In an article in the Guardian Iraqi defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, nicknamed 'Curveball', admits that he made it all up. By 'all', he is referring to the various stories of Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction program.
Like people bingeing on anything, the present Pentagon and military cast of characters can't stop themselves. The thought that in Afghanistan or anywhere else they might have to go on a diet, as sooner or later they will, is deeply unnerving.
As the US approaches the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, pundits chew over just what "success" in Afghanistan might mean for Washington. What success might mean for ordinary Afghans hasn't been a topic of conversation.
The mayor of Binghamton, New York, is sick and tired of watching people in local communities "squabble over crumbs" while so much local money pours into the Pentagon's coffers. He's decided to do something about it.
What is being portrayed in the media as the surge is but a modest part of an ongoing expansion of the war effort. The media's focus on the president's speech as the crucial moment of decision has distorted what's actually underway.
Here's my fantasy this holiday season: I'd like, that is, to obliterate TomDispatch, for without the Afghan war, my website would never have existed. Here's the saddest thing: I know full well that its future is assured as long as I care to do it.
While the US officially insists that it is not setting up permanent bases in Afghanistan, the scale and permanency of the construction underway at Bagram seems to suggest, at the least, a very long stay.
Some of our regular army and reservists have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for nearly a decade -- longer than WWI and WWII combined. There is a limit to what even superb soldiers like ours can withstand.