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Juan Cole

If You're Not Cheering Bowe's Return, You Didn't Want to End the War

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If the war is ending, then we are about the business of bringing our soldiers home. If we are not about the business of bringing our soldiers home, then the war is not ending.

Bernard-Henri Levy and the West's Intervention in Libya: A Discussion with Experts

Karin Badt | Posted 08.11.2012 | World
Karin Badt

Film critics at Cannes trashed Bernard-Henri Levy's new documentary Oath of Tobruk, about his intervention in Libya last year. I turned to the leading experts on Libya to discuss.

The U.S. and Iran Are Talking. Why Is the New York Times Peddling Iran Islamophobia?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Media
Robert Naiman

Last Saturday -- the same day the United States and Iran were having "constructive and useful" discussions on Iran's nuclear program in Istanbul -- the New York Times published a piece titled, "Seeking Nuclear Insight in Fog of the Ayatollah's Utterances."

Dan Froomkin

In Iraq, An Uneasy Ending To A Misbegotten War

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.21.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama announced an imminent end to the American war in Iraq on Friday, long-time critics looked back on a nearly nin...

Bush White House Wanted Smear Campaign Against Iraq War Skeptic, Former CIA Agent Claims

The New York Times | James Risen | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the...

Libya and Liberals: Confessions of a Minion of the Military-Industrial Complex

Dr. Jonathan David Farley | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jonathan David Farley

If I were the Secret Service, I'd be investigating me about now. There is a 2006 photo of me sitting next to Senator Ted Kennedy, Congresswoman Jo An...

A Debate on U.S. Military Intervention in Libya: Juan Cole vs. Vijay Prashad

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Democracy Now!

Professor Juan Cole defends the use of military force, while Professor Vijay Prashad warns the United States has involved itself in a decades-long internal Libyan struggle.

An Open Letter to Liberal Supporters of the Libya War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The decision of the Obama Administration to engage the country in a new Middle East war without Congressional authorization represents a long-term threat to the U.S. peace movement.

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

They may not be useful for making posters for a demonstration. But for lobbying Congressional staff or making other presentations to people not already on our side, the arguments of the Afghanistan Study Group are likely to be useful.

Juan Cole: Serial Catastrophes In Afghanistan Threaten Obama Policy

juancole.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

You probably won't see it in most US news outlets, but on Monday morning in Kabul and Jalalabad, hundreds of university students demonstrated against...

The "Goldilocks Principle" and Afghan War Options

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

General McChrystal's recommendation for more troops and material has a distinctly Westmorelandian flavor to it. If approved, it could create an additional $40 to$80 billion per annum in war costs.

Guantanamo Detainees' Most Requested Books From Prison Library: Harry Potter, Don Quixote, And Obama's Dreams From My Father

juancole.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Journalist Besan Sheikh recently visited the Guantanamo Bay prison facility run by the US, where al-Qaeda and other prisoners from Bush's 'war on terr...

Salon: Is Sarah Palin America's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Aug. 3, 2009 | Is Sarah Palin America's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? The two differ in many key respects, of course, but it is remarkable how similar they are...

Juan Cole on Iranian Protests and the Reform Movement's Future

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

Cole said that while Obama administration can't intervene to the point that they enable a reformist victory, they must continue engaging Iranian hardliners if the current regime remains in power.

Based on Terror Free Tomorrow Poll, Ahmadinejad Victory Was Expected

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The evidence that has been presented so far that the election was stolen has not been convincing.

Pakistan Taliban Problem Overblown: Juan Cole

Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Readers have written me asking what I think of the rash of almost apocalyptic pronouncements on the security situation in Pakistan issuing from the Ne...

Juan Cole: The Coming McCain Military Draft

Informed Comment | Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There has been almost no discussion in the press about the broader implications of John McCain's military policies. McCain wants to keep a large mili...

Juan Cole: Clinton's Iran Comments "Monstrous"

Informed Content | Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I had complained at the time that this diction is monstrous. I mean, it is surreal to have Democrats discussing whether it is appropriate for the US t...

Juan Cole: Why al-Maliki Attacked Basra

Salon | Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Why did Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attack the Mahdi army in Basra last week? Despite the cease-fire called Sunday by Shiite leader Sayyid M...

Juan Cole: McCain Owns The Iraq Surge -- For Better Or Worse

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John McCain campaigned in Michigan this weekend on national security issues and Iraq, insisting that the United States is closing in on victory in Ir...

Juan Cole: Top 10 Challenges Facing The US In The Mideast In 2008

Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Top 10 Challenges Facing the US in the Middle East, 2008 10. Helping broker a deal in Lebanon between the March 14 Movement and the Shiites so that ...

Juan Cole: Top 10 Iraq Myths For 2007

Informed Comment | Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

10. Myth: The US public no longer sees Iraq as a central issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. In a recent ABC News/ Washington Post poll, Ir...