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Producers’ Pick | Tim Kennedy: Scars and Stripes

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June 11, 2022 6:00 am

Producers’ Pick | Tim Kennedy: Scars and Stripes

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June 11, 2022 6:00 am

Former UFC fighter, Army Ranger and Co-Founder of Save Our Allies on his new book Scars and Stripes: An Unapologetically American Story of Fighting UFC Warriors, the Taliban and Myself.

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Would be right now officially to get ready to welcome the gravity congratulations on the book launch today.

It's weird but it's a bruise about you… That's as real weird feeling to have everything in black and whites especially is mostly about failure and's and struggles and having it right there for everybody to realize literally it every one of the darkest moments. My life is now at millions of people's fingertips I and your patriotic behaviors. Also, there are so is your heroic exploits. I'm quick when you see the video of what seems to be 9500 hours was to go to seven of 15,000. That's 32 miles long heading to our border might want to say invasion management a vision for a long time. You know the few go down the border and I live in Texas and I live in Austin Texas okay and denies working along the border for the past seven months and was living in a faulty it's one or the many places that would stay with us, work at the border and talking to the people that live there talking to the border patrol guys that are there every single day. It has been like this and it's it's it it's Evan flow depending on the administration because it's all executive level driven when these mass migrations happened this these invasions it's it is really driven by executive policy and right now it is at the floodgates are open and there is nothing that you can do to stop it at the border physically because there's so many then you as you see the ripple effect is not just of the border of the ruining the lives of those people.

The border yes then we find out these fights aligning Westchester. There are there landing light of other places in upstate New York and was a what were they doing the getting out of the middle of the night to get a fresh set of clothes and got a bag to go to the getting getting on buses and the going throughout our society. What about these people must feel like suckers to go through it the right way yeah admin I have a business partner in and she's a legal immigrant and she went through the process. It took her a long time and she took every single step, drive a couple of teammates that are that are going through the immigration process for their spouses and then I go down there and I work at the border and it's so heartbreaking because we have a failed system. We've a broken system that they're just taken advantage of fixable though is it is nothing to sell and fix it is so fixable and there's nothing that can't be fixed, especially in its it's it's like a movement of a pen to fix it. And the problem solved right and the thing is, what is it tell you what it's not in what is like being there just processing people grabbing people, putting them in trucks, preemptive facilities there overcrowded putting up tents where they just understand that attention until we get to them. I've seen this facility.

I live after two or three days I could not. I was stressed out or how you do it every day.

The humanitarian crisis that's happening there like were all immigrants. Everybody here in the United States unless you're an Indian reservation you like all of us generationally came here out of power, Kennedy of an Irish American right like three generations here so there's nothing wrong with immigration but it has to be that there has always been like were here in New York.

We can walk out lady liberty we can open the book and see the families that came here the process. I mean I was at Ellis Island.

They did a whole feature on four made America great and you see the whole process is your they walked the other get off the ships where they go and how doctors will look them over, they ask a few questions will be many courtrooms over there to decide.

Is anyone here to meet you where you get a statement.

What you gonna bring to the country that was where the court didn't even work can become a contributing member society to be individually responsible and be an important citizen. If you go back to what it defines to be assisted by Roosevelt like I question every single one of these people cross the border. I know they have the American dream in their heart but are they going to do the work required in a number can disparage the emergence his life and living in Texas like the vast majority of the people there or Mexican Americans. Their great wonderful people that share values if you but what's happening at the border, is an invasion. Nobody cares for the co-people, skin. Don't try to marginalize and sail all your black your why nobody dares.

Nobody cares and wants people say Sweden or Haiti.

It's not black and white is like well if you're from Sweden you're from a an isolated area which pretty much are not coming to the southern border, but you can await online for ever. I know people are married and you have the same situation people from another country legally married on the up and up living a middle-class life and it takes them forever so many fees so many meeting so many tough questions and the tests you gotta go through the NEA is hilarious because one of the one my friends that's going through the green card right now the she was told to file her taxes but she can file her taxes because she does have Social Security number, so she's like in this pending him in trouble status for her immigration status and she's like I am working I am pain like there's there's no way I can solve this because I'm missing steps and the steps are mine. It's a broken system. There's no way to circumvent the system right you should just come here legally.

