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Intended Consequences of Iraq War

Munir Moon | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

We had no business going to Iraq in the first place anyway, but we did and broke it. Therefore, we have a responsibility to make the best of the worst situation which is to get all of its neighbors and Iraqi factions under the U.N. umbrella together to divide the country in a peaceful manner.

Iraq Replaces Vietnam As Metaphor For Tragedy

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew Lam

In another generation, when a future U.S. president sends troops to occupy some intransigent country on a dubious objective, American pundits will most likely ask this familiar question made new: "Will it be another Iraq?"

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Is Joking, Isn't He?

Justin Constantine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Justin Constantine

At first blush Vice President Dick Cheney's recent op-ed reads like the script of a Saturday Night Live script, the kind where the character's statements are so absurd that they cannot help but make you laugh.

Time for Dick Cheney to Take a Lie Detector Test

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Dean Obeidallah

Cheney is like the guy who robs a bank and gets away with it. But then years later he returns to the same bank and opens up a savings account so he can deposit the money he stole. It makes no sense.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Critics Invent Absurd New Explanation For Iraq War

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The argument for going to war in Iraq was clearly made. Over and over again, Saddam Hussein was said to be a turn-of-the-millennium Hitl...

'Security' Is Not 17,000 Nuclear Weapons

Derek Johnson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Derek Johnson

There's no debating we would all be better off if there were less and better-guarded highly enriched uranium and plutonium. But the summit missed an essential point: "Nuclear security" is an absurd proposition in a world bristling with more than 17,000 nuclear weapons.

A Breakthrough in Iran That Could Change Everything

Derek Johnson | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Derek Johnson

What is happening in the world right now is remarkable. We are seeing what can be achieved through multilateral leadership, hard-fought diplomacy and international pressure.

What Syria Could Mean Globally, If We're Bold Enough to Reach for It

Derek Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Derek Johnson

Syria's chemical weapons are being dismantled because 1,400 civilians were poisoned and the world was rightly outraged. We must not wait for another weapon of mass destruction to be unleashed upon the world before we act with the same urgency.

Guilty! UN Report on Syria Does Not Say What John Kerry Says it Said

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

In a court, Kerry's case might be seen as circumstantial at best, certainly not enough for a jury to return a guilty verdict in a murder trial.

Link Control of Assad's Weapons to a Peace Process for Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

Preventing Assad from using the world's deadliest weapons will not stop the carnage of Syria's civil war.

It's Time to Make the Middle East WMD-Free

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Jonathan Granoff

U.S. leadership is indispensable and President Obama has publicly made out the case that chemical weapons are immoral and should be eliminated. If such weapons are morally unacceptable, it shouldn't matter who possesses them.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Can Obama Sway Libs Loathing Iraq or Cons Loathing Him?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgObama bets his presidency for a third time. Will war-weary liberals really reject his pledge that Syria's not Iraq? Will hawks who supported an invasion over rumored WMD now oppose a one-time attack when it was actually used? Is there a majority pony to be found in this mess? Reagan & Matalin doubt it.

Kerry for Keeping Option to Use Ground Forces 'In the Event Syria Imploded'

Charles Knight | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Charles Knight

A punishment raid is one thing, but using armed force to attempt to prevent proliferation from Syria is very different sort of activity. In the event of a chaotic collapse of the Assad regime, U.S. air-strikes alone will not be able to stop proliferation of the chemical weapons.

International Law and the U.S. Military Strikes on Syria

Craig Martin | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Craig Martin

A use of military force for the primary purpose of defending American "credibility," in which many innocent people will be killed, and in which the normative power of the international legal order will again be undermined, is not only unlawful, but is also illegitimate and unjust.

It Is no Longer Possible to Elude the "Red Line" After Ghouta

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

The use of chemical weapons in Ghouta has moved the Syrian issue to a qualitatively new threshold, at the military level on the battlefield, as well a...

Why the U.S. Must Not Attack Syria

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Vagueness is a very poor basis for the U.S. entering into another war in the Middle East, throwing itself deeper into a chaotic and volatile situation it little understands.

In Syria, Costs of Escalation Remain High

Ryan Costello | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Ryan Costello

Instead of heading into Syria guns blazing, the Obama administration should use new leverage for action to galvanize multilateral diplomacy to de-escalate the conflict and facilitate a transfer of power. There is reason to believe such an effort could bear fruit.

A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.

My Trip to the DMZ

Janis Powers | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Janis Powers

Everyone line up single file in two lines. Good. Now turn to your left. You're facing north. Are you ready? You only have a few minutes. Set? G...

The GOP's Benghazi Witch Hunt: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Andy Ostroy | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

In the Iraq war 4500 American soldiers died, not to mention the tens of thousands of others, including Iraqis, killed or maimed. Yet Washington never witnessed such outrage and a quest for the truth from Republicans, whose disingenuous motives on Benghazi are now utterly transparent.

Christiane Amanpour Shills for U.S. Intervention in Syria

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

Having once misled the public during the year prior to the invasion of Iraq, the media appear to be reprising that role in order to lend an air of inevitability to potential U.S. military intervention in Syria. Exhibit A is the appearance of Christiane Amanpour on The Daily Show.

Iraq Revisited: Bill Keller Turns Hawk Again, This Time on Syria

Greg Mitchell | Posted 07.07.2013 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Keller concludes: "Whatever we decide, getting Syria right starts with getting over Iraq." Then we can get over Syria -- with Iran? Remember when Iraq was supposed to help us "get over" Vietnam?

Do Red Lines on WMDs Matter?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Lionel Beehner

There has been mounting criticism of the Obama administration for setting a line in the sand on Syria -- the movement or use of chemical weapons -- and then apparently failing to act out on its promise. The criticism has come in two varieties.

Beware of the Syrian Sucker Punch

James P. Farwell | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
James P. Farwell

Those seeing the human tragedy unfolding in Syria with a heart full of hell, ready to jump in, stop the bloodshed, and deliver Bashar al Assad a knock-out punch might do well to recall a telling anecdote from journalist Dexter Filkins from his days in Iraq.

Game Changers in Syria?

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 06.28.2013 | World
Jon Wolfsthal

If we are to have any hope of riding the world of weapons of mass destruction, then clearly making good on our commitments to respond strongly to their use is a critical obligation.