Aaron Glantz, author of The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle against America’s Veterans, discusses the U.S. media’s eager participation in selling the Iraq War and hyping Colin Powell’s infamous U.N. presentation, how Obama made good on troop reductions but is too quick to claim credit for the war’s end, increased funding for the VA that has improved care somewhat, the betrayal of soldiers who have killed and died for a war based on lies and how service dogs are used to reduce the epidemic of suicides among veterans.
MP3 here. (20:13)
Aaron Glantz is an independent journalist who specializes on the impact of war on those who have experienced it directly: soldiers and civilians, aid workers and journalists. Aaron reported extensively from inside Iraq from 2003 to 2005 and has been covering veterans’ issues since his return to the United States.
Aaron’s work has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, San Francisco Chronicle, The American Prospect, Forbes, Inter Press Service, Alternet and on Democracy Now! and Yahoo! News. He is a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow at the Carter Center and a Fellow at the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Columbia University Teachers College.
In addition to The War Comes Home, he is author of the San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, How America Lost Iraq, and co-author of Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan.