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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Namespaces Article Talk. It doesn't appear that this question will be answered any time soon. While I recognize that this is a compelling narrative, I just don't think that the thread of history is ever as clean as Jeremy presents it here. The rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army- Jeremy Scahill To end all wars:
When you use military as your cutting edge on some of these activities where you're not at war with somebody, where you're getting involved with sending people into someone else's sovereign territory, then you're opening up a can of worms that intelligence agencies were created to avoid. They also worked with no oversight and no accountability. If there is a main character in the book, then it is Anwar al-Awlaki, an American of Yemenese descent who eventually became a radicalized cleric denouncing the U.
The book does a fantastic job dispelling numerous myths about Awlaki, such as the claim that the U. It also doesn't let Awalki off the hook by presenting him as some totally innocuous figure. He clearly said vile and heinous things.
However, for all the accusations lobbed at him, still no evidence has been presented to back up those claims. This is not to say that he was guilty or innocent, just that U. While the book might sound like it gets bogged down in excessive detail, it doesn't.
Scahill finds the right balance so that he can back up his assertions with evidence while recounting compelling real life stories, some of which sound like invented Hollywood tales. Overall, this is an absolutely phenomenal read, one that I can't recommend highly enough. If you have any interest in foreign policy, understanding relations with certain Middle Eastern countries, or the civil liberties issues at stake, this is definitely something you should check out.
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So beyond the disastrous wars in Afghanistan now well into its thirteenth year and Iraq the American military and the C. The two which Scahill particularly focuses on are Somalia and Yemen. He makes a convincing case that American actions in both countries were destabilising: This is the disaster of American intervention.
It is not only countries but individuals that are radicalised: Unaccountably and with no explanation, his 16 year old son, along with a number of his young cousins, are murdered in a further drone attack a number of weeks later. Surrender At Home, War Abroad" for an excellent short review of the Obama phenomena towards the end of his first term. His argument that there was a great deal of continuity between the two administrations is convincing, as is his point that the Obama administration carried the logic of covert actions and the doctrine of a world-wide battlefield against "terrorism" further than the Bush II administration, for example there were more drone strikes in the first year of the Obama than in all the years of Bush.
In "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield" Jeremy Scahill has shown himself to an accomplished journalist and writer, he has collated his own original work along with a great deal of work from other writers, to create what must surely be the best single volume of material on the American Global War on "Terror". It has some limitations despite pages of text, in particular geographically where coverage is concentrated on Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan with occasional forays into neighbouring countries but no coverage of for example American actions in the Philippines, or other locations in the far east.
May 06, Steven Z. Did the FBI and CIA miss intelligence in dealing with the Tsarnaev brothers and other questions regarding the devastation at the Boston marathon have been discussed repeatedly during our twenty four hour news cycle and the question must be asked are we doing enough in terms of protecting the Homeland.
According to the author this had tremendous consequences for the United States as our policy decisions created the opposite results in countries like Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq and ostensibly world wide as our counter terrorism decisions allowed our enemies to recruit more followers and became an even greater danger than they were before.
It fostered new spokespersons, even American citizens like Anwar Awlaki. The key domestic political component in the implementation of enhanced interrogation techniques, renditions, black sites, assassinations etc. America in Iraq by George Packer, and Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas Ricks and the author reaches the same conclusions concerning Bush administration deception, lies, and a lack of strategy in all areas.
Scahill provides intricate details of events in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. The reader is brought into US decision-making and the missions that resulted.
The victims of American policy are delineated in detail be it the massacre at Gardez in Afghanistan, al Majalah in Yemen, to targeting and killing the likes of Anwar Awlaki, and the persecution of journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye.
These policies and negative outcomes did not only take place on the Bush administration watch, but were continued at a new level under the Obama administration. The basic difference between the two administrations is that the Obama people wanted to make the war on terror more efficient.
Obama did take more responsibility than President Bush by approving certain operations, but that did not alter the overarching policy goals.
