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Washington in Wonderland

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

For more than a decade and at very considerable expense, the United States has been attempting to create an Iraqi government that governs and an Iraqi army that fights; the results of those efforts speak for themselves: they have failed abysmally.

U.S. General Says Allies To Send About 1,500 Troops To Iraq In Training Role

Reuters | Posted 02.07.2015 | World

(Adds details) By Phil Stewart KUWAIT CITY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. allies have committed to send about 1,500 forces to ...

5 Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

For decades now, the first four of these assertions have formed the foundation of U.S. policy in the Middle East. The events of 9/11 added the fifth, without in any way prompting a reconsideration of the first four.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Divided Over Prospect Of Sending More Troops To Iraq | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

Americans are split on President Barack Obama's decision to authorize the sending of up to 1,500 more noncombat troops to Iraq, according to a new Hu...

There's Always Hope in Washington -- For Getting It Wrong Yet Again

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In my childhood, we used to say three strikes and you're out. But in Washington, there's evidently no magic number at all when it comes to how many disbanded Iraqi armies is too many for another step to the plate and another whiff.

What Could Possibly Go Right?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The latest American war was launched as a humanitarian mission. Within weeks, however, a full-scale bombing campaign was underway against IS across Iraq and Syria with its own "coalition of the willing" and 1,600 U.S. military personnel on the ground. Slippery slope? It was Teflon-coated.

Obama Authorizes U.S. To Send Up To 1,500 Troops To Iraq

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama authorized on Friday a broad expansion of the U.S. military mission in Iraq that could boost the total numb...

Ashley Alman

Obama Authorizes Sending Additional Troops To Iraq | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama has authorized a State Department request for additional troops in Iraq. Obama ordered approximately 350 additional military...

Military Considering Sending Additional Troops To Iraq

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and LARA JAKES | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the p...

Obama Administration May Announce More Troops To Iraq, Officials Say

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The Obama administration may announce on Tuesday a decision to send more military advisers to Iraq, U.S. officials sa...

Obama Orders More Troops To Iraq

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and ...

Army Chief Opposes Sending Troops Back To Iraq

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Army general who led U.S. forces through some of the most deadly years of the Iraq war says he opposes sending U.S. combat ...

Hawks Pushing for U.S. Troops in Iraq

Tom Hayden | Posted 02.22.2012 | World
Tom Hayden

American hawks are blaming President Obama for a premature withdrawal from Iraq, as if a few thousand American troops could prevent the country's current sectarian convulsion.

Obama Welcomes Home Troops

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is welcoming home troops who served in Iraq, saying that their service offers a lesson about the nation's charact...

The Iraq War In Numbers

Posted 12.15.2011 | World

When 2011 draws to a close, the U.S. will have withdrawn nearly all its troops from Iraq. "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over...

Biden On Surprise Visit To Iraq

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 01.29.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden arrived on a surprise visit to Iraq late Tuesday in a trip designed to chart a new relationship between the t...

Troops Celebrate Last Thanksgiving In Iraq

AP | By REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 11.24.2011 | Impact

COS ECHO, Iraq -- American troops marked their last Thanksgiving in Iraq Thursday with turkey, stuffing and a rocket fire alarm. Fewer than 20,000 Am...

Inside the Mind of the Atari Ayatollah

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Stanley Weiss

If the future of Iraq seems confusing, it is in part due to the fact that nobody seems to know the mind of Moqtada al-Sadr -- including Sadr himself.

Report: Program To Train Iraqi Troops Could Become 'Bottomless Pit' Of U.S. Money

AP | REBECCA SANTANA and LARA JAKES | Posted 12.23.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — The speaker of Iraq's parliament on Monday accused neighboring nations of meddling in Iraqi affairs and signaled it will only get wors...

U.S. Abandoning Plans To Keep Troops In Iraq

AP | By LARA JAKES and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 12.15.2011 | World

BAGHDAD -- The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned. The decisio...

Iraqi Leaders Wrestle With Decision To Let U.S. Military Trainers Stay

AP | REBECCA SANTANA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 12.04.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraqi leaders said Tuesday that they need U.S. military trainers to stay beyond a year-end deadline for American forces to leave but t...

Budget Roadblocks Could Affect Big Troops Decision

AP | By LARA JAKES and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 11.21.2011 | World

BAGHDAD -- Budget battles are the latest roadblock delaying a decision by Baghdad on how many U.S. troops it might request stay in Iraq, although a to...

Youngest U.S. Troops Bore Heaviest Toll In Iraq

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.20.2011 | World

SILVANA, Wash. — In a hilltop graveyard overlooking this Stillaguamish River village lies a young soldier killed in the infancy of the Iraq war....

Sam Stein

Boehner Responds To Gibbs, Reaffirms Support For Iraq Troop Drawdown | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Bohner's (R-Ohio) office reaffirmed on Tuesday that he supports the removal of combat troops from Iraq after White House of...

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...