Endless wars create an endless stream of veterans, who as you see in “What I Want You To Know,” are left questioning whether their sacrifices led to something better.
War, and its sister war in Iraq, were glaring cesspools of corruption, fraud and waste that succeeded only in enriching corrupt officials, empowering warlords and profiting arms and development companies while building governments and armies that were nothing more than houses of cards.
There is a broader level of commercial greed in the context of the Ukraine War that cannot be dismissed or ignored.
Matt Hoh as Associate Director was instrumental in getting this letter into the Times
The perception is that things are out of control.
Twenty years on, listening to panels bringing together American and Iraqi perspectives of the 2003 war demonstrated that there remain, in emerging American narratives at least, two very different Iraq wars.
The Iraq War wasn’t an honest mistake. It was a calculated effort executed to fulfill a political agenda.