Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation

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“The only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name.”—Kelly Dougherty, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War

In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic gathering, which show the reality of life in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Overview

“The only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name.”—Kelly Dougherty, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War

In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic gathering, which show the reality of life in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicized incidents of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by “a few bad apples,” as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of “an increasingly bloody occupation.”

"Here is the war as it should be reported, seeing the pain, refusing to sanitize an unprovoked attack that has killed over one million people.  All over America are victims who have returned from this conflict with hideous wounds -- wounds that turn the lives of the entire family upside down. And the American people are not seeing this.  Until now.

     "Winter Soldier, an enormously important project of Iraq Veterans Against the War, cuts this debacle to the bone, exposing details hard to come by and even harder to believe.  This is must reading for patriots who have already begun the effort to insure that this never happens again."

--Phil Donahue  

"Winter Soldier makes us feel the pain and despair endured by those who serve in a military stretched to the breaking point by stop-loss policies, multiple combat tours, and a war where the goals and the enemies keep shifting ... [and] also make[s] us admire the unbreakable idealism and hope of those men and women who still believe that by speaking out they can make things better both for themselves and for those who come after them."--San Francisco Chronicle

Formed in the aftermath of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded in 2004 to give those who have served in the military since September 11, 2001, a way to come together and speak out against an unjust, illegal, and unwinnable war. Today, IVAW has over seven hundred members in forty-nine states, Washington, DC, Canada, and on military bases overseas.

Aaron Glantz is an independent journalist who has covered the Iraq War from the front lines. He is the author of How America Lost Iraq (Tarcher) and a forthcoming book on the Iraq War from the University of California Press.

Anthony Swofford is the author of Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931859653
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Formed in the aftermath of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, IVAW has hundreds of members in dozens of cities across the country who actively participate in efforts to bring an immediate end to the war. Aaron Glantz is an independent journalist who has covered the Iraq war from the front lines. He is the author of How America Lost Iraq (2005, Tarcher) and a forthcoming book on the Iraq War from the University of California Press.
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Table of Contents

Map of Iraq

Foreword Anthony Swofford Swofford, Anthony

Message Kelly Dougherty Dougherty, Kelly 1

Rules of Engagement 12

Jason Wayne Lemieux, Sergeant, United States Marine Corps 17

Jason Washburn, Corporal, United States Marine Corps 20

Jon Michael Turner, Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps 23

Clifton Hicks, Private, United States Army 28

Steven Casey, Specialist, United States Army 33

Jesse Hamilton, Staff Sergeant, United States Army Reserve 36

Jason Hurd, Specialist, Tennessee Army National Guard 38

Adam Kokesh, Sergeant, United States Marine Corps Reserve 42

Vincent Emanuele, Private First Class, United States Marine Corps 47

Sergio Kochergin, Corporal, United States Marine Corps 50

Logan Laituri, Sergeant, United States Army 52

Hart Viges, Specialist, United States Army 55

Racism and the Dehumanization of the Enemy 58

Michael Totten, Specialist, United States Army 63

Michael LeDuc, Corporal, United States Marine Corps 67

Scott Ewing, Specialist, United States Army 70

Jeffrey Smith, Specialist, Florida Army National Guard 74

Brian Casler, Corporal, United States Marine Corps 78

Christopher Arendt, Specialist, United States Army National Guard 82

Andrew Duffy, Specialist, Iowa Army National Guard 85

Sam Lynch, Specialist, North Carolina Army National Guard 89

Matthew Childers, Corporal, United States Marine Corps 91

Domingo Rosas, Sergeant, United States Army 93

Geoffrey Millard; Sergeant, New York Army National Guard 96

Michael Prysner, Corporal, United States Army Reserve 98

Civilian Testimony: The Cost of War in Iraq 102

Huda Jabbar Mohammed All, Resident of al-Nidhal District, Baghdad 106

Zahara Abbas,Iraqi Refugee Living in Syria 108

Mohammed Amr, Resident of Adhamiya, Baghdad 110

Shayma, Eleven-year-old Student, Resident of Adhamiya, Baghad 112

Salam Talib, Journalist and Computer Engineer, Resident of Baghdad 114

Divide and Conquer: Gender and Sexuality in the Military 118

Jen Hogg, Sergeant, New York Army National Guard 121

Abby Hiser, Sergeant, Wisconsin Army National Guard 124

Patricia McCann, Specialist, Illinois Army National Guard 126

Wendy Barranco, Specialist, United States Army Reserve 128

Anonymous, United States Coast Guard 130

Nathan Peld, Petty Officer Second Class, United States Navy 136

Jeff Key, Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps Reserve 138

Margaret Stevens, Specialist, New Jersey Army National Guard 140

The Crisis in Veterans' Health Care and the Costs of War at Home 142

Zollie Peter Goodman, Petty Officer, United States Navy 146

Eric Estenzo, Corporal, United States Marine Corps Reserve 149

Eli Wright, Sergeant, United States Army 152

Adrienne Kinne, Sergeant, United States Army Reserve 155

Joyce and Kevin Lucey, Parents of Corporal Jeffrey Lucey, United States Marine Corps Reserve 157

Carlos Arredondo, Father of Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo, United States Marine Corps (KIA) 163

Fernando Suarez del Solar, Father of Lance Corporal Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar, United States Marine Corps (KIA) 167

Nancy Lessin and Charlie Richardson, Son deployed with United States Marine Corps, founders of Military Families Speak Out 169

Corporate Pillaging and the Breakdown of the Military 174

Steve Mortillo, Specialist, United States Army 178

Daniel Fanning, Sergeant, Wisconsin Army National Guard 182

Kristofer Goldsmith, Sergeant, United States Army 185

Lars Ekstrom, Lance CorporaL, United States Marine Corps 192

Luis Carlos Montalvan, Captain, United States Army 195

The Future of GI Resistance 200

Phil Aliff, Private, United States Army 203

Garett Reppenhagen, Specialist, United States Army 206

Ronn Cantu, Staff Sergeant, United States Army 209

Concluding Remarks from Camilo Mejia, Chair of the Board, Iraq Veterans Against the War 212

Afterword Aaron Glantz Glantz, Aaron 220

Notes 222

Glossary of Military Terms 226

Appendix: Rules of Engagement Card 228

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