Jocko Unravelling

By Jocko Willink and Darryl Cooper

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 Jan 5, 2021

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 Jul 27, 2020
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 Apr 25, 2020
another good one from Jocko and Darryl Cooper from MartyrMade podcast.

 Apr 22, 2020
Excellent insight into the Iraq invasion, mishandling, & fallout.


News, History, Impactful events and Lessons.

Episode Date
Unraveling 24: Dark Secret Place

Jocko and Darryl welcome Bryan Suits, host of The Dark Secret Place podcast, to discuss Chinese propaganda films, military tech, and global strategy. Bryan is a veteran of both Iraq Wars, the Bosnia peacekeeping mission, and patrolled the streets of Los Angeles during the 1992 riots as a young National Guardsman. Check out great The Dark Secret Place podcast at

Oct 25, 2021
Unraveling 23: Unmitigated Disaster

Jocko & Darryl discuss the humiliating and catastrophic final days of the US war in Afghanistan. This episode is dedicated to the heroic efforts of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines & civilians who put their bodies on the line to help our people escape the Taliban.

Oct 04, 2021
Unraveling 22: 1917

"There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen." -V.I. Lenin

This is the first of a series of discussions about critical years in the 20th century. As the First World War entered its 4th year, the mighty German army had the Entente powers on the ropes. But two men who started the year 1917 uninvolved with the Great War would soon make decisions that would determine the outcome, and shape geopolitics for the rest of the century.

Aug 10, 2021
Unraveling 21: I Guess We're Done Here

With the longest war in American history officially set to wrap up next month, Jocko and Darryl take stock of mistakes made, missed opportunities, lessons learned, and where things stand.

Jul 26, 2021
Unraveling 20: WALL-E Nationalism

In this episode, were joined by James Poulos, executive editor of American Mind, a publication of the Claremont Institute, to discuss his article on the recent testimony of Army General Mark Milley regarding the teaching of Critical Race Theory at West Point. However, we end up hardly mentioning General Milley's hearing, and instead ponder the possibility that we're headed for a digital apocalypse. Also, Jocko somehow gets Darryl to shill for North Korea.

Jul 09, 2021
Unraveling 19: Lightning Milchamah: The Six Day War

In June 1967, Israeli aircraft, armor, and soldiers launched a massive surprise attack against the Egyptian forces of General Gamal Abdul Nasser, and changed the face of the entire Middle East. When the firing died down, the 19-year-old State of Israel had tripled in size, and brought millions of Palestinian refugees under its military control. Although the result was a rapid victory for Israel, and the near-total destruction of the neighboring Arab military forces, Israel had plunged itself into a swamp of demographic, security, and diplomatic problems in which the country remains mired.

Jun 21, 2021
Unraveling 18: Operation Nemesis

After 30 years of repression and brutality against its Armenian subjects, the Ottoman imperial government used the cover of the First World War to enact a vicious Final Solution to the Armenian question. But despite losing the war, the Ottoman officials most responsible escaped justice and lived freely under assumed identities in European capitals. After so much chaos and bloodshed, many - even many Armenians - were ready to put the violence of the war behind them. But when history demands heroes, it calls them forth. Without state support, outside financing, or legal cover, a small group of Armenian militants set out to avenge the blood of their people.

May 05, 2021
Unraveling 17: Blood Red Fields

World War 1, the Russian Civil War, the Red Terror, Holodomor, the Great Terror, World War 2, Chernobyl, state collapse, two revolutions, and another civil war. Few countries have had a tougher 100 years than Ukraine. Recent weeks have seen a buildup of forces on both sides of the border between Russia and Ukraine. Jocko and Darryl discuss the history of a dangerous international flashpoint.

