Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars

The World Is A Battlefield

Book - 2013
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In "Dirty Wars," Jeremy Scahill, author of the "New York Times" best-seller "Blackwater," takes us inside America's new covert wars. As he reveals, the foot soldiers in these battles operate daily across the globe and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies of America.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781568586717
156858671X
Branch Call Number: 355.343 SCAHILL
Characteristics: xxiv, 642 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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A12Oxcart
Nov 23, 2015

This book and poorly written and should be seen as a hyperbole and factually incorrect book. The author has very little knowledge about Special Operations, or the Military in general, he uses incorrect terms throughout the book, such as "flak vest", and is prone to making poorly supported emotional statements without any regard to actual Rules of Engagement. The author attempts to cast JSOC, the premier American Special Operations Command, as being full of murders, and states that "If they're's one person they're after, and 34 other people in the building, they'll bomb it anyway", a factually incorrect statement that flies in the face of the actual ROE. Additionally he seems very confused about what JSOC is, jumping all over the place and confusing JSOC, a joint-military command, with the CIA, a telling error. His repeat barbs at JSOC are almost comical when you consider that if he were captured on his trips to Somali and other dangerous areas they would be the ones to rescue him. He fails to mention actual oversight, or to mention how members of JSOC have been cleared in inquiries into their behavior, and paints a picture of American operatives killing people indiscriminately worldwide, a factually incorrect and hyperbole laced statement. Dirty Wars is ultimately the twisted views of a man who uses poor sources and twisted logic, something you would expect out of a rabid far-left student, not a serious author.

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stewstealth
Oct 01, 2014

An excellent (mostly) unbiased look into the "War on Terror". Is it a global battlefield where the constitution is put on hold or a question of law enforcement. This book asks and answers many questions in this regard. Are targeted drone strikes which kill innocent civilians increasing the amount of terrorists? Who decides who should be killed? This book is definitely worth reading.

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sharonon
Jul 22, 2014

A eye-opening account of what the "war on terror" was really all about, and how it has been, and, to a large degree, is still being fought.
It makes one wonder whether some of the problems of some veterans is not so much about what they saw or what happened to them, but about what they were forced to do.

It is also enlightening and frightening in regard to the real underlying motive of much of our actions: the desire to concentrate power in the presidency, beyond the view of either Congress or the public, or, for that matter, even other long-established regulatory agencies of the executive branch.
Combine this book with The Brothers, about the reign of the Dulleses over foreign policy in the 1950s and 1960s and you will have a whole new understanding of our world and how we have influenced it.

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richibi
Jun 14, 2014

Bush began the American descent into barbarism, Obama seems to be institutionalizing it, the States is now taking no prisoners, despite the proscriptions of its Constitution, for better, it would appear, or for worse

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Minnetonka_Library
Apr 02, 2014

Read this and see if you still think we're the Good Guys.

garden00 Dec 28, 2013

Start page 265

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franzkafka
Oct 31, 2013

Obama vs Bush? "Meet the New Boss. Same as The Old Boss".

Maybe even worse.

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delfon
Oct 18, 2013

not sure if this will remakin, but the verbal interview may be rediculous; read teh comments section for a views, from presumed Americans. They still do nolt understand, killing without habeus corpus, without evidence, without trial, is wrong in a free society.
What a mixed up, messed up, immoral society the US is..
Mix this with "Family of secrets" (the Bush family), or Narcoland (why drugs are so rampant -- see Reagan--)--- or, why the economy is so dysfunctional, see the great deformation, by stockman.
We are living next to a dying rabid monster.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2013/05/jeremy-scahill-americas-dirty-war?zid=319&ah=17af09b0281b01505c226b1e574f5cc1

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zedea
Sep 09, 2013

this book "demands" your attention to the world stage "theatre of war"...what we don't know...will hurt us!

The USA has proved themselves the "true terrorists" in the game of torture, murder, spying...wars equal power and money to the American political enterprise.

THINK...QUESTION EVERYTHING AND AGAIN..................... QUESTION EVERTHING!

eventually it will be clear to you ...who really is the most dangerous country in the world. It sickens me to know our country sleeps with the "enemy".

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Lukeinvancouver
Aug 27, 2013

This is a book everybody who accepts the "War on Terrorism", for any reason whatsoever, should read. It analyses the unintentional consequences of this "war" and also looks at the questionable allies the West often chooses, e.g. jihadists in Somalia, as well as repercussions in western countries such as the undermining of western constitutions, such as the extrajudicial killing of US citizens, mass surveillance and more.

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franzkafka
Oct 31, 2013

From tribal leader in Yemen whose village was wrongly targeted for vicious US-Yemeni puppet gov't attack: "If they kill innocent children and call them al Qaeda, then we are all al Qaeda. If children are terrorists then we are all terrorists".

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