The term “Weapons Free,” is used to describe a missile defense system which has been set to launch whenever and wherever the system’s computer senses any potential threat, according to Special Forces retired Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Welsh who shared a great many illuminating perspectives and theories about the US strike that led to the demise of Iran’s Maj. General Qassem Soleimani with our own Dave Carter.

And while there were no threats to the podcast (except a wisecrack or two by Alphonse Fontenot), Dave couldn’t resist going “weapons free,” in a show which also features a new segment called Meet The Member, in which various Ricochet Members sit down for a fun conversation with Dave. In this first installment of Meet The Member, Dave talks with a fellow veteran, Ken Owsley, known around these parts as “Spin.” They talk about everything from Spin’s time serving in the Army in Germany to sharing some laughs while discussing the value of maintaining a healthy sense of humor. Sportscaster Mark joins in to talk LSU Championship football, and General Hatchett unveils something called the Hatchett Doctrine. While no one was hurt and no small animals were abused in the making of this podcast, we think you’ll enjoy this “Weapons Free” edition of the show.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Oh, man, I don’t have 71 minutes right now. I’ll be back later.

    • #1
    • January 20, 2020, at 1:15 PM PST
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  2. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I cannot STAND the sound of my own voice. That’s ok. Most people can’t stand the sound of my voice, either…

    • #2
    • January 20, 2020, at 1:19 PM PST
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  3. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Spin (View Comment):

    I cannot STAND the sound of my own voice. That’s ok. Most people can’t stand the sound of my voice, either…

    Nah, you sounded great. Interesting chat too. We need to get you back on the show. 

    • #3
    • January 20, 2020, at 2:22 PM PST
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  4. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    Spin (View Comment):

    I cannot STAND the sound of my own voice. That’s ok. Most people can’t stand the sound of my voice, either…

    Nah, you sounded great. Interesting chat too. We need to get you back on the show.

    Thanks man. It was fun. Looking forward to another visit.

    • #4
    • January 20, 2020, at 2:28 PM PST
    • 1 like
  5. Robert E. Lee Member
    Robert E. Lee Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    All due respect to the Colonel, I do not want to see everything you produce over the next six days. That’s right, close the lid, push the handle, and for God’s sake wash your hands.

    • #5
    • January 20, 2020, at 5:21 PM PST
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  6. Arahant Member

    I’m picturing @bossmongo‘s Snoopy happy dance.

    Happy GIFs: 32 GIFs That Will Put A Smile On Your Face

    • #6
    • January 20, 2020, at 6:13 PM PST
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  7. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Arahant (View Comment):

    I’m picturing @bossmongo‘s Snoopy happy dance.

    Happy GIFs: 32 GIFs That Will Put A Smile On Your Face

    Yes but he has to stick his nose up like that. 

    • #7
    • January 20, 2020, at 6:18 PM PST
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  8. Arahant Member

    Spin (View Comment):

    I cannot STAND the sound of my own voice. That’s ok. Most people can’t stand the sound of my voice, either…

    Now that I have listened to this, I have to say, you have good reason for this. ?

    • #8
    • January 20, 2020, at 6:25 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  9. Blondie Thatcher

    Great podcast, Dave. Love hearing from our members. Your story about the caller from Hubert is hilarious. I’m familiar with the area (in-laws) and it sounds about right. 

    • #9
    • January 21, 2020, at 5:30 AM PST
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  10. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge

    Spin, I understand. But your voice sounds fine.

    • #10
    • January 21, 2020, at 7:24 AM PST
    • 1 like
  11. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    It will probably be a few days before I have time to listen to this, but I’m really looking forward to the Meet The Member segments.

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Spin, I understand. But your voice sounds fine.

    Patrick, out of all of the male Ricochetti I have met you are the only one who made me think to myself “I love that guy’s accent.”

    • #11
    • January 21, 2020, at 8:13 AM PST
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  12. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Spin (View Comment):

    I cannot STAND the sound of my own voice. That’s ok. Most people can’t stand the sound of my voice, either…

    Now that I have listened to this, I have to say, you have good reason for this. ?

    I hate you. But you already know that.

    • #12
    • January 21, 2020, at 9:00 AM PST
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  13. Arahant Member

    Spin (View Comment):
    I hate you. But you already know that.

    Had to do it, old man. ?

    • #13
    • January 21, 2020, at 9:02 AM PST
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  14. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Spin (View Comment):
    I hate you. But you already know that.

    Had to do it, old man. ?

    Old man, take a look at my life it’s a lot like yours…

    Now there was a guy with an annoying voice…

    • #14
    • January 21, 2020, at 9:37 AM PST
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  15. Vince Guerra Member

    I move an immediate motion to schedule Welsh on the flagship podcast. This was fantastic.

    “Any American that has any doubt about the legitimacy of doing a strike on Soleimani, the most charitable information is they’re woefully ignorant.” – Lt. Col Brendan Welsh 

    Indeed.

    • #15
    • January 21, 2020, at 11:37 AM PST
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  16. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    I move an immediate motion to schedule Welsh on the flagship podcast. This was fantastic.

    “Any American that has any doubt about the legitimacy of doing a strike on Soleimani, the most charitable information is they’re woefully ignorant.” – Lt. Col Brendan Welsh

    Indeed.

