Blood on Our Hands

Author: Nicolas J. S. Davies
Publisher: Nimble Books LLC
ISBN: 9781934840986
Release Date: 2010-06
Genre: History

The invasion and occupation of Iraq wasn't just a tragic mistake. It was a crime. From the planning of aggression in 2002 through years of hostile military occupation, the United States systematically violated the United Nations Charter, the Geneva Conventions and virtually every principle of international law and order. America's crimes against the people of Iraq were shielded from public scrutiny by what senior U.S. military officers called the "quiet, disguised, media-free approach" developed in Central America in the 1980s. The echo chamber of the Western corporate media fleshed out the Pentagon's propaganda to create a virtual Iraq in the minds of the public, feeding a political discourse that bore no relation to the real war it was waging, the country it was destroying or the lives of its inhabitants. In an easily readable and flowing narrative, Nicolas Davies has carefully taken apart the wall of propaganda surrounding one of history's most significant military disasters and most serious international crimes: non-existent WMDs; the equally fictitious "centuries-old sectarian blood feud" in Iraq; and the secrecy of the dirty war waged by American-led death squads. Unlike other writers, Davies has firmly placed each aspect of the war within a coherent context of illegal aggression, hostile military occupation and popular resistance, to uncover the brutal reality of a war that has probably killed at least a million people. "A clear, intelligent and accurate description of how we are involved in aggression in Iraq. Congratulations!" - Benjamin B. Ferencz, former Chief Prosecutor, U.S. War Crimes Tribunal, Nuremberg. "If the Iraq occupation lasts another 50 years, it's doubtful a better account of it will be produced than this one." - David Swanson, Author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.

Modernizing Repression

Author: Jeremy Kuzmarov
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558499171
Release Date: 2012
Genre: History

As American troops became bogged down first in Iraq and then Afghanistan, a key component of U.S. strategy was to build up local police and security forces in an attempt to establish law and order. This approach, Jeremy Kuzmarov shows, is consistent with practices honed over more than a century in developing nations within the expanding orbit of the American empire. From the conquest of the Philippines and Haiti at the turn of the twentieth century through Cold War interventions and the War on Terror, police training has been valued as a cost-effective means of suppressing radical and nationalist movements, precluding the need for direct U.S. military intervention and thereby avoiding the public opposition it often arouses. Unlike the spectacular but ephemeral pyrotechnics of the battlefield, police training programs have had lasting consequences for countries under the American imperial umbrella, fostering new elites, creating powerful tools of social control, and stifling political reform. These programs have also backfired, breeding widespread resistance, violence, and instability--telltale signs of "blowback" that has done more to undermine than advance U.S. strategic interests abroad.

What I Heard about Iraq

Author: Eliot Weinberger
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 1844670368
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Iraq

In an extraordinary montage of facts, sound-bites and testimonies, Weinberger assembles an uncompromising and blackly comic narrative which permits the voices of war to speak for themselves, and allows the protagonists and the apologists to damn themselves in their own words.

America s Destruction of Iraq

Author: Michael M. O'Brien
Publisher: Sense of Place Publishing
ISBN: 0992548772
Release Date: 2015-06-26
Genre: Political Science

America's Destruction of Iraq by Washington insider Michael M. O'Brien details the origins of radical Islamic terrorism now spreading across the Middle East and North Africa. The outgrowth of America's involvement in Iraq, culminating with its March 2003 invasion, is the Islamic State-the most violent terrorist organization in history. Michael O'Brien is an outlier: a conservative and former political appointee in the administration of George W. Bush, with an abiding contempt for the political and military mismanagement of the Iraq War, officially referred to as Operation Iraqi Freedom. A graduate of West Point and former Infantry officer, and a former U.S. government Contracting Officer, O'Brien saw the effects of the Iraq invasion from the inside out-not as a soldier but as a contractor advising the new Iraqi Army and Ministry of Defense on its physical infrastructure, including the acquisition of land and Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) originally built for Coalition forces. Compounding in outrage, compelling in detail, Michael O'Brien condemns the waste of tens of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, and the needless loss of American and Iraqi lives. The Bush administration's desire for war was built on fabricated intelligence and the political agendas of a handful of senior officials. But it is the senior American military for whom O'Brien has his greatest disdain. They should have known how to properly execute the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, and the courage to tell their political superiors what it would take to succeed, come what may to their careers. America's Destruction of Iraq is a detailed expose of the "military-industrial complex" President Eisenhower warned America of in 1961. Only someone with Michael O'Brien's background and experience, who was at the heart of America's so-called 'reconstruction' of Iraq, can accurately describe America's intervention in Iraq for what it is: a disaster in magnitude equal to the quagmire of the Vietnam War."

