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Congressman Mike Coffman Calls for Third Iraq War

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Coffman said: "Certainly an advisory role, but certainly not anything beyond that. And that's if requested. I think we have to be very careful once out about reentering that particular conflict. I would say, in terms of regular troops on the ground, absolutely not." There are three points why, despite his moderate wording, Coffman is calling for yet another war.

Iraq: Return of the Prodigal Conqueror?

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.29.2014 | World
Michael Brenner

One might think that a place that cost more than a trillion dollars, tens of thousands of casualties, killed more than 100,000 Iraqis, and sullied the good name of the United States has a claim on the nation's attention. Such a conclusion, though, misreads the psychology of a people led by the nose into misfortunate.

Biden Expresses Support For Iraq's Fight Against Al Qaeda

AP | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the United States continues to support Iraq in its fight against al-Qaida-linked militants. The Whi...

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule

John Feffer | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The latest violence in Iraq rivals the levels last seen during wartime. Last year, between 8,000 and 10,000 civilians were killed, the highest number since 2008.

Biden Calls Iraqi Leaders Amid Sectarian Violence

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden spoke by phone Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his frequent parliamentary critic, in...

U.S. To Support Iraq, But Without Troops

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States will support Iraq's fight against al-Qaida-linked militants w...

Howard Fineman

We Broke Iraq And We're Still Paying For The Damage | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2002, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a warning to President George W. Bush ab...

Biden Celebrates Strengthening Democracy In Iraq

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is applauding Iraq's passage of legislation governing its upcoming election, saying it stre...

Iraq's Maliki in D.C.: Take Down the Welcome Sign

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

No matter what transpires in the Oval Office, Maliki will waltz out of that meeting boasting in Arabic to his Shiite followers that he is Washington's preferred leader. That spin must not go unchallenged by the White House.

Obama To Host Iraqi Prime Minister

AP | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to host Iraq's prime minister at the White House on Nov. 1. The White House said in a ...

A Trio of Fools: Boehner, al-Maliki and Karzai

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

There are many unkind things one can say about John Boehner, all of them true, but there must be a limit. It is unfair to compare him to Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq or Hamid Kharzai of Afghanistan. Not that the comparison is not almost irresistibly tempting.

Maliki's Massacre of Pro-US Iranian Prisoners

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

One would have thought that Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki's government had enough on its hands, what with a calamitous escalation of sectarian strife harkening back to the worst days of Iraq's bloody and traumatic post-Saddam days. I was wrong.

Morsi Plays the Sectarian Card

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.

President Obama Has Three Questions to Answer on Arms to Syria

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Recent history and the current intelligence on the ground supports the conclusion that the risks are just too great. After over a decade of war overseas, now is not the time to arm an unorganized, unfamiliar, and unpredictable group of rebels.

Gunmen Kill 10 People In Iraq

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 06.27.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — Gunmen killed 10 people in Iraq, including five soldiers near the main Sunni protest camp west of Baghdad, the latest in a wave of vio...

The Conquest of America by Iraq: The Misbegotten Cakewalk a Decade and Countless Lives Later

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Doug Bandow

Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Baghdad to ask the Iraqi government to stop helping Iran support Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Kerry received an embarrassing rebuff--so much for the Bush administration's celebrated victory over Saddam Hussein. This time ten years ago the grand Iraqi cakewalk had begun. American military forces were racing toward victory. The world was going to be transformed. But not in the way President George W. Bush and his top officials imagined. Invading Iraq turned out to be one of Washington's greatest strategic mistakes. Yet even now many of the Iraq War's architects are clamoring for more wars. America needs peace. War should be a true last resort, not just another policy option for frustrated social engineers and impatient internationalists. Wars are sometimes tragically necessary. But not in Iraq.

Commemorating Ten Years of Deep Sorrow

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The most compelling question we must ask ourselves is: Have we learned anything from this sad chapter in our history to avoid another reckless military adventure in the future?

U.S. Wasted Billions Rebuilding Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether ...

Is Iraq on Its Way to a Civil War?

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Adil E. Shamoo

Nuri al-Maliki has had an historic opportunity to unify Iraq and move it forward economically. He may still have time, but he must start by ending the violence and changing his own policies, including the use of authoritarian and undemocratic methods to govern.

Wave Of Attacks Kill Dozens In Iraq

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 03.18.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives blew himself up outside the offices of a major Kurdish party in northern Ira...

Iraqi Refugees: Will the Nightmare Ever End?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

What is happening in Syria is a tragedy for all, but is a double tragedy for the Iraqi men, women and children who find themselves, through no fault of their own, once more "displaced."

U.S. Mounts Quiet, Limited Effort to Weaken Assad's Rule

The Wall Street Journal | ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES and NOUR MALAS | Posted 07.23.2012 | World

The U.S. has been mounting a secret but limited effort to speed the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without using force, scrambling spies and...

Dan Froomkin

Bush's War Turned Iraq Into Iran's Best Friend | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.15.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- In the run-up to the war in Iraq, neoconservative hawks in and out of the Bush administration promised that the U.S. invasion would quic...

Iraq Parliament Speaker Threatens To Oust PM

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 08.21.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — The speaker of Iraq's parliament declared Thursday that lawmakers are prepared to oust the nation's prime minister if he refuses to sh...

Iraq and Iran: A Partnership Made in America

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Arianna Huffington

"The war in Iraq will soon belong to history," proclaimed President Obama as he marked the occasion of bringing the last troops home. But while the military chapter of that disastrous undertaking might belong to history, its consequences belong very much to the present.