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Almost 4,500 American soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqis have died since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003. Although President Obama officially declared the end of U.S. combat in August 2010, fifty thousand U.S. troops still occupy Iraqi soil. Thus far, the estimated cost is $750 billion dollars.
Eight years after the U.S. began its “Shock and Awe” campaign, we look back and assess the consequences of the war. On this edition, we hear an audio documentary, “The Cost of War: A Reflection on Eight Years in Iraq” produced by KALW News in San Francisco.
Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco.
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.
For more information:
Aaron Glantz, reporter and author of The War Comes Home
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Swords to Plowshares
Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan
Veterans for Peace
War Resisters League
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
MUSIC: Intro by The XX