I’d just barely cracked Matt Gallagher’s debut novel, Youngblood, and, to my surprise, I was really, sincerely into it. Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite movies happen to be war films (see: Apocalypse Now and MASH) and who can argue that Cormac McCarthy’s descriptions of carnage aren’t some of the more beautiful, vivid bits of contemporary English language literature? But when it comes to the War on Terror, usually I prefer to take my cultural output as dry as it gets.
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With the U.S. “reasonably certain” that a drone strike killed the much reviled Jihadi John and a wave of recent attacks boosting our worst fears about ISIS, the timing isn’t exactly great for a documentary that questions the wisdom of targeted killings. But two former drone operators who appear in Tonje Hessen Schei’s Drone are sticking to their guns.
If you caught John Oliver’s recent rant against drone strikes (above) and want to hear a more sober take on the matter, you’ll want to get to Bushwick’s Mayday Space next Thursday, when investigative reporter and war correspondent Jeremy Scahill will celebrate the paperback publication of Dirty Wars, his blistering indictment of the Obama administration’s ever expanding war on terror and its reliance on drones, targeted killings, and covert operations.