Category Archives: Iraq

Let’s Not Pretend Benghazi Was The Only Objection To Clinton’s Libya Policy

Issac Saul, a Bernie supporter who has learned to love Hillary Clinton, writes: Perhaps Clinton’s greatest blemish on her record is the destabilizing of Libya, which led to the Benghazi diplomatic compound attack. Certainly, it was one of the career … Continue reading

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Sexism Hurts Men

Kind of an extreme case: “If you see anyone from about sixteen to sixty-five and they’re male, shoot ‘em. Kill every male you see.” –Chris Kyle, “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history,” in his autobiography, describing the effective … Continue reading

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Thank You, Veterans

I wrote this on November 11, and then before I could get a thumbs-up from certain people to post it, life intervened. So, it’s a little late, but still worth saying. As GB Stern said, silent gratitude isn’t much use … Continue reading

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Women's Status in Iraq, Before And After

Interesting article in The Media Line: Houzan Mahmoud, the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq’s representative abroad, agreed that the comparison was problematic. “Both situations are horrible,” she told The Media Line. “Just because we have a terrible situation at … Continue reading

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This is what war looks like: leaked footage of Iraquis and Reuters employees being massacred

From a US Army press release, July 13, 2007: Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, both operating in eastern Baghdad under the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, along with … Continue reading

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Bigotry, Thy Name is Marty Peretz

Glenn Greenwald is right. This pro-Iraq War column by Marty Peretz is not only wrong, but it contains an unbelievably racist statement: There were moments–long moments–during the Iraq war when I had my doubts. Even deep doubts. Frankly, I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Senator Smalley Delivers Some Justice for Jamie Leigh Jones

I take back any bad thing I’ve ever said about Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn. Why do I do this? Because in his brief tenure in office, Franken has shown himself to be exactly the kind of senator we need more … Continue reading

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"The Real Struggle In Iran"

I’d highly recommend reading “The Real Struggle In Iran,” George Friedman’s analysis the recent events in Iran. I have no way of knowing if Friedman’s analysis is accurate or not; but it seems a good deal more plausible to me … Continue reading

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Why We Tortured

One of the things I failed to note in the disquieting series of revelations about our national torture program was the timing of it; it seems that quite a bit of the ramping-up was occurring in late 2002 and 2003. … Continue reading

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Worst Bush Moments: #1, "Mission Accomplished"

It is said that after the Battle of Troy, Odysseus, gleeful that his brilliant ruse — the Trojan Horse — had been successful, shouted to the Gods that he, and he alone, was responsible for the Greek triumph in battle. … Continue reading

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