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Iraq Surge

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

Don't Look Now, But the Next Bush Wants Us In Another New War in the Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 08.15.2015 | Media
William Bradley

Frankly, no one named Bush should be proposing anything in the Middle East. Especially a Bush who has 17 of 21 formally named geopolitical advisors who are alumni of the Bush/Cheney administration.

The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

Jon Soltz | Posted 10.19.2014 | Media
Jon Soltz

The number of times that Sen. McCain hasn't just been wrong, but deadly wrong, on matters of our security is nearly impossible to count. Maybe the DC fishbowl has convinced itself that McCain has been prescient. Well, I'm here to give them a quick education, because many of us who have served in the these conflicts are less convinced.

Iraq War III: Ask Congress First

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Joel Richard Paul

Even if the advisers do not accompany Iraqi forces into the field, their mere presence in Iraq in U.S. uniforms under the present situation makes them targets for attack. Why else are they arriving armed and ready to defend themselves?

Iraq, Syria: the Way Ahead Is Limpidly Clear

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The legacy of President Obama is that he got us out of wars. Let's keep it that way. The perceived weakness of Barack Obama is largely a reflection that the American body politic is adjusting to the fact that it no longer wants to be the world's gendarmerie, involved in and trying to settle every conflict.

The Frustration of Bob Gates

William Bradley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

I like Robert Gates. He's a professional, a grown-up. He's a thoughtful, reasonable Republican at a time when such are overshadowed by something very different. I agree with him on many things. But his "Mission Impossible" assignment to salvage Iraq and Afghanistan is blinding him.

A War and an Opportunity

Seth Moulton | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Seth Moulton

Ten years ago we had the chance, as a people united, to do something great. Many of us tried harder in Iraq than most will ever know, but America could have left a far better legacy for its children from this past decade than we have.

Consulting the Zombies: Why We Invariably Turn to the 'Experts' Who Were Never Right on Iraq

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We don't get it. We really don't. We may not, in military terms, know how to win any more, but as a society we don't get losing either. We don't recognize it, even when it's staring us in the face.

Hassling Hagel

Richard Klass | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

Last week's hearings in the Senate Armed Services Committee were supposed to be about the nomination of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. They were not.

Come Hagel or High Water: In the Shade of Iraq

William Bradley | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
William Bradley

While it's probably not a saying the president uses, Hagel is his choice, come hell or high water. Obama's getting more than a little of both in the bargain. He's going to get Hagel, too. But not thanks to Hagel's public performance skills.

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Hagel And McCain Have Testy Exchange Over Iraq Surge | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over the Iraq War was reignited on Thursday when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel for...

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel And Obama Closely Align On Afghanistan Policy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is reportedly set to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, as his secret...

Focus on the Tragedy of the Afghan War, Not on the Farce

William Astore | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
William Astore

Afghanistan has become a backdrop for a bad "B" movie, a tawdry farce played for cheap laughs. But the real story is not the farce but the ongoing military tragedy of Afghanistan.

What You Won't Hear Debated: The Trillion-dollar Misunderstanding

Barry Lando | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Barry Lando

Barack Obama may talk about ending the surge in Afghanistan, pulling out of Iraq, and so on. But the list of new military contracts being let tells a very different story.

Iraq: The High Price of Amnesia

Michael Brenner | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Michael Brenner

Sins of omission can be every bit as serious as sins of commission. The country's failure to have a reckoning with the tragedy of Iraq is the outstanding case in point.

Iraq -- Too Much, Too Soon

Nedda Alammar | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Nedda Alammar

While we never intended to stay in Iraq forever, we should have stayed until Iraqis could govern themselves. Such should be the nature of withdrawal from a country we chose to invade.

America's Soft Power Secret Weapon in the Iraq War Was a Young Army Captain Named Travis Patriquin

Ryan McDermott | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Ryan McDermott

A Soldier's Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq highlights the efforts of one soldier whose dream helped capture the momentum of the Sunni "Awakening" in Iraq in 2006.

The Urge to Surge: Washington's 30-Year High

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

It's easy to forget that war is a drug. Once you begin down the path of invasion and occupation, turning back is as difficult as an addict going cold turkey.

Wikileaks: War Is (Misbegotten) Hell

Heather Hurlburt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Hurlburt

The flood of data from Wikileaks makes it harder, not easier, to see the patterns that we still need to learn from this misbegotten war.

Afghan Army: The Few, the Proud, the Unprepared

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Diliberto

Afghans cannot take control in 2011.

The Real Winner In Iraq

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

2010-09-09-wells.jpgThousands of lives lost. Countries ravaged, and for what? No one has been held responsible, nothing has been gained.

Enough Is Enough: War Chatter From the Oval Office

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

2010 is the deadliest year thus far in Afghanistan. How much war chatter do Americans have to endure? When does the President call it "game over"?

Ryan Grim

John Boehner Hits Obama, Reid, Pelosi For Opposing Iraq Surge (VIDEO) | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John Boehner released a gloating Iraq war video in advance of President Obama's Oval Office address on the drawdown of combat troops in Iraq. The yo...

Miracles and Myths -- Opiate of the Afghanistan Hawks

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The myth of the miraculous Iraqi acts performed by David Petraeus stems from the country's desperate need to be reassured of its prowess in the face of its serial failures in the Greater Middle East.

Elena Kagan's Patriotism Trumps Peter Hegseth's Sexist Nonsense.

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

As a veteran I find Pete's remarks misleading and unjustified. Kagan does not hate the military, but even if she despised it, does that make her incompetent to serve on our nations highest court?