Other topics of importance that Scahill discusses include the outsourcing of the war on terror including an in depth look at the role of Blackwater which the author has presented in his previous book, Blackwater: From my own readings what is presented in Dirty Wars is historically accurate and his conclusions are extremely scary as we continue the war on terror in the future.
Nov 26, Terri rated it it was ok Shelves: I nearly read this book in , only my reading schedule was tight and I put it aside for another time.
After watching the documentary a few weeks back, I decided the time to read it was now, as I could not believe that the book would be anywhere near as sensationalist in style as that truly awful documentary. I was disappointed to find that it was. Maybe I shouldn't have watched the Doco first with all it's blatant heart string pulling slow shots of children's little faces and weeping wives and I nearly read this book in , only my reading schedule was tight and I put it aside for another time.
Maybe I shouldn't have watched the Doco first with all it's blatant heart string pulling slow shots of children's little faces and weeping wives and grandmothers. Maybe my cynicism came to the book as a result of that tarnish.
But there was no doubt what this author was about. Sensationalism in it's finest post Vietnam War petticoats. Something happened to War Journalism during and after the Vietnam War.
With the other large conflicts that preceded it, WW1 and WW2, civilians had blind faith in their soldiers. They were heroes and assets to their greater community, gracing print media and advertising material with their arms around the girl, or Coca Cola pouring down their throats.
They could do no wrong and did no wrong. They did not rape nor torture, and collateral damage was a myth. Of course, none of that was true. These modern armies became armies of 'baby killers'.
Degraded and shamed by the media, they were murderers of women and children. Burning villages, slaughterers of the innocent.
There was murder. There is no doubt of that. Women and children killed and villages destroyed, but it has always been this way in war.
It was this way in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it will be this way forever more. This is the bloody reality of War. And while this journalist went about trying to expose covert US led thuggery, tried to prove that the American military and the JSOC arm were all bloodthirsty baby killers, to me all he really managed to expose was his own ignorance of War. Isn't it time that journalists got passed the exhaustive finger pointing.
This need to sensationalise and dramatise for the benefit of making a name for themselves amoung the bleeding hearts? I did not think this book revealed any new moot points about American led covert global operations. America the thug.
America the war monger. Killing with expedience and without remorse. Baby killers. So easy to put down a country like the US, when one does not realise they are only one piece of a broader puzzle. America do not go these things alone.
Why do journalists like these ignore that fact? What conflict or offensive has America ever gone into that was not supported by another country in some way or boosted by Coalition SOF? This book did it's job. It exposed some catastrophic failures by professional soldiers. To err is human. And in many cases, those errors have disappointing outcomes. That will always be revealed when you put War under the microscope.
The world is full of readers who will not see the one sided story told within its pages, but since I am not a bleeding heart, I only believe half of what he is saying — actually, it's less than that — because I know when a journalist who was not there and does not know, and clearly did not heed any opportunity to expunge JSOC of any sin imagined or not , is trying to lead me around by the nose. Jul 14, Ryan Gilbert rated it it was ok.
It quickly becomes obvious as to where the author stands with his view on war, and what he thinks of the United States when it comes to geopolitics.
It's hard to discern fact from fiction, because the author integrates so much of his own hyperbole with hard facts, and first person testimony, it becomes a convoluted mess. There are some very interesting stories and research the author has done, but at times it feels like on Oliver Stone movie where he's presenting the data in a way that supports It quickly becomes obvious as to where the author stands with his view on war, and what he thinks of the United States when it comes to geopolitics.
There are some very interesting stories and research the author has done, but at times it feels like on Oliver Stone movie where he's presenting the data in a way that supports his opinion as opposed to just giving the reader the facts. Almost every personal testimony presents them as an innocent civilian, who has been unfairly targeted by the evil US government.
I don't think there was any story the author presented where the US government was presented in a positive light. This is what irked me the most, because I'm not naive enough to believe that there isn't a ton of nasty things that any government does when it comes to Special Ops, but I didn't get this book to listen to an author give his opinion on this stuff.
