America’s Shadow Wars

Monday, May 05, 2014

Deniable covert operations are not new—they’ve been ordered by every president and every administration since the World War II. In many instances covert operations have relied on surrogates, with American personnel involved only at a distance, insulated by layers of deniability. Larry Hancock and Stuart Wexler trace the evolution of these covert operations from the Truman era through the Obama Administration. Their book Shadow Warfare: The History of America’s Undeclared Wars also explores relationship between the CIA and the military.


Larry Hancock and Stuart Wexler

Comments [5]

"for Stu and I"
"we need to target he and his operatives"
"attorney generals"

Why not invite an editor to the program some time to discuss how to salvage semi-literate writers?

May. 05 2014 02:55 PM
Sucka MC from Hollis, Queens

Hope. Change. Yep.

May. 05 2014 01:15 PM

Any comment from program guests on possible involvement of CIA in Ukraine right now?

May. 05 2014 12:36 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Aside from the success or failure of individual operations, have the operations in each conflict generally been more effective or counterproductive in the US gov't's. overall goals?

And do the guests think Osama bin Laden was in schools & hospitals in order to deter attacks on himself?

May. 05 2014 12:28 PM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ

From my book Ornamentally Incorrect, third edition, Luxe et Vertitas

Happy Anniversary Osama

“God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who carried out a successful mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory."
— Sarah Palin May 2, 2011 Lakewood, Colorado

“We need to open the program today by congratulating President Obama. President Obama has done something extremely effective, and when he does, this needs to be pointed out."
— Rush Limbaugh May 2, 2011

“Thanks to George Bush, Because if Obama had gotten his way we wouldn’t have gotten bin Laden, you know that.”
— Sean Hannity Dec 9, 2011

“I do believe the President did a gutsy, good job on this”
— Bill O’Reilly May 3, 2011.

“So I don't know where he [bin Laden] is. Nor -- you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you. I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well supplied, that the strategy is clear, that the coalition is strong,…”
— President George W. Bush March 13, 2002

Copyright © 2013 Joseph Mirsky

May. 05 2014 12:26 PM

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