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Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq warsnow the longest wars in American historythe US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded, as Matt Kennards explosive investigative report makes clear, by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals of all stripes, the overweight, and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groupswho spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, Effectively, the military has a dont ask, dont tell policy pertaining to extremism.
Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terrors worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military. With millions of veterans now back in the US and domestic extremism on the rise, Kennards book is a stark warning about potential dangers facing Americansfrom their own soldiers.