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Dear President Obama: A Letter Regarding Syria

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Victor M. Feraru

The common denominator for me and most people in this country is as follows: we are against dropping bombs on Syria without a thorough explanation. It should have never taken the entire world to scream at the top of their lungs for you to "ask permission" for you to have a sit down with Congress.

The Conquest of America by Iraq: The Misbegotten Cakewalk a Decade and Countless Lives Later

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Doug Bandow

Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Baghdad to ask the Iraqi government to stop helping Iran support Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Kerry received an embarrassing rebuff--so much for the Bush administration's celebrated victory over Saddam Hussein. This time ten years ago the grand Iraqi cakewalk had begun. American military forces were racing toward victory. The world was going to be transformed. But not in the way President George W. Bush and his top officials imagined. Invading Iraq turned out to be one of Washington's greatest strategic mistakes. Yet even now many of the Iraq War's architects are clamoring for more wars. America needs peace. War should be a true last resort, not just another policy option for frustrated social engineers and impatient internationalists. Wars are sometimes tragically necessary. But not in Iraq.

Iraq: A Ten-Year Anniversary We'd Rather Forget

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Ten years ago our "leaders" in the government, the corporate media, and the "national security" establishment assured us that invading Iraq was in our national interest.

The British Iraq Inquiry Is Ours Too

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

What the United Kingdom is dealing with is the hangover of the crimes of George W. Bush, crimes that have been conveniently swept under the rug on this side of the pond.

Auld Lang Syne: Farewell To Another Decade Of "Liberal Media Bias"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

My bookend quotes capture how the "liberal" Beltway press corps changed the rules to cover Gore at the beginning of the decade and Obama at the end of it.

Torture? What About the Crime of Waging Aggressive War?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In addition to investigating torture as a war crime it is imperative that we also examine the lies and deceit that led the United States to try to remake the politics of the Middle East.

Cowardly Bush Hides Behind Laura's Skirts: Gibson Fails to Ask the Key Questions

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Abrams

Although Charlie did press Bush on the Iraq War -- would he have fought it knowing there were no WMDs? -- the presence of Laura Bush during the interview did much to disarm Gibson.