Apr 19, 2021
Unraveling 16: Drain the Swamp v1.0

Description: As the Cold War kicked off in the late 1940s, America was rocked by revelations that hundreds of Soviet spies had somehow entrenched themselves in the highest levels of the government. When Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy took the lead in exposing them, he kicked a hornet's nest that soon swarmed and overwhelmed him. The period known as the "Red Scare" is a complex time in American history, and Senator McCarthy was a complex man with ambivalent personal motivations. Unfortunately, the hornets he agitated included the political press and academic establishment, who for decades worked to wash away the complexities of the man and the era.

The popular political cartoonist Jules Feiffer once wrote that "the secret to good cartooning is hate." Not personal hate, he clarified, but professional hate: "the intensity of conviction that comes to a craftsman's work when he has made the decision to kill, the decision to shun all political and behavioral complexities, so that the subject becomes, purely and simply, a demon."

Apr 03, 2021
The Unraveling 15: The Devil Moves In Crowds

The Puritans had fled the iniquity of Europe to found a godly civilization in the New World, but in 1692 the devil tracked them down. Driven by wild accusations from a small group of young girls, Salem Village tore itself apart in a downward spiral of mimetic paranoia. The Salem Witch Trials occurred more than 80 years before the American Revolution, but the story and its pathos are strangely contemporary and familiar. What happened and, more importantly, could it happen again?

Mar 22, 2021
The Unraveling 14: A Melting Pot On Boil
For thousands of years, nomadic tribes occupied vast lands beyond the limited reach of pre-modern empires. With the dawn of the modern age, these peoples found themselves locked inside the borders of powerful states whose drive to assimilate subject populations into homogenous national projects has led to a rapid dwindling of human cultural and biodiversity.
The Tarim Basin in northwest China has been home to the Turkic Uyghurs for over a thousand years, but the Chinese Communist Party has worked for decades to eliminate Uyghur cultural identity and demographic predominance. Perhaps no place on earth provides a more frightening example of modern methods and technology applied to man's darkest and most ancient impulses.
Mar 15, 2021
The Unravelling 13: A People Drowning

 Jocko and Darryl discuss the implications of a recent CDC report detailing a dramatic increase in substance abuse and mental health problems. 

Nov 09, 2020
The Unravelling 12: The Error Box
Nov 02, 2020
Unravelling 11: You Say You Want A Revolution
Nov 02, 2020
The Unravelling 10: Deaths of Despair
Nov 02, 2020
The Unravelling 9: What's Your Story, pt. 2
Oct 13, 2020
The Unravelling 8: What's your Story, pt. 1
Oct 12, 2020
The Unravelling 7: The Sword of Destruction

Three years onto the Iraq War, the country is in flames and American support for the war is waning.  Jocko leads Task Unit Bruiser into Ramadi, the capital of the al Qaeda caliphate, as a part of an effort to engage with local leaders and prove that a counter-insurgency strategy can turn things around

Oct 12, 2020
The Unravelling 6: Trying to Win

With many political and military leaders pronouncing the Iraq War a failure, Jocko prepares to lead his SEAL Task Unit into a battle that will change the course of the conflict.

Oct 12, 2020
The Unravelling 5: "Do You Guys Have Run-Flats?"

Jocko completes his first tour and heads back to the US as Iraq begins to come apart at the sectarian seams.

Oct 12, 2020
The Unravelling 4: War Party

After the fall of Saddam’s regime, US forces struggle to provide security as an insurgency takes shape. Jocko’s first tour is action-packed, but ends as Iraq spirals out of control.

Oct 12, 2020
The Unravelling 3: A Festering Sore

The traumatic experience of Vietnam shapes the US approach to the Gulf War. The easy victory in Kuwait shapes expectations of the Global War on Terror.

Oct 12, 2020
The Unravelling 2: Saddam at War

The Cold War and the Islamic revolutions of 1979 raises false hope among US policymakers for Saddam Hussein, whose blood-soaked reign would begin and end in war.

Oct 12, 2020
The Unravelling 1: Defining The Enemy

Jocko and Darryl Cooper discuss the "beginnings" of the war on terror.

Oct 12, 2020