I know have a friend from Serbia. 1.4 years college soccer great player and want to stay at a short amount of time to get a job then it will ply you want to go home and sober his graduation some free market to get back and then he sits and puts on the television. This is where my afraid off volubly let's talk about you first check on herself to be brutally honest about yourself right you you don't feel that you're one of you. I'm perfect when you go anyway to say you are not perfect but on 9/11 things change, you felt you were selfish person prides that what was life like before 9/11 to be Tim Kennedy who man aside I had a couple of women pregnant and in weeks right to have her limit death there's I thought I had AIDS.

I was fighting professionally as a mixed martial arts fighter and had an after party with three girls and one of those girls shows up to my gym and cheeses had tested positive for HIV. Trend final my partners.

This is all the exact same time and then I watch Americans look out a window in an try to decide if there to burn alive or jump to their death. It like you and talk about that this resounding wake-up call of what a waste of a human that you are is watching fellow Americans have to make a decision like that when I'm I'm debating which genes I'm aware to a party like what like what would terrible piece of trash. I was, and you decide to do something about it. Like most people twice. I started by no means was like this. The movie elective trajectory change where I'm now a new person like I still made lots of mistakes in her even when I got to special forces. I think back to how arrogant I was even with my bosses back. No, no, I should be on his helicopter not you get a like I'm the best of the brightest is who Tim you're really good athlete rights. He used to be a little cut. I'll compensate the athletically and that's a lot of special operations a lot of success besides your mental strength is the fact what athletic demands correct the other that the physical demands are extraordinary but internally the mental aspect is really the selector like that is that a trader through special forces selection they use physical events to find the character of a person and that's what they're really looking at are you a team player.

You said you got beat up by your teammates because you were being selfish.

We were Sir Cowie, bin Laden was the number one back on the planet. The number to the number one guy in Iraq was her Cowie and he was in Iraq and we are part of a task force that was hunting him and all of us wanted him. This was the guy that hung American storages like that. The hope that the atrocities that men did their horrific neck American sniper like that. The story the same time he will of the insurgency. That's right. We had because you let him go that bad dude and there was a specific night where we had a certain number of helicopters. One of the helicopters got shot up to a bunch of bull holes a cup. The manifest got scrubbed, so we had to reload cross load bodies and I was the youngest and least experienced on the team so they babe removed me from the manifest is like men on on the smartest on the fastest on the best like I'm the one that should be on here.

My concerns instead was like you know you should be preparing the trucks to be our Q RF are quick response force. You should be making sure the radios are good the headspace and timing of the 50 cows good. She make sure there's extra ammo. Next, create social that's what you should be doing but still your whining you're complaining about my decision about what should be happening in combat right now and I and I was in a house like you, but petulant little child whining unknown at this point is 25 okay your 24 and in so they come back from the mission.

You know, is a get your gloves were to talk about this we go down the tensing and I end up fighting the whole entire team of the team just beats it's the socks off me and Dino John, my boss, he leans down as I got I don't have to talk about this again and out and even even after that I was still like Babbitt took all 12 of you to beat me like there's still the arrogance of youth in there and it took a long time for me to realize what it meant to be a contributing team member and how they are so much more important than me and it was it was pain-and-suffering like that that teaches you those lessons you can get that from your parents all man did I ever I did have but I'm stubborn I'm dumb so you know my my mom and dad are incredible people and a loving household and extraordinary circumstances growing up in my dad stole a plane full of cocaine Pablo Escobar. He is an undercover narcotics officer that we had a way to rent that phone in the closet that I would.

I would, I would feel the ring would pick up would have cover stories that would tell these drug dealers in these cartel guys to try to protect my dad to have a cover story form that aligned with what he was saying we had like lines of what we tell them try grub this extraordinary circumstance and that there is plenty of failure.

There plenty of struggle, but there was never enough for you, not you.

