Dorkfest Volume 3 – Danny’s Reading this Week

Hey FoH listeners,

So this week I read Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict, by William Harris.  In this awesome little book (just 170 pages or so), the author, a professor of politics in New Zealand, offers the best summary of the twin wars in the Fertile Crescent from 2011-present.  He offers a stunning synthesis of a chaotic, multi-faceted war, and how the U.S. got itself involved.  He demonstrates that the wars in Syria and Iraq fed off of one another, leading to a spiral of violence that shook – and still shakes – the region.  The U.S. is now – by choice – deeply enmeshed in this intractable conflict.  My fear after reading this book: it won’t end well.

Check it out and draw your own conclusions!

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The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world's countries, and yet, most Americans don't know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a 'warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn't see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that. Join Danny, Henri, and Keagan, three leftist combat veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

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