Dirty Wars [2013] (UR would be R - 3 Stars) - Documentary by national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill of The Nation magazine exposing some of the dirtier aspects of our (American) continuing (and largely secret) War on Terror.  Among the screw-ups exposed is that apparently the U.S. all but wiped-out (by accident…) an utterly innocent/peaceful Bedouin tribe of sheep-herders out in the hinterlands of Yemen (Oops …).  Perhaps the “Al Queda training camp” was “over the next hill” but that’s small consolation to the victims who had been peacefully herding sheep in those hills for generations, perhaps “since the time of Abraham…”  Further, the Yemeni journalist who first exposed this awful incident (in the Arab language press) is now languishing in a Yemeni jail, apparently as a PERSONAL FAVOR asked of the Yemeni President by U.S. President Obama himself (“We don’t jail journalists, we have other people jail journalists for us …”).  Anyway, the film is at times painful to watch but certainly serves its purpose.  People are inevitably more careful if their carelessness risks being exposed on the front pages of the world’s newspapers or presented in sober, thoroughly sourced documentaries such as this.

Dirty Wars [2013] (UR would be R - 3 Stars) - Documentary by national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill of The Nation magazine exposing some of the dirtier aspects of our (American) continuing (and largely secret) War on Terror.  Among the screw-ups exposed is that apparently the U.S. all but wiped-out (by accident…) an utterly innocent/peaceful Bedouin tribe of sheep-herders out in the hinterlands of Yemen (Oops …).  Perhaps the “Al Queda training camp” was “over the next hill” but that’s small consolation to the victims who had been peacefully herding sheep in those hills for generations, perhaps “since the time of Abraham…”  Further, the Yemeni journalist who first exposed this awful incident (in the Arab language press) is now languishing in a Yemeni jail, apparently as a PERSONAL FAVOR asked of the Yemeni President by U.S. President Obama himself (“We don’t jail journalists, we have other people jail journalists for us …”).  Anyway, the film is at times painful to watch but certainly serves its purpose.  People are inevitably more careful if their carelessness risks being exposed on the front pages of the world’s newspapers or presented in sober, thoroughly sourced documentaries such as this.

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