Just give me the facts! The only person I would recommend this book to, is anyone who is anti-war or who doesn't agree with how the US Government is handling the war on terror.
This book would be very good for you, because it does present great information and your opinion will line up with what the author feels as well. For anyone else, I would NOT recommend this book.
There are lots of other books out there that present this same information is a much more factual presentation, and with a more interactive writing style. By the end, I could barely finish listening to this book as it was just becoming unbearable. View all 6 comments. Jan 26, Jerome rated it it was amazing Shelves: The phrase "dirty wars" isn't very clear in meaning.
Scahill is a reporter whose chronological narrative is gripping and revealing but virtually commentary-free. Any observations on the facts related tend to come in the form of quotations from experts and those involved. So, there isn't anywhere in the book that explicitly explains what a "dirty war" really is.
The point Scahill seems to be trying to make is that the CIA-JSOC "kill campaign" creates more enemies than it eliminates, a point worth The phrase "dirty wars" isn't very clear in meaning. The point Scahill seems to be trying to make is that the CIA-JSOC "kill campaign" creates more enemies than it eliminates, a point worthy of exploration, but one Scahill doesn't return to very often as the book progresses.
The focus of the book is on operations that were once more secretive than they are today: The type of war recounted is variously identified in the book as dirty, dark, black, dark-side, small, covert, black-ops, asymmetric, secret, twilight, and -- in quotation marks -- "smart. In the process, it has lost some of its stigma as well as its secretiveness. Scahill refers to some operations as "not so covert.
Secret death squad night raids that are bragged about in front of the White House Press Corps are not so secret. Scahill details the operation to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen-turned-al-Qaeda leader through the use of a drone.
The point Scahill seems to want to make is that the rapid expansion of the CIA-JSOC "killing machine" is a potential threat to the lives of every American citizen and nobody is off-limits in such a war. I doubt that to be the case. Drone strikes, for the most part, take place mainly in Pakistan, Yemen, and SOmalia, unstable countries with whom we lack a solid relationship with a strong, stable government.
If these nations had internal stability, we could simply go after al-Qaeda using their local security forces and maintain a much lower profile. However, since these nations lack stability and don't trust their own military and security forces, they allow the US to quietly take out HVTs with drones. I don't think, in the end, that Scahill is suggesting that other wars, or other parts of wars, are clean. In fact, he characterizes the Obama administration's growing use of dirty war tactics as "the fantasy of a clean war.
Scahill's book should make clear to every reader that there is nothing clean about a war fought by death squad, drone, and missile strike -- any more than any other war. They're all dirty, filthy, nasty enterprises. They're not silver bullets; drone strikes and special-operations raids will only be as effective as the intelligence that leads to them. And despite their politicization, intelligence failures are a problem that will never be "solved", since intelligence collection always comes down to humans.
Scahill writes that the Bombay attacks were carried out by Lashkar e Jhangvi when it's a well known fact that it was carried out by Lashkar-e Taiba. He also writes that President Carter ordered that the Iran hostage-rescue mission be aborted, but that decision was in fact made by the ground commander, Charlie Beckwith.
Scahill also caricatures the CIA's Vietnam-era Phoenix program as a campaign of pure assassination, even though the majority of Phoenix's targets were captured or induced to defect. In all, this was a great work on a world that Americans rarely get a glimpse of, except in movies and thriller novels that usually ignore the many nuanced complexities and limits of the targeted-killing approach. The book provides an extensive look at Special Forces, conventional forces, CIA targeting, night raids, and drone strikes, not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also in diverse locations such as Pakistan, " Dirty Wars: The book provides an extensive look at Special Forces, conventional forces, CIA targeting, night raids, and drone strikes, not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also in diverse locations such as Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, etc.
I knew little of his background, and not much more about the effects of his speeches other than what I remember reading in the newspaper after he became targeted as a jihadist recruiter. I either had forgotten, or never knew of his influential role on the Tsarnaev brothers Boston Marathon bombers , on U.
