Scott interviews author and freelance journalist Ben Mckelvey about a book he recently published which explores the controversies and challenges of Australian special operations in Afghanistan. Scott and Mckelvey dig into the war crime allegations and subsequent defamation lawsuits that have defined this chapter of Australian SASR history. They also take a step back and reflect on how the realities on the ground made Coalition success in the war impossible.
Discussed on the show:
- Find Fix Finish by Ben Mckelvey
- Kill Bin Laden by Thomas Greer
- Bush at War by Bob Woodward
- Brereton Report
- “The Other Afghan Women” (The New Yorker)
- Funding the Enemy by Douglas A. Wissing
Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan. Follow him on Twitter @benmckelvey
This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and Thc Hemp Spot.
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