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Success of the Surge

The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Media
Jon Soltz

The number of times that Sen. McCain hasn't just been wrong, but deadly wrong, on matters of our security is nearly impossible to count. Maybe the DC fishbowl has convinced itself that McCain has been prescient. Well, I'm here to give them a quick education, because many of us who have served in the these conflicts are less convinced.

Has There Really Been a Policy Change in Iraq?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

There haven't been any results in Iraq, either because President Obama hasn't tried hard enough, or because his efforts have failed.

Fiasco Author: Obama's Iraq Optimism "Sounds a Lot Like Bush"

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Quigg

There's the saying about how people who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. But what about people who actively lie to themselves about the past, about something like the surge?

While Obama Escalates War in Afghanistan, Iraq Could Blow Up in His Face

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

There is great reason to suspect that the timeline for withdrawal -- all troops out by 2011 -- announced in February by the Obama administration will prove to be a fallacy.

"We Won't Take That History Lightly"

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harry Shearer

It's neat that Petraeus should pause to remember history at this juncture, after he's helped perpetuate an Iraqi adventure that completely ignored history in the same part of the world.

In Iraq: Forget Michael Goldfarb, Remember Inigo Montoya

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Quigg

As Andrew Sullivan noted in the earliest hours of the Obama presidency, It only took Michael Goldfarb twenty-two minutes to start blaming Obama for Iraq.

Who Are the Most Overrated -- and Underrated -- People of 2008?

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

It should be part of everyone's New Year routine to ask: Who did we overrate in '08, and who didn't get their due? These are my proposals.

An End in Sight for Some, but Not Others

Charles Ferguson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Ferguson

John McCain, the Bush administration, and a number of neoconservatives believe we're at the beginning of an American victory. If this is winning, I'd hate to see what losing would look like.

John McCain's Surging Lie

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

McCain wants us to talk solely about whether the surge of US troops last year has been successful. But a hole was just blown in that argument -- and blood is rushing through.

Conventional Wisdom Surging

Edward Humes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Humes

Two highly suspect yet seemingly unkillable narratives continue to swirl through the election largely unchallenged: the undeniable success of "The Surge" and McCain's reputation as a proven military leader.

Satellite Shows Ethnic Cleansing In Iraq Was Key Factor In "Surge" Success

Reuters | Maggie Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON - Satellite images taken at night show heavily Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Baghdad began emptying before a U.S. troop surge in 2007, graphi...

The Dark Side Of The Surge: Cleansing, Partitioning, Imprisonment

AlJazeera Magazine | Robert Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Since Jan. 10, 2007, when George W. Bush announced his troop "surge," more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers have died in the Iraq War - about a quarter of the...

McCain: The Fundamentals of Madonna's Marriage are Strong

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

In what his aides are hoping could be a "game-changer" in advance of tonight's debate, McCain today expressed a strong vote of confidence in the marriage between Madonna and Guy Ritchie.

New Feuds Form In The Wake Of The "Surge"

The Guardian | Jonathan Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Back in Baghdad for the first time this year, I was consumed by the issue of change. What's different, I would ask almost every Iraqi I met. "What abo...

Close Presidential Race? Don't Blame the Media, Blame the Voters

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Voters have (or could have) all the information they need to make a choice this year. They're just making a choice that those on the left would consider a bad one.

Woodward: Washington Misrepresented The Success Of The "Surge"

Washington Post | Bob Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout the summer of 2007, as the troop surge in Iraq reached full strength, Gen. David H. Petraeus kept waiting for the tide to turn. By summer's...

How Did the RNC Insult Troops and Veterans? Let Me Count the Ways...

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Last week's convention sure made every superficial effort to come off as pro-Troop. And the media ate it up, not challenging a single thing. But to those of us who did serve, it was offense after offense after offense.

General: Winter "Surge" Planned For Afghanistan

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALAGUSH, Afghanistan — American troops in Afghanistan will step up offensive operations this winter because insurgents a...

The Game Is Over--The Media and Rick Warren Can't Protect McCain Anymore

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

When it comes to Barack Obama, the news media does its job with a vengeance. When Obama goes to Germany and draws a crowd of 200,000 they ask if he's ...

Exactly What are We "Winning" in Iraq?

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

Fortunately for Bush, an organization calling itself Al Qaeda in Iraq emerged -- a group having no relationship to Osama Bin Ladin or the Al Qaeda that attacked us years earlier.

'Surging' McCain

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Real News

Real News Network analyst, Pepe Escobar looks at the flipping and the flopping of McCain's "surge" message.

Jon Stewart Mocks John McCain During Oscars

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Oscar host Jon Stewart mocked republican presidential candidate John McCain during his opening monologue. "The films that were made about the Iraq wa...

Why the Media Fears John McCain

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Cohen

The mainstream media is doing exactly what it did before the build up to the Iraq War -- sucking up to McCain's perceived power and not asking relevant questions because it's fearful of being labeled unpatriotic.

Jason Linkins

Supposedly Pro-American Iraq Groups Termed 'Enemies With Benefits'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Spencer Ackerman, one of the internet's trusted sources of real talk on Iraq, today promotes a great new way of terming ongoing relationships with the...

The Surge Postgame: How Effective Was It?

The American Prospect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The past few weeks have been momentous for the national conversation about Iraq. Nouri al-Maliki's explicitly stated insistence on a timetable for Ame...