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Advice Too Secret to Ignore

Col. Manners answers questions on CIA practices, proper cyberwar behavior, and invasion etiquette.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Yann Seitek (CC BY 2.0)

Study: Climate Change Means More Violence

As planetary temperatures rise, so does the likelihood of murder, rape and domestic violence, as well as civil war, ethnic bloodshed and invasion, the collapse of government and even the collapse of civilization, a new exhaustive study shows.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?

Big Oil has replaced U.S. troops in Iraq, and the country’s oil output, crippled for decades, is growing again, with Iraq recently reclaiming the number two position in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Now there’s talk of a new world petroleum glut. So is this finally mission accomplished?

This piece originally appeared at TomDispatch.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE


What Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Conference Missed

The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

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Russian Tanks in South Ossetia
AP / Musa Sadulayev

Georgia Wags the Dog

Call it reckless and/or call it propaganda: A Georgian newscast used footage of Russian troops crossing Georgia’s borders in 2008 to present a “simulation” of possible events, including Russian tanks en route to the capital and the killing of the nation’s president.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Blair Would Have Invaded Iraq Even Without WMD Issue

No longer in public office, Tony Blair has acknowledged in a BBC interview that he would have invaded Iraq and disposed of Saddam Hussein with or without evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 READ MORE



USAF / Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers

Bush’s Follies Will Destroy Obama If He Lets Them

Barack Obama has no choice but to accept responsibility for America’s foreign policy crises. But why should he accept them on the distorted and even hysterical terms by which the Bush administration has defined world affairs since 2001?

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 READ MORE


Parwez Kambakhsh
syracuse.com

Afghan Court Resentences Activist

Want proof that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has brought the democracy it promised? You won’t find it in this case. An appeals court resentenced Parwez Kambakhsh, a student arrested for distributing an article on women’s rights, to a mere 20 years in prison, overturning the controversial death sentence he was given last year.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Saakashvili

Saakashvili Claims Europe Invited Russian Invasion

“Unfortunately, today we are looking evil directly in the eye,” an emotional Mikheil Saakashvili said Friday after he signed a cease-fire agreement to end his country’s eight-day showdown with Russia. The Georgian president declared that other European nations ignored clear signs of impending conflict last spring and he hinted that trouble could also be in store for other countries.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

A No-No in Europe Is Just Ducky in the Mideast

John Stewart says it’s the “geopolitical equivalent of the fortune cookie [plus] ‘in bed’ ”: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalizad (above) trashing Russia’s aggression but limiting comparison to the Iraq invasion by adding a qualifier that tells us we’re talking about someplace that matters to civilized people. Follow-up questions for extra credit: Is Georgia really in Europe? And how many Americans are worried right now the Russians will take Atlanta?

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE



DoD / R.D. Ward

Investigate This

As a critic of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, especially when unsubstantiated allegations of weapons of mass destruction are used to sell a war, I am no stranger to the concept of questioning authority. It’s too bad more journalists can’t say the same thing.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


Road to Nowhere

The problem with the debate over our future course in Iraq is that the two sides are not even talking about the same things.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Timothy Snyder on the Forgotten Holocaust

One of the great crimes of the 20th century—the mass murder of Jews in the Nazi-occupied Soviet territories—is all but forgotten. “The Unknown Black Book” helps us remember.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


French troops

France Catches Colonial Fever

The Mosaic Intelligence Report investigates France’s aggressive new push to involve itself in the Middle East. The French have signed a deal to set up a permanent military base in the Persian Gulf region, the first such facility controlled by a Western nation that isn’t led by George W. Bush.

Posted on Feb 10, 2008 READ MORE


Sarkozy and Gadhafi
AP photo / Francois Mori

We’ll Always Have Paris

For former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando, Moammar Gadhafi’s recent visit to France raised some important questions about the West’s attitudes toward tyrants. Just whom should we embrace and whom should we flatten with a bit of shock and awe?

Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


Sane Officers Oppose Cheney

The Pentagon has launched a preventive strike against a target that military chiefs presumably regard as one of the most active current threats to U.S. and world security—namely, the office of the vice president of the United States.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


The Deadliest Year and Counting

849 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq this year, the deadliest for U.S. troops so far. While it’s true that the last couple of months have seen lower casualties than has been typical this year, those numbers cannot satisfactorily be explained by a more stable Iraq or some newfound love for Americans, and it would be grotesque to call the deaths of only 38 troops in October “good news.”

