Podcast: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on how the US failed to act on the threat of 9/11


imagepodcast The Axe Files with David Axelrod David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world.Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.Subscribe Ep.470 — Gen.Stanley McChrystal After more than three decades in the military, including overseeing joint special operations and leading the war in Afghanistan, retired Gen.Stanley McChrystal has learned a thing or two about risk.He recently wrote “Risk: A User’s Guide,” a manual on assessing and mitigating perilous situations.He joined David to talk about his latest book, the country’s 20 years in Afghanistan, how the US failed to successfully manage Covid-19, and the threat of disinformation.

Dec 9, 2021 Ep.469 — Marc Short A longtime Republican operative, Marc Short served as both White House director of legislative affairs and chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence during the Trump administration.He joined David to share his take on the administration, his relationship with Pence, the politicization of Covid-19, his first-hand account of the events that transpired on January 6th, and his thoughts on the role of the federal government.Dec 2, 2021 Ep.468 — Chris Christie Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie considers Donald Trump a friend, but he has been outspoken against the former president’s insistence that the 2020 election was stolen.He is now considering a run for president in 2024 and has said a Trump candidacy would not stop him.He joined David to talk about the need for truth in politics, his battle with Covid-19, the virus’ lasting impacts on society, and his hope that his new book, “Republican Rescue,” gives other Republicans courage to speak …Show more out against lies and conspiracy theories.

Nov 22, 2021 Ep.467 — Rep.Pramila Jayapal Rep.Pramila Jayapal came to the US for college at just 16 years old.

She found success in finance, nonprofits and activism before deciding to take her fight to politics.

She joined David to talk about knowing when to use her legislative leverage as chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, getting the bipartisan infrastructure bill over the finish line, the need for filibuster reform to protect voting rights and her relationship with President Biden.Nov 18, 2021 Ep.466 — Fiona Hill Growing up in England’s distressed coal country, there weren’t many opportunities for bright, ambitious people like Fiona Hill.

Through hard work and some lucky breaks, Fiona rose to deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council.Consequentially, she also became a household name during the first impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.She joined David to talk about her hometown, her concerns over the direction …Show more of democracy, her interest in Russia, and her memoir, “There is Nothing For You Here.” Nov 11, 2021 Presenting Margins of Error This week, we’re bringing you an episode of CNN’s Margins of Error.It’s been a year since Americans waited on edge to find out the winner in the strangest election of our lifetimes.CNN’s Harry Enten revisits that night and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how election night turned into election week.

He’ll also explore the repercussions of the delayed count and how we can avoid drawn out election results in the future.Nov 4, 2021 Ep.

465 — Russell Moore Public theologian Russell Moore has long encouraged evangelical Christians to focus on practicing religion rather than engaging in culture wars, something he found increasingly difficult under former President Donald Trump.Moore left his leadership post at the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this year and now works for Christianity Today.He joined David to talk about how working for a conservative Democratic congressman on Capitol Hill reaffirmed his belief in the possibility of politics, …Show more why his dad didn’t want him joining the ministry, and why he felt compelled to call out issues he saw in the church, even as it led to his departure from the SBC.

Oct 28, 2021 Ep.464—Anderson Cooper Anderson Cooper is now a well-known CNN anchor, but he got his start in journalism armed with just a camcorder and a fake press pass.Cooper is also part of the storied Vanderbilt family, which he writes about in his latest book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty.He joined David to talk about the corrosive power of money and how its effects can ripple through generations, his mother’s life and her capacity for overcoming trauma, losing his father at 10 years old, and how he ho …

Show more pes his book teaches his son Wyatt to feel connected to something beyond himself.Oct 21, 2021 Ep.463—Evan Osnos When journalist Evan Osnos returned to the US in 2013 after eight years in China, he experienced somewhat of a culture shock.He found the underpinnings of the country shaken, so he set off to find out why.Evan joined David to discuss his journey from small-town newspaper photographer to The New Yorker writer, how technology has made China more autocratic, the power of money in politics, how President Joe Biden defies expectations, and what he learned traversing the country, chronicled in his b …

Show more ook “Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury.” Oct 14, 2021 Ep.462 — Robert Costa Journalist Robert Costa is known for his in-depth reporting on former president Donald Trump and for co-authoring a new book with legendary journalist Bob Woodward, but his first claim to fame was convincing John Mayer to play at his high school prom.Robert joined David to talk about his years covering the Republican Party, the ongoing threats he sees to U.S.

democracy, what he learned about reporting from Bob Woodward, and their book, Peril.Oct 7, 2021.

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