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Archives by Tag 'Iraq'
How the World Forgot About Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
It is 10 years since the start of the war in Iraq which led to the toppling of Saddam Hussein. The diplomatic map of the world has been redrawn as a consequence. Inquiry after inquiry has studied the legality of the conflict. Political reputations have...
Former Insiders Criticize Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony
GARETH PORTER
“Going to Tehran” arguably represents the most important work on the subject of U.S.-Ir...
Iraq on the Brink
RAMZY BAROUD
Soon after the joint US-British bombing campaign ‘Operation Desert Fox’ devastated parts of Iraq in Dec 1998, I was complaining to a friend in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad. I was disappointed with the fact that our busy schedule in Iraq – mostl...
Why the War on Terror Endures
STEVE BREYMAN
Believe the War on Terror has been an unmitigated disaster? Find it difficult to wrap your head around the Long War’s long list of horrors? Think the Obama administration and Congress’s willingness to wage the War indefinitely is murderous myopia? Think again: the War...
Saddam and the US Failed Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The civil war in Syria is destabilising Iraq as it changes the balance of power between the country’s communities. The Sunni minority in Iraq, which two years ago appeared defeated, has long been embittered and angry at discrimination ...
How Colin Powell Showed That Torture Works
SAM HUSSEINI
Ten years ago, Colin Powell made the case for invading Iraq before the United Nations Security Council. Many aspects of his case were clearly dubious ...
Baghdad Today
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Torrential rain caused floods all over Baghdad last week. It was not a pleasant sight: as the city’s ageing sewage system failed to cope, streets filled with murky grey water that smelled and looked as if it was heavily polluted with r...
Colin Powell: Useful Idiot or Co-Conspirator?
RAY McGOVERN
Ten years ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations in a speech which routed what was left of American resistance to the Bush/Cheney push for invading Iraq. The next day, the Washington Post’s editorial pages spoke for the conventional wisdom, fi...
When Will We Realize That It Is Murder?
TOM MCNAMARA
Saint-Cyr, Coëtquidan, France. In his essay “A Hanging,” George Orwell recounts, in great de...
Fallujah Revisited
HAIFA ZANGANA
It took the British government five weeks to take note of the mass demonstrations in Iraq.  These started last week of 2012 and are comparable in size, energy, and peaceful nature to the protests that toppled other Arab regimes, albeit expanding mainly in the capitals of...
Saudi Arabia v. Qatar, Redux
PETER LEE
My article on the competing strategies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar received a considerable amount of thoughtful comment and pushback by e-mail and on the Web, more than I’m accustomed to ...
The Bombing of Kirkuk
PATRICK COCKBURN
A suicide bomber killed 21 people and wounded 170 in an attack in northern Iraq today, in a sign that the shift of al-Qa’ida militants to Syria is not leading to a reduction in their activities in Iraq. Shoppers and police helped drag injured survivors from ruined build...
Refugees in Their Own Land
RAOUF J. HALABY
In Early November a colleague requested that I compose a few thoughts for our church’s Advent 2012 booklet. I selected the Luke 2: 1-7 text for reasons personal, professional, and textual. What follows (with additional poi...
Obama’s War on Syria and its Implications
SHAMUS COOKE
The Obama administration has already declared war on Syria, even if it isn’t “official” yet. Consider the facts, all of them acts of war: The U.S. now recognizes a group of Syrian exiles to be the official government of Syria; the U.S. is providing dire...
Why Remember Iraq?
PHILIP GIRALDI
Most Americans would prefer to forget that we are approaching the first anniversary of the expulsion of U.S. military forces from Iraq. The Republican Party, which rallied behind George W. Bush to invade the country and occupy it, has suffered from a short memory re...
Petraeus Fell for the Wrong Reason
SHELDON RICHMAN
David Petraeus has fallen — but not as he should have. Before being disgraced by an extramarital affair, the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director should have been shamed out of public life for his horrendous military record in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are w...
The Celebrity General
MICHAEL BRENNER
There is one celebrity with the makings of a national hero, someone who has the qualities that might carry him right into the White House.  It is David Petraeus.  He is almost universally credited with the brilliant achievement of saving American honor and gaining an...
Obama’s Secret Wars
PATRICK COCKBURN
Drones or their equivalent have long attracted political and military leaders dreaming of the surgical removal of their enemies. In 1812, the governor of Moscow, Count Rostopchin, devised a plan to get a hot-air balloon to hover over the French lines at Borodino and drop ...
Living Differently in Iraq
CATHY BREEN
Najaf, Iraq For the past three days I have been trying to get news of the situation in our houses on the lower East side of Manhattan, where the flooding from hurricane Sandy was especially heavy.  I pictured the worst.  As a good portion of Maryhouse is...
How McGovern Tamed the Anti-War Movement
SARAH BLASKEY and PHIL GASPER
Was George McGovern a political saint—a man of such total moral purity that he transcended the day-to-day realities of money and power that usually dominate American politics? That’s certainly the impression one might get from reading the tributes that appeared...
United States Imperialism Unleashed
BEN SCHREINER
With signs of a global economic downturn mounting, US aggression across the Middle East and North Africa ratchets up.  And once again, US imperialism stands poised to swing open the gates of Hell. The choice presently confronting humanity, then, is one between imp...
Obomney vs. Romobama
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
Few creatures in American political discourse today are as simpleton and grotesque as the Obama liberal when trying to distinguish his candidate from the rest of the prostitutes seeking office.  Behold, for example, the fellow author on the raft next to me, somewhere rec...
Reigniting the Antiwar Movement
DAVID ABELES, ET AL.
Rumors of war become more frequent.  Tel Aviv pushes harder and harder for an attack on Iran while Iranian defense officials seem resigned to the fact of an eventual war on their nation.  Sanctions against the Iranian people are tightening.  Many regular citizens of th...
Mercenary Opportunities
BARRY LANDO
It’s estimated that, for defense and national security, the U.S. spends about ...
The Humiliation of Can-Do American Boys
WILLIAM BLUM
In Afghanistan, the US military has tried training sessions, embedded cultural advisers, recommended reading lists, and even a video game designed to school American troops in local custom. But 11 years into the war, NATO troops and Afghan soldiers are still beset by a da...