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Ep. 161: Iraq 20 Years Later ft. Spencer Ackerman

Ep. 161: Iraq 20 Years Later ft. Spencer Ackerman

The "Reign of Terror" author joins us to look back on the invasion of Iraq.

Spencer Ackerman, author of the fabulous book “Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump,” joins us to reflect on the US invasion of Iraq 20 years later. We discuss the way Americans behaved in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and in the run-up to the invasion, taking their anger and fear out on innocent strangers who, in many cases, were not from Afghanistan or Iraq and/or were not Muslim, the xenophobia and racism Americans engage in during times of conflict, the coercion and forced patriotism in the media and society at large and lessons we should take away from that period and apply to future international challenges.

Spencer’s new comic from DC Comics, Waller vs. Wildstorm, which we discuss at the end of the episode, is out on March 28. Please pick up a copy at your local comic book store.

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