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Dick Cheney Was The Real Winner Of The First Republican Debate

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney's spirit is apparently as immortal as his earthly vessel.  At Thursday evening's GOP candidate forum in Clevel...

Rand Paul Is Right: Republican Neocons Created ISIS

Bruce Fein | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Senator Rand Paul is spot on. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was created and is fueled by Mr. Paul's lobotomized neocon rivals.

Rand Paul's Bet Might Be Right

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

While the twenty-something other candidates who make up the rest of the GOP field are all fighting over those who agree with neo-cons, Senator Paul figures he can nab the rest -- the growing number of GOP voters who reject neo-con ventures in the Middle East.

In Dick We Trust

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Republicans risk being caught in a trap of their own devising. The master narrative they're going with -- dishonesty -- is as dangerous for them as they want it to be for Hillary Clinton. They want the 2016 election to turn on the question "Can you trust her?" But Democrats can use jiu-jitsu and make the election turn on the question "Can you trust the people who duped you into Iraq?"

Out-Thinking ISIS

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 05.03.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.

Jeb, Swearing He's His Own Man, Bear Hugs Brother's Failed Foreign Policy

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

For anyone who served on the ground in Iraq there is something horrifying about the idea of the ideologically blind, strategically ignorant "thinkers" -- Paul Wolfowitz chief among them -- who sent us into a misguided war without a plan to win the peace coming back into office. And yet, Jeb wants to get the gang back together.

Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War

Danny Postel | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
Danny Postel

The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.

Paying for the Neocon Moment: Sacrificing Lives, Liberty, and Wealth for Nothing

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

We are living in The Neocon Moment, a testament to the foolishness and arrogance of those who believe themselves to be engineers of peoples, societies, and nations. Yet Washington officials have yet to tire of America's permanent state of war.

Hawks Demand More Military Spending Than During Cold War: Stop Squandering 'Defense' Dollars on Other Nations

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

America does not spend too little on the military. Rather, Washington attempts to do too much with the amount that it spends on the military. America's policy of promiscuous foreign intervention would be foolish even if it was not costly. But it is both.

U.S. Reaps Iraqi Whirlwind: Washington Should Get Out Before It's Too Late

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration's Iraq policy has failed. The U.S. is more entangled in conflict and war; Americans have been killed in retaliation for Washington's intervention; the Islamic State is still advancing; U.S. allies continue to free ride on America; Washington hopes to square a nonexistent circle in Syria.

ISIS Atrocities in Iraq Represent the Catastrophic Failure of Bush Doctrine and Neoconservative Foreign Policy

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

After 4,804 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq and 2,340 U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan, one million U.S. soldiers wounded in both wars, and a potential cost of up to $6 trillion, the last thing Americans need to see is video of fanatics executing civilians in Iraq.

Have the Neocons Learned Their Lesson?

Colin Wolfgang | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Colin Wolfgang

Recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan are just two examples of a broader failure in foreign policy: the popular neoconservative notion that America must project its hegemony on the rest of the world in an effort to promote American interests, even if those values must be projected by military force.

Why Neoconservatives Could Flock To Hillary Clinton In 2016

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.11.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Hillary Clinton may get some unlikely support from the right if she decides to run for president in 2016. During a HuffPost Live conversation about...

Barack Obama: A Foreign Policy That Fails by Trying to Do Too Much

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The ultimate folly is the belief that people are infinitely malleable, that Americans have been anointed to shape and mold humanity against its will, and that there is nothing which cannot be achieved through a few bombing runs, an occasional invasion, and a thorough military occupation. Real leadership means being prepared not to get involved. Real leadership means not being flattered into war by other states proclaiming America's indispensability in solving their problems. Real leadership means allowing, indeed, expecting, others to take control of their own destinies. Foreign policy is a difficult business. In practice the administration has been foolish and feckless, often blundering along even when it has made the right decision, such as not to attack Syria. And its desperate desire to do something risks drawing it in by increments, a serious danger in Iraq today.

America Should Stay Out of Iraq's Revived Killfest: Only Iraqis Can Save Their Country

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should ignore these Sirens of Death. Attempting to forcibly transform Iraq never was Washington's responsibility. Having botched the job once, U.S. policymakers should not try again. There certainly is no public support for new military adventures in Mesopotamia.

Instead of Meddling Endlessly in the Mideast, Washington Should Stop Trying to Fix Iraq and Everywhere Else

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

American intervention has broken pottery all over the Middle East. Every time the U.S. attempts to repair its last accident, it increases and spreads the mess. It is time for a different approach. One in which Washington does not attempt to micromanage the affairs of other nations. In which Washington practices humility. This would not be isolationism. America, and especially Americans, should be engaged in the world. Economic and cultural ties benefit all. Political cooperation can help meet global problems. Humanitarian needs are varied and manifold. Military action sometimes is necessary, but only rarely -- certainly far less often than presumed by Washington.

Neocons Should Be Held Criminally Liable for Failed Iraq War Predictions and Damages to Our Country

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If there can be an argument made that neoconservative rhetoric directly led to the downward spiral of American and Iraqi lives, as well as the decline of our country, then a court somewhere in the U.S. should look into a criminal case.

Scalia vs. Waldman on Guns / Frum vs. Corn on War

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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After 219 years, "Justice" Scalia found a right to guns in Heller. Now a new book explains why the Court was wrong and how public opinion and law can shift. Also: Frum & Corn debate the Obama scandal of 'refusing to start unnecessary wars.'

Blair: The Neocon's Dead End

James Zogby | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

After reading and rereading the speech, "Why the Middle East Matters," I was struck by how similar it was to the "agitprop" used by George W. Bush in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Paul Blumenthal

Wall Street, War Hawks Fund Challenger To Only Anti-War, Anti-Wall Street Republican

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wall Street billionaires, financial industry lobbyists and neoconservative hawks are throwing money behind a primary challenge to Rep. W...

American Israel Public Affairs Committee and My Favorite Israeli Grandmothers

Philip Farah | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Philip Farah

In the 1970s, Israeli TV had a great program, Nikui Rosh, that was something like the country's version of Saturday Night Live. Its most famous skit w...

Is President Obama Tough Enough to Stand Up to Neocons, Negotiate a Diplomatic Settlement With Putin, and Avoid a New Cold War?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Grand proclamations by Western politicians and pundits that Putin simply wants to restore the old Soviet and/or Czarist empire are useful only to those who seek a new Cold War, and if true, guarantee that will be the outcome.

Cosmetic Surgery

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The unforgivable sin of the Post's pro-war blather about our vital interests -- democratic values be damned -- is the utter dismissal of the harm we inflicted on Fallujah, Ramadi and all of Iraq in pursuit of them, and the smug acknowledgement only of American loss and "sacrifice."

Fantasy vs. Reality

James Zogby | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
James Zogby

In each case, parties on all sides continue to overreach operating under the illusion that through the application of more violence the "other side" can be destroyed once and for all -- with good triumphant over evil. In reality, what recent history has taught us is that there is no ultimate victory.

Turkey Is Not Turning Away From the West

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

Turkey exports love instead of hatred, union instead of division and reconciliation instead of enmity to the region and in this way, it will continue to maintain its place in the region.