    I second the motion. His knowledge of the Spec Ops world is encyclopedic, his understanding of what works and doesn’t work is spot-on, his humor and style are very engaging,…and he’s genuinely a good guy. I can also say unequivocally, as a career NCO, that he is the sort of leader I would storm the gates of hell for. 

    • #16
    • January 21, 2020, at 2:16 PM PST
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  17. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    It will probably be a few days before I have time to listen to this, but I’m really looking forward to the Meet The Member segments.

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Spin, I understand. But your voice sounds fine.

    Patrick, out of all of the male Ricochetti I have met you are the only one who made me think to myself “I love that guy’s accent.”

    I thought you had the accent.

    • #17
    • January 21, 2020, at 3:10 PM PST
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  18. Vince Guerra Member

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    I move an immediate motion to schedule Welsh on the flagship podcast. This was fantastic.

    “Any American that has any doubt about the legitimacy of doing a strike on Soleimani, the most charitable information is they’re woefully ignorant.” – Lt. Col Brendan Welsh

    Indeed.

    I second the motion. His knowledge of the Spec Ops world is encyclopedic, his understanding of what works and doesn’t work is spot-on, his humor and style are very engaging,…and he’s genuinely a good guy. I can also say unequivocally, as a career NCO, that he is the sort of leader I would storm the gates of hell for.

    It was great to hear both of them. I’ve only ever communicated with him and Ken in writing. Thank you for a great pod.

    • #18
    • January 21, 2020, at 3:18 PM PST
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  19. Arahant Member

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    It will probably be a few days before I have time to listen to this, but I’m really looking forward to the Meet The Member segments.

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Spin, I understand. But your voice sounds fine.

    Patrick, out of all of the male Ricochetti I have met you are the only one who made me think to myself “I love that guy’s accent.”

    I thought you had the accent.

    You both have dialects, unless English is your second or subsequent language.

    • #19
    • January 21, 2020, at 3:40 PM PST
    • 1 like
  20. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    I move an immediate motion to schedule Welsh on the flagship podcast. This was fantastic.

    “Any American that has any doubt about the legitimacy of doing a strike on Soleimani, the most charitable information is they’re woefully ignorant.” – Lt. Col Brendan Welsh

    Indeed.

    I second the motion. His knowledge of the Spec Ops world is encyclopedic, his understanding of what works and doesn’t work is spot-on, his humor and style are very engaging,…and he’s genuinely a good guy. I can also say unequivocally, as a career NCO, that he is the sort of leader I would storm the gates of hell for.

    It was great to hear both of them. I’ve only ever communicated with him and Ken in writing. Thank you for a great pod.

    It was my honor. Thank you for listening! I’m immensely grateful that you enjoyed the show. 

    • #20
    • January 21, 2020, at 4:39 PM PST
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  21. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    It will probably be a few days before I have time to listen to this, but I’m really looking forward to the Meet The Member segments.

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Spin, I understand. But your voice sounds fine.

    Patrick, out of all of the male Ricochetti I have met you are the only one who made me think to myself “I love that guy’s accent.”

    I thought you had the accent.

    You both have dialects, unless English is your second or subsequent language.

    Now if only I had money too. Then I’d be a dialectical materialist.

    • #21
    • January 21, 2020, at 6:28 PM PST
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  22. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Now Mr. Carter this was a great podcast as usual EXCEPT for the fact that you did talk about LSU the whole time. I mean, ok, the Soleimani death is kinda important but really LSU, LSU, LSU! And compliments again on your sound equipment. You really should be giving lessons to all the other Ricochet podcasters.

    • #22
    • January 22, 2020, at 12:42 PM PST
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  23. Dave Carter Podcaster

    (View Comment):

    Now Mr. Carter this was a great podcast as usual EXCEPT for the fact that you did talk about LSU the whole time. I mean, ok, the Soleimani death is kinda important but really LSU, LSU, LSU! And compliments again on your sound equipment. You really should be giving lessons to all the other Ricochet podcasters.

    Thanks so much!! I just let Mark go on as he wants. Purely coincidental that he covered the best team in the country, right? 

    As for my sound equipment, it’s good quality stuff,… AND it’s mad fun to work with. 

    colleenb

     

    • #23
    • January 22, 2020, at 2:33 PM PST
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  24. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Now Mr. Carter this was a great podcast as usual EXCEPT for the fact that you did talk about LSU the whole time. I mean, ok, the Soleimani death is kinda important but really LSU, LSU, LSU! And compliments again on your sound equipment. You really should be giving lessons to all the other Ricochet podcasters.

    I asked Mr Carter about his radio voice. He said it’s the microphone!

    • #24
    • January 22, 2020, at 5:07 PM PST
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  25. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Blondie (View Comment):

    Great podcast, Dave. Love hearing from our members. Your story about the caller from Hubert is hilarious. I’m familiar with the area (in-laws) and it sounds about right.

    This podcast and especially the interviews were outstanding. Well done, everyone.

    • #25
    • January 22, 2020, at 5:45 PM PST
    • 5 likes
  26. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Percival (View Comment):
    This podcast and especially the interviews were outstanding. Well done, everyone.

    Indeed. Keep them coming, Dave!

    • #26
    • January 25, 2020, at 1:49 PM PST
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