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Friday, June 20, 2014
(Top left-clockwise) Paul Bremer; Bill O'Reilly with Charles Krauthammer; Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol. Eric Alterman
Warning: Pundits and Partisans Are Up to Old Tricks in Iraq
In a column entitled “ Bush’s toxic legacy in Iraq ,” terrorism expert Peter Bergen writes about the origins of ISIS, “the brutal insurgent/terrorist group formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq.” Bergen...
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President Barack Obama talks with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outside the Oval Office following a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, June 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Robert Naiman
The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria
At this writing, President Obama has neither the legal nor the political mandate to conduct airstrikes in Iraq or Syria. On Thursday night, 182 Members of the House voted yes on Representative...
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have been among the loudest backers of the myth that a military "surge" was a success in Iraq. (Photo: Facebook / public domain) Robert Parry
Reviving the ‘Successful Surge in Iraq’ Myth
A beloved myth of Official Washington – especially among Republicans, neocons and other supporters of the Iraq War – is the fable of the “successful surge,” how President George W. Bush’s heroic...
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Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin talking with reporters in this 2013 file photo. (Credit: flickr / cc / Gateway Technical College) John Nichols
Scott Walker: The Karl Rove, "Secret Email," "Criminal Scheme" Candidate
Scott Walker, an ardent Ronald Reagan fan from his youth, was never likely to follow Reagan's footsteps to the White House. The Wisconsin governor lacks his hero's way with words, skill for crossing...
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U.S. Army Soldier from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team conduct a cordon and search mission in Buhriz, Iraq, March 14, 2007. Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division are conducting their first mission in the Diyala province. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) Danny Schechter
Back To Iraq and US 'Suicide' Foreign Policy
New York, New York – I feel like an Iraq war veteran not because I served in that still ongoing war. No one thanked me for my service, and all praises be, I was not among those who were killed,...
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(Credit: flickr / cc / scfiasco) Gary Olson
Want to Prevent PTSD? End Unbridled US Militarism
Because my 33​-​year-old father was on the verge of embarking for Europe and the allied invasion of Italy, my birth certificate reads: U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia. When he finally...
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Journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings, who died last year in a car crash in California, in this undated publiclty photo. (Photo: Blue Rider Press / Penguin) John R. MacArthur
In Praise of Michael Hastings: On the Lies and Obfuscations of the March to War in Iraq
Having read his posthumously published novel, I’m sorry I never knew Michael Hastings. That said, I’m not sure I would have wanted to hang out with him. Hastings’s leisure-time pursuits, including...
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A sign seen at a 2007 anti-war protest. (Photo: Thiago Santos/cc/flickr) Amy Goodman
Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq
It didn’t take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras. The militia group...
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