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Generals
vanityfair.com

Revisiting the ‘Insurgent’ Generals

Vanity Fair has an interesting profile of six retired generals—all of whom voted for George W. Bush—who famously and courageously condemned the administration’s conduct of the Iraq war. Find out why they went against years of military tradition to speak out, and how they feel about the current state of affairs.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney
gwu.edu

Cheney’s Twisted Logic

Vice President Dick Cheney has once again confused supporting the troops with supporting a surge of troops into Iraq. “Anyone can say they support the troops ... . But the proof will come when it’s time to provide the money and the support,” Cheney said, referring to a bill that would fund the escalation.

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Better Him Than Me

Prince Harry’s imminent deployment to Iraq stands in stark contrast to the behavior of America’s draft-dodging chicken hawks, who bloviate about honoring the troops while abusing them at home and abroad.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq troops
fatu.us

Most Americans Want Out of Iraq, No Matter What

A majority of Americans—56 percent—now favor a withdrawal from Iraq, even if it leaves the country in chaos. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, two-thirds also opposed a “surge” of troops, and 58 percent approved of Jack Murtha’s plan to stop the escalation.

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Senate Dems Try New Tack

Senate Democrats have given up pushing a nonbinding anti-escalation resolution, and instead will try to limit the scope of military operations in Iraq, the first step, they say, in ending the war. Meanwhile, the House plans to pursue a different strategy altogether, hoping to choke off the supply of troops to the Iraq grinder.

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British troops
telegraph.co.uk

Iraqi Government Pleased by British Withdrawal

The Iraqi president and prime minister have welcomed Tony Blair’s decision to withdraw some troops, and Iraq’s national security adviser said he only wished the force reduction would happen sooner. The British prime minister announced Wednesday that he intends to withdraw 1,600 soldiers from southern Iraq.

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Mr. Fish: Earn Your IED Badge

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British Troops
defenselink.mil

Blair to Withdraw Up to 3,000 Troops

Tony Blair is expected to announce a major withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by Christmas—possibly up to half of the current deployment. Although Britons largely oppose the war, the news may come as something of a disappointment as there were rumors Blair was going to withdraw troops more rapidly.

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Powell: Dems Along for the Ride

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Iraq Resolution Passes

The House officially denounced Bush’s “surge” strategy with a 246-to-182 vote in favor of a much-debated resolution against sending more troops to Iraq. Seventeen votes for the nonbinding resolution came from the Republican side of the aisle.

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Jack Murtha

John Murtha: The Man With the Plan

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) briefs movecongress.org on his plan to “redirect” funding for the war, put constraints on troop deployments and restore American credibility: “I think Abu Ghraib should be bulldozed.”

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War Debate Heats Up in the House

Eleven House Republicans split from their party Wednesday to oppose escalating the Iraq war, and an anonymous GOP representative said the leadership has 50 to 60 more on a defection watch list. The minority hopes to get its revenge when it comes time to debate funding for the war, but the Democrats have a plan for the showdown, which John Murtha unveiled on Thursday.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq Crackdown Empowers PM

Lt. Gen. Aboud Qanbar, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s point man for military operations in Baghdad, announced sweeping new military powers on Tuesday as part of a large-scale crackdown on sectarian violence. Qanbar said he is in absolute control of the effort and answers only to Maliki, signaling an expansion of the prime minister’s authority.

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Baghdad Explosion
news.bbc.co.uk

More Evidence the Surge Isn’t Working

Despite an influx of thousands of U.S. troops, Baghdad continues to experience devastating violence. Four explosions Monday killed at least 76 people.

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Stephen Colbert and the Iraqi troop surge

Colbert’s Iraqi Democracy Formula

Applauding America’s failure to even hold a debate on Bush’s troop escalation, Colbert says, “It seems the only way we can bring democracy there is to silence it here.

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7 GOP Senators Back War Debate

Sens. John Warner and Chuck Hagel, along with five other GOP senators who earlier this week helped to block deliberations on Bush’s troop escalation, now say they will do everything in their power to ensure an open debate.

