From Afghanistan to Iraq: The Bush Wars
In 2001, George W. Bush promised liberation and a better life for people in Afghanistan. In 2003, he pledged the same thing to the people of Iraq. It’s 2004 and both nations struggle with daily violence, poverty, extremely high unemployment rates, and a lack of basic health and safety infrastructure. The aftermath of these Bush wars is marked by more suffering and by many unfilled promises. But promises of lucrative rebuilding contracts are a reality for a handful of U.S.-based corporations that have close ties to the White House. The Bush doctrine of preemptive war sits front and center as the hammer of U.S. foreign policy.
Recorded at Unity Church.
Medea Benjamin is a renowned peace activist and social justice advocate. She travels around the world and documents human rights violations. She’s co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK. She is the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She is the author of many books including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.