Rational Security 2.0: The ‘Miracle on Massachusetts Avenue’ Edition

By Jen Patja Howell
Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 12:01 PM

This week, Alan, Quinta and Scott celebrated the impending New Year by answering some questions and sharing some object lessons submitted by Rational Security listeners. They discussed:

  • If you could only have one paid news subscription, which would it be?
  • How do you think the U.S. will respond if Israeli policies towards Palestinians continue to deteriorate?
  • Why does former President Trump's direction to his former associates not to cooperate with the January 6 committee not constitute witness tampering?
  • Why are Tweets not subject to prepublication review?
  • What are the United States' greatest vulnerabilities?
  • What are the odds of a major nuclear incident in the next 70 years?
  • What is the January 6 committee investigating other than the actions of former President Trump and his associates?
  • Do you think the courts or Congress will rein in the executive branch's control over classified information?
  • How will Finland's purchase of U.S. F-35s change the regional security calculus?
  • What do you do to sound good on podcasts?
  • And most importantly: which holiday movie is most relevant to the current state of international relations?

As for object lessons, listeners: recommended the "Fat Leonard" and "Orientalist Express" podcasts; endorsed the book "Shorting the Grid" by Meredith Angwin; noted the existence of the iPhone game "Free Assange" by none other than RT (i.e., Russia Today); corrected Scott's mistake regarding what's happening with the long lost musical sequence from "The Muppet Christmas Carol"; recommended adding bourbon to Quinta's easy pie dough recipe; seconded Alan's earlier endorsement of the spaetzle maker; and shouted out Purdue University for the civic education program they recently implemented for all incoming students.