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ISIS Atrocities in Iraq Represent the Catastrophic Failure of Bush Doctrine and Neoconservative Foreign Policy

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

After 4,804 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq and 2,340 U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan, one million U.S. soldiers wounded in both wars, and a potential cost of up to $6 trillion, the last thing Americans need to see is video of fanatics executing civilians in Iraq.

Have the Neocons Learned Their Lesson?

Colin Wolfgang | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Colin Wolfgang

Recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan are just two examples of a broader failure in foreign policy: the popular neoconservative notion that America must project its hegemony on the rest of the world in an effort to promote American interests, even if those values must be projected by military force.

Why Neoconservatives Could Flock To Hillary Clinton In 2016

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.11.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Hillary Clinton may get some unlikely support from the right if she decides to run for president in 2016. During a HuffPost Live conversation about...

Barack Obama: A Foreign Policy That Fails by Trying to Do Too Much

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The ultimate folly is the belief that people are infinitely malleable, that Americans have been anointed to shape and mold humanity against its will, and that there is nothing which cannot be achieved through a few bombing runs, an occasional invasion, and a thorough military occupation. Real leadership means being prepared not to get involved. Real leadership means not being flattered into war by other states proclaiming America's indispensability in solving their problems. Real leadership means allowing, indeed, expecting, others to take control of their own destinies. Foreign policy is a difficult business. In practice the administration has been foolish and feckless, often blundering along even when it has made the right decision, such as not to attack Syria. And its desperate desire to do something risks drawing it in by increments, a serious danger in Iraq today.

America Should Stay Out of Iraq's Revived Killfest: Only Iraqis Can Save Their Country

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should ignore these Sirens of Death. Attempting to forcibly transform Iraq never was Washington's responsibility. Having botched the job once, U.S. policymakers should not try again. There certainly is no public support for new military adventures in Mesopotamia.

Instead of Meddling Endlessly in the Mideast, Washington Should Stop Trying to Fix Iraq and Everywhere Else

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

American intervention has broken pottery all over the Middle East. Every time the U.S. attempts to repair its last accident, it increases and spreads the mess. It is time for a different approach. One in which Washington does not attempt to micromanage the affairs of other nations. In which Washington practices humility. This would not be isolationism. America, and especially Americans, should be engaged in the world. Economic and cultural ties benefit all. Political cooperation can help meet global problems. Humanitarian needs are varied and manifold. Military action sometimes is necessary, but only rarely -- certainly far less often than presumed by Washington.

Neocons Should Be Held Criminally Liable for Failed Iraq War Predictions and Damages to Our Country

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If there can be an argument made that neoconservative rhetoric directly led to the downward spiral of American and Iraqi lives, as well as the decline of our country, then a court somewhere in the U.S. should look into a criminal case.

Scalia vs. Waldman on Guns / Frum vs. Corn on War

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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After 219 years, "Justice" Scalia found a right to guns in Heller. Now a new book explains why the Court was wrong and how public opinion and law can shift. Also: Frum & Corn debate the Obama scandal of 'refusing to start unnecessary wars.'

Blair: The Neocon's Dead End

James Zogby | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

After reading and rereading the speech, "Why the Middle East Matters," I was struck by how similar it was to the "agitprop" used by George W. Bush in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Paul Blumenthal

Wall Street, War Hawks Fund Challenger To Only Anti-War, Anti-Wall Street Republican

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wall Street billionaires, financial industry lobbyists and neoconservative hawks are throwing money behind a primary challenge to Rep. W...

American Israel Public Affairs Committee and My Favorite Israeli Grandmothers

Philip Farah | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Philip Farah

In the 1970s, Israeli TV had a great program, Nikui Rosh, that was something like the country's version of Saturday Night Live. Its most famous skit w...

Is President Obama Tough Enough to Stand Up to Neocons, Negotiate a Diplomatic Settlement With Putin, and Avoid a New Cold War?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Grand proclamations by Western politicians and pundits that Putin simply wants to restore the old Soviet and/or Czarist empire are useful only to those who seek a new Cold War, and if true, guarantee that will be the outcome.

Cosmetic Surgery

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The unforgivable sin of the Post's pro-war blather about our vital interests -- democratic values be damned -- is the utter dismissal of the harm we inflicted on Fallujah, Ramadi and all of Iraq in pursuit of them, and the smug acknowledgement only of American loss and "sacrifice."

Fantasy vs. Reality

James Zogby | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
James Zogby

In each case, parties on all sides continue to overreach operating under the illusion that through the application of more violence the "other side" can be destroyed once and for all -- with good triumphant over evil. In reality, what recent history has taught us is that there is no ultimate victory.

Turkey Is Not Turning Away From the West

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

Turkey exports love instead of hatred, union instead of division and reconciliation instead of enmity to the region and in this way, it will continue to maintain its place in the region.

Why the Congressional Resolution on Chemical Weapons Is Completely Different From Iraq War Resolution

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

There has been a lot said in the last week comparing the Congressional resolution authorizing the use of force to punish Bashar al Assad's government for using chemical weapons to the resolution authorizing the Iraq War. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Between Benghazi and Syria, GOP Hawks Lack Credibility

Shai Franklin | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Shai Franklin

Thanks in no small part to the unceasing efforts by interventionist Republicans to criminalize the very Libya campaign they had once demanded, they have erased all credit for its nominal success -- even as they call for stronger measures in Syria.

China Benefits From Bush's Folly

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The United States has spent well over $3 trillion on its Iraq War, while suffering and inflicting much mayhem. Yet it is the studiously neutral government of China that has most clearly benefited from George W. Bush's folly.

The Masculinity Politics of the Rand Paul Filibuster

Jackson Katz | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Jackson Katz

The filibuster was a pivotal moment in the masculinity politics of the Republican Party, with potentially significant implications for future foreign policy debates.

CPAC, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, and the Conservative Crack-Up

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

As long as the right keeps doing what it keeps doing, the great conservative crack-up will bring two big winners: Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

Hagel Enters Pentagon Stronger After Confirmation Vote

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Politically, the faux fight over Hagel's nomination has dramatically shown a Republican Party in complete disarray, in the midst of their own civil war. On one hand, there are some Republican senators who, today, put the nation above politics and refused to engage in sliming a great American veteran. On the other hand, there is an increasingly shrill fringe right who, in conjunction with the same neoconservatives who led us into Iraq, continue to show that they will put anything -- even American security -- below their own self-aggrandizement and continued campaign to oppose anything the Obama administration says or does.

Beneath Hagel's Confirmation Hearings

D. Robert Worley | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense brought two old issues to the forefront -- the Iraq war and U.S.-Israeli relations. Beneath the ankle biting lies a significant competition over U.S. grand strategy.

Neocon Tantrums

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The hysterics of neoconservative senators has become a cacophony that's pretty similar to a room full of children. It's a series of tantrums that clearly shows they are losing, badly.

The Neocons vs. Chuck Hagel

Robert Reich | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

If the neocons in the GOP who brought us the Iraqi war and conjured up "weapons of mass destruction" to justify it are against Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary, Hagel gets bonus points in my book.

Confirm Chuck Hagel For Secretary Of Defense

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

I am willing to accept his apology, which Ambassador Hormel has now accepted, even if reluctantly, because Hagel will work for President Obama, and I don't believe the president would nominate anyone to this sensitive position who will not be supportive of the LGBT community.