General Patton wrote in 1943 that, "War is very
simple, direct, and ruthless. It takes simple direct, and ruthless men
to wage it." In this hour of To The Best Of Our Knowledge,
simple and direct conversations with the ruthless men who wage war. We'll
talk with a machine gunner stationed in Iraq, an Army Intelligence interrogator,
an international arms dealer, and an American mercenary.
Kayla Williams, author of
"Love My Rifle More Than You," tells Anne Strainchamps that
women soldiers feel sexism from their fellow soldiers, even in war zones,
and that it complicates their lives.
Film-maker Klaartje Quirijns
talks with Jim Fleming about her documentary film "The Brooklyn
Connection," which shows how a Brooklyn immigrant raised over 30
million dollars to arm and supply the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Colby Buzzell is an Iraq
War veteran whose blog and book is called "My War," and he
tells Anne Strainchamps why he joined up and how he got past the drug
test. Also, Richard Marcinko is CEO of a private security firm
which trains mercenaries and he candidly tells Steve Paulson about waging
war and interrogating prisoners from a mercenary's point of view. Marcinko
was a decorated Navy SEAL with over 30 years combat service who commanded
two of the SEAL's most elite Special Ops forces.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-02-05-A.
- Richard Marcinko, Rogue
Warrior (Simon and Schuster)
- Kayla Williams, Love
My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army (Norton)
- Colby Buzzell, My War:
Killing Time in Iraq (Putnam)
- For more in-depth reading on mercenaries
Fred Rosen, Contract Warriors: How Mercenaries Changed History
and the War on Terrorism
- The Brooklyn Connection: How
to Build a Guerrilla Army. A film by Klaartje Quirijns. Distributed
- Portishead's "It's a Fire,"
"Roads," and "Wandering Star" off of their "Dummy"
CD on UGM Recordings.
- PJ Harvey's "I Think I'm a
Mother" and "To Bring You My Love" off of her "To
Bring You My Love" CD on EMI Records.
- Radiohead's "Packed Like Sardines
in a Crushed Tin Box" off of their "Amnesiac CD on Capital
- Black Flag's "My War"
off of their "My War" CD on SST Records.
- Edwin Starr's "War" on
his Greatest Hits CD on Sony Records.
- John Coltrane's "My Favorite
Things" off of his "My Favorite Things" CD on Atlantic
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