Aaron Glantz, Bay Citizen reporter and author of The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle against America’s Veterans, discusses how the US quickly squandered the goodwill of Iraqis who were glad to be rid of Saddam Hussein; the disasters in Abu Ghraib, Fallujah and Najaf; a personal retrospective on the individual casualties of war; why the giant US embassy and small remaining mercenary force aren’t nearly enough to dominate Iraq; and why Obama deserves some credit for making good on Bush’s 2008 Status of Forces Agreement.
Aaron Glantz, author of The War Comes Home: Washingtonâ€™s Battle against Americaâ€™s Veterans, discusses the U.S. mediaâ€™s eager participation in selling the Iraq War and hyping Colin Powellâ€™s infamous U.N. presentation, how Obama made good on troop reductions but is too quick to claim credit for the warâ€™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.
This recording is excerpted from the KPFK Beneath The Surface with Suzi WeissmanÂ program of July 30th. The complete recording can be heard here.
Aaron Glantz, author of The War Comes Home: Washingtonâ€™s Battle against Americaâ€™s Veterans, discusses the lawsuit against Prudential Insurance Co. of America for stealing the interest earned from veteransâ€™ life insurance policies, the increasing expense and lowered expectations required to meet military recruitment goals, the long history of veterans denied benefits by the government and some tips on navigating the enormous VA bureaucracy.
Aaron Glantz, co-author of Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations, discusses the war experiences of common soldiers ignored by mainstream media, the militaryâ€™s suicide epidemic and the vast increase in military advertising/recruiting spending.
Aaron Glantz of IPS News, KPFA, WarComesHome.org and author of How America Lost Iraq, discusses the Bush administrationâ€™s unforgivable neglect of American veterans, their hollowing out of the statesâ€™ guard units, Bush refusal to count suicides, the hypocrisy of John McCain and his ignorance about Iraq, the Turkish war against the PKK in Kurdistan and the coming break up of Iraq.
Aaron Glantz, host of KPFAâ€™s â€œThe War Comes Homeâ€ series and author of How America Lost Iraq, discusses the recent ruling in favor of Lt. Ehren Watada, the and the homelessness, suicides, PTSD and other problems faced by soldiers and marines returning from the war and the governmentâ€™s total negligence in their care.
Scott talks with Aaron Glantz, author of How America Lost Iraq, reporter for Pacifica Radio and contributor to Antiwar.com about the situation in Iraq with particular attention on Kurdish separatism.
Also discussed were the border clashes with Iran, oil politics, ethnic divisions and why the US needs to get out now.