Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror

Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror

by Matt Kennard

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Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror by Matt Kennard

Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars—now the longest wars in American history—the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded, as Matt Kennard’s explosive investigative report makes clear, by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals of all stripes, the overweight, and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.”

Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terror’s worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military. With millions of veterans now back in the US and domestic extremism on the rise, Kennard’s book is a stark warning about potential dangers facing Americans—from their own soldiers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781685631
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 1,201,525
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Matt Kennard is a journalist based in London. He has worked for the Financial Times in Washington, New York, and London, and has written for Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian. He graduated as a Stabile Investigative Fellow from the Columbia Journalism School.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Breaking Down 1

1 The Other "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" 13

Hitler in Iraq

Straight Outta Baghdad

War Criminals

2 Sick, Addicted, and Forsaken 91

Sippin' on Gin and Hajji Juice

Collateral Damage Comes Home

3 Plump, Young, Dumb-and Ready to Serve 125

The Baghdad Bulge

Intelligence Ops

Child Soldiers

Grandpa Goes to War

4 Outsiders 165

Green Card Soldiers

Ask, Tell

Epilogue: Indiscriminate Trust 197

Notes 223

Index 251

What People are Saying About This

Nawal El-Saadawi

Matt Kennard’s new book expertly exposes the effect of the American colonial capitalist war machine on poor American soldiers as well as the stricken peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan living under them. I hope it is read by many people.

Noam Chomsky

I have been following Matt Kennard’s work for years, with much appreciation. He is a fine journalist and political analyst, acute and perceptive, and his work is based on real insight and understanding over a broad range.

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