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The Pottery Barn Rule Updated

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It was the summer of 2002. The Bush administration's top officials knew that they were going into Iraq in a big way. They were then in planning mode, but waiting until fall to launch their full-throttle campaign to persuade Congress and the American people to back them.

Can 'All the King's Men' Put Iraq Together Again?

Charles Knight | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Charles Knight

Sorry, Washington -- you probably can't put Iraq back together again. Certainly, the kinetic effects of more bombing won't repair the damage done to the Iraqi nation since the US invaded in 2003.

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.

Bob Woodward On Donald Rumsfeld's Iraq Comments: 'It's Just A Total Contradiction'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Investigative journalist Bob Woodward on Tuesday rebutted former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s claims that he had always been sk...

A Balance Sheet on Tarek Aziz

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Tarek Aziz is gone and so are all senior Iraqi officials who might had served as an effective bridge between pre-2003 and post-Saddam Iraq.

The Truth Teller

Scott Ritter | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Scott Ritter

In August 1998, in what was my last meeting with Tariq Aziz as a weapons inspector, he lambasted the lack of progress after more than seven years of inspections. "The truth is that Iraq has no proscribed weapons or capabilities in any areas within the mandate of the Special Commission... Your duty is to take the direct political responsibility and report the truth."

This American Soldier Saved The Life Of A Baby In Iraq. He Just Attended Her High School Graduation.

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 06.05.2015 | Teen

A Kurdish-American teenager invited the soldier who saved her life to her high school graduation. Lt. Col. Greg Pepin first met Lava Barwari 19 ye...

Saddam Hussein's Longtime Foreign Minister Dies In Iraqi Prison

Reuters | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

June 5 (Reuters) - Tariq Aziz, who was foreign minister of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has died in prison, Iraqi officials said on Friday. He was 79. ...

Jeb Bush Re-Writes the History of the Iraq War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Nothing illustrates better the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican war hawks who call themselves presidential candidates than their attempts to whitewash the history of how this nation went to war in Iraq.

Jeb Has Fallen Into the Trap. It's Not About What You Know Now, It's About Who You Are

David Paul | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Jeb Bush finally got his answer right. Bowing to the political correctness of the moment, the aspiring President Bush III fell into line and spoke the magic words. If I knew then what I know now, I would not have launched an invasion of Iraq.

Next Iraq Question for 2016 Wannabees: Would You Have Let the Inspectors Finish Their Work Before Invading?

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If indeed accurate information is all they needed to have made the right decision on Iraq, it follows that they would have wanted accurate information if they could obtain it.

NYT's Nick Confessore Grills Judith Miller On WMD Reporting: ‘Your Stories Were Wrong'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.20.2015 | Media

Judith Miller, the ex-New York Times reporter whose coverage of Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction was widely discredited in t...

Officials: Former Saddam Deputy Allied To ISIS Reportedly Killed In Iraq

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 06.17.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials said they believe that government forces on Friday killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who ...

The Lies Still Killing Gulf War Vets

Washington Spectator | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

During and immediately after the first gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today.

Former Saddam Hussein Officers Play Major Role In Islamic State

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 04.05.2015 | World

SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group...

Getting Real on Iran, and Israel

William Bradley | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The remaining question for Netanyahu and the rest of what will be yet again the most right-wing government in Israeli history is what they really mean by calling the prospect of Iranian Bomb an "existential threat" to Israel.

Clashes In Iraq Level Saddam Hussein's Tomb

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 03.16.2015 | World

OUJA, Iraq (AP) — The tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein was virtually leveled in heavy clashes between militants from the Islamic State gr...

American Sniper Leaves Oscar Weekend Behind Without Top Prizes But With Larger Laurels

William Bradley | Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

American Sniper may not have come out of Oscar weekend with any of the top prizes, but it did come away with a new cumulative box office of more than $320 million. That's by far the highest of any war film in history, not to mention more than all the other Oscar Best Picture nominees combined.

Battle Cry, Iraq

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It was August 2, 1990, and Saddam Hussein, formerly Washington's man in Baghdad and its ally against fundamentalist Iran, had just sent his troops across the border into oil-rich Kuwait. It would prove a turning point in American Middle East policy.

My Son, a U.S. Marine

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

Even though my radical liberalism has softened over the years, I've never come close to voting Republican. So I was stunned when my then 17-year-old son announced that he wanted to join the Marines.

How American Sniper Became a Surprise Mega-Hit Honoring America's Martial Culture and Highlighting the Futility of the Iraq War

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

American Sniper is well on its way to being the biggest war film ever at the domestic box office, and second most popular R-rated film ever behind The Passion of the Christ.

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.

Not Everything Happening in the Middle East Is Bad

Abdullah Gül | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Abdullah Gül

The removal from Syria of the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons shows that joint efforts can yield positive results. Likewise, by agreeing to extend the international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, the parties to the talks have kept alive the promise of a final deal, which would be a great victory for multilateral diplomacy.

The Forgotten Triumphalist Glories of War, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

So many years and wars later, it's easy to forget what a total television hit the first Gulf War of 1991 was.

Richard Engel Was Almost A Human Shield For Saddam Hussein

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.11.2014 | Media

Though NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has been at the network for over a decade, there was once a time when he could have had a v...