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Historical perspective on Proxy Wars

Hi Saagar, I'm curious if you think a correlation could be drawn between the American Revolution -- which could be said to be a proxy war between England and France -- and the current Ukraine conflict. The French Revolution of 1789 was not wholly caused by the resources spent in aid to the Americans, but could be considered a factor. Have you given this any thought? Thanks.

Jan 6th Deaths

I have a hard time believing the reports and current mini series on Jan 6th. At the end of the day Deaths are the one statistic that I feel is very hard to ignore. They are claiming that 5 Officers died defending the capital. But I'm reading that those 5 officers all died after Jan 6th. The one who died on the 7th was ruled as natural causes, he had a stroke and the other 4 were suicides. Why would 4 officers commit suicide after Jan6th? There must be a good reason but i'm struggling with Jan 6th being so traumatic when no officers died or even spent any significant time in the hospital? It's very confusing can you guys cover this?/

Ukraine

As much as I love most of your coverage, its appalling how far off you've been on Ukraine from the very beginning. You two seemingly purposefully avoid talking at all about the Budapest Memorandum and how we are responsible for the current situation in Ukraine in the first place. If they had their nuclear deterrent, which we, specifically, convinced them to give up, Russia wouldn't even have been able to take Crimea in 2014 or wage the atrocious campaign. It is not a serious answer by you two to say, they should just fold over in Ukraine because its inconvenient to you now in your 30's when you grew up without a cold war in your safety provided by Ukraine dismantling the third largest arsenal in the world including icbms, bombers and more. It is the most sophomoric take both have you have supported besides your prediction that Putin wouldn't invade right before he did. I'm fine if you at least ADDRESS the Budapest Memorandum and still reject it, but to ignore it completely makes you two seem uninformed. You would do well to bring on Gary Kasparov to balance your take out if you are truly interested in covering this fairly. A no fly zone would not have triggered a nuclear war and would have ended this in the first couple weeks costing us almost nothing compared to what we have spent.

Ukraine

As much as I love most of your coverage, its appalling how far off you've been on Ukraine from the very beginning. You two seemingly purposefully avoid talking at all about the Budapest Memorandum and how we are responsible for the current situation in Ukraine in the first place. If they had their nuclear deterrent, which we, specifically, convinced them to give up, Russia wouldn't even have been able to take Crimea in 2014 or wage the atrocious campaign. It is not a serious answer by you two to say, they should just fold over in Ukraine because its inconvenient to you now in your 30's when you grew up without a cold war in your safety provided by Ukraine dismantling the third largest arsenal in the world including icbms, bombers and more. It is the most sophomoric take both have you have supported besides your prediction that Putin wouldn't invade right before he did. I'm fine if you at least ADDRESS the Budapest Memorandum and still reject it, but to ignore it completely makes you two seem uninformed. You would do well to bring on Gary Kasparov to balance your take out if you are truly interested in covering this fairly. A no fly zone would not have triggered a nuclear war and would have ended this in the first couple weeks costing us almost nothing compared to what we have spent.

LGBTQ Community

Why do you keep using this term as all-encompassing? Sexual orientation is different from Gender Dysphoria which is different from Queerness. As a gay man, I have interests that align with the needs of lesbians and bisexuals. But this forced Intersectionality with TQ and the rest - is not something many old school GLB people buy into. In fact, we are now seeing the “T” overwhelm the agendas of groups like HRC and Stonewall. I am not a member of this “LGBTQIA++” community. Please do not assume membership for anyone.