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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 04.18.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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...

The Islamic State and Saddam's Phantom Army

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

Baathists like those have not only simply 'joined' with Islamist groups like IS to reinforce their insurgency. They actively set them up. The group's original name ISIS or ISIL, meaning 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,' refers to the Sunni majority area across Iraq and Syria, which they now control.

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.

U.S. Hid Finding Chemical Weapons In Iraq Because We Made Them

The New York Times | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong. It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq. They had just exploded a stack of old Iraqi artill...

Tar Sands Trade: Kuwait Buys Stake in Alberta As It Opens Own Heavy Oil Spigot

Steve Horn | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogChevron made waves in the business world when it announced its October 6 sale of 30-percent of its holdings in the Alberta...

Get Out! - The Only Sane Response to the Islamic State

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

The Islamic State (ISIS) proves the law of unintended consequences. Congratulations America! We killed Christianity in the Middle East and unleashed a terror organization with far greater reach and power than Al Qaeda ever possessed.

The Middle East: From Saddam to ISIL to Nation Building

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

For the West to act surprised and plead ignorance about the quick rise of ISIL is like asking the reader to forget about the allies' actions that led to this moment in history.

War Is Not the Answer

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Wars often fail to solve the problems and ultimately make them worse. War has to answer to metrics, just as more peaceful alternatives do. The war in Iraq was a complete failure with enormous human and financial costs; ISIS is now one of the consequences.

America, ISIS and Al Qaeda: Deadly Dynamics?

Barry Lando | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Barry Lando

The major reason that President Obama gave last night for escalating the U.S. battle against ISIS is to protect America from terrorist attack. The irony is that Obama's new actions may actually trigger the very attacks against the U.S. and Americans that his policies are supposed to prevent.

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.