'Dirty Wars' is a study of national security practices that need exposing
'Dirty Wars' is by documentarian Richard Rowley.
Documentarian Richard Rowleyâ€™s â€śDirty Warsâ€ť brings to startling light the investigatory digging of â€śNationâ€ť journalist Jeremy Scahill, best known for his 2007 bestseller â€śBlackwater: The Rise of the Worldâ€™s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.â€ť (A book version of â€śDirty Warsâ€ť was published in April.)
Utilizing Scahill as first-person narrator and on-camera presence, the film delves into Washingtonâ€™s sub-radar national security policy and the larger covert war being carried out by the Joint Special Operations Command in countries like Yemen and Somalia, where no official war has been declared. The military strikes, more than 1,700 in number, are unauthorized by Congress. I wish Rowley didnâ€™t so often dabble in standard movie-thriller-style stylistics, but his film is an exposĂ© of practices that need â€“ demand â€“ exposing. Grade: A- (Unrated.)