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Republicans Disrespect Iraqi Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every current Republican gripe on the Iraq withdrawal boils down to a monumental refusal to face the reality of a full-fledged Iraqi democracy.

Friday Talking Points [135] -- The Sky Is Falling!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...

Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have wondered why the White House hasn't been making some political hay over the success of the withdrawal timetable in Iraq. But I now see they wanted to roll this news out when people were actually paying attention.

What's worse: Steele's Afghanistan comments or the reaction?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Does an Afghanistan Exit Strategy Hurt Our Allies?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

A timetable for withdrawal is a good thing. Ignore the partisan myth-making and keep pressuring your representatives to hold Obama accountable and bring this war to an end.

Iraq Milestones

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the first time since the war began, there are fewer than 100,000 American troops in Iraq.

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

The Forgotten War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No so very long ago, Afghanistan was known as "the forgotten war." But these days, Afghanistan is hard to miss in the headlines. Obama needs to begin talking about our newly-forgotten war: Iraq.

The Beginning of the End of the Iraq War?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

If our soldiers are out of Iraqi cities, and the Iraqi security forces start shouldering more and more responsibility as a result, do we really need all 130,000 troops sitting in their bases?

First Milestone Approaches In Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

America pulling combat forces out of Iraqi cities is going to have multiple effects within the country. At this point, nobody can accurately predict what those effects are going to be with 100 percent reliability.

A Close Look At The Iraq Status Of Forces Agreement [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

What I found is that the Iraqis got almost everything they had pushed for, and the Bush administration got almost nothing of what they wanted.

Memo To Right-Wing: Withdrawal Timetable Now Doubleplusgood

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm on a lot of strange press lists, so I get a lot of strange press releases, but this is the first time I've ever gotten one from another dimension, I have to admit.

Meet the Bloggers: Darcy Burner Can End the Iraq War Responsibly

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

When it comes to the Iraq war, the question is no longer whether the U.S. should end it, but how.  On yesterday's Meet the Bloggers, special guest Darcy Burner made the case for A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq, which she co-authored earlier this year. 

Security Agreement WIth Iraq Said To Be Near

New York Times | ALISSA J. RUBIN and STEVEN LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraq and the United States are close to a deal on a sensitive security agreement that Iraqi officials said on Wednesday satisfies the nation's desire ...

NY Times Blows It On McCain Op-Ed

Lester Feder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lester Feder

The whole point of McCain's rejected op-ed, published Tuesday in the New York Post, is that he doesn't think it is wise to offer the kind of Iraq statement that would satisfy the Times.

At Last! The Immovable Object Meets An Irresistible Force

James Heffernan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Heffernan

Imagine you're al-Malaki running for re-election, and you decide, like a good puppet, to run on a platform that promises indefinite foreign occupation. How many votes do you think you'd get?

Friday Talking Points [39] -- Republican Elitism Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For only the fourth (or fifth, depending on how you count) time in his presidency, George W. Bush had a veto overridden by both houses of Congress thi...

War Is Over (If Maliki Wants It)

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Without a microscopic examination of the seething cauldron of Iraqi partisan politics, it's safe to say that Maliki knows which way the wind is blowing. The Iraqi people want to know -- "when is the U.S. leaving?"

Obama Frames Iraq Right, Bush And McCain Slow To React

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

McCain's going to have to come up with some new spin to explain why Obama and Maliki are now singing from the same songbook on timetables for withdrawal.

Friday Talking Points [38] -- Whiners And Cheeseheads

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to Friday Talking Points, after a one-week hiatus! While plenty has happened in the past two weeks which bears close and careful analysis...

The Coming Together Of McCain And Obama On Iraq

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

McCain knows that the electorate wants America out of Iraq, even faster than Obama has proposed. He also knows that his ties to Bush's foreign policy are an albatross around his neck.