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Slow Burn
In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq without provocation. Most Americans supported the war—as did most politicians and intellectuals, both liberal and conservative. Today, it’s universally considered a disaster.Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq War, and the institutions that failed to stop it. How did the Iraq catastrophe happen? And what was it like to watch America make one of its most consequential mistakes?
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therealpierredelecto via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/21
djkapitalgainz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/21
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Season 5 so far has been just awful. Largely ignores the U.S.‘a clear desire to wage war in Iraq along with the documented campaign of misinformation and deception carried out by the US government to justify an atrocity. Instead characterizes the US as a sort of well-intentioned actor “fooled” by...Read full review »
Luca Strohmeier 🌹 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/21
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In the year leading up the invasion, George W. Bush sketched his justification for the war: good vs. evil, us vs. them. The president wasn’t interested in fleshing out the details beyond that, but lots of other people were. How did intellectuals, on both the right and left, help bolster the Bush...
Published 05/12/21
To start a war of choice, you need a casus belli—a case for war. Why did the Bush administration settle on weapons of mass destruction as their case for war? And how did they make that case to the American people? Season 5 of Slow Burn is produced by Noreen Malone, Jayson De Leon, and Sophie...
Published 05/05/21
Just hours after 9/11, American decision makers had already started thinking about attacking Iraq. When the anthrax attacks began a month later, those ideas went into overdrive. Did Iraq have anything to do with mailing anthrax letters? Did it matter? Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow...
Published 04/28/21
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