Code Name Johnny Walker

Author: Johnny Walker
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062267573
Release Date: 2014-02-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In this unforgettable memoir, the Navy SEALs’ most trusted translator—a man who is credited with saving countless American lives and became a legend in the special-ops community—tells his inspiring story for the first time. As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American invasion, U.S. Navy SEALs were called upon to root terrorists from their lairs. Unsure of the local neighborhoods and unable to speak the local languages, they came to rely on one man to guide them and watch their backs. He was a "terp"—an interpreter—with a job so dangerous they couldn't even use his real name. They named him Johnny Walker. They soon called him brother. Over the course of eight years, the Iraqi native traveled around the country with nearly every SEAL and special operations unit deployed there. He went on thousands of missions, saved dozens of SEAL and other American lives, and risked his own daily. Helped to the U.S. by the SEALs he protected, Johnny Walker's life is so remarkable that his tale reads like fiction. But every word of it is true. For the first time ever, a "terp" tells what it was like in Iraq during the American invasion and the brutal insurgency that followed. With inside details on SEAL operations and a humane understanding of the tragic price paid by ordinary Iraqis, Code Name: Johnny Walker reveals a side of the war that has never been told before.

The Tragedy of Iraq

Author: Hammad Nawaf Farhan
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1530739713
Release Date: 2015-12-20
Genre:

SUMMARY Most readers in worldwide are thinking that Iraqis living in high life with great bounty. This thinking is related to Iraq is one of the top and front of oil countries in the world. In contrast the Iraqi citizens live below the poverty line for successive tragedies. Furthermore, many disasters have passed Iraq since the Iraqi-Iranian war which began in 1980 and continued 8 years. In addition, the occupation of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990 increased society problems. Following that, sanctions and the economic blockade period had continued more than 12 years. Moreover, the period of the invasion and occupation of Iraq which led by USA between 2003 and 2011. The worst, governments that came loyal to Iran could not control on administration corruption, murder and militias. 1/3 Iraqi families are homeless and abandoning the country to Europe. In addition, the poverty rate exceeded 30%. All of these circumstances have made Iraqis living on garbage heaps. Moreover, tens of thousands of graduated colleges, institutes and master's and doctoral degrees are still without work. In a country that floats on lakes of oil and gas. Therefore, this book and the following books will show readers worldwide the great tragedies experienced on the Iraqi people. Poverty, hunger, Children deprived of schools, diseases, epidemic diseases, unemployment, disabled and injured people by bombing cars, missing persons, ignorance and illiteracy. Now, Iraq has become worse after it was the flag at the forefront of the world. These reasons and others encouraged me to write this book and others. This book will review the following circumstances. Chapter 1: General introduction. Chapter 2: Invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 by USA. Chapter 3: Democrats responsibility. Chapter 4: USA and false democracy in Iraq. Chapter 5: Sunni provinces are safety valve of Iraq. Chapter 6: Society problems and diseases as results of invasion and occupation of Iraqi. Chapter 7: Who is responsible? Chapter 8: Urgent reforms are necessary to save Iraq. Chapter 9: general conclusions. Next book will explain in more details (Poverty in Iraq). We authored this book to focus on the most important psychological aspects, humanitarian and social and material hit the Iraqis as a result of the US invasion of Iraq since 2003: 1. Role of Ahmed Chalabi, (the godfather of the occupation), the leader of the Iraqi National Conference Party, its role in convincing the US administration and intelligence, in reverse and distortion facts that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction, which accelerated the US administration in the invasion of Iraq. 2. The book refutes US administration argument (allegation) that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction. After their occupation of Iraq, Americans themselves demonstrated that Iraq was free of these weapons. Disclosing the public opinion laid this allegation. 3. The book refutes the failure of the US administration to convince the Iraqis and the whole world to accept the false democracy. 4. This false Democracy encouraged growing of armed militias, Islamic State and terrorism (supported by Iran) in Iraq. After Iraq was free from them completely. 5. This false Democracy caused persecution of Sunnis in Iraq (displace). 6. The loss of security and safety after the dissolution of the Iraqi army, police, institutions and ministries by Bremer the American governor. 7. The increasing Iranian influence. 8. Displacement millions of Iraqis Sunni from their areas to Kurdistan and Europe. 9. The full destruction of infrastructure and the lack of electricity, water health and education services. 10. The increasing rate of unemployment. 11. Spread of financial and administrative corruption in all parts of state. 12. Spread of diseases among the community and at the forefront of cancerous diseases as a result of radiation emitted from bombs and explosives that led to distortions in births and the high proportion of infertility in women and men

