$35 billion of the Department of Defense’s Afghanistan reconstruction budget can’t be accounted for. That’s $10 billion more than Afghanistan’s entire GDP in 2013.
Do the American people get the wars they deserve? Did we fall for not one, but two wars since 9/11? Army Captain Danny Sjursen identifies the original sin that set off our continuing Century of War.
Every war needs soldiers, and America’s undeclared wars since World War II have increasingly relied on nearly invisible ones for the jobs that need deniability. Read on to see how the influence of CIA contractors has surged since 9/11 in this excerpt from Shadow Warfare: The History of America’s Undeclared Wars.
WhoWhatWhy’s Russ Baker talks with Stocks and Jocks radio’s Kevin Riordan and Kathy Dervin about how the brewing Iraq crisis should be no surprise to anyone—least of all the government. Tune in to the wide-ranging interview to hear Russ go deep on topics like the JFK assassination, the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the pattern that ties all American wars together
The U.S. watchdog in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars the U.S. is spending to rebuild Afghanistan finds an $11 million prison with broken walls, no fence and a trail of graft. WhoWhatWhy takes a look at what that tells us about our $103 billion investment in Afghanistan.
President Obama continues to draw down US troops in Afghanistan. But wait til you see how much will get spent on military-related activities in that country afterwards. And wait til you see how that stacks up against costs of programs back home.
The United States and its allies have been so eager to remove the Assad regime in Syria that they’ve enabled some extreme elements to move into the void. Could the Western strategy in Syria result in the displacement of a secular regime with elements of Al Qaeda?
As the US and world debate whether expanded foreign intervention in Syria is justified—and why, we thought this primer on the unspoken issues in another war theater might provide food for thought. Here, then, we repost a September, 2012 WhoWhatWhy article looking at less noble reasons for the Afghan conflict. While you read this, you may feel like taking a hard look at Syria and asking: Is this situation truly different, or are strategic and financial concerns again the justification the political and media establishment will not openly discuss?
Documentary focusing on the dual track evolution of Straussian neoconservatism and radical Islamism.
The US military and its proxies in Afghanistan, buying banned Iranian petroleum? What a tangled web we weave in our efforts to save everyone.
Exclusive Video: Gen. Wesley Clark calls for movement to fight big oil and its ability to determine foreign policy and drive wars.
Russ Baker interviewed on KFUN Las Vegas, NM, about mineral deposits in Afghanistan and what those may have had to do with initial decision to invade that country; also state of the media, the consequences of consumerism and uncontrolled growth, presidential priorities and the differences between the candidates (what ways they are and are not so different.)
Russ Baker and comedian David Feldman have a pretty serious conversation about pretty serious stuff.
More evidence that Osama bin Laden was an excuse for perpetual war, and grabbing mineral resources.
Most people do not know about Gen. Wesley Clark’s astonishing assertion: that he was told of US plans to use 9/11 as an excuse to invade seven countries in five years.
WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker interviewed on drone strikes, strategy regarding the Taliban, policy towards Pakistan, and the situation in Syria.
Everyone’s pointing fingers about the failure to anticipate that spectacular surprise attack on Kabul by the newest flavor of Afghan threat. Could there be some deeper intrigue going on? You can bet your business on it.
Russ Baker and KGO AM talk radio host Pat Thurston cover the waterfront – March 24, 2012, Click “Read More” to listen.
Scrutinize one day’s helping of headlines and story summaries, read between the lines, and you begin to see why our problems never get solved.
And so begins the deluge of “coverage” on the end of Muammar Qaddafi. But will you learn anything substantive about how and why he met his end? Don’t bet on it. However, at WhoWhatWhy, we’ve been providing fresh and unique reporting and analysis about Libya and the West’s murky role over there, from the beginning. If you haven’t been reading us, here’s your chance to catch up. And feel free to share with others.