Iraq

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Well, actually it is being asked, just not by our political betters. From The Army Times: Another soldier, Spc. William Baxter, a parachute rigger with the 101st Sustainment Brigade, was more succinct with his thoughts. “OK, he’s dead, can we go home?” he asked. His thoughts were echoed by Spc. Wesley Gibbs, from Division Signal…

Last night and this morning in the U.S., people no doubt are wrapping their heads around the announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces yesterday. The question now becomes–will that change anything? If we still are occupying Afghanistan and Iraq, if U.S. lives and treasure are still being squandered there, what…

How Not to Make Iraq-Like Mistakes Again

In the movie Quiz Show, which is about the quiz show scandals of the 1950s (and a wonderful period piece), there is a scene at the end of the movie which has always stuck with me. Van Doren, the disgraced upper-class professor who cheated, gave a teary mea culpa in front of Congress. The gallery…

Suffice it to say, the average Iraqi citizen has had a crappy deal from Bush’s Excellent Adventure (and that’s a macabre understatement). Courtney Martin, who unintentionally demonstrates the uselessness of ‘progressives‘ with a piece on the potential withdrawal from Iraq. It starts off well: Iraqi citizens shouldn’t be the only ones infuriated by our military’s…

How many lives is a $100 million oil lease worth? That’s the question someone needs to ask Ambassador Peter Galbraith. Peter Galbraith was a ‘liberal’ hawk who advocated the invasion of Iraq, and then argued that the U.S. should maintain a strong presence in Iraq. During the Bush Administration, he was an advocate for and…

Glenn Greenwald’s recent post about the botched anthrax investigation reminds me of a colleague who was investigated by the FBI after the anthrax attacks (and check out the letter claiming that Bruce Ivins was yet another scientist wrongfully accused).

…and you’ll be surprised who said that. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki:

The Washington Mandarins are clutching their pearls over this dastardly Democratic ad:

The NY Times has an article recapping how Obama defeated Clinton in the Democratic primary. The article is a prime example of the myopia that afflicts our political press. And it’s not what’s in the article, but what’s missing.

Wars of Choice and Crimes of War

The revisionist pro-Iraq war argument that ‘the idea was sound, but the implementation was problematic’ has always bothered me. It assumes that a ‘war of choice’–that is, an unprovoked assault against another nation which does not pose an immediate threat–will work out just fine. So when it doesn’t work out–and it almost never does–it’s not…