Air Date: 3–31-2023
Today, we take a look at the history and legacy of the invasion of Iraq by the United States under George W. Bush and his administration with the support of the vast majority of Americans who had been systematically mislead by falsified evidence used to make the case for war.
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We spend today's show with two Iraqis looking back at how the unprovoked U.S. invasion devastated Iraq and helped destabilize much of the Middle East.
Twenty years ago the U.S. began its invasion of Iraq. What came next is a story well tread— a bloody, brutal and senseless war— but what lead up to the invasion deserves just as much scrutiny
20 years after the launch of the disastrous invasion of Iraq, Mehdi is asking: Isn’t it finally time to hold George W. Bush accountable for the brutal war and the lies he told us about it?
We’ll talk about it with author, critic and longtime friend of FAIR Norman Solomon. What passes for debate about why we must remain at some kind of war—cold, hot, corporate, stealth, acknowledged, denied has roots worth studying in 2003.
On the Washington Week Extra, New York Times Magazine writer at large and National Geographic contributing writer Robert Draper discusses his latest book, "To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.”
“The story of the past 20 years is a story of destruction, devastation, corruption, incompetence, but also a story of resilience,” says Nadje Al-Ali, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University
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Sam hosts Spencer Ackerman, columnist for The Nation and author of the Forever Wars newsletter on Ghost, to discuss his recent piece “The Unlearned Lessons From the War in Iraq”.
Ch. 12: Leftists are now war mongers - Ronald Bruce Meyer
Ch. 13: Senseless war - VoicedMailer Marg
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Description: Photo of former President George W. Bush at a presidential podium. Former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, stands behind Bush to his right clapping. The image is in black and white with a newsprint filter.
Credit: “Defense.gov News Photo 031124-D-2987S-058” by Helene C. Stikkel, White House Photographer, via Wikimedia | License: Govt photo in Public Domain | Changes: Cropped and applied black and white and newsprint filter
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