Commonwealth National Podcast

Steve Fainaru: Mercenaries: Iraq’s Parallel Army (11/20/2008)


Steve Fainaru, Reporter, The Washington Post; Author, Big Boy Rules: In the Company of America’s Mercenaries

On the margins of the Iraq war, a parallel army of 100,000 has been doing the jobs unable to be tackled by an overstretched U.S. military, either because they cannot or will not take on these jobs. You may know them as “security contractors,” and they operate outside the rules of engagement. Fainaru traveled with several bands of “mercs” to find out why they have come to Iraq, revealing a brutally honest portrait of these individuals.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on November 20, 2008.