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The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict (Encore)

Photo by flickr user Brooke Anderson.

Given Trump’s massive military budget proposal and the 14th Anniversary of the United States war in Iraq, we bring you this program from our archives with the voices of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis reflecting on the costs of war. Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War present at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, GA.


George W. Bush, former U.S. President; Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense; Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State; Yara Badday, Iraqi-American; Paul Bremer, former U.S. Administrator to Iraq; Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator for ANSWER Coalition; Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense; Ghazwan Al-sharif, Iraqi translator; Ryan Berg, U.S. Marine; Starlyn Lara, U.S. Army; Jordan Towers, U.S. Marine; Barack Obama, U.S. President; Aaron Glantz, journalist.


Host: Anita Johnson and Kyung Jin Lee
Staff Producers: Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer, Esther Manilla
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor & Audience Engagement Manager: Sabine Blaizin

Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco.

Featured Music:

Blue Dot Sessions: Lesser Gods of Metal.

Photo Credits:

flickr user Brooke Anderson

For More information:

Aaron Glantz, reporter and author of The War Comes Home
Answer Coalition
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Swords to Plowshares
Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan
Veterans for Peace
Civilian-Soldier Alliance
War Resisters League
Veteran Artists

Articles and Books:
Happy anniversary, Iraq War by Matthew Duss, Michael Cohen, Foreign Policy
Clamor, by Elise Fenton, Cleveland State University Poetry Center
War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq ed. Milan Rai, Verso
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations by Iraqi Veterans Against the War & Aaron Glantz, Haymarket Books
The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan by Dahr Jamail, Haymarket Books

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