Wednesday, September 12, 2007

  • A Look at How Petraeus Helped Arm Warring Sunni and Shia Militias in Iraq


    On Tuesday, President Bush’s top military commander in Iraq returned to Capitol Hill for a second day to urge the continuation of the war in Iraq. We speak with Arun Gupta, an editor of "The Indypendent," about the Petraeus hearings. Gupta’s most recent article is titled "Meet Gen. David Petraeus: His Militia Strategy Plunged Iraq Into a Civil War, And Now He’s Back for More." [includes rush transcript]

  • Billions Over Baghdad: How Did $9B in Cash Airlifted from the Fed to Iraq Go Missing?


    One month after the invasion of Iraq, the United States began airlifting planeloads of cash to Baghdad. Between April 2003 and June 2004, a total of $12 billion of U.S. currency was shipped to Iraq where it was to be dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority for reconstruction. To date, at least $9 billion cannot be accounted for. In a startling new expose in Vanity Fair, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele follow the money trail from the Federal Reserve to Iraq. [includes rush transcript]

  • Alive Day Memories: New Doc Takes Inside Look at Lives of U.S. Soldiers Wounded in Iraq


    Tens of thousands of U.S. troops have been injured in Iraq. And for the first time in American history, 90 percent of the wounded survive their injuries, but a greater percentage of these men and women are returning with amputations, traumatic brain injuries and severe post-traumatic stress. A new HBO documentary provides an inside look at how the war has permanently changed the lives of these wounded troops. It’s called "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq." [includes rush transcript]

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