An Army whistleblower returns to combat as a Special Forces leader during the height of the surge in Iraq. He is surrounded by comrades and commanders hostile to him, just as the war was reaching its apex. The toll it takes on him makes him turn to philosophy.
Meanwhile, Barry visits the US Military Academy at West Point to meet with soldier philosophers returning from the wars to teach the future military leaders the philosophy of war. Just as the US winds down two major unconventional wars, philosophers, including many soldier philosophers, are trying to revise hundreds of years of thinking about the morality of warfare. Guest voices include (Maj.)Ian Fishback, Jeff Mcmahan, Helen Frowe, (LTC) Steve Woodside, Graham Parsons, (Maj.) Scott Parsons, Courtney Morris, (Maj.)Timothy Leone, and (Maj.)Saythala Phonexyaphova.
Bonus: Major Ian Fishback discusses the frustrations he faced with the military hierarchy and commander-selection process, and talks about the lessons he imparted to his cadets from his wartime experiences. He then turns to an on-the-ground analysis concerning the origins of ISIS.
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