In this bonus episode, Slow Burn’s host Noreen Malone and producer Jayson de Leon discuss President Bush’s role in what led up to the Iraq War, and what they learned from making this season. Then we’ll hear more from Atheer Kakan, Jamal Ali, and Kanan Makiya on the Iraqi perspective on the invasion.
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?