American Invasions

Author: Rocky M. Mirza Ph. D.
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 9781426938481
Release Date: 2010-08
Genre: History

"American Invasions: Canada to Afghanistan, 1775 to 2010" is a thought-provoking analysis of the reasons for American invasions and warmongering over the last two centuries. Contrary to the views expressed by the Western media and Western historians the American Empire is not a force for the promotion of free thinking and democracy but instead a force for imperial conquests and imposed dictatorships through the use of a military-industrial complex, fed by the American Empire outspending the rest of the world combined, on weapons of mass destruction. The American Empire has used and will continue to use the most sophisticated weapons, from nuclear bombs to bunker-busting bombs to land mines to chemical and biological weapons, on defenseless men, women, and children to feed its insatiable appetite for warmongering and imperial expansion. It combines military bases around the world with military prisons used for torture and extraction of information. Its navy patrols every corner of the globe, and its planes can rain down bombs from the heavens on every civilian on the planet.

Blood on Their Hands

Author: Forrest P. Redd
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 0761846034
Release Date: 2009-08-16
Genre: History

In Blood on Their Hands, author Forrest Redd unravels the past eight years of the Bush Administration in an attempt to prove why George W. Bush should be convicted of inciting an illegal war. Fueled by the outcome of the 2004 election, Redd demonstrates how the right-leaning media pundits assisted Bush in misleading the public and why the American people share the responsibility of Bush's disappointing, dangerous presidency. In reevaluating the way the American people handled the Bush Administration, Redd transfers the blame for eight years of failures and atrocities from Bush squarely to the shoulders of the American voters. Redd also includes chapters on the Supreme Court's role in determining the 2000 election, a side-by-side comparison of Kerry and Bush in the 2004 election, and a reaction to the proposed change brought about by the 2008 election. Ultimately, Blood on Their Hands is a call to the nation to come together and practice common sense, strive for enlightenment, and exercise decency, tolerance, and compassion.

Hubris

Author: Michael Isikoff
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307346827
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

A behind-the-scenes analysis of the controversial decisions and power struggles that went on within the Bush administration as officials planned and defended the invasion of Iraq examines Bush's determination to get rid of Saddam Hussein and the outing of a CIA officer that led to an indictment of a White House official, among other controversial topics. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Fractured Lands

Author: Scott Anderson
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780525434443
Release Date: 2017-05-02
Genre: History

