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Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill
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Jul 20, 13

Read in May, 2013

When I was very nearly finished with this book I recommended it to a friend whom I consider quite conservative; I cautioned him that the read may appear a bit 'liberal' for his tastes. Somehow, an honest assessment of our military killing civilians in certain parts of the world has come to be seen as 'liberal' for some, but there you are.
These words, then, from the epilogue, drew me up quite short:

"No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders." --President Obama in Israel, Nov. 19, 2012

So, regardless of stripe, if you want to read a clear and documented (sometimes too documented, at the cost of pacing) look at how America has come to be on a 'perpetual war footing', where the entire world is the battlefield, grab this book. There is plenty of outrage to go around.

Note: last week (mid-May 2013), Obama announced a move away from, in his own words, America's perpetual war footing. I felt eerily like he had been reading Scahill, too.
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