iraq war

  George W. Bush, the forty-third president of the United States, almost singlehandedly decided to invade Iraq. It was possibly the worst foreign-policy decision ever made by a president. The consequences dominated the Bush Administration and still haunt us today.

In Bush, Jean Edward Smith, demonstrates that it was not Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleezza Rice, but President Bush himself who took personal control of foreign policy.

  The EOD—explosive ordnance disposal—community is tight-knit, and when one of their own is hurt, an alarm goes out. When Brian Castner, an Iraq War vet, learns that his friend and EOD brother Matt has been killed by an IED in Afghanistan, he goes to console Matt's widow, but he also begins a personal investigation. Is the bomb maker who killed Matt the same man American forces have been hunting since Iraq, known as the Engineer?

In this All the Ways We Kill and Die: An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade, and the Hunt for His Killer, Castner takes us inside the manhunt for this elusive figure, meeting maimed survivors, interviewing the forensics teams who gather post-blast evidence, the wonks who collect intelligence, the drone pilots and contractors tasked to kill. His investigation reveals how warfare has changed since Iraq, becoming individualized even as it has become hi-tech, with our drones, bomb disposal robots, and CSI-like techniques.

  Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she got the call to return and cover the American invasion.

Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

She writes about her experiences in her memoir, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War.

5/15/15 Panel

May 15, 2015

  

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include Amtrak crash inquiry; Jeb Bush on Iraq; WWI vet Henry Johnson to receive Medal of Honor; Governor Cuomo’s Job Creation Program; George Stephanopoulos’ Gifts to Clinton Foundation.

5/13/15 Panel

May 13, 2015

 

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Schedule topics include the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade deal; Jeb Bush on Iraq War; Rolling Stone Sued; John Kerry meeting with Vladimir Putin; Verizon buys AOL.

Senate investigators have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, accusing the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond legal limits.

Two world-traveling peace activists will talk about the turmoil in Iraq and other issues during a visit to Northampton, Massachusetts today. Kathy Kelly and Milan Rai ( rye) were members of  Voices from the Wilderness, an organization that worked to deliver medicine and toys to children in Iraq.  

Kathy Kelly and Milan Rai (rye) will speak at the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse at  7pm today.

Kelly is a co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Non-violence. She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about her experiences in Iraq.

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When soldiers return from overseas tours to places like Afghanistan and Iraq, many must deal with medical or psychological issues.  Ten years after the beginning of the war in Iraq, veterans are facing increasing challenges at home.  Two veterans’ medical centers are serving upstate New York and Vermont with a variety of services.

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New York National Guard Sargeant Chris Paiser was deployed to Iraq about three months after the capture of Saddam Hussein.  On June 16th,  2004,  Paiser was at his base’s PX in Balad when a rocket attack caused shrapnel to impact just below his right temple, permanently blinding him. 

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One of the signature lasting effects on veterans of the Iraq War is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reveals that PTSD not only affects those who served, but their family members as well....

Amy, a resident of the Northern Berkshires is married to a veteran who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, and was redeployed for Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. Amy, who asked to keep her last name anonymous, said that when her husband returned from war the first time in 2006, she noticed his behavior had changed.

3/18/13 - Panel

Mar 18, 2013

  Today's panelists: Alan Chartock, WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina and our Capital Correspondent – Karen Dewitt; Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• New York State budget negotiations
• Cuomo calls for consolidation
• Senate plan on immigration
• Iraq war anniversary
• NCAA Brackets announced

When the most recent Iraq war began, I was serving as student rabbi at a wonderful little synagogue in New England.  One of the regulars at our monthly Torah study was a World War II veteran – let’s call him Sam.  Sam would always bring consideration and deep insight to text study.  But more than that, Sam was – and is – a mensh.