The disintegration of Iraq is the result of U.S. policies that, since 2003, have been strikingly devoid of coherence or any real comprehension when it comes to the forces at play in the country or the region.
Perfectly serious scientists suggest climate change isn’t just really, really bad; it’s catastrophic. Some even think that if the record ongoing releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere are aided and abetted by massive releases of methane, life as we humans have known it might be at an end on this planet.
According to the Bush administration, the siege of Fallujah was carried out in the name of fighting something called “terrorism.” And yet, from the point of view of the Iraqis I was observing at such close quarters, the terror was strictly American. But governments are rarely referred to in the same terms.