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A Field Guide to Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

(60) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Obama's Washington Is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Region

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Put in context, the simultaneous raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than...

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Obama, Petraeus, and the Cult of COIN in Afghanistan

(60) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 2:18 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

Less than a year ago, General David Petraeus saluted smartly and pledged his loyal support for President Obama’s decision to start withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan in July 2011. In December, when Obama decided (for the second time in 2009) to add tens of thousands...

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Is the Israel Lobby Running Scared?

(12) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 11:08 AM

Crossposted with Tomdispatch.com


Or Killing a Chicken to Scare the Monkeys


Is the Israel lobby in Washington an all-powerful force? Or is it, perhaps, running scared?

Judging by the outcome of the Charles W. ("Chas") Freeman affair this week, it might seem...

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Still Preparing to Attack Iran: The Neoconservatives in the Obama Era

(90) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 8:35 PM

Reposted from TomDispatch.

What, exactly, does Barack Obama's mild-mannered choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, former Senator Tom Daschle, have to do with neocons who want to bomb Iran?

A familiar coalition of hawks, hardliners, and neoconservatives expects Barack Obama's...

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Maliki, Bush Trample Iraq's Democracy

(7) Comments | Posted December 21, 2007 | 1:26 PM

The United States, it is said, invaded Iraq to create democracy. The truth of that proposition aside, the unseemly, hurried-up renewal of the United Nations mandate that supports the U.S. occupation of Iraq this week trampled on the very idea of democracy.

Last summer, Iraq's parliament - yes, the very...

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That NIE: Does it Signal a U.S.-Iranian Thaw?

(14) Comments | Posted December 14, 2007 | 7:27 AM

Like sly foxes watching the trapper step into his own trap, European diplomats are saying that the release of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran won't change anything. They will, they said, continue to work for stronger sanctions against Iran both at the United Nations and unilaterally, to pressure Iran...

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Iraq and the Democrats 2008: Uh Oh!

(144) Comments | Posted November 28, 2007 | 9:26 AM

The improved security situation in Iraq has exposed the ugly underbelly of the Democratic Party's lame opposition to the war in Iraq. It remains to be seen whether or not the uneasy stability taking hold in Iraq will boost the GOP's chances at the polls next November.

Since 2003, the...

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Another Cheney-Linked Hawk Down

(92) Comments | Posted July 24, 2007 | 9:57 AM

Vice President Cheney is losing a trusted aide: David Wurmser, Cheney's chief adviser on Middle East affairs and perhaps the Bush administration's most radical hawk. According to multiple sources, Wurmser will leave the office of the vice president (OVP) in August for the private sector, where he will start a...

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U.S.-Iran alliance in Iraq?

(32) Comments | Posted July 1, 2007 | 1:14 PM

Some scattered items in the news today shed yet more light on the oft-overlooked U.S.-Iranian alliance in Iraq. Yes, that would be the same U.S-Iran alliance that many Sunnis in Iraq, including Baathists and resistance leaders, keep talking about.

Here's the problem: Most of the key forces in Iraq that...

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National Salvation Front in Iraq?

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2007 | 11:09 AM

Last week, a little noticed but potentially important dialogue occurred on Capitol Hill. A dozen or so members of Congress, led by Rep. Jim McDermott (D.-Wash.) held a video teleconference with five members of the Iraqi parliament. The parliamentarians from Iraq included both Sunnis and Shia, and the members of...

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White House Won't Comment on Rove Backside

(11) Comments | Posted June 20, 2006 | 1:04 PM

The following is an unedited transcript of today's White House press briefing by Tony Snow:

Q. There's a controversy this week over Congressman John Murtha's comments about Karl Rove. What can you tell us? Specifically, does Mr. Rove have a "fat backside"?
Snow: I don't want to comment on...

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"The Girls Died Screaming"

(92) Comments | Posted May 30, 2006 | 12:37 PM

The slaughter of innocents in Haditha, Iraq, last November could make a final turning point in the U.S. war against Iraq. Representative John Murtha, the former Marine who has turned against the war, and bitterly, suggests that when the full truth is known about the Haditha massacre (note to media:...

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Wall Street Journal: Schizophrenic on Iraq

(5) Comments | Posted February 15, 2006 | 1:19 PM

By now it's not surprising when the Wall Street Journal's editorial page utterly contradicts news accounts in its own pages, but this week the Journal did it in spades. And it goes to the heart of the crisis in Iraq, where the Bush administration has just about handed Iraq to...

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Foreign Policy Gurus Line Up Like Children

(20) Comments | Posted January 6, 2006 | 9:55 AM

Former secretaries of state and defense aren't supposed to be poodles and patsies, but I've gotta wonder. What were they thinking? They all linked up like kindergartners for the photo op with the prez in the Oval Office, a baker's dozen of 'em by my count: Albright, Baker, Carlucci, Cohen...

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Chalabi: Footnote? Or Not?

(10) Comments | Posted December 16, 2005 | 8:32 AM

Call me paranoid, or obsessive, but I never count Ahmed Chalabi out. His recent (some might call it triumphal) visit to Washington seemed to patch up relations with the more skeptical among the Bush administration's leading lights, and it certainly won him the renewed plaudits of the neocon chattering classes....

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Bush's Shiite Gang in Baghdad

(22) Comments | Posted December 13, 2005 | 9:00 AM

More and more evidence is mounting that Iran’s ayatollahs have their hands deep into the Shiite-led government of Iraq. Astonishingly though, the Bush administration – and its allied phalanx of neoconservatives – have turned a blind eye to Iran’s influence in Iraq. That’s because the Iraqi Shiites, who run the...

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Bush v. The Evil Caliphate

(35) Comments | Posted December 2, 2005 | 12:08 PM

Eric Edelman is still lying for the Vice President. Edelman, from 2001, served as Dick Cheney's chief adviser on matters related to national security and Iraq. Since then Edelman has succeeded Douglas Feith, the man who ran the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, as undersecretary of defense for policy. And...

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Investigating Doug Feith

(21) Comments | Posted November 18, 2005 | 8:22 AM

So it looks like it will be announced this afternoon that the Pentagon's inspector general will launch an investigation into the activities of one Douglas Feith. Feith, as we know, was the inside ringleader for the neoconservative cabal during the run-up to the war in Iraq. He created the Counterterrorism...

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Torture Prisons in Iraq

(7) Comments | Posted November 17, 2005 | 9:24 AM

Yesterday I was speaking with someone who was involved in the pre-war, 2002-2003 planning for Iraq, and he told me of the exact moment at which some of his colleagues realized that the United States was proceeding with a policy that would turn Iraq over to a horde of Shiite...

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The Shiite Paradox

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2005 | 5:05 PM

Recent news from Iraq has engendered an inescapable, and exquisite, paradox for the neoconservative backers of the war in Iraq. Happily I want to draw it out.

Astonishingly, the very Iraqi government whose supposed legitimacy the neocons want Americans to support has now made a deal with the neoconservatives’ worst...

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