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Shock and Awe

Ten Years After Caving on Iraq, Senate Democrats Cave on Assault Weapons

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Here we are, ten years later, Democrats -- commemorating an unnecessary war in Iraq by continuing to allow gun zealots to purchase unnecessary weapons of war. Obviously, Democrats are more willing to vote for a misguided war than to prevent the proliferation of weapons of war.

Ten Years After the Iraq Invasion: We Can't Afford the Same Mistake Again

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Jodie Evans

Over ten years ago, we founded CODEPINK in response to the fear-mongering color-coded terrorist alerts that helped scare Congress into an invasion and...

War Without End

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Kathy Kelly

Ten years ago, in March of 2003, Iraqis braced themselves for the anticipated "Shock and Awe" attacks that the U.S. was planning to launch against them.

The Meaning of Shock and Awe

David Bromwich | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

A mixture of aesthetic admiration for the bombing and bafflement at the meaning of the Iraq war was common even then and remains so today. Indifference to the mass suffering and deaths inflicted on Iraqis by the unprovoked American attack of March 2003 has been an unaltered fact of American public discussion in the past decade.

Sikh Killings, Mosque Burnings and Iran Sanctioning: America's Bullying Epidemic

Michael Shank | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

We know from the countless stories of many marginalized American communities -- from LGBT communities to Latino immigrants -- that bullying is practiced, promulgated and promoted in America. Why are we so good at it?

What We Have Here...

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

A study by an international think tank found recently that nine out of ten Afghan men in two key southern provinces have never heard of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

Baghdad Erupts

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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'Shock And Awe': A Playlist for the End of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Wild

As I write these words, I am on a plane watching today's news. I remember also being on a plane when "Operation Iraqi Freedom" got underway, and I started hearing the words "Shock And Awe." All these years later, I don't have too many words left.

US Military Tailors Mission Names To Target Audience

Washington Post | Christian Davenport | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the hypercharged rush of combat, the adrenaline flows and the rhetoric soars. After the "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq, many of the names the mil...

Movie Review: Green Zone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Green Zone is a movie which, given a stronger sense of purpose, might have recounted exactly those failings and shown in stark relief how we were hoodwinked into war.

Entertainment, Yes; Politics, No

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A line near the end of my review of Jason Reitman's Up in the Air seemed to rub some readers the wrong way.

General Petraeus Joins Troops Diagnosed With Cancer

R. B. Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
R. B. Stuart

In 2003 General Petraeus led the troops into the massive battle of "shock and awe" in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 101st Airborne was the first to pav...

Bright Sun. Blue Sky. The Laughter of Children. Just For One Day. In Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jesse Kornbluth

As 2010 begins, I am plunged into a fresh gloom. Wouldn't it be nice if -- like the Christmas Armistice of 1914 -- the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq simply stopped. A truce that lasted a day, that wouldn't rock the world.

Help Save the Moon

Amy Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Amy Ephron

On Friday, NASA is planning to crash into the moon. I'm just wondering: who gave them permission to crash into the moon?

1:1 Proportionality: If You Want War, Why Not Try Fairness?

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen C. Rose

I see no reason why in any war there should not be 1:1 proportionality, the idea of killing no more than have been killed by the enemy.

Obama's Economy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

If the TARP banks are to be a main investment vehicle for the next stage of recovery -- as they should be, it is after all our money not theirs -- it is heartening to have Obama at the helm.

Robert McNamara and America's Tragic Memory Loss

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

Even after McNamara spelled out everything that went so horribly wrong in Vietnam, he lived long enough to see a new generation of the self-appointed "best and brightest" in Washington pay absolutely no mind to the lessons of our recent past.

Anniversary in Damascus

Freddy Deknatel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Freddy Deknatel

Khalid and Hussein are friends from Baghdad, though Hussein in his forties is a bit older. He is Shi'i; Khalid is Sunni. None of this matters to them.

My Conversation with Robert Gates

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2009-03-12-gates.jpgI asked Secretary Gates about the recent increase of violence in Iraq and the notion that we are not winning in Afghanistan.

Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment

Randall Amster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randall Amster

Don't you get a small adrenaline surge when the serious-sounding NPR news voice comes on the radio at the top of the hour, and you're wondering what new calamity has transpired?

My Uncensored Interview with Deepak Chopra

Michelle Haimoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Haimoff

I spoke to Chopra Tuesday and gave him the opportunity to speak candidly about censorship in the media, the new patriotism, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and latent anti-Muslim racism in the United States.

The Bitter Irony Of Five Years' Occupation

NY Times | John Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FIVE years on, it seems positively surreal. On the evening of March 19, 2003, a small group of Western journalists had grandstand seats for the big ...