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Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we went back to the future as President Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq, along with humanitarian airdrops of food and water to thousands of Yazidis besieged by Islamic State fighters. The White House emphasized the military action's limited scope. "I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq," said the President. But, of course, even though the U.S. formally withdrew our forces from Iraq in 2011, this is not another war; it's a continuation of the Iraq War, which should be renamed The War of Unintended Consequences. Though this week's air strikes, however warranted, should serve as a sobering rebuke to the kind of thinking that led us into Iraq in the first place, the same voices that headed that ill-conceived charge are still front and center -- like Paul Wolfowitz, who on Tuesday claimed that America had "won" the war in Iraq "in 2009." I guess someone forgot to tell Iraq.

Dick Cheney Is Yelling Fire and Wonders Why No One Is Listening

David Paul | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
David Paul

In his broadside against President Obama, Dick Cheney fails to grasp the central irony of his situation. Cheney wants us to respond to his cries of "fire," but does not understand that all we see when he speaks is the arsonist.

If the Neocons Want Us Back in Iraq, It's Their Turn to Do the Fighting

Ruben Gallego | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

In 2005, while Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol were sitting at desks in Washington, my unit was fighting their war in Iraq. They were playing armchair general. We were kicking in doors, getting shot at and driving on IED-planted roads in unarmored vehicles designed for amphibious assaults.

Obama to Maliki: Step Up or Step Down Before U.S. Air Power

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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Shrum and Matalin agree it's the definition of insanity for the president to reinsert U.S. into centuries-long religious war when likeliest conclusion a tripartitioned Iraq back to pre-1919.

Dick Cheney's Big Neo-Con Con

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

To say that Cheney's op-ed piece is revisionist history would be a gross understatement. Rather, it's the most mind-numbing case of delusion in political history.

Send in the Clowns

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Jason Linkins

True Chyrons For Bush-Era Iraq War 'Experts'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

As Michael Calderone noted earlier this week, one of the more astounding things that has happened in the wake of the sectarian deterioration and renew...

Harry Reid: 'Being On The Wrong Side Of Dick Cheney Is Being On The Right Side Of History'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lambasted neoconservatives for opining on the current situation in Iraq on Wednesday, arguing that America ...

Iraq and the Neocons: The Sequel

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Neocons and elite media personalities who got everything wrong on Iraq now darken my TV screen telling me to ignore the invasion, the eight-year occupation, the lies about weapons of mass destruction, "mushroom clouds" becoming "smoking guns," the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and everything else, and pretend the war started with General David Petraeus's miraculous "surge" where everything was wonderful in Iraq until the "dove" Obama pulled the plug. It's a nice narrative if your goal is partisan advantage, but like so much else we've heard from policy elites regarding Iraq, it has nothing to do with reality.

Howard Dean Blasts Media For Featuring Discredited Iraq War Boosters As Experts

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) is calling out the media for providing discredited boosters of the 2003 invasion of Iraq a platform to push for re...

Michael Calderone

Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 07.10.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Paul Bremer criticized the Obama administration’s policy in the Middle East and argued that the Unite...

Ducking the Blame for Iraq? No Surprise.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The architects of disaster in Iraq know what they've done -- and now they're trying to squirm out of it.

The Real Origin of the Term 'Enemy Combatant'

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Peter Jan Honigsberg

I have spent over 12 years searching for the person who suggested that the term enemy combatant be adopted by the Bush administration. Now I know. The rest is dismal history.

U.S. President 'Betrays' Arab Uprising, Once Again

Barry Lando | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Barry Lando

An American president calls for the downfall of an Arab dictator. The people rise up. The revolt spreads across the country. The rebels ask for help f...

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.

An Open Letter To Paul Wolfowitz

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

A leading critic of American military expansionism has written a critical open letter to Paul Wolfowitz on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War. A...

Iraq War, Whose Fault?

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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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.

Kerry and Hagel, Vietnam and Iraq

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Kerry and Hagel (like Colin Powell) missed their historical moment. Had they opposed Bush's war they might have made a difference. Now perhaps they can use their cabinet posts to implement a policy or two of atonement.

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.

Three Reasons to Confirm Chuck Hagel

Hal Donahue | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Military action must be the last, rather than the primary, tool of foreign policy. While Chuck Hagel knows this, he also knows that the nation's military must be ready and able to deliver overwhelming force when required.

Another Explanation for Powell's Endorsement of President Obama

Scott Lilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

When Colin Powell or other military leaders look at the Romney campaign and find that more than a third of the national security advisors come from a single conservative think tank, maybe they fear a disastrous replay of the past decade.

Apparently This Time It's About More Than Just the Economy

David Paul | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics
David Paul

This is a world of turbulence and uncertainty, and it just may be that voters are interested in seeing whether a future president can manage that complexity with subtlety, and whether he has more to say than just I'm not the other guy.

Why We Fight? Oil.

William Astore | Posted 10.23.2012 | World
William Astore

Our nation's great thirst for oil should come as no surprise to anyone. What's surprising is that we continue to wrap our wars in the rhetoric of "freedom" even as we pursue the fix that our leaders believe they need to thrive: foreign oil, and lots of it.

Iraq, Free Trade and America's Efforts to Remake the World

David Paul | Posted 02.17.2012 | World
David Paul

If our experiment in spreading democratic freedom across the Muslim world seems like it may have rough moments, we need only look back at our now-decades old experiment in spreading economic freedom, known as free trade.