and said. Hey listen you gotta go get some help. So i was in africom. I had just been promoted one stock. I went to launch tool. I met a wonderful nurse named sarah mcnary. And she's known all over the sof community for all the great work she's done for rush. She helped me put together the program and sock africa. After i came to grips with my own issues my own problems and listen. I finally realized. Hey as a leader right particularly general officer. If you can't take care of yourself you've got no business taking care of anybody else or being judged anybody else in. let's face it. We have mental injuries. Physical injuries and spiritual injuries. And if you're gonna keep sending people off to war rotation after rotation after rotation you got to address those things and we know that we we know. We should be better but we weren't and after about two years from twenty thirteen to twenty fifteen. I was doing under the radar. Because i was a coward. Right I was afraid of what what impact it would have on my career and and let's face it to general officer. I had some latitude to good. Doctors appointments launch tool that the men and women working for me just didn't have and i thought this is unfair. And when i became a sock africa commander on on on april twenty fourth. Two thousand fifteen. I said to myself this has got to change. And i talked to my senior enlisted visor rich a navy seal master chief and i talked to my deputy commander and i talked to my subordinate commanders. And we all agreed we gotta do something and so we did it and we worked with sierra mcnary and we put together a great program for the men and women and i came. I said i. I if therapy post traumatic stress. I get therapy traumatic brain injury. I if therapy for sleep disorder in paying management issues and so on so forth. And i believe that you guys need opportunity to do that. And we've created a system to do it and i will support. You won't be taken out of your job. You won't lose your clearance. I.

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08:09 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on SOFREP Radio

"General mcchrystal and then really solidified it under general portray and then pushed it over the goal line on the way to victory. Under general allen we had the highest casualty rates in afghanistan. Thousand ten we were. We were blind in the insurgency. The taliban was resurgent. They own most of the rural areas and in three and a half years we reverse that would village stability operations half gamble police and our our casualty rates down all time low and we own almost ninety percent of the rural areas by the middle of twenty thirteen and we just needed a couple more years to solidify. The taliban was saying if they keep doing this. We're not gonna win so we even had a boat from the enemy right and although the taliban could beat the afghan military in the afghan police in a fight they couldn't beat the afghan local police. The local police of arba kyw tight fighters that special ops one end and you know trend are small teams training them and they took over the security situation. They developed a will to fight. They developed a plan and it was working fabulously. Nothing's perfect is always going to be problems with it but suffice it to say the strategy was on track. Operation approach was on track the tactics. He matched the you know the goals of the strategy. In then i'm sitting in a meeting with the new commander dunford in new chief of staff rable on his white house. And in general. Milley and general thomas and the rest of them and they lay out this plan to discontinue combat operations come out of the villages. Unlike all respectfully time up. That's not a good idea right now. It's a good idea for a couple years from but it's not a good idea right now and i laid it out and i even gave them rand study. That proved it right. I made a mad. They sent me to africa. And that was the end of that. But i continued to write about it. I continue to write about my strong objections to the change in strategy. And what happened. We change strategy security situation reversed taliban resurged al caterer research isis came into the fight and our casualty rates are at all time high by twenty nineteen and so if we didn't have a good strategy executing war how the hell does anyone think we're gonna have a good strategy coming out of oil and that's what i disagree with. That's what changed. I don't like we should have had a better strategy because this isn't good and you know general miller you know i like general miller. General mills respected general mila was part of the prob as a two star three star. He could intervened and he could have said. Hey listen we had a good strategy here. He knows it was a good strategy because he was my general officer that i work for. We put the strategy in place and in two thousand eleven I got him walking around in all these areas that we took back from the taliban With no kid on no kit. Not even a half. All you had was a sidearm. Walking through the markets walking through all these areas that now he needs to be full ended up with a complement of platoon guys You know securing him so he knows that there was a bad decision and like all of them. They did nothing to stand up and say. Excuse me sir. This is a bad strat. This is a bad decision at this time. We understand what your goal is. And we're with you on that however we can't do that and then not to leave counterterrorism task force in the region to be able to deal with that into just you know bug out china's gonna take advantage of russia's going to take advantage of it iran's gonna come in full force north korea's gonna fall china the region is gonna go to hell and a handbag most likely and that's dangerous region with pakistan and india nuclear weapons The the stan brothers up north. I ran out to the west. It's just it's just bad policy. It's it's bad decisions by general officers who are political in nature more interested in their career in their next job then they are in making sure that we have a good strategy. We give best military advice and if that means you lose your job while that means you lose your job but we should stand on principle. Very good I wanted to ask you about the early tastes in two thousand one. When the troops. in a back then and i believe you're you're either captain or a major at that time now just those first few months like when it was strictly just like an. Sf cia type operation there. It was awesome. It was the way that we needed to fight. We had small teams in their own ground. We didn't take away. The afghans will to fight. We didn't take over the fight. We augmented them with air support. We augmented them with getting them. The equipment that they needed to weapons that they needed in order to fight And take the fight to the enemy and and you know It was a quintessential special forces mission. Right i mean unconventional and nature asymmetric in its tactics. Small teams achieving strategic results. And i believe that. By june of two thousand and two we could left and we could have left the afghans to handle it we could have given them economic support and we. We wouldn't be in this mess that we're in today. That was that was You know Decision point number one that we should make but we didn't. We decided to stay and we started a half step in and then we decided to create a constitution in right in in western lingo which. They didn't like we name their country which they didn't like we we brought in contractors. We put contracts ins with created corruption. And then we said hey. We're going to tell you what kind of justice system you're going to have which didn't work. We try to take religion out of their governance which doesn't work in a muslim country. What else we do. Oh yeah we try to create a military and police in the image of western forces which doesn't work afghanistan never protected itself never wanted to wars with a top down military structure. Down police rush. It always did it from within the villages and we completely lost our minds and then we have stepped in when iraq kicked off on nineteen march. Two thousand three. The sucking sound from afghanistan could be hurt around the world. I mean that was the sound was heard around the world and we just didn't get anything to be able to fight and you know do anything with the insurgency so guess what from two thousand and three to two thousand five poof. And then from two thousand five. The two thousand ten got stronger and stronger. In then we decide we're going to hand over peacekeeping missions to nato and they were completely taken by surprise despite the efforts of special ops say. Hey there's an insurgency here and if you don't come in here ready to fight insurgency it's gonna get ugly for it and it did get ugly for him and that resulted in in you know medusa you know the battle Dusen two thousand five and six and and then bazooka do thousand six to seven and it wasn't a general mcchrystal came in with a different idea. Different approach bottom up top.

