Episode 22: John Brennan (featuring PFT Commenter)
Play • 1 hr 27 min

In this episode of the Old Man and the Three, it's a two for one special.  JJ and Tommy lead off with a spectacular interview with former CIA Director John Brennan, where they take a deep dive into his life in the CIA, his recent book, the bizarre world of Trump, the Osama bin Laden raid, and much more. Then, things take a bit of a different turn when they welcome in Pardon My Take's PFT Commenter for the TOP 5/Draft and Mailbag question. And, as you can probably imagine, PFT does not disappoint. 

John Brennan

  • What was the motivation for writing his book
  • How exposure to the world helps you understand how special the United States is
  • Do Americans fully understand what civil servants do and their importance
  • Director Brennan explains his experience of playing basketball overseas in Cairo 
  • What were the challenges of writing the book
  • How does he swallow the madness that is going on in the White House/Congress/etc.
  • Where would he say American stands right now in terms of division in his lifetime
  • How technology has made the spread of hate and misinformation worse
  • How does technology effect protocols in the CIA
  • On the secrecy on the CIA and not being able to share info like a normal member of society
  • Are there any movies or TV shows that have depicted the CIA correctly - or even closely
  • The most impactful/memorable event in his career
  • Discussing the bin Laden raid 
  • His feeling about Trumps tweets and re-tweets
  • Who are some of the best leaders he's been around and what are their qualities


PFT Commenter

  • Discusses Mt Rushmore and how it came about
  • Comparing Big Cat's place with JJ's
  • The story of how he came up with his handle
  • Would PFT Commenter be a fan of JJ
  • Who's the grittiest current NBA player
  • TOP 5/Draft
  • Mailbag question

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