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Dirty Wars

The World Is A Battlefield
Scahill, Jeremy (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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In "Dirty Wars," Jeremy Scahill, author of the "New York Times" best-seller "Blackwater," takes us inside America's new covert wars. As he reveals, the foot soldiers in these battles operate daily across the globe and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies of America.
Authors: Scahill, Jeremy
Title: Dirty wars
the world is a battlefield
Publisher: New York :, Nation Books,, [2013]
Characteristics: xxiv, 642 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,color illustrations, maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jeremy Scahill
Contents: Prologue
"There was concern ... that we not create an American hit list" : Washington, DC 2001-2002
Anwar Awlaki : an American story : the United States and Yemen, 1971-2002
Find, fix, finish : the rise of JSOC : Washington, 1979-2001
The Boss : Ali Abdullah Saleh : Yemen, 1970-2001; Washington, DC, 2001
The enigma of Anwar Awlaki : the United Kingdom, the United States, and Yemen, 2002-2003
"We're in a new kind of war" : Djibouti, Washington, DC, and Yemen, 2002
Special plans : Washington, DC, 2002
Survival, evasion, resistance, escape : Washington, DC, 2002-2003
The troublemaker : Stanley McChrystal : the United States, 1974-2003, Iraq 2003
"Their intention and our intention is the same" : Somalia, 1993-2004
"A defeated enemy is not a vanquished one" : Yemen, 2003-2006
"Never trust a nonbeliever" : United Kingdom, 2003
"You don't have to prove to anyone that you did right" : Iraq, 2003-2005
"No blood, no foul" : Iraq, 2003-2004
The Death Star : Iraq, 2004
"The best technology, the best weapons, the best people
and plenty of money to burn" : Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, 2003-2006
"A lot of it was of questionable legality" : Source : "Hunter"
The imprisonment of Anwar Awlaki : Yemen, 2004-2007
"America knows war. They are war masters" : Somalia, 2004-2006
Prison break : Yemen, 2006
Hot pursuit : Pakistan, 2006-2008
"Every step taken by the US benefited al Shabab" : Somalia, 2007-2009
"If your son does not come to us, he will be killed by the Americans" : Yemen, 2007-2009
"Obama is set to continue the course set by Bush" : United States, 2002-2008
Obama's signature strikes : Pakistan and Washington, DC, 2009
Special Ops want to "own this shit like they did in Central America in the '80s" : Washington, DC, and Yemen, 2009
Suicide or martyrdom? : Yemen, 2009
Obama embraces JSOC : Somalia, early 2009
"Let JSOC off the leash" : Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC, and Yemen, late 2009
Samir Khan, an unlikely foot soldier : the United States and Yemen, 2001-2009
Blowback in Somalia : Somalia and Washington, DC, 2009
"If they kill innocent children and call them al Qaeda, then we are all al Qaeda" : Washington, DC, and Yemen, 2009
"The Americans really wanted to kill Anwar" : Yemen, late 2009-early 2010
"Mr. Barack Obama ... I hope that you reconsider your order to kill ... my son" : Washington, DC, and Yemen, early 2010
One night in Gardez : Washington, DC, 2008-2010 ; Afghanistan, 2009-2010
The Year of the Drone : Yemen and the United States, 2010
Driving Anwar Awlaki to hell : Yemen, 2010
The CIA's dating service : Denmark and Yemen, 2010
"The auction of the assassin" : Washington, DC, 2010
"Martyrdom is why we came here, my brother" : Yemen, 2009-2010
The persecution of Abdulelah Haider Shaye : Yemen, summer 2010
The President can write his own rules : Washington, DC, and Yemen, late 2010
Al Qaeda's "foothold in Somalia has probably been facilitated" : Somalia, 2010
"Anwar Awlaki ... definitely has a missile in his future" : Yemen, 2011
The curious case of Raymond Davis : Act I : Pakistan, 2011
The curious case of Raymond Davis : Act II : Pakistan, 2011
The tsunami of change : Austria and Yemen, 2011
The fortress in Abbottabad : Washington, DC, 2010-2011 ; Pakistan, 2011
"We got him. We got him" : Pakistan, 2011
"Now they're after my son" : Somalia, Washington, DC, and Yemen, 2011
"It was cold-blooded" : Pakistan, 2011
"The US sees al Qaeda as terrorism, and we consider the drones terrorism" : Yemen, late 2011
The Pink House : Washington, DC, and Somalia, 2011
"Total savagery throughout the country" : Somalia, 2011
Abdulrahman vanishes : Yemen, 2011
Hellfire : Washington, DC, and Yemen, 2011
Paying for the sins of the father : Washington, DC, and Yemen, 2011
Epilogue: Perpetual war
Summary: In "Dirty Wars," Jeremy Scahill, author of the "New York Times" best-seller "Blackwater," takes us inside America's new covert wars. As he reveals, the foot soldiers in these battles operate daily across the globe and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies of America.
ISBN: 156858671X
9781568586717
9781568589688
9781568587271
Branch Call Number: 355.00973 S278d 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 531-613) and index
Subject Headings: United States Military policy Moral and ethical aspects United States Military policy History 21st century Intelligence service United States History 21st century Targeted killing United States History 21st century Terrorism Prevention Government policy United States History 21st century Special operations (Military science) United States History 21st century United States History, Military 21st century
Topical Term: Intelligence service
Targeted killing
Terrorism
Special operations (Military science)
LCCN: 2012051769
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Dirty Wars criticizes U.S. counter-terrorism and special forces operations and practices. The book gives background to the controversy about the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty.