You living a consequential life could you not do anything save another segment discern right Tim Kennedy's here.

His book is now out of school Stars & Stripes.

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Weather updates throughout your busy day subscribe and listen. Mao and Fox news that I'm just stuck forever. You get your podcasts fast is three hours and radio you are with Brian kill made Tim Kennedy's my guest years were the most diverse. Guess you'll ever have. His book is out today is called scars and stripes. We gotta get it from his UFC to the Army Ranger days he's doing now. Now, how are you involved and tell me about say Varela associate saver allies was born out of Afghanistan and during the fall Afghanistan. One of her friends, Chad Robichaux, his translator. Aziz was getting it murdered the telegram. Aziz had worked for special operations as a translator for multiple deployments. The Taliban knew who he was. So they as soon as they knew that Afghanistan was going to be abandoned by America. The heat were there literally telling him they were to come and find you. They killed Aziz's friends and they said there'd like to do horrific things Desi's family and that ultimately cozies so in initially was to go and rescue him. And so my phone rang from Chad hey can you come help me get this kind suggests that it was a there's these few hundred young girl Christian orphans that are to be murdered by the Taliban. Q can we get them out to and that it was a there's always entrepreneurs and then we all these translators and then I always like thousands of American citizens that were leaving behind an edge that started to build.

We started in place like the logistics to getting us in the country and one of our friends was friends with the Prince of UAE and that was good of your launchpad. That was the beginning of saver allies was getting Aziz and then ultimately 17,000 people out of African wooden accomplishments of Tim a house so you get 17,000 of Arkansas right but so how does that play into Ukraine so the it's almost the same logistic process.

But in reverse. So the same team that was on the ground with 12 people in Afghanistan and one of those key people codenamed sea spray so instrumental in an essential hero like this guy is brilliant beyond definition and he beat Russia into Ukraine so he was on the ground like a legal border crossing through the snowy mountains and done the same thing that we did in Afghanistan get people out. We started doing in Ukraine to get humanitarian aid in so we started building networks and logistics to get things cross-border lines and, ultimately, like we really focus on the last mile. There's lots of big great organizations that are doing great things over there but saver allies or very few of those organizations are getting real like medical clinic. For example, to the very front line as we were doing and when our reporter teams when I when our EMG teams got hit.

What role did you play some saver allies cc pray specifically that the operative the special operations guy from Afghanistan was already in Ukraine and got in a godless veggie hall. What a tough guy to be able to stay alive. They put together a coin-op, a concept of an operation to find him move him II think into the details of how we are able to to move him out of country bowl to league ultimately get him to very very high level military men, senior medical quit. He only medical tell you he was he was dying like those he is so tough.

What a it's it's so important the work that journalists do, especially the front lines when it slipped so much information out there it's really difficult to tell which truth was found in American soldiers with no and no heat.

He been so far.

Ford was isolated and saver allies was able to get to him, get him out and then get into medical care immediately and announce in Texas recovering and that man I saw video him to dancing.

I know you can you give yourself you.

Very hard yourself to the book of everything that you've done for the Army Ranger to the service to a listing at 25 oldest into the UFC fighting ruled saver allies play in which you are most proud of it. The it's it's a culmination of 11 special operations for almost 2 decades, not of been in South America, Africa, counter poaching counter counter human trafficking counter drug dogs in counterterrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan and you can also business owner like logistics of of supply chains so all of that experience really in the group. This this God-given group of people that found it saver allies all came in with very unique skill sets and we were able to work together in a really collaborative way to be effective and efficient to get people out. So I think saver allies is one the most significant things I've ever done in my life off of her world titles in all part of the task force that killed the number two bag on the planet. But those pale in comparison to you know finding an American in Afghanistan getting them on a bus smuggling them onto a plane and then find them out of Afghanistan or bring in medical aid to the front lines to fight a communist invasion.

That is crazy. You just used to love going on the edge. It seems like your hosted at home and the challenge is great. It's all included scores and stripes and were just scraping the surface. Tim Kennedy thanks so much. Congratulations on the book he knows that easy to write about yourself now. And the best is yet to come.

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