Dahr Jamail


Independent journalist Dahr Jamail discusses the Army’s imprisonment of a stop-lossed soldier who expressed his frustration through music composition, military family problems and low morale caused by repeated deployments, the “psychological implosion” of many shell-shocked soldiers and the unprecedented military suicide rates that threaten to climb even higher.

MP3 here. (27:23)

Dahr Jamail, an independent journalist, is the author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. Jamail reported from occupied Iraq for nine months as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last five years.

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  1. I walked into Borders Bookstore and they asked me if I wanted to donate 10 dollars for coffee for the troops…I told them I'd rather give 10 dollars to the insurgents…..I told them not to assume that everybody is in favor of WAR in Iraq and everywhere and to keep politics out of the bookstore…

    But this support the troops thing never dies…it continues to confuse and befuddle the american public and the pentagon loves it

    1. Donate to provide coffee to the troops? The one thing the Army always provides is coffee. The CEO of this alleged coffee charity is probably paying himself $500,000 a year.

      1. Yeah, just like Wycliff Jean, the rapper who has ripped off $400K from his "charity" that "benefits" Haitians. A complete scam. Many charities are.

        1. At the top of the list is Bill Clinton and W's, if past is prologue.
          When Clinton and poppy Bush raised money for Katrina, none of it was distributed, or so I heard. The Red Cross didn't distribute a good portion of the donations it received from individuals for 9/11, and they were sued. The same thing happened with Katrina, and now they are under new management.
          If anyone wants to donate to Haiti, You can do it directly so it doesn't get siphoned off by disaster capitalists here: http://www.haitiaction.net/News/HIP/5_2_5.html They also have some recent independent Haitian centric articles. Details of some really shocking recent history.

    2. Be happy that you are buying coffee with their blood, In the end of the day one can love peace, then an earthquake could hit! You can't eat teddy bears, but try a grizzely!

    3. Personally I think you are a jerk! These troops are there because they are sent. They are there to do their jobs just like you or I. It is just Borders way of showing them that we appreciate what they are asked to do for our country. Giving $10 for coffee does not mean you are PRO WAR but PRO TROOPS!!!! They are potentially trading their lives for a mere $10 bag of coffee you moron!!! Anybody that cheap needs to do the world a favor and shut the hell up. Nobody cares about your moronic opinions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. One Million disabled veterans languish in the VA benefits backlog.

    Plenty of money to buy more steak to become hamburger, but once the burger is ground, it's on its own.

    Meanwhile, politicians fall all over themselves crying over Haiti.

    Let's take care of our own, America. FIX THE VA!!!

    1. You must not be aware that the reason that Haiti is so messed up is because of these politicians .
      They've been turning Haiti into a neo-slavery colony The world bank financed the privatization of all public services. Multinational farming projects diverted the water and destroyed the farms, driving the countryside into the the city, where other privatization projects are willing to put them to work in sweatshops. W pulled of the coup for his cronies and his brother Jeb, they had SOCOM marines fly President Aristide out of the country in the middle of the night. All our AID money goes to the rich, and the poor eat mud cookies.. I shit you not.
      All this information is on the web, you just have to search, but it's easier to live in willful denial and blame the victims of our government.

      1. boy you couddent have said that much bettah shekissesfrogs……that is exactly what happened …….a cold blooded hiest of a country …….in living color ……and did you see who is heading the u.s. relief? bushwhacker and bulbous nose ….the two war criminals who put haiti in the disaster it is in today ………sooner of later …..peeps have to walk away from the rethuglican/democrap duopoly that is nudding but diabolical evil with different wrappings

  3. The simple minded youth that join the military or private war contractors need to get themselves smartened up! They are just bodies to the corporations who lie to and abuse them for C.E.O. greed.

    1. exactly…..I'm over here in hawaii and the only ad on the radio for oppurtunities in to join the national guard ……or the coast guard……..which is almost the national guard over here……..
      and they always have some mickey mouse club sounden chic telling you how wonderful the guard is for her college tuition and her hero status back home ……that type of rhetoric is extremely obfusticating …..is that the right word?

  4. I already know, as most of you do here, that many of our politicians are chickenhawks:


    But what I’d like to know is how many of our multi-starred generals running the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are chickenhawks as well. Something tells me, though I don’t know for sure, that very few of them have ever put their lives directly on the line in real-life combat — minus any of the pretend stuff they do on weekends from time to time.

    This leads me to say that I think as long as the US is thought of as having the most powerful military on the planet, we’ll continue to keep our generals in power, even if none of them can win a war against an enemy whose firepower is far beneath ours. If we don’t, we’ll be sending a message to the world that having a military that dwarfs all others by a long shot is not what it’s cracked up to be, forcing us to give up many our military (mis)adventures around the globe. Something similar can be said about our banking system. As long as the US is thought of as the world’s leader in finance, we’ll keep our bankers rolling in the dough, even if the vast majority of them are lousy at investing. If we don’t, we’ll be sending a message to the world that our banking system is no longer up to snuff, forcing us to hand some of our financial power over to one or several of the BRIC countries.

    1. Good question. Many get in on the good business deal to be made from these wars, for the most part. The good ones quit. Check my last link.

      General Eric Shinseki spoke out publicly over the low troop levels Rumsfled wanted to commit to the Iraq war. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/17/washington/17mi

      Commander John P. Abizaid tried to stand between President Cheney and a war with Iran and was "retired". http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/

      General Taguba investigated the torture at Abu Ghraib and was "retired". He knew
      going in he would be a martyr for the cause, but he did it anyway.

      Matthew Hoh- Foreign Service officer, former Marine captain says he no longer knows why his nation is fighting. Holbrook offered him a cabinet position but turned it down.

      U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry came out publicly against afghan surge, says Karzai's too corrupt http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/09/world/asia/09po

      UN Ambassador to Afganistan, Perter Galbraith Fired, Refused to Hide Afghanistan Election Fraud by UN/ Norwiegian diplomat Kai Eide.

      A leader must have popular authority, recognized as good by his people, or lead by force through military suppression. – he has neither. So we are propping up a tin pot dictator. Why?

      Ponzi scheme
      def: A form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent enterprise is fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors.

      China shut off the pigot last week. No more debt finance. I expect these wars to end very soon, unless a cash source can be found…

      UN Drug Chief Says Black Market Drug Profits Propped Up Global Banking System Last Year

    2. US-UN Corruption Tie In? Ban Ki Moon is not appointing an investigator.

      Ban was also found to be involved in illegally profiting from the UN/Iraq OIL for Food Program .
      Others went to jail.

      US Ignored UN Aid Agency’s Fraud and Mismanagement in Afghanistan

      Economist Says Health Care Bill “Is Just Another Bailout Of The Financial System”

    3. just to touch base here ……there were a lot of generals who empahtically protested bush's …..and now obama's wars ……..and guess what …..they're all gone ……fired …….dishonered …….that dude mccrystal in charge of the afghan mess is a war criminal lackey puppet for the puppetmasters


  5. "War is a Racket" – by Marine Smedley Butler (twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor) is recommended reading for all!

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