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06:41 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on SOFREP Radio

"Work. You're just not using enough. You're listening to so fluid lady special operations military mills and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hello everyone welcome back to software. Radio suffer radio on time on target. We have a very special guest rejoining us again. General don boldak. If those of you who rican recall he joined us about a year or so ago. He was the commander of Sock africa He was one of the initial troops and our war in afghanistan. Back in two thousand one man. It seems like yesterday it was almost twenty years ago. And now he's running for senate and my former state of new hampshire so A state that's near did of my heart of we want to welcome general. Baalbek back to the podcast sir. Thank you for taking the time to join us this afternoon. We really appreciate it. Steve thank you very much. And it's great to be here once again and my very best to your listeners. Thank you for taking the time today. you know i was looking at your website and i saw one of your endorses was my favorite red sox. Player up rico. Petrocelli i was. I was more excited to see that in anything else i tell you what i have become very good friends with the with rico petrocelli and what an honor it was you know. He discovered our running listening to the war room. Steve bannon stroke graham. And i'd i'd been appearing on steve bannon program periodically. Because i was one of. I guess now a little over three hundred but it was originally one hundred twenty four of us signed a letter with twelve points concerned about direction of our country. Everything from election integrity to you know teaching. Crt in our military right. i call it critical race train right because that simply what it is but nonetheless so You know. I mean just being on his show rico said hey he's running for senate in my home state i gotta talk to this guy so we reached out to somebody who connected us and we went to lunch and we have been. He's been supporting me ever since he sits on my strategy team and i just want a great guy. What a down to earth guy. Father of four nine grand children been living in nashua new hampshire for twenty two years Get just a great charitable man does a lot of fundraising variety of different Great great causes so. I'm glad you saw his name. He's good man. Yeah you know when. I first started watching baseball right around the nineteen sixty seven season when i was a youngster. Rico is part of that impossible dream team which those of us who grew up in boston in the area you know new england area. That was my favorite red sox team of all time and he was a big part of that and of course being italian descent so in rico was obviously one of my favorite players and When i saw that. I was like genuinely excited. I didn't know if he was still living in the area so that yeah he's great. He signed with boston and sixty three. He got on the team. Permanently and sixty five played to seventy six. I grew up with him being a red sox player. Long with yeah's and and you know fisk in all the greats and it was just. It was just awesome to Meet meet somebody that we would You know pick up games in the sandlot there. We we all had a red sox player name right depending on -sition you played so it was pretty cool. Yes sir well getting back to. I know there's a military podcast not a baseball once it. We'll get back on track. I just wanted to throw that in before i forgot. I know you know with the war. Winding down in afghanistan were last reports. Were about ninety five percent withdrawn from that. I know that you spoke in favor of President trump's plan to withdraw from their as. Anything changed for you. i know recently. There's been a lot of stuff about the taliban executing people Prisoners and stuff like that as any of this change for you. Well i gotta tell you Yes i was so the short answer is yes. Things have changed. And i was an advocate for out of afghanistan when president trump suggested it as candidate and then as president and in in my mind. He gave the secretary of defense than jim. Madison's secretary of state and national security council staff centcom isaf many others the warning more. Hey i want to get out of afghanistan. In two years into his first term. he called for the plant and they didn't have and i think that was to me. They let down and they let america down and the reason why wanted out was in twenty fourteen. They changed strategy which reversed all the all the security gains we had in the rural area and The taliban researched al-qaeda research in an isis on opportunity. To come in and we'd simply just did not have policy and strategy sported bodybags hospital beds and once again are general officers in our senior military. Folks let us down. And i'm one of those general officers that were down. I could not convince anybody that changing strategy was gonna be was gonna be detrimental to the mission and remember when we started this new strategy. In in two thousand ten under general mcchrystal and then really solidified it under general portray and then pushed it over the goal line on the way to victory. Under.

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01:57 min | 1 year ago

"general don" Discussed on SOFREP Radio

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