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Master and Commander

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Retired Gen. H.R. McMaster—Hoover Institution senior fellow, former national security adviser, and foreign policy expert—makes his first appearance on the Remnant to discuss China, Russia, and Afghanistan. He and Jonah examine what led to the war in Ukraine, the likelihood of Xi Jinping invading Taiwan, and whether institutional failures were to blame for the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal. They also dig into America’s shifting role on the world stage and what our defense budget should look like. By the end, one question remains unanswered: What’s the best war movie ever made?

Show Notes:

- McMaster’s page at the Hoover Institution

- “GoodFellows,” McMaster’s group video show at Hoover

- “Battlegrounds,” McMaster’s interview program

- Battlegrounds, McMaster’s latest book

- Dereliction of Duty, McMaster’s first book

- Putin’s case for invading Ukraine

- The Remnant with Klon Kitchen

- Sergei Lavrov compares Zelensky to Hitler

- The Remnant with Hal Brands on Cold War history

- The Economist on countries faking their COVID numbers

- Operation Market Garden