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Jeb Bush, the GOP and the Iraq War: 'Knowing What We Know Now'

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

The question should not be whether the U.S. had faulty intelligence, but whether the existence of WMDs in Iraq alone should have been regarded as a casus belli -- as a justification for going to war against, and invading, a foreign country.

Protect Religious Liberty: Christians and Other Minority Faiths Face Violent Attacks in Middle East and Beyond

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

Religious persecution did not end with Nero and the Roman Empire. In fact, punishment of and hostility toward people of faith is increasing.

Yemen Betrays US Military Decline in a Chaotic Middle East

David Oualaalou | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The United States must be very careful how it formulates foreign policy involving not only these two countries but also the greater Middle East. This region is a powder keg and is no place for reckless, chest-thumping American politicians on the left and right to be tossing politically lit matches.

Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

Top U.S. General Worries Over What Follows Swift Iraq Win In Tikrit

Reuters | Phil Stewart | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer on Wednesday predicted certain victory by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militia battling to ...

10 Reasons Why America Should Let Others Destroy ISIS and End Perpetual Military Involvement in Iraq

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It makes little sense to continue with the same tactic of perpetual war, without any assurance of a better strategic outcome. To assume that another Iraq war will keep us "safe" doesn't address the nature of terrorism or the nature of failed wars.

ISIS Unites the World

John Feffer | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

At the level of global affairs, there hasn't been anything like ISIS since Genghis Khan left immense piles of skulls outside conquered cities and dared the world to gang up against his Mongol horde. Genghis Khan didn't negotiate. The only word in his diplomatic vocabulary was capitulation. So too with ISIS and its dream of a caliphate of the oppressed.

Falling Oil Prices and Geopolitics

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The dawn of 2015 finds Americans continuing to marvel and benefit at the pump from low oil prices. Yet many ask: Why all of a sudden are prices falling so drastically? Do market forces have anything to do with it? Or is this a political strategy?

Muslims: You Must Break Free of Captivity

Qasim Rashid | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

The same clerics who stand to lose everything if the Muslim masses turn away from them took yet another cowardly and barbaric step to ensure they keep their masses captive -- either mentally, physically, morally, and spiritually.

Obama's Regime Change Strategy in Syria Will Only Strengthen ISIL

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Hughes

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Obama is looking to one-up George W. Bush in the toppling of dictators' category as he redoubles efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Unfortunately, Obama's obsession to effect regime change in Damascus will likely only bolster the Islamic State, which happens to be a sworn enemy of Assad the Apostate.

Shiite Muslims Observe Ashura In Karbala, Iraq Amid Tight Security

AP | ZEINA KARAM and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked Tuesday to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight se...

Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens In Iraq

Reuters | Michael Georgy | Posted 12.27.2014 | World

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD, Oct 27 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi'ite militiamen outside the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar on Mo...

If (When) Baghdad Falls, Keep American Soldiers Away From the Mess Created By Bush and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

With Iraq falling apart and a new enemy on the horizon that's simply a rebranding of the old one, there's a striking observation to be made about two presidents, Congress, and the leaders who send our soldiers off to war.

Is Yemen On The Brink Of Civil War?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

Shiite rebels in Yemen signed a UN-brokered agreement with other political parties this weekend to form a new government. In weeks of intense clashes,...

The Best Way the U.S. Can Help Fight ISIL Is Staying Out

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

If the past is any indication of what could result out of this "mission," the U.S., the nation leading the way with words, guns and treasure, is likely to fail simply because every time it has gone there it has made things worse.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Are The U.S. And Iraq On The Same Page?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Barack Obama Is Fourth President to Put Americans At Risk In Iraq: Let Those Threatened by the Islamic State Fight It

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Unless President Obama pulls back quickly, his administration risks becoming absorbed in another interminable, unnecessary war in Mesopotamia with unpredictable but almost certainly negative consequences.

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.

An International Conference on Iraq as a Solution

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

ISIS is trying to establish its own Sunni state, the so-called Islamic Caliphate, across borders that have their origins in the Ottoman Empire and post-World War I diplomacy.

Iran Approves the New Iraqi PM: Death of Maliki's Political Life

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran, which bears tremendous political, social and economic influence in Iraq and is considered to be the most significant foreign force in Baghdad, has made a critical tactical shift with regards to its foreign policy towards the sectarian conflict, civil war, rise of the Islamic State, and other affiliated extremist Sunni insurgencies in Iraq.

Be Careful What You Wish for in Iraq

Sami Moubayed | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Abadi is not a moderate - far from it - and nor is he less Islamic driven than Nuri al-Malki.

Iran's Supreme Leader Backs Iraq's New Prime Minister

Reuters | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

DUBAI, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lent his support to new Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi on We...

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

Iraqi Officials: Mortar Rounds Land Near Holy Shiite Shrine In Samarra

AP | Posted 08.30.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials: 3 mortar rounds land near gate of holy Shiite shrine in Samarra, wounding 9....

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.