Rational Security 2.0: The 'Bloodless Coup' Edition

By Scott R. Anderson
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 11:24 AM

On this premiere episode of Rational Security 2.0, the new crew of co-hosts—Alan Rozenshtein, Quinta Jurecic and Scott R. Anderson—bring the deposed Benjamin Wittes (and his accomplice Siri) back to the virtual jungle studio, bound and gagged, for a show trial over the crimes of the last regime.

In addition, they sat down to discuss: the Taliban's new government and the brutal way it seems to be governing (especially in relation to women); the Biden administration's border policies, and why they're facing trouble in the courts; and our summer from hell: are recent heat waves, wildfires, and floods now a permanent new part of the American experience, and will this change the political calculus on climate change?

For object lessons, Alan testified to the charms of Duluth, Minnesota; Ben talked about his efforts to shrink his carbon footprint, including by building Lawfare a new conference table; Quinta discussed an exciting new line of action figures taking toy stores by storm (pictured below); and Scott explained why the end of the global pandemic may just taste like pumpkin beer.