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Jul 28, 2014
  • richibi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bush began the American descent into barbarism, Obama seems to be institutionalizing it, the States is now taking no prisoners, despite the proscriptions of its Constitution, for better, it would appear, or for worse

Jul 22, 2014
  • sharonon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A eye-opening account of what the "war on terror" was really all about, and how it has been, and, to a large degree, is still being fought.
It makes one wonder whether some of the problems of some veterans is not so much about what they saw or what happened to them, but about what they were forced to do.

It is also enlightening and frightening in regard to the real underlying motive of much of our actions: the desire to concentrate power in the presidency, beyond the view of either Congress or the public, or, for that matter, even other long-established regulatory agencies of the executive branch.
Combine this book with The Brothers, about the reign of the Dulleses over foreign policy in the 1950s and 1960s and you will have a whole new understanding of our world and how we have influenced it.

Mar 30, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book from a topical critic on the unconstitutional crimes of our present and previous presidents. Jeremy gives us the real story, the real hard facts, and we observe the "enemies" of America (really, the enemies of the multinationals, and the multinationals should be declared the enemies of the American citizenry and people everywhere)! A CIA update: the Obama administration is now supressing a $47 million report on the CIA's torture progrsm, while the CIA, awhile back, dispatched a former FBI money laundering expert, really a non-player, to Iran, a fellow who is Jewish-American, virtually the worst background one could possibly send out [barring his ethnicity was supposed to be part of his role, which it wasn't] then paid off his family when he went missing to to tune of $2.5 million - - There's something odd about the manner they sling around all these millions without accomplishing anything, except disappearing into someone's undeserving pocket? Meanwhile, John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the CIA's illegal torture, rots in jail for his service to his country, something neither John Boehner, George W. Bush, the Clintons and President Obama can say.

Oct 31, 2013
  • franzkafka rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Obama vs Bush? "Meet the New Boss. Same as The Old Boss".

Maybe even worse.

Oct 18, 2013
  • delfon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

not sure if this will remakin, but the verbal interview may be rediculous; read teh comments section for a views, from presumed Americans. They still do nolt understand, killing without habeus corpus, without evidence, without trial, is wrong in a free society.
What a mixed up, messed up, immoral society the US is..
Mix this with "Family of secrets" (the Bush family), or Narcoland (why drugs are so rampant -- see Reagan--)--- or, why the economy is so dysfunctional, see the great deformation, by stockman.
We are living next to a dying rabid monster.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2013/05/jeremy-scahill-americas-dirty-war?zid=319&ah=17af09b0281b01505c226b1e574f5cc1

Sep 20, 2013
  • Lukeinvancouver rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a book everybody who accepts the "War on Terrorism", for any reason whatsoever, should read. It analyses the unintentional consequences of this "war" and also looks at the questionable allies the West often chooses, e.g. jihadists in Somalia, as well as repercussions in western countries such as the undermining of western constitutions, such as the extrajudicial killing of US citizens, mass surveillance and more.

Sep 09, 2013
  • zedea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book "demands" your attention to the world stage "theatre of war"...what we don't know...will hurt us!

The USA has proved themselves the "true terrorists" in the game of torture, murder, spying...wars equal power and money to the American political enterprise.

THINK...QUESTION EVERYTHING AND AGAIN..................... QUESTION EVERTHING!

eventually it will be clear to you ...who really is the most dangerous country in the world. It sickens me to know our country sleeps with the "enemy".

Jul 23, 2013
  • bbb1771 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A well documented and disturbing look at the generally unreported costs and casualties of the US war on terrorism. As has so often been the case in history, the best intentions to protect national interests from perceived enemies more often than not only serves to make the enemy stronger and more determined. The US has clearly moved its foreign policy closer to that of Israel, although how the needs of a world superpower are the same as a tiny middle east country surrounded by avowed enemies is not as clear.

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Oct 31, 2013
  • franzkafka rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

From tribal leader in Yemen whose village was wrongly targeted for vicious US-Yemeni puppet gov't attack: "If they kill innocent children and call them al Qaeda, then we are all al Qaeda. If children are terrorists then we are all terrorists".

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