The Takeaway

Confronting the Ghosts of a War Not Past

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

America's fingerprints are everywhere, and the U.S. is again facing questions about its responsibility to a country it invaded in 2003. But does the blame game help? What role, if any, should America take now?

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The Takeaway

Iraq Ten Years Later: Soldiers on the Ground Share Their Stories

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ten years after the American invasion of Iraq began, the BBC's Hugh Sykes files a report about how American soldiers handle the responsibilities, contradictions, and challenges of occupying Iraq.


The Takeaway

How the American Invasion Shaped Iraq

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ultimately, victory was declared, but for many, the ramifications of the Iraq War are still struggling to be understood, even after our troops have returned home.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bay of Pigs

Friday, April 22, 2011

Jim Rasenberger, the author of The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs, talks about his new book, which breaks down the various political forces and personality clashes at the heart of the invasion.

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The Takeaway

Former Teen CIA Recruit on The Bay of Pigs

Friday, April 15, 2011

In the Spring of 1960, the CIA began a covert plan to overthrow the Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro. The idea was to invade Cuba in a coup d’etat. There were already counter-revolutionary forces in the Escambray Mountains. But the CIA wanted a home-grown group. In Miami, the CIA began recruiting among the anti-Castro Cuban exiles and turned them into the Brigade 2506. Trained and armed by the CIA, on April 17, 1961 they landed at the Bahia de Cochinos in Cuba — the Bay of Pigs.