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ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.

I Survived Saddam's Chemical Attacks, but I Never Imagined a Crisis Like This

Aram Shakaram | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Aram Shakaram

These are problems that can only be fixed with more funding and resources, and now is the time to respond. Not only are the displaced battling to survive each day, they don't know how long they can stay wherever they are, if they will need to flee again or if their lives will ever return to normal. When and how this ends, nobody knows. What we do know is that humanitarian aid is desperately needed to keep people alive. The road ahead is long and the international community needs to step up now to save Iraq before it falls beyond repair.

The Obama Tactic

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The American public isn't exactly strongly supportive of Obama's foreign policy right now, but one thing the public really doesn't support is getting involved with any of the various conflicts raging over there. We are still -- again, according to the polls -- a pretty war-weary nation.

Laughing From His Grave

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Nearly 12 years ago, the United States Congress, representing the American people, provided President George W. Bush with the authorization to invade Iraq. Friday, seemingly under this same authorization, American bombs fell again on Iraq.

Marine Chief Misses the Forest on Iraq

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

Outgoing Marine Corps commandant General James Amos believes the precipitous drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 opened the door for radical Al-...

Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

William Bradley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics?

Remembering the Hoax That Helped Launch the U.S. Invasion, and Later Disintegration, of Iraq

Knut Royce | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Knut Royce

The never-ending war in Iraq and the birth of the newly declared Islamic State -- the first caliphate since the fall of the Ottoman Empire -- are the unintended consequences of a set of crudely forged intelligence documents we collectively call The Italian Letter.

Why Are Obama and Kerry Wasting Their Time With 'Iraq?'

William Bradley | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What we have called "Iraq" since the British and French carved up the old Ottoman Empire after World War I is obviously over. So why are President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in the midst of the unfolding Gulf War III, wasting time pretending they might save the old carcass?

Clinton Repeats '08 Mistake

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

There is a growing concern in Democratic circles, which I share, about whether the Hillary Clinton who could run in 2016 is repeating the mistake she made in 2008, when she ran as the inevitable and invincible candidate of a political establishment held in widespread public disrepute.

Maliki Is a New Saddam, and It's America's Fault

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Many American Iraq war veterans must be disappointed; after all, they didn't risk their lives for all those years so that the country they believed they were helping liberate can fall into the hands of extremists.

Where's Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

From Egypt, it was off to Baghdad for John Kerry to see whether Iraq's bold effort in democratic nation building could be resuscitated in the face of imminent collapse. The problem there is that Kerry will have trouble locating a military strongman to back.

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.

If ISIS Is Such a Threat, Why No Air Strikes?

William Bradley | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Have we learned nothing during our adventures in the Middle East and Central Asia?

The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Numerous observers and actors alike in the conflict blame al-Maliki's refusal to form a coalition government, composed of multiple sectors and factions within the country, for the ongoing existential crisis.

The Good Guys and Bad Guys in Iraq

Steven Clifford | Posted 08.22.2014 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

In 2003 Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq. He was a bad guy. A bunch of good guys named Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Feith decided to invade Iraq and get rid of this bad guy.

Iraq: The Way Ahead Requires Understanding the Past

Joseph C. Wilson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Joseph C. Wilson

The decision to abandon the policy of aggressive containment, and launch a war to overthrow Saddam has led us to the precipice of what we had been attempting to avoid for a quarter of a century -- the breakup of Iraq, and dangerous instability for the foreseeable future, including the distinct possibility of a terrorist safe haven in the Sunni tribal lands. And, whether we agree with it or not, the U.S. will forever be blamed for all of the negative consequences. Relitigating the past is obviously painful for those who were so terribly wrong, and whose actions led to what is arguably the most egregious foreign policy error in the history of our country. But it is necessary as we consider the way ahead.

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.

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush's Horrifying Legacy

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush's enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense. This was, and will always be, viewed properly as Bush's quagmire, a murderous killing field based on blatant lies.

Iraqistan

Francis Levy | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

It may sound like the old cold war policy of spheres of influence, but as we can see in the instance of Kirkuk, a strong Kurdistan seems to be the best insurance against making Iraq into a major outpost of Islamic extremism.

Behind the Madness in Iraq

Tom Hayden | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The U.S. had no business invading Iraq. We left behind a vengeance-driven Shiite regime aligned with Iran. Now the sectarian war in Syria is enlarging into a regional one.

The Taliban Is Not al-Qaeda, and It's Very Dangerous for the U.S. to Confuse the Two

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The recent release of Taliban prisoners of war from the Guantanamo base in Cuba has whipped up hysteria among the media and politicians alike, both of whom have been all too quick, once again, to equate the Taliban with al-Qaeda.

Memorial Day: Honor the Peace Seekers

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Our highest patriotism on this Memorial Day should not simply be to mourn those Americans who have died fighting in the uniform of our country, but more importantly, we should all vow that unnecessary wars -- like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan -- will never, ever happen again.

The New Monetary Standard

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Aurelia Condrat

Without any doubt in this moment we can not talk about the dollar but about the "energo dollar" or "petrodollar," currencies that are not within reach of the common people which ultimately bring prosperity.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...