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Gates
asashop.org

Defense Secretary: Surge Not Our ‘Last Chance’

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that if the surge goes badly, the military will probably move troops “out of harm’s way.” Why wait? He also said the surge is not the “last chance” to get it right in Iraq. Let’s hope Congress stops quibbling and makes him wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

A ‘Comatose’ Congress

Reacting to Congress’ inability to even bring a debate about Bush’s troop escalation plan to the floor, Jon Stewart said, “It turns out they weren’t even capable of hollow posturing.”

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Mr. Fish: What if He Was Your Waiter?

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Coffins
answers.com

More Americans Dying in Iraq Than Ever Before

At least 334 U.S. soldiers died from combat in Iraq from October to the end of January, the most of any four-month period to date. Battles in Baghdad have grown more frequent and roadside bombs have gotten more sophisticated and powerful, yet the president is as determined as ever to send more Americans into what Chuck Hagel called “that grinder.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Russ Feingold

Feingold Slams Warner-Levin Resolution

Sen. Russ Feingold unloads on both Dems and GOP’ers for making only empty gestures on ending the Iraq war. Feingold, like Rep. Dennis Kucinich, is one of the few elected officials with guts on this issue. Give this video a look.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Russ Feingold
bradblog.com

Feingold Hits Dems for ‘Playing it Safe’

During a 30-minute conference call, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., told bloggers he was disappointed that his party was “playing it safe” by refusing to end the Iraq war: “The problem is a whole lot of middle-of-the-road Democrats who refuse to pull the trigger, who refuse to do what needs to be done.”

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GOP Blocks Anti-Escalation Resolution

Senate Republicans managed to block debate Monday on the anti-surge resolution offered by John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.  Joe Lieberman, who is fast becoming the president’s most loyal lapdog, argued that debate would hurt troop morale. Chuck Hagel retorted that he would have welcomed debate while serving in Vietnam, where he was wounded.

  • Find out how your senators voted (“nay” votes were to block the resolution)

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    Mr. Fish: Hillary Prepares to Join the Conversation

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    McCain and Hagel

    McCain vs. Hagel

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., took turns trash-talking each other’s Iraq proposals on Sunday’s “This Week.” Hagel threw McCain’s words back at him, calling his benchmark plan for Iraq “disingenuous,” while McCain said that, other than his own, “they’re all bad options….”

    Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


    Intelligence Report Reflects Grim Reality

    According to sources familiar with the document, the latest national intelligence estimate paints a bleak picture for Iraq, one that most of us have already come to know from simply following the news.

    The summary of information from across the intelligence community says that the situation is perilous, the U.S. has little control and the major cause of violence is not al-Qaida but fighting among Iraqis.

    Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


    Even Barney Won’t Play

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    Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Nancy Pelosi
    npr.org

    Nancy Pelosi Returns from ‘Chaotic’ Iraq

    Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Iraq, told NPR that “what is happening in Iraq is chaos,” adding that after all this time, “We just have to end it.” The speaker of the House also visited Afghanistan and said she supports sending more troops there to fight a resurgent Taliban.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    AP Photo / Seth Wenig

    Obama Proposes Iraq Deadline

    Presidential contender Barack Obama has gotten serious about Iraq after months of public speculation on where he stands. The senator offered legislation Tuesday night that would set a deadline of March 31, 2008, for the withdrawal of all combat brigades from Iraq.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Arlen Specter
    msnbc.com

    Senate Prepares for Constitutional Showdown

    A parade of experts before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the power of Congress to “validly limit the presidential use of force.” Tuesday’s hearing came as legislators prepared to square off against Bush’s war escalation and amid the concern, shared by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that a constitutional battle is “imminent.”

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    'Stop the Escalation'

    ‘Stop the Escalation’ Ad

    This brief ad features Iraq war vets opposed to Bush’s troop escalation plan. Learn more here

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    Give His Plan a Chance

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    Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


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    Hagel Puts the Senate to Shame

    Chuck Hagel has been on a tear lately, but it’s hard to beat this stirring indictment of the war and its enablers: “These young men and women that we put in Anbar province, in Iraq, in Baghdad are not beans. They’re real lives. And we better be damn sure we know what we’re doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder. We better be as sure as you can be.”

    Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


    Blair and Bush
    theage.com.au

    As the U.S. Surges, Britain Withdraws

    As the U.S. prepares to escalate the war, Britain’s plan to withdraw up to 3,000 troops from southern Iraq has added tension to an already strained relationship.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


    Anti-surge Senators
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Senate Nears Vote on Escalation

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a nonbinding resolution condemning the escalation of the war. While Vice President Dick Cheney is absolutely right when he says “It won’t stop us,” the measure will at least force lawmakers to take a stand on the issue until tougher legislation can be passed.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


    George W. Bush
    AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

    The World Agrees: Stop Him

    Stop him before he kills again. That is the judgment of the American people, and indeed of the entire world, as to the performance of our president, and no State of the Union address can erase that dismal verdict.

    Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


    Hagel and McCain

    GOP Showdown: Hagel vs. McCain

    John McCain may be a little miffed that the president is sending only 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, but he still supports a surge—even, aparently, if it’s unlikely to succeed. Chuck Hagel, on the other hand, thinks sending any troops into a civil war is a mistake, particularly if the prime minister of Iraq doesn’t even want them around.

    Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


    Smoke over Baghdad
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Scores Die in Baghdad Attacks

    Although 3,200 additional troops have been deployed in Baghdad in an effort to assert control, violence continues to worsen. A double car bombing on Monday killed 88 people and injured 160. This does not bode well for a full-blown surge.

    Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


    U.S. Soldier
    komotv.com

    Violence Escalates With Troop Levels in Iraq

    The first wave in Bush’s surge—3,200 troops—arrived in Baghdad as the United States experienced the most violent day for its forces in two years. Twenty-five American soldiers were killed on Saturday.

    Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


    Misplaced Loyalty

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    Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


    Roger Morris
    greeninstitute.net

    A Chance to Retrieve History

    Roger Morris, who served on the senior staff of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, knows a thing or two about the folly of escalation. In this must-read essay, the award-winning historian reminds us that a military’s unwillingness to admit defeat and a president’s desire for victory are no excuse for the lives wasted on a futile vision of conquest.

    Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


    Edwards Aide Denounces Bush’s ‘Total Bull’

    John Edwards’ new campaign manager, David Bonior, introduced himself to supporters Wednesday by calling President Bush’s assertion that Congress can’t stop him from sending more troops to Iraq “total bull.” In a fiery e-mail, Bonior went on to chastise Democrats for not cutting off funds for Bush’s escalation of the war: “If you hear a member of Congress say ‘non-binding resolution,’ then you’re really hearing them say ‘pass the buck.’ ”

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Congress Mass-Produces Antiwar Legislation

    Daily Kos has an excellent rundown of the 11 antiwar bills bursting forth from both houses of Congress. Some legislation is tougher than the rest, but the sheer number of proposals seems to indicate that the legislative branch is bending to the will of the people. It’s a good day for democracy.

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Chuck Hagel
    AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

    Robert Scheer: Chuck Hagel for President!

    If it ever narrows down to a choice between Chuck Hagel and some Democratic hack who hasn’t the guts to fundamentally challenge the president on Iraq, then the conservative Republican from Nebraska will have my vote. Yes, the war is that important.

    Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


    Condi Rice

    Boxer’s Actual Comments to Rice

    The McLaughlin Group chews over Barbara Boxer’s mythical “attack” on Condoleezza Rice in this clip. The right has tried to paint the senator’s comments as an ad hominem diatribe, but here’s what she actually said… (h/t: BradBlog)

    Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


    Powell: Puppet Ruler

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    Gates
    from asashop.org

    Bush Administration Continues to Trash-Talk Iran

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who only two years ago supported renewing diplomatic relations with Tehran, has taken the administration’s recent Iran bashing to heart, saying the U.S. will beef up its presence in the Persian Gulf to make sure Ahmadinejad & Co. don’t get any ideas.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


    Iraqis amass near U.S. troops
    AP Photo / Murad Sezer

    Chris Hedges: War of Shadows

    A longtime observer of insurgencies, violence and war, the reporter writes that the presidential plan to send more troops to Iraq is a mistake of catastrophic proportions that is likely to rival the most stupid and brutal blunders he’s seen.

    Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


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