Irregular Army

Irregular Army

How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror

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Random House, Inc.
Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars—now the longest wars in American history—the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded, as Matt Kennard’s explosive investigative report makes clear, by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals of all stripes, the overweight, and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting,Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.”

Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terror’s worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military. With millions of veterans now back in the US and domestic extremism on the rise, Kennard’s book is a stark warning about potential dangers facing Americans—from their own soldiers.

Baker & Taylor
An investigative report on the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" approach to extremism reveals how the needs of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have led to the acceptance of gang members, hate groups, and mentally ill recruits.

Norton Pub
Reveals the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to extremists in its ranks.
Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars—now the longest wars in American history—the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded, as Matt Kennard’s explosive investigative report makes clear, by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals of all stripes, the overweight, and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.”

Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terror’s worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military. With millions of veterans now back in the US and domestic extremism on the rise, Kennard’s book is a stark warning about potential dangers facing Americans—from their own soldiers.

Baker
& Taylor

An investigative report on the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" approach to extremism within its ranks reveals how the considerable length and requirements of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have led to the acceptance of gang member, hate group and mentally ill recruits who speak openly of a desire to acquire military training for a coming domestic race war.

Publisher: London ; New York : Verso Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781844678808
1844678806
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 K365i 2012
Characteristics: xii, 260 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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