Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars

The World Is A Battlefield

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In this groundbreaking book of new reportage, sure to stir a global debate, journalist Jeremy Scahill-author of the acclaimed international bestseller Blackwater-takes us into the heart of the War on Terror's most dangerous battlefields as he chases down the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes-including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government-who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden. Written in a gripping, action-packed narrative nonfiction style, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefieldreveals that, despite his pledge to bring accountability to US wars and to end Bush-era abuses, President Barack Obama has kept in place many of the most dangerous and secret programs that thrived under his predecessor. In stunning detail, Scahill exposes how Obama has escalated these secret US wars and has built up an elite secret US military unit that answers to no one but the president himself. Scahill reveals the existence of previously unreported secret prisons, kidnappings, assassinations, and cover-ups of covert operations gone terribly wrong. In this remarkable story from the frontlines of the undeclared battlefields of the War on Terror, journalist Jeremy Scahill documents the new paradigm of American war: fought far from any declared battlefield, by units that do not officially exist, in thousands of operations a month that are never publicly acknowledged. The devastating picture that emerges in Dirty Wars is of a secret US killing machine that has grown more powerful than whatever president happens to reside in the White House. Scahill argues that far from keeping the United States-and the world-safe from terrorism, these covert American wars ensure that the terror will grow and spread.
Published: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781470839192
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (24hr., 09 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Weiner, Tom


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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 one 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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