And while Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike, his speeches apparently still resonate as demonstrated by his reported influence on the recent Boston Marathon bombing a year and a half after his death. The drone strike against al-Awlaki and others are discussed in some detail. More importantly, Scahill discusses this "dark side" of American war-fighting, and reveals the human and political consequences of these "dirty wars" the U.
Scahill points out the down side of increased armed drone attacks, not only in terms of their use against American Citizens without judicial review, but in particular due to the inexact targeting of such strikes and the frequent "collateral damage" taken on non-combatant civilians including women and children. While the Administration frequently emphasizes the "precision" of these weapons, we've all read about situations in which targeting intelligence was faulty, or guidance systems failed, resulting in unfortunate deaths of innocent civilians.
And when those unfortunate mistakes occur, survivors or family members of slain victims who had no ties to terrorism often turn to vengeance and hatred of the U. Scahill's book asks the same question in a slightly different way, i. It doesn't appear that this question will be answered any time soon.
Jul 28, Kitchener rated it it was amazing. Bush has been that 'history will ultimately judge' him. This is true enough, and actually, the closemouthed nature of his presidential afterlife has served to mitigate many of the criticisms levied against him. Or maybe it's just time passing. With each new day I tend to view Bush as less evil than weak, and Rumsfeld, Cheney, and all of Daddy Bush's neo-con buddies as more evil than human.
Future U. And in the history books, Obama will be the first president that imposed something resembling the full power of these forces upon the world. Jeremy Scahill's Dirty Wars is a comprehensive and focused journalistic account of the various world events and U. Are we the world's shining beacon on the hill, or aren't we? While Dick Cheney has been twirling his high-tech umbrella in the sewers of Gotham, mumbling to himself about how the President's weakness and naivete are making us "less safe," Obama has been busy taking advantage of America's temporary and that is the word that scares me the most advantage in drone technology to wage a myopic, and practically borderless shadow war.
Scores of once innocent civilians in the region of the world most prone to radicalization now view us as Israel views Hezbollah. Missile lobbers. And with each new day that passes I find it harder to believe that the history books will look back kindly on President Obama's foreign policy. He should be set free. Jul 14, Gaston Gordillo rated it it was amazing. This is a must-read book to understand the imperial present, as well as the moral bankruptcy of the Obama administration in embracing and radicalizing the Dick Cheney doctrine.
The narrative is not necessarily stellar it is a bit repetitive at points but the book is solid, well-argued, convincing, and gripping throughout. More importantly, the book reveals a world that is systematically censored in the mainstream media which, as Scahill shows, simply parrots what the White House tells them to This is a must-read book to understand the imperial present, as well as the moral bankruptcy of the Obama administration in embracing and radicalizing the Dick Cheney doctrine.
More importantly, the book reveals a world that is systematically censored in the mainstream media which, as Scahill shows, simply parrots what the White House tells them to say.
An important observation, made by some critics of the book, is that the United States has been engaged directly or by proxy in myriad forms of imperial-state terrorism for generations, from the Phillipines in the early s to Central America in the s. In other words, this "dark" side of US imperialism is far from being a recent deviation from a noble tradition.
Scahill, to his credit, does mention the cases of Central America and Vietnam especially the Plan Phoenix of political assassinations. Yet what is historically new about the past decade, and what this book examines in detail, is the replacement of large-scale military operations run by the military and publicly debated in the media with an invisible, ghostly war fought by death squads assassinating people all over the world and responding only to the President of the United States.
And this is a president, as we know, who claims that it's legal to kill those who he and him alone deems worth killing. Scahill's Dirty Wars is a very valuable, extremely-well researched and courageous document that should be widely read and debated.
Jul 21, Aaron Shields rated it it was amazing. If you can get past Scahill's obvious political bent and use of leftist sources throughout to bolster his point, even as a conservative, you can't get past how shady and brutal the US has become in fighting terrorism.
