NEWSLETTER - Friday, July 27, 2007
"According to American military commanders, the bulk of attacks that are taking place in Iraq are basically carried out by Shiite and Sunni militia in revenge attacks against each other. You have a civil war taking place in Iraq among the various Iraqi communities. You have the fierce political struggle. You have Iraq's neighbors basically meddling in Iraq's affairs. Yet the Administration keeps telling us it's al Qaeda, al Qaeda, al Qaeda." - Fawaz A. Gerges
This week on Bill Moyers Journal (KCET)
As the Bush administration promotes the idea that al Qaeda is the enemy in Iraq, the Journal analyzes the facts on the ground to explore who the U.S. is really fighting.
Bill Moyers gets perspective from Brian Fishman a Senior Associate in the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point whose research focuses on the impact of the war in Iraq on terrorism globally, and Fawaz A. Gerges, the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and author of the highly-acclaimed books The Foreign Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global and Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy.
Bill Moyers Journal reports on the hidden spending provisions used by Congress known as earmarks — “pipelines of cash” added to legislation without any debate, public hearing or oversight — which are often used as payback for political contributions. As Congress works to put reforms in place, is it business as usual?
Bill Moyers reflects on the fall of a young soldier.
On The Moyers Blog
Learn more about earmarks from Steve Ellis of the non-partisan watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Join the discussion on understanding our enemy in the war in Iraq.
Each week, video, transcripts, and further resources and investigations from Bill Moyers Journal are available online at www.pbs.org/moyers.