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Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

James Zogby | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Next week, Arab American leaders from a dozen key electoral states will convene in Washington to map out a political strategy for 2016. Despite the very real challenges facing these leaders, this generation of Arab Americans can approach the future with some confidence given the progress that has been made the last three decades.

David Wood

Iraq Reconsruction Cost U.S. Taxpayers $60 Billion, Left Behind Corruption And Waste

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In nine years of war in Iraq, 4,448 Americans died and 32,221 were wounded in battle, leaving behind a deeply divided country steeped in...

Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?

Greg Muttitt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Greg Muttitt

Iraq recently reclaimed the number two position in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, overtaking oil-sanctioned Iran. Now, there's talk of a new world petroleum glut. So is this finally mission accomplished?

Bombs Kill 4 And Judge Shot In Iraqi Violence

AP | BUSHRA JUHI | Posted 08.31.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Bombers killed four people in two Iraqi cities and gunmen assassinated a judge, officials said Sunday, as al-Qaida's affiliate ramped ...

An Unsanitized Look at the Origins of the Iraq War

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

The debacle in Iraq is not merely a result of errors in planning or poor decision-making. Soldiers are still risking their lives every day in Iraq, "combat" or no "combat," and many more will die for this policy our neo-con leaders handed down to us.

Health Care Reform: The Real Price is in "Brother can you Spare a Dime"

Chris Prevatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Prevatt

It has become readily apparent that efforts to achieve health care reform in the Senate have become a disaster and effectively dead. This seems to be clear to everyone, with the exception of several senators.

Our Suicide Bombers: Thoughts on Western Jihad

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Feffer

We have our suicide bombers -- we call them heroes. We have our culture of indoctrination -- we call it basic training. We kill civilians -- we call it collateral damage.

Iraq's "National Sovereignty Day" is U.S.-Style Hallmark Hype

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

The puppet government in Iraq has named June 30th "National Sovereignty Day." This is U.S.-style Hallmark hype and will remain so until every last occupation soldier leaves Iraqi soil.

U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq: Share Your Stories

Huffington Post | Morgan Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On June 30, 2009, thousands of American troops will withdraw from Iraqi cities. The U.S. and Iraqi governments agreed last year to a security plan whi...

Rahm Emanuel's Think Tankers Enforce 'Message Discipline' Among 'Liberals'

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Independent journalists have tried to shine a spotlight on how groups like the Center for American Progress and MoveOn are now supporting the continuation of wars because their guy is now commander-in-chief.

Fugitive Saddam Aide Calls For Better US Ties After Troops Leave, Govt Toppled

AP | SALAH NASRAWI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — A former top deputy of Saddam Hussein has said he wants good ties with the United States, but only after U.S. troops leave and the Shiit...

While Obama Escalates War in Afghanistan, Iraq Could Blow Up in His Face

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

There is great reason to suspect that the timeline for withdrawal -- all troops out by 2011 -- announced in February by the Obama administration will prove to be a fallacy.

New Report Reveals Why We'll Be Paying for the Iraq Occupation for Years to Come, Withdrawal or Not

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

With last week's announced escalation of the war in Afghanistan, Obama blew the lid off of any lingering perceptions that he represents a significant change in how the U.S. conducts its foreign policy.

"Mission Accomplished" Bush Gets the Last Laugh in Iraq and Afghanistan

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

For years, George W. Bush has been roundly criticized, even lampooned, for declaring "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. But maybe declaring "Mission Accomplished" was not that crazy after all.

President Obama, Why Did You Pay Blackwater $70 Million in February? [Updated]

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

With the US economy in shambles and millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet and keep their homes, Obama needs to explain to US taxpayers how they justify mega-payments to Blackwater.

Blue Dog Democrats and Republican Triangulation

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

We must not allow the Blue Dogs to slow down President Obama's momentum or water down the sweeping reforms the nation needs in these trying economic times.

Sundance Channel Launches Site For 6 Years Of Occupation In Iraq

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Sundance Channel launched a new website today to make note of the anniversary of Iraq's six-year occupation. The site has webisodes of documentar...

Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack: There They Go Again

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

In today's New York Times, Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack make their same tired argument for permanently occupying Iraq they've been making for the last five years.

This (Old) News Just In... Obama Doesn't Plan to End the Iraq Occupation

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Some people seem to just now be waking up to the fact that Obama never had a comprehensive plan to fully end the occupation. Obama never defined "ending the war" as removing all U.S. forces from Iraq.

Lawrence Wilkerson's Lessons of War and Truth

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

Lawrence B. Wilkerson has spent 31 years as a soldier in the US Army, including military service in Vietnam. He played a role in the death of a Vietnamese girl and came to disclose that.

End the Occupation of Iraq -- and Afghanistan

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

So far, Bush's plan to maintain a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq has been stymied by resistance from the Iraqi government. Barack Obama's ti...

We Won in Iraq -- A Long Time Ago

Dave Winer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Winer

Remember when our troops marched into Baghdad, took the place over, drove Saddam into a hole and arrested or killed the government? Then we disbanded their army -- that's what victory looks like.

The Surge Is Working? Not If You Read the Latest GAO Report

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

What the GAO report makes clear, above all else, is that contrary to what the mainstream media and the GOP would have you believe, the surge has not worked. It's time for the U.S. military to go home.

Jason Linkins

Majority Of Iraqi Legislators Call For Timetable For U.S. Withdrawal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a letter to Congress, dovetailing with yesterday's testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Ri...

Jason Linkins

In Congressional Hearings, Iraqi Parliamentarian Blames The "Destruction" Of Iraq On U.S. Invasion

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Some extraordinary testimony is being offered today in hearings impaneled by Congressman Bill Delahunt - who chairs the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee o...