January 25

Ep. 0156: A Modern-Day Grunt’s Perspective, Part 2

This is the second part of my conversation with BT, a US Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, about his experiences. (Be sure to check out last episode – #155 – for part 1 of this if you’ve not already done so.)

Join CJ & BT as they discuss:

  • BT’s first deployment to Iraq, including the conditions  in Mosul and surrounding areas where he was deployed and the shortcomings of his training relative to what he’d actually be dealing with
  • Problems unique to dealing with a counterinsurgency situation in an urban environment, including IEDs
  • Potential issues of friendly fire
  • Problematic thoughts and behaviors that BT noticed, both in himself and from observing others, that were caused by the stressful environment of operating in a war zone, especially one in which insurgents blended in with the civilian population
  • The different types of IEDs and vehicle bombs (VBIEDs), the US military’s attempts to deal with these, and the back-and-forth race between makers of IEDs and designers of counter-measures

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January 16

Ep. 0155: A Modern-Day Grunt’s Perspective, Part 1

This episode is part 1 of CJ’s discussions with a longtime DHP listener & US Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, a guy who goes by “BT” on the internet. Not only does BT himself have a lot of personal experiences in these conflicts, he’s also done a lot of research about these wars and related issues. These conversations will cover BT’s experiences in those wars, and the effects of those experiences, which he’s still dealing with today. Along the way, we’ll also cover the history of these conflicts, and a variety of related issues.

Join CJ & BT as they discuss:

  • The 9/11 attacks, the propaganda that followed it, and the effects on people regarding enlisting in the military
  • The origins of the 2003 Iraq War, including some of the problems with the Bush administration’s justifications for war
  • The invasion of Iraq, and the mounting problems as the invasion turned into an occupation, with a special focus on the city of Mosul
  • The beginning of BT’s time in the Army, starting in 2005, and the training he went through (and the many shortcomings of that training) prior to deploying to Iraq

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