Dirty Wars

The World Is A Battlefield

Scahill, Jeremy

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Dirty Wars
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.

Publisher: New York :, Nation Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 156858671X
Branch Call Number: 355.00973 SCAHILL
Characteristics: xxiv, 642 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm


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Oct 01, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent (mostly) unbiased look into the "War on Terror". Is it a global battlefield where the constitution is put on hold or a question of law enforcement. This book asks and answers many questions in this regard. Are targeted drone strikes which kill innocent civilians increasing the amount of terrorists? Who decides who should be killed? This book is definitely worth reading.

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.

Dec 28, 2013

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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.

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.


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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