Living Amongst the Taliban with Hollie McKay | Mike Drop Episode 81
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Hollie McKay is a foreign policy expert and war crimes investigator. She was an investigative and international affairs/war journalist for Fox News Digital for over fourteen years where she focused on warfare, terrorism, and crimes against humanity.
Hollie also saw an unfathomably important part of US History: America hastily withdrawing troops out of Afghanistan. Hollie McKay went behind the enemy lines, to live amongst them, and see the culture and changes that came as the Taliban rapidly took over the country. Hollie talks me through daily life there, the unstable infrastructure, blown up roads, no water, and many more hardships, but she also brings up some interesting points that the US Media has greatly exaggerated.
Hollie has worked on the frontlines of several major war zones and covered humanitarian and diplomatic crises in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Burma, Russia, Africa, Latin America, and other areas. I hope you enjoy this episode of Mike Drop!
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Table of Timestamps:
0:00 - Intro
2:40 - Adjustment back from Afghanistan
5:43 - Are there Americans in Afghanistan?
11:20 - How is the Infrastructure?
18:33 - Why did the US condone Afghan Corruption?
23:07 - Do we view the Taliban as a legitimate government?
25:30 - What are the next steps in Afghanistan?
31:31 - Afghan Banking
43:33 - Getting Into Afghanistan and the fall of the Government
57:48 - The emotional contrast in the veteran community
1:07:35 - Covid in Afghanistan
1:13:56 - Is their contraband in Afghanistan
1:33:01 - Afghan Airports
1:48:41 - What made you say ‘It’s time to go!’?
1:59:50 - Chinese involvement/Mining
2:03:42 - What would President McKay do?
2:08:42 - What misconceptions does the American Society have?
2:14:52 - Was the war worth it?
2:24:28 - Outro
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