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Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

The Risk of a Nuclear ISIS Grows

Joe Cirincione | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The U.S. needs to rethink our overall nuclear strategy. Our current strategy is still based on fighting a nuclear war with Russia. We should refocus it, and stop spending billions on an obsolete U.S. nuclear arsenal and move at least part of those funds to preventing ISIS or any other group from getting their hands on radioactive materials. It's time to stop fighting Soviets and shift our funds to fighting the terrorists that truly threaten us. The risk of ISIS getting their hands on nuclear or radiological weapons is small, but it is not zero. And that is too big of a gamble to take when American lives are on the line.

First First Things First: Defeat ISIS, Then Deal With Assad

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

To show how Byzantine the already complex Middle East political debate has become, my take on recent developments there will seem counter-intuitive to my long-standing fans (all three of you). For example, I support - gasp! - the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.

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."

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.

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.

Jeb, Swearing He's His Own Man, Bear Hugs Brother's Failed Foreign Policy

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

For anyone who served on the ground in Iraq there is something horrifying about the idea of the ideologically blind, strategically ignorant "thinkers" -- Paul Wolfowitz chief among them -- who sent us into a misguided war without a plan to win the peace coming back into office. And yet, Jeb wants to get the gang back together.

ReThink Review: American Sniper -- Can There Be Heroes on the Wrong Side of History?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I see soldier worship as harmful because it so easily morphs into support for wars, no matter how unjust, by letting our affection for our fellow citizens in uniform and our desire to see them come home alive obscure the truth behind what they're supposedly fighting and dying for, which is rarely as black and white as we are told or wish it to be.

Insiders Blame Rove For Covering Up Iraq's Real WMD

The Daily Beast | Eli Lake | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

There’s one man, some Republicans say, who kept the public from learning about the chemical shells littered around the Iraqi battlefield. He went by...

Jason Linkins

Sorry, But That NYT Story On Abandoned Munitions Doesn't Prove Bush Was Right About WMDs | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

The New York Times' C.J. Chivers has an invigorating longform piece up today about the American and Iraqi soldiers who "repeatedly encountered, and at...

ISIS May Be Using Mustard Gas Linked to US Against Kurds

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Whether ISIS is now actually deploying the weapons still needs to be proven but there can be no question that they now control them -- and some can be traced back home to the United States.

WATCH LIVE: WMDs: The Nightmare Scenario

Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:45 - 3:45pm MDT (4:45 - 5:45pm EST). One of the few things all of Washington agrees on is that the number one security threat is th...

Intended Consequences of Iraq War

Munir Moon | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

We had no business going to Iraq in the first place anyway, but we did and broke it. Therefore, we have a responsibility to make the best of the worst situation which is to get all of its neighbors and Iraqi factions under the U.N. umbrella together to divide the country in a peaceful manner.

Iraq Replaces Vietnam As Metaphor For Tragedy

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew Lam

In another generation, when a future U.S. president sends troops to occupy some intransigent country on a dubious objective, American pundits will most likely ask this familiar question made new: "Will it be another Iraq?"

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Is Joking, Isn't He?

Justin Constantine | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Justin Constantine

At first blush Vice President Dick Cheney's recent op-ed reads like the script of a Saturday Night Live script, the kind where the character's statements are so absurd that they cannot help but make you laugh.

Time for Dick Cheney to Take a Lie Detector Test

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Dean Obeidallah

Cheney is like the guy who robs a bank and gets away with it. But then years later he returns to the same bank and opens up a savings account so he can deposit the money he stole. It makes no sense.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Critics Invent Absurd New Explanation For Iraq War | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The argument for going to war in Iraq was clearly made. Over and over again, Saddam Hussein was said to be a turn-of-the-millennium Hitl...

'Security' Is Not 17,000 Nuclear Weapons

Derek Johnson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Derek Johnson

There's no debating we would all be better off if there were less and better-guarded highly enriched uranium and plutonium. But the summit missed an essential point: "Nuclear security" is an absurd proposition in a world bristling with more than 17,000 nuclear weapons.

A Breakthrough in Iran That Could Change Everything

Derek Johnson | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Derek Johnson

What is happening in the world right now is remarkable. We are seeing what can be achieved through multilateral leadership, hard-fought diplomacy and international pressure.

What Syria Could Mean Globally, If We're Bold Enough to Reach for It

Derek Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Derek Johnson

Syria's chemical weapons are being dismantled because 1,400 civilians were poisoned and the world was rightly outraged. We must not wait for another weapon of mass destruction to be unleashed upon the world before we act with the same urgency.

Guilty! UN Report on Syria Does Not Say What John Kerry Says it Said

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

In a court, Kerry's case might be seen as circumstantial at best, certainly not enough for a jury to return a guilty verdict in a murder trial.

Link Control of Assad's Weapons to a Peace Process for Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

Preventing Assad from using the world's deadliest weapons will not stop the carnage of Syria's civil war.

It's Time to Make the Middle East WMD-Free

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Jonathan Granoff

U.S. leadership is indispensable and President Obama has publicly made out the case that chemical weapons are immoral and should be eliminated. If such weapons are morally unacceptable, it shouldn't matter who possesses them.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Can Obama Sway Libs Loathing Iraq or Cons Loathing Him?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgObama bets his presidency for a third time. Will war-weary liberals really reject his pledge that Syria's not Iraq? Will hawks who supported an invasion over rumored WMD now oppose a one-time attack when it was actually used? Is there a majority pony to be found in this mess? Reagan & Matalin doubt it.

Kerry for Keeping Option to Use Ground Forces 'In the Event Syria Imploded'

Charles Knight | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Charles Knight

A punishment raid is one thing, but using armed force to attempt to prevent proliferation from Syria is very different sort of activity. In the event of a chaotic collapse of the Assad regime, U.S. air-strikes alone will not be able to stop proliferation of the chemical weapons.