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Shock and Awe

The Aftermath of Paris

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The aftermath of Paris seems likely to be intensified bombing raids in Syria, closed borders, heightened fear-based security and the deletion of "the gray zones of coexistence" across the planet.

Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Bombing a hospital, especially with deliberate intent -- apparently at the behest of the Afghan government, which has hated the hospital for treating the injured regardless what side they're on -- is depraved and utterly reckless.

No Place Like Homeland

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 10.01.2016 | Arts
Jeffrey Ruoff

The documentary follows months, weeks, and days leading up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and months into the subsequent occupation. Shot in Baghdad and the countryside on a lightweight video camera, this electrifying five-and-a-half hour film divides into two parts, Before the Fall and After the Battle.

Judith Miller Clings to Her Own Stubborn Myths

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.07.2015 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Judith Miller recently popped out of the Fox News bubble for a quick jaunt to the Wall Street Journal editorial page, the home base for John Bolton, Max Boot, and other neo-con hawks, to give her forthcoming book a little free advertising. In the process she attempts to whitewash her role as an influential pro-war voice in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Alive and Bleeding

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We're in a state of perpetual war and have no intention of escaping it. Certainly we have no intention of critiquing our own actions or questioning the effectiveness of war, occupation or high-tech terror as a means to create a stable, secure world. Thus Marie Harf, deputy State Department spokesperson, had her moment of right-wing ridicule when she talked about ISIS this week.

Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military

Kathy Kelly | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Today's children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution. Ironically, one of the institutions which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military.

ISIS, Ukraine, the South China Sea and the End of the Era of American Power

David Paul | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Shock and Awe was the name for the onslaught of missiles and bombing that was to initiate the U.S. invasion and would intimidate Saddam, quickly bringing his regime into submission. Little did we know that the opening days of the second Iraq war marked the end of the era of America as the world's dominant military power.

Ten Years After Caving on Iraq, Senate Democrats Cave on Assault Weapons

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Here we are, ten years later, Democrats -- commemorating an unnecessary war in Iraq by continuing to allow gun zealots to purchase unnecessary weapons of war. Obviously, Democrats are more willing to vote for a misguided war than to prevent the proliferation of weapons of war.

Ten Years After the Iraq Invasion: We Can't Afford the Same Mistake Again

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Jodie Evans

Over ten years ago, we founded CODEPINK in response to the fear-mongering color-coded terrorist alerts that helped scare Congress into an invasion and...

War Without End

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.19.2013 | Home
Kathy Kelly

Ten years ago, in March of 2003, Iraqis braced themselves for the anticipated "Shock and Awe" attacks that the U.S. was planning to launch against them.

The Meaning of Shock and Awe

David Bromwich | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

A mixture of aesthetic admiration for the bombing and bafflement at the meaning of the Iraq war was common even then and remains so today. Indifference to the mass suffering and deaths inflicted on Iraqis by the unprovoked American attack of March 2003 has been an unaltered fact of American public discussion in the past decade.

Sikh Killings, Mosque Burnings and Iran Sanctioning: America's Bullying Epidemic

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We know from the countless stories of many marginalized American communities -- from LGBT communities to Latino immigrants -- that bullying is practiced, promulgated and promoted in America. Why are we so good at it?

What We Have Here...

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nick Mills

A study by an international think tank found recently that nine out of ten Afghan men in two key southern provinces have never heard of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

Baghdad Erupts

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


'Shock And Awe': A Playlist for the End of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Wild

As I write these words, I am on a plane watching today's news. I remember also being on a plane when "Operation Iraqi Freedom" got underway, and I started hearing the words "Shock And Awe." All these years later, I don't have too many words left.

US Military Tailors Mission Names To Target Audience

Washington Post | Christian Davenport | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the hypercharged rush of combat, the adrenaline flows and the rhetoric soars. After the "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq, many of the names the mil...

Movie Review: Green Zone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Green Zone is a movie which, given a stronger sense of purpose, might have recounted exactly those failings and shown in stark relief how we were hoodwinked into war.

Entertainment, Yes; Politics, No

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A line near the end of my review of Jason Reitman's Up in the Air seemed to rub some readers the wrong way.

General Petraeus Joins Troops Diagnosed With Cancer

R. B. Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
R. B. Stuart

In 2003 General Petraeus led the troops into the massive battle of "shock and awe" in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 101st Airborne was the first to pav...

Bright Sun. Blue Sky. The Laughter of Children. Just For One Day. In Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jesse Kornbluth

As 2010 begins, I am plunged into a fresh gloom. Wouldn't it be nice if -- like the Christmas Armistice of 1914 -- the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq simply stopped. A truce that lasted a day, that wouldn't rock the world.

Help Save the Moon

Amy Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Amy Ephron

On Friday, NASA is planning to crash into the moon. I'm just wondering: who gave them permission to crash into the moon?

1:1 Proportionality: If You Want War, Why Not Try Fairness?

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen C. Rose

I see no reason why in any war there should not be 1:1 proportionality, the idea of killing no more than have been killed by the enemy.

Obama's Economy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

If the TARP banks are to be a main investment vehicle for the next stage of recovery -- as they should be, it is after all our money not theirs -- it is heartening to have Obama at the helm.

Robert McNamara and America's Tragic Memory Loss

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

Even after McNamara spelled out everything that went so horribly wrong in Vietnam, he lived long enough to see a new generation of the self-appointed "best and brightest" in Washington pay absolutely no mind to the lessons of our recent past.

Anniversary in Damascus

Freddy Deknatel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Freddy Deknatel

Khalid and Hussein are friends from Baghdad, though Hussein in his forties is a bit older. He is Shi'i; Khalid is Sunni. None of this matters to them.