Dahr Jamail


Dahr Jamail, author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, discusses how U.S. involvement in Iraq intensified after 1958, continued U.S. support for Saddam Hussein during his worst atrocities, the April Glaspie moment and infamous Madeleine Albright soundbite, the 1990s decade of bombing a sanctions-crippled Iraq, what Obama really means by “withdrawal” and how Nouri al-Maliki continues to wield power while the rest of Iraq’s government remains impotent.

MP3 here. (31:21)

Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, and The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight In Iraq and Afghanistan. His Mideast dispatches can be found at his website, Alternet.org and Antiwar.com.

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  1. Scott, you were talking about how our military (DOD) has been doomed to fighting wars against peoples in the poorest nations of the world, when actually things are still worse: It is a DOD,
    •That can’t account for over two trillion dollars of expenditures over the past ten years.
    •That couldn’t defend its capital and largest city against attacks from its own commercial aircraft, armed with box cutters.
    •That supplied both the personnel and armament (anthrax) in the only attack on the US with WMD.
    •That begins illegal and immoral wars with the poorest nations in the world, spending trillions of dollars and still can’t win them.
    •That disgraced the entire nation through its illegal and immoral policy of torture and random killing?
    •That is driving its nation into total bankruptcy through uncontrolled spending.
    •That is creating vicious enemies of our country every singe day; thousands fold any recruiting Al-Qaeda could dream of.
    •What´s missing Scott?
    Walter Cole

  2. The americans are specialist to kill and the work has been given to black water. In Pakistan all the suicide bombers are bild up by CIA,Mosaad, RAW and blackwater. Now they have moved in all big cities of Pakistan and god bless Pakistan as we are paying heavy price for friendship to americans.
    Is it legimate? if you are intoxinated then you don,t think and americans don,t as they take dictation from Jews and they are expert in destroying the nations and countries.This is history.
    Over one million Irakis and and half million Afghanis and Pakistanis. Every Muslims prey to God to safe them from america.

  3. U.S. killed a lot of INNOCENT Iraqis…women and children shot down in coldblood..

    This is why U.S. servicemen are committing suicide…it's called, "GUILT."

  4. You do know that those Islamic militant groups fighting in Iraq against US lead forces are being diverted from CIA's proxy war in Chechnya most from the Jordanian Abu Hafs European network which was also responsible for the Madrid training bombing to Abu Zarqawi a Jordanian Chechen terrorist lead. In fact it was fighters diverted from Chechnya to Iraq that carried out the UN bombing.

    Hence the high profile terrorist attacks in Russia with Nord Ost and Beslan.

    But that is a topic we dare not speak off.

  5. Anyone wonder why USG supports what Israel is doing in Gaza & West Bank? A mild case of what the U.S. did/is doing in Iraq.

  6. Hey, Scott, you left Granada off the list of little countries the U.S. picks on. It's my fave and Raygun's claim to being a war prez.

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