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9/11 Plus 14: The Morphing Long War Bloodily Meanders On

William Bradley | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

How is it even possible that the jihadist situation is even more screwed up now than it was right after the 9/11 attacks? Because two successive presidencies, seeming and mostly real political opposites, have pursued deeply incoherent and ultimately profoundly counter-productive strategies.

Protesters in Lebanon and Iraq Defy Sectarian Differences, Unite Against Government Policies

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

The current protests in both Lebanon and Iraq indicate that the era of sectarian conflict is potentially taking a backseat for more unified nationalistic demonstrations.

Who Withdrew From Iraq? Was It Bush or Obama and Clinton?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Jeb Bush was attempting to deflect attention from George W. Bush and his Iraq policies. Instead, he reminded us not only who was in charge of the Iraq War and withdrawal, but how eerily similar the two brothers are about so many things.

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.

Embarrassing Jeb Bush Flip-Flops on Iraq, Again

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Anyone who thinks the war in Iraq was a "pretty good deal" should be nowhere near the command structure of the United States military, ordering our men and women in uniform into harm's way, lest they send our men and women to sacrifice their lives for another neoconservative failure.

Abadi's Momentous Gambit Against Political Corruption in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 08.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It seems that the 12 years' crescendo of politicization, sectarianism and mismanagement has finally reached its climax. The mid boiling temperature of Iraq's sweltering summer and daily terrorist attacks did not stop the masses from coming out and saying enough is enough.

Iran and the Sunni Dictators Are the Best Recruiters for IS

David Hearst | Posted 08.02.2015 | World
David Hearst

Finding the right path in Syria and Iraq is proving elusive, particularly for a U.S. president who is joined at the hip to the notion that he has pulled out of Bush's "dumb" war. The U.S. may have left Iraq, but Iraq has yet to leave the U.S.

Backing the Wrong Horse in Iraq

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Obama Administration's announcement that it is sending several hundred additional advisors to Iraq is consistent with America's failed policy in the country.

The Necessity of Iraqi Sunni Independence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One of the main prerequisites to defeating ISIS in Iraq is to determine the political future of Sunni Iraqis. The Sunnis are not prepared to make all the needed sacrifices only to benefit the Shiite government in Baghdad, which they reject and despise even more than ISIS. The Obama administration must begin, concurrently with the fight against ISIS, to negotiate the future status of the Sunni Iraqis.

Republicans Want You to Forget Why Sending Troops Back to Iraq Is a Terrible Idea

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The 2016 GOP candidates are settled on their desire to send U.S. troops back to Iraq to fight ISIS. While Republicans suffer from short-term memory loss, there's no reason the rest of us should forget what actually happened in Iraq.

The Politics of War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The U.S. has the most powerful military in the history of the world, but it should not be utilized as a political tool or for retribution. The government and its leaders must do their best to make the right decisions, to be truthful with the American people, and to provide all the necessary support needed to fulfill the military's mission. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case.

Who's to Blame for the Mess in Iraq?

James Zogby | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Democrats continue to blame President Bush for beginning the war, in the first place, while Republican candidates are attempting to turn the tables by blaming President Obama for abandoning Iraq. In reality, Republicans and Democrats both share responsibility for Iraq's dismal state of affairs.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Top Dem Blasts Iraq's ISIS Strategy As Baghdad's U.S.-Friendly Leader Struggles | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after it lost a vital provincial capital in its fight against the Islamic State group, Iraq's fragile government is now seeing setb...

Russia's Expanding Global Influence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia's new agreement to sell Nigeria arms to combat Boko Haram (BH) is evidence of its desire to expand its global geopolitical influence as well as enhance its reputation for being willing to step in where the West will not.

CUI BONO? Understanding ISIS.....

James A. Nathan | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
James A. Nathan

Though it is clear that Turkey has tacked to a strong wind, Turkey is painfully aware that the American-led effort to arm Kurds against ISIS will accelerate a redefinition of a hundred-year old regional order defined in the detritus of World War One.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Officials Pin Blame For ISIS On Iraqi Government | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States finally seems to have identified the party responsible for failing to halt the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq: the ...

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.

How We Enabled ISIS By Disarming Iraqi Militias

John A. Tures | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

As ISIS raced through Western Iraq, cutting through Kurdish villages and Sunni enclaves with rapid speed, the United States reacted with shock. How could the Iraqi Army give up resistance so rapidly? Why weren't locals fighting back?

A War Worth Fighting, But We're Not There Yet

James Zogby | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
James Zogby

I'm not one of those who scoffed at the President, a few weeks back, when he told reporters that he had not yet developed a strategy to confront ISIL -- the precursor to IS. Despite the rants of critics on the right, I want my President to spend time developing a strategy.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Are The U.S. And Iraq On The Same Page? | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

When Secretary of State John Kerry met with freshly minted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday, he declared that the U.S. was "very enco...

Cheney's Iraq Facts Are Still All Wrong

Lawrence Korb | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Cheney's factual errors, misleading statements and hypocrisy are a continuation of his eight years as vice president. Blaming Obama for everything that is not right in the world does not help this country deal with the challenges it faces in the Middle East.

Treat ISIS Like an Onion

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Bombing Syria will eventually lead to boots on the ground, and then what? We will produce more destruction in Syria, as we have already seen in Iraq, and only increase the hatred of the people of the Middle East toward the United States.

U.S. Aims To Build Coalition Against ISIS

AP | By LARA JAKES | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency....

The U.S. and ISIS

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

At the start of classes one year ago, I was having to explain to my students why the United States appeared to be on the verge of going to war against the Syrian government. At the beginning of this semester, exactly one year later, I'm having to explain to my students why the United States may be on the verge of going to war against Syrian rebels.

ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.