So much info in this book, it's incredible, thus the 5 rating. Probably not quite on the level of Coll's Ghost Wars and Wright's Looming Tower simply because of the political bent and obvious opinion inserted throughout, yet I commend Scahill for caring enough about this underrepor If you can get past Scahill's obvious political bent and use of leftist sources throughout to bolster his point, even as a conservative, you can't get past how shady and brutal the US has become in fighting terrorism.
Powerful stuff. And horrifying at times.
My only question: Jun 25, Jack rated it it was amazing. Jeremy Scahill is one of the best investigative journalists in the English-speaking world. His reporting is thorough--the notes to "Dirty Wars" is over 80 pages. It is chilling to read that U. Jul 28, Sylvia rated it really liked it. I had to make myself read this book. Given some of the work I do, I felt it was important, but I literally made myself read 20 to 30 pages everyday no matter what. I hope people read this book or at least pay close attention to the news concerning what we are doing in the name of the 'War on Terror'.
If we do bad things even just once in a while, how do we condemn other nations for doing the same? It seems to me there needs to be public debate and some basic consensus on what is OK, but equally I am aware that there are good reasons for not always letting all the world know precisely what we are willing or not willing to do. Finally, the actions of Cheney and Rumsfield still appall me. I've told myself that I need to learn more about the Middle East, a region about which I know so little.
I just finished The Septembers of Shiraz, a fabulous book and am in the middle of The Burgess Boys, which is centered on an incident involving Muslims in a small Maine town - also very good.
I promise to write these up soon. Mar 17, Lauren rated it it was amazing Shelves: The World is a Battlefield as a title perfectly sums up what this book is about. The book details the events pre that dealt with the USA's relationship with assasinations and how Obama has made it the tool in the war with terrorism.
This book is completely factual and lets no one off the hook in terms of idealogy whether it is religious or political. Scahill displays the aggressive, nasty and illegal tatics from both presidents Bush and Obama. The book begins with the a little hist Dirty Wars: Obama embraced the use of special forces to assasinate rather than capture suspected terrorists. Unlike Bush, the media has been largely forgiving and has often covered up his crimes.
The problem of illegally detaining people without due process was waived away with simply murdering them The book weaves Anwar Awlaki's tale in between the chapters.
We get a sense of who he was and how a moderate American Muslim became more radical in his views. The tragic story of his teenaged son being killed and the atrocious lies told by multiple sources in the government and media to cover it up. Initially the film was not intended to have Scahill as a narrator or protagonist, instead acting as a "tour guide" as the film traveled between the sites of covert U. During filming, Scahill and Rowley traveled to Somalia to meet warlords in different territories of the country.
As no American insurance companies would cover them to travel there, they had to get kidnap and ransom insurance from another country.
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill travels to Afghanistan , Yemen , Somalia , and other countries where the United States has taken military action in the War on Terror.
In Afghanistan, he investigates the United States military and government cover-up of the deaths of five civilians, including two pregnant women killed by US soldiers from the Joint Special Operations Command. After investigating the attack, Scahill travels to other sites of JSOC intervention, interviewing both proponents and opponents, and the survivors, of such raids,  including U.
Senator Ron Wyden. Scahill also investigates the assassinations of American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and his son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki,  meeting with their family at their home in Yemen.
Scahill suggests that the War on Terror is in fact a "self-fulfilling prophecy" and causes the radicalization of Muslims. The film competed in the U. Dirty Wars received critical acclaim.
Scahill may not have the screen charisma of a Hollywood leading man, but he has the integrity to keep on pushing at closed doors even after threats are made to his personal security. He also widens his focus to include Yemen and Somalia and draws a pattern of state-sanctioned assassination by unchecked US special forces and their mercenary hirelings. However, Douglas Valentine wrote " And as art, it is pure self-indulgence. Ella Taylor said that "as a journalist Scahill is surely the messenger, not the subject, and the attention he receives in Dirty Wars distracts us from the bigger picture he paints.
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