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The Takeaway

Iraq War Vets Reflect as the Nation Unravels

Friday, June 20, 2014

Diplomats, policy experts, and advisors have all weighed in on the unraveling of Iraq, but if there's anyone who has most acutely felt the anguish of the collapse of democracy in Iraq this week, it's the men and women who were on the front lines of the Iraq War.

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The Takeaway

Iraqi Ambassador: Iraq Conflict Could Go Global

Friday, June 20, 2014

As the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily is a man in a very difficult position right now. Here, Ambassador Faily answers some tough questions about whether his government can survive.

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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

An Iraq War Dissident on the Current Crisis

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The situation in Iraq looks painfully familiar: a fragile democracy exploded by longtime ethnic rivalries. In the lead-up to the Iraq War, back in November 2002, journalist James Fallows explained his opposition to a preemptive strike on Iraq.

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The Takeaway

Christiane Amanpour: 'The End of Iraq'

Monday, June 16, 2014

The world is facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq and across the Middle East, according to veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN, and Kenneth Pollack, a former former CIA intelligence analyst.

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The Takeaway

America's Legacy in Iraq Is Unravelling

Friday, June 13, 2014

As an Al Qaeda splinter group rapidly advances and continues to topple city after city in Iraq, many are wondering where the region is heading and what kind of action, if any, the United States needs take.

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The Takeaway

Deaths of 40 Vets Spark Calls for VA Reform

Friday, May 09, 2014

According to Congressional officials, as many as 40 veterans died waiting for care at a VA medical center in Phoenix. Many are calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, but not everyone in D.C. believe that's the right move.

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The Takeaway

Amid Votes, Violence Marks Iraqi Election

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In the days before the nation's first election since American withdrawal, Iraqis have continued to face deadly violence. The election is being held amid tight security provided by hundreds of thousands troops and police.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Soldiers at War and at Home

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In The Good Soldiers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel gave an account from the front lines of Baghdad, embedded with the 2-16 Infantry Battalion during a grueling 15-month tour that changed them all forever. In his latest book, Thank You for Your Service, Finkel has again embedded with some of the men of the 2-16—this time at home. He creates a portrait of what life after war is like—not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends.

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The Takeaway

Kerry: "High Confidence" Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times reflects on the similarities between Iraq and Syria. UPDATE: Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the world on Friday afternoon, saying that the United States has "high confidence" that the regime of Bashar al-Assad carried out a chemical attack last week outside of the Syrian capital of Damascus. Kerry said that the U.S. government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in the attack, including at least 426 children.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bradley Manning Verdict

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bradley Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act, but found not guilty of "aiding the enemy" for supplying classified information to Wikileaks. Arun Rath, reporter for Frontline and PRI's The World and new host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, and Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster, 2013), discuss the verdict, and what it means for the military, transparency, and journalism.

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The Takeaway

The Man Who Made Millions Selling Fake Bomb Detectors

Friday, July 12, 2013

In May, British businessman James McCormick was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the sale of fake "bomb-detectors." The gadget he sold was based on a fake golf-ball finder and is actually entirely unable to detect bombs—or anything else for that matter. Adam Higgenbotham, Bloomberg Businessweek reporter writes about McCormick's rise and fall in the latest issue of the magazine. He joins The Takeaway to discuss McCormick's scheme and why it took so long for the law to catch up with him.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: The Iraq War Generation

Friday, March 22, 2013

We're marking the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war by asking for comments from those of you young enough to have your view of war shaped by Iraq (as opposed to Vietnam). What lessons have you drawn about war, the US's role in the world, our leaders, and more? And how do you think it compares to the way your parents (Vietnam) and grandparents (WWII) talk about the lessons of war? Call 212-433-9692 or comment here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraq War Veterans

Thursday, March 21, 2013

We’ll look at the challenges facing veterans of the Iraq. We’ll speak with Iraq veterans Roy Scranton, co-editor of Fire and Forget, and Tegan Griffith, a participant in Iraq and Afghanistan’s Veterans of America “Storm the Hill” campaign.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

George Packer Reflects on the Iraq War, 10 Years Later

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On the 10-year-anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, New Yorker staff writer George Packer tells Leonard Lopate about lessons he's learned in covering the conflict for a decade. He's the author of The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraq and Oil

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

International energy expert Daniel Yergin looks at the oil industry in Iraq ten years after the U.S.-led invasion. He is the author of The Quest: Energy, Security & the Remaking of the Modern World.

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The Takeaway

Iraq’s Clouded Future

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ali Allawi is Iraq's former Minister of Trade, Minister of Defense, Minister of Finance, and author of: "The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace." He lives and works in Baghdad -- a city he barely recognizes from his youth. He describes how the war will remembered 10 from now, and what the road forward looks like for his country.

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What We Carried

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.  Last week, we started a conversation about your memories of the past decade, and about the books that first helped you you comprehend war.  Many listeners cited Tim O'Brien's "They Things The Carried," but Takeaway listener Jim Lommasson's engagement with that book goes one step father.  Lommasson is a Portland-based photographer and writer whose project "What We Carried" documents the items Iraqi refugees brought with them when they left their homes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Brooke Gladstone on the Media and the War in Iraq

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Brooke Gladstone of WNYC’s On The Media discusses how the American press corps handled the lead up to the Iraq War and the subsequent turns and scandals in the conflict.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frank Rich Looks Back at the Invasion of Iraq

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich discusses the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and how consensus for the war was built in Congress and the public square.

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