Slow Burn: The Road to the Iraq War

Season 5: Bonus Episode 8
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From the Iraqi Perspective

What the American invasion was like for those who had lived under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Episode Notes

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.

Mentioned in this episode:
Bush at War by Bob Woodward
Robert Draper on The Ezra Klein Show
The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Frank Rich
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project
To Start a War by Robert Draper
Hubris by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
Once Upon a Time in Iraq by FRONTLINE
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
The Assassin’s Gate by George Packer

Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

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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  • Chau Tu is a former editor of Slate Plus.