In the 48 hours since we recorded this episode, the president ordered US forces out of Syria, ordered troop levels in Afghanistan cut in half, and the Secretary of Defense resigned. So we’ve added some thoughts on those breaking events before our normal episode. During that normal episode, Dave and Xander review the events of 2018 and look forward to 2019, before reviewing two new reports on Russian interference in US politics and the indictment of Michael Flynn’s business partners for working on behalf of a foreign government.
Flynn business partners indicted for FARA violation: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/12/michael-flynn-ex-associates-charged-turkey-lobby-case/578407/
Senate report details Russian information war efforts more widespread than previously known: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/16/new-report-russian-disinformation-prepared-senate-shows-operations-scale-sweep/?utm_term=.9057ea9cb209
Xander mentioned this story of a new tomb discovery in Egypt: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-42932591/4400-year-old-tomb-discovered-in-egypt
Dave mentioned this story about Albania burning all of its spies: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/12/18/how-albania-accidentally-exposed-its-own-intelligence-operatives/