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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 06.25.2014 | 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.

A Lost Age of Fiscal Heroes? Not So Much.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

The debate over fiscal responsibility has been muddled by the Great Recession; inevitably, perhaps, arguments over long-term fiscal problems have been conflated with debates over short-term recovery programs. Both debates have suffered terribly as a consequence.

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.

Buck Mckeon's Big Job Scare Goes Bust

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

As the economic news continued to show poor job growth, Rep. Buck McKeon, and defense contractor Lockheed-Martin saw a major opportunity to protect the defense budget and their bottom lines.

How Not to Commemorate 9/11

Stanley Kutler | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Remembering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside 9/11, tacitly justifying those conflicts, perverts our history.

Do Arab & Muslim Lives Matter?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

John Bolton and Martin Peretz, in undermining America's core values of a big-tent approach to accommodating and absorbing other societies, are not performing a patriotic duty.

Kouchner's Lament: Misunderstanding the Net

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The internet today -- despite the occasional bouts of disinformation and invented scandal -- is far more of an effective and immediate marketplace of information than the world for which Bernard Kouchner seems to pine.

Cheney Plays 'Let's Pretend...': The Old Man's Off His Rocker

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The problem here in Cheneyville is the Old Man's off his rocker. That's the way some folks are seeing it, anyway. He's lost his marbles, they say. His brain's turned into oatmeal. He doesn't know his --

Sound and Fury: The Cheney Show

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

If I were Dick Cheney I'd probably be doing exactly what Dick Cheney is doing. It beats going to prison.

Remembering History, Powell, and McNamara

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Colin Powell and Robert McNamara exemplify the ever-loyal, unquestioning subordinate. McNamara self-righteously invoked Dean Acheson's quiet departure from the New Deal as his model, but Acheson's silence did not assure him a place at the World Bank. If McNamara had denounced the war, would it have made a difference? What if the very popular Colin Powell had expended some of his political capital and denounced the dubious rationalization for war against Iraq? Perhaps their dramatic gestures would have been wasted. But Archibald Cox's forceful stand against Nixon in October 1973 is instructive, showing that public resistance to a superior can make a difference.

Cheney, Selling Cheney

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can't turn on your TV these days without seeing the former veep with his latest account of what they did back when they were in charge, why they did it and how wonderfully it all worked. What's up with that?

Cheney's Reign of Error

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Governing has always been about choosing, about balancing competing interests. There's security -- but there's also liberty, and privacy, and commerce, and justice. Some things that we could be doing, we choose not to do, because of the time, the effort, the cost, the level of intrusion involved.

Obama's Coalition of the Unwilling

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

By Stanley Kutler President Barack Obama dramatically changed course twice on May 13 when he announced he would not release photos of American milita...

Cheney and Torture: The Buck Stops...Where?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rick Horowitz

On those questions, Cheney leaves us -- yet again -- in the dark. But we're certainly free to wonder: What did George Bush know, and how well did he know it?

Commission on Accountability Should Be Part of Our Response to America's Torture Nightmare

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

We need something like a truth commission in this country to explore how and why America became a nation that embraced torture at the highest levels of political office.

Torture, Done in Our Name

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rick Horowitz

If the rest of us are to live with ourselves, if we're to regain our own consciences, first we have to see it for what it was, and call it by its rightful name, this thing that was done in our name.

Cheney's Drink Of Choice: Skim Latte

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We've found one of Dick Cheney's new undisclosed locations: the Starbucks on Chain Bridge Road in McLean, Va. And while he may be dwelling on the "to...

Nice Not to Hear Norm Coleman at Hillary Clinton Hearing

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

My first reaction listening to the just one-notch-short-of-a-love-fest hearing was that Norm Coleman's absence has made a huge difference.

Send Caroline Kennedy to Court of St. James

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Obama should stop this torment that is being prepared for Kennedy by offering her the Court of St. James, the U.S. Ambassadorship to Great Britain.

Lumps of Coal in Cheney's Stocking

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"I feel very good about a lot of the things we've done in this administration," Cheney told Chris Wallace in a Fox News interview this past weekend.

Bush's 11th-Hour Bid for Secrecy

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The order is beyond audacious -- incumbent presidents decide and judge the nature of national security, not former presidents.

What Barack Obama Should Learn From Dick Cheney

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Obama should look to Cheney to understand how a pro -- even one who so damaged the interests of the nation -- managed power and purpose in government.

It's Not Oil Supply -- It's the High Fear Hype!

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

This debate over oil and energy policy disgusts me because both Obama and McCain are trying to force short term, knee jerk responses to a major policy challenge for the nation.

Chris Matthews Accuses Cheney Of Pressuring MSNBC Brass

Eat The Press | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Against the backdrop of the 10th anniversary soiree for MSNBC's Hardball, Chris Matthews offered up his own mini-Peter Finch moment, railing at the Bu...