On Foreign Entanglements, Rob speaks with Nate about newly declassified documents concerning the secret 1983 NATO exercise Able Archer. Rob sets the stage by discussing the increase in tensions between the US and the USSR, and Nate explains why the exercise scared the Soviets. Nate then describes three sets of documents about the exercise, shedding light on Soviet fears of a US nuclear first strike, how a Warsaw Pact-NATO war in Europe would play out, and whether there was a real danger of the war game becoming real. Nate describes the “crown jewel” of declassified documents. They close by predicting the contents of declassified war on terror documents from decades in the future.
On The DMZ, Bill asks Matt about his feud with Howard Dean, which leads to a reflection on the legacy of Dean’s primary campaign 10 years ago. They compare Dean to Michele Bachmann, who is retiring from Congress. Matt wonders why it’s so hard to find a smart, charismatic conservative leader like Ronald Reagan. Turning to the Obama Administration’s scandals, Bill finds it ironic that conservatives are siding with The New York Times against the Justice Department. Plus: Should Eric Holder resign?