From the bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia, a piercing account of how the contemporary Arab world came to be riven by catastrophe since the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq. In 2011, a series of anti-government uprisings shook the Middle East and North Africa in what would become known as the Arab Spring. Few could predict that these convulsions, initially hailed in the West as a triumph of democracy, would give way to brutal civil war, the terrors of the Islamic State, and a global refugee crisis. But, as New York Times bestselling author Scott Anderson shows, the seeds of catastrophe had been sown long before. In this gripping account, Anderson examines the myriad complex causes of the region’s profound unraveling, tracing the ideological conflicts of the present to their origins in the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003 and beyond. From this investigation emerges a rare view into a land in upheaval through the eyes of six individuals—the matriarch of a dissident Egyptian family; a Libyan Air Force cadet with divided loyalties; a Kurdish physician from a prominent warrior clan; a Syrian university student caught in civil war; an Iraqi activist for women’s rights; and an Iraqi day laborer-turned-ISIS fighter. A probing and insightful work of reportage, Fractured Lands offers a penetrating portrait of the contemporary Arab world and brings the stunning realities of an unprecedented geopolitical tragedy into crystalline focus.

Debriefing the President

Author: John Nixon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780399575815
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Political Science

The first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Saddam Hussein after his capture explains why preconceived ideas about the dictator led Washington policymakers and the Bush White House astray.

Cultures of War Pearl Harbor Hiroshima 9 11 Iraq

Author: John W. Dower
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393340686
Release Date: 2011-09-12
Genre: History

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a comparative analysis of September 11 and the subsequent War on Terror with Pearl Harbor and World War II, addressing institutional failures of intelligence and imagination and the driving forces behind Pan-Asian and Pan-Islam movements. Reprint. A National Book Award Finalist.

The Iraq Effect

Author: Frederic Wehrey
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 9780833048066
Release Date: 2010-03-04
Genre: History

Regardless of its outcome, the Iraq War has had a transformative effect on the Middle East. To equip U.S. policymakers to better manage the war's long-term consequences, the authors analyzed its effects on the regional balance of power, local perceptions of U.S. credibility, the domestic stability of neighboring states, and trends in terrorism after conducting extensive interviews in the region and drawing from an array of local media sources.

Investment in Blood

Author: Frank Ledwidge
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300194883
Release Date: 2013-05-31
Genre: History

"In this follow-up to his much-praised book Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, Frank Ledwidge argues that Britain has paid a heavy cost - both financially and in human terms - for its involvement in the Afghanistan war. Ledwidge calculates the high price paid by British soldiers and their families, taxpayers in the United Kingdom, and, most importantly, Afghan citizens, highlighting the thousands of deaths and injuries, the enormous amount of money spent bolstering a corrupt Afghan government, and the long-term damage done to the British military's international reputation. In this hard-hitting exposé, based on interviews, rigorous on-the-ground research, and official information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Ledwidge demonstrates the folly of Britain's extended participation in an unwinnable war. Arguing that the only true beneficiaries of the conflict are development consultants, international arms dealers, and Afghan drug kingpins, he provides a powerful, eye-opening, and often heartbreaking account of military adventurism gone horribly wrong."--

The Hijacking of the American Political System

Author: Kodzo Mawusi
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781453508138
Release Date: 2010-08-31
Genre: Political Science

Mr. Kodzo Mawusi is a charismatic Roman Catholic Evangelist and Theologian. He is an active member of St. John Bosco parish, a member of the Parish Council, Stewardship Committee and, leads their Prayer and Bible Study group. After graduating and working for years in engineering, decided to pursue theological studies. He received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Newman Theological College in 1998, and the Master of Theology degree from St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon in 2003. He is an inspiring speaker on social and religious or spiritual issues and, have authored books on these subjects. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel and, an affiliate of the Hunter and Joan Hunter Ministries. His interest in social justice led him to take a closer look at the impact of politics on our social lives globally. The central theme of his message to all politicians is to transform their lives into real leaders capable of standing for morality and personal dignity in society. To refrain from their hypocritical behaviours, and show proper leadership qualities to make the world a better place for all.