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Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

By Jim Carey

Despite earlier promises to wind down America’s longest war, President Obama has secretly signed a classified order that ensures US troops will have a direct role in Afghanistan ⎯ fighting and enabling American jets, bombers, and drones to bolster Afghan troops on combat missions. Listen to the recently fired Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Memorial day at the Vietnam Wall: “The wall ought to remind us to be honest in our telling of history…we must openly acknowledge past mistakes… learn from past mistakes…and avoid repeating past mistakes. The wall reminds us that we must never take the security of our country for granted… always question our policies that send our citizens to war, because our nation’s policies must always be worthy, worthy of the sacrifices we ask of the men and women who defend our country.”

Film and discussion
Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
At Occupy San Miguel Meeting
Mon, Dec 8, 1pm
TV Room
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15

Today Occupy San Miguel listens to the Three Star Lieutenant General Daniel Bolger who served 35 years in the US Army commanding training teams and missions in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2005 to 2010. He’s calling for a public debate, a public commission to look at the flaws that led us to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

In Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, he writes, “I am a United States army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem, to wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry…we backed ourselves season by season into a long-term counterinsurgency in Iraq, then compounded it by doing likewise in Afghanistan. The American people had never signed up for that. Those who served deserve an accounting from the generals. What happened? How? And, especially, why? It has to be a public assessment, nonpartisan and not left to the military.”

In Dirty Wars the Somalian warlords spoke with reverence of the “American War Masters.” This “War Master” is telling us to question our government. Thomas Jefferson said it best: “When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have liberty.” Join the discussion. Our films are free.


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