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


Aznar and Bush
voltairenet.org

Bush Before the War

Joe Conason tells the story revealed by recently released transcripts of a meeting held between Spain’s then-prime minister and President Bush prior to the war. As one might expect, Bush was arrogant and determined to invade, diplomacy be damned.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


How to Deal With Iran

The loud, angry and sterile debate over the Iranian president’s visit to Columbia University raises a more serious problem that has long confounded American policymakers: How to cope with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s real masters, the corrupt regime of mullahs who determine both foreign and domestic policy in Iran.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


mission accomplished
thinkprogress.org

The Quagmire Turns 4

It has now been four years since the United States invaded Iraq and, according to the latest CNN poll, only 30 percent of Americans are “proud” of the war—half the number recorded in 2003. Still—with thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed; hundreds of billions of dollars spent, stolen and wasted; millions of refugees created; terrorist recruitment thriving and a civil war that threatens to engulf the region—we just have to ask: What could anyone possibly be proud of?

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


Prewar Slide Show Exposes Iraq Fantasy

Before the invasion of Iraq, Gen. Tommy Franks gathered with his top advisers to review their plans. The recently released slides from that meeting offer an insight into the startling optimism of the men who designed the war.  Four years post-invasion, the commanders expected Iraq to have a fully representative government, a functioning army and as few as 5,000 U.S. troops. Whoops!

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Bush's Iraq-Iran comparisons

Bush’s Disturbing Iraq-Iran Parallels

Olbermann put together a video package that compares Bush’s 2002 rhetoric about Iraq with his 2007 rhetoric about Iran. It’s not pretty.

  • Also, see this Vanity Fair article, which has more frightening news on the topic.

  • Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Three leaders
    Vanity Fair

    From the Folks Who Brought You Iraq…

    In the new issue of Vanity Fair, experts in and out of the government report that the groundwork for a war against Iran has already been set. “I’ve heard from sources at the Pentagon that their impression is that the White House has made a decision that war is going to happen,” a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist tells the mag.

  • Related: Check out a video of Bush’s disturbing Iraq-Iran parallels

  • Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Luckovich: War Games

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    Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


    70% Disapprove of Bush’s Handling of War

    Seven in 10 Americans disapprove of Bush’s handling of the war, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll. It’s the highest percentage since the March 2003 invasion. Six in 10 say the war is not worth fighting.

    Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert with Fidel Castro inset

    Colbert on Cuba: Itђs Like All of a Sudden the Corleone Familys Being Run by FredoҒ

    Emboldened by Castros ailing health, Stephen Colbert has concocted a plan for the invasion of Cuba, featuring cruise liners filled with obese Americans and the ғregime-destroying power of the outlet mall.  ԓMy proposal is controversial, but weve invaded for less,Ҕ the host said as he pitched his vision for a post-Castro world.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Parents Use Gadgets to Spy on Teens

    Invasion of privacy is not just for the NSA anymore! Parents have always snooped, but as the SF Chronicle reveals, new tech toys are taking what was once standard parental prying to a whole new level of unacceptable surveillance and spying. Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned conversation? (Via boingboing.net)

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Oil Prices Could Triple Upon a U.S. Invasion of Iran

    That’s according to Saudi Ambassador Prince Turki al Faisal.
    Not that that should be the reason that dissuades America from invading Iran, but it’s at least worth noting.

    Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert Kristol

    Colbert to Kristol: ‘Which Dictator Do We Take Down Next?’

    “The Colbert Report” host achieves what few traditional media interviewers can do: make neocon leader William Kristol stammer and sweat about his support for the Iraq invasion.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom Hayden
    Illustration by Blair Golson

    Tom Hayden: Iraq—Beyond the Horizon, the Storm

    The veteran social activist warns that an increasingly mainstream anti-war movement can become unwieldy, and prone to loss of focus: “We no longer are a huddling minority…. We are immersed in the gradual soul-searching currents of the mainstream, where loss of direction is a constant risk.”

    Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq War Spending Doubles Since Invasion

    Annual war expenditures have risen from $48 billion in 2003 to an anticipated $94 billion in 2006, thanks to the expected largest emergency spending bill in history.

    Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Almost 50 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Since April 1

    The high number of fatalities marks this as one of the bloodiest periods for the military since the invasion.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Forgers’ of Niger Uranium Contract Named

    Remember the uranium ore that Hussein supposedly purchased from Niger? A contract documenting the sale was used as evidence of the need to invade Iraq and was included in a 2002 U.S. State Department fact sheet on Iraq’s weapons program. Remember how the IAEA denounced the documents as fakes shortly before the invasion of Iraq? Well, according to the Times Online, the forgers have finally been named.

    Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


    British Memo: Bush Was Set on War

    The New York Times gets a closer look at a UK official’s memo that indicates Bush was set on an invasion of Iraq regardless of a U.N. resolution or the outcome of the WMD issue.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Albright: Good Versus Evil Isn’t a Strategy

    The former secretary of state writes that the White House’s “penchant for painting its perceived adversaries” with a “sweeping brush has led to a series of unintended consequences” in the Middle East.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Saddam_pointing
    From lowculture.com

    Documents Show Saddam’s WMD Frustrations

    AP reports that Hussein and his inner circle were exasperated in their attempts during the 1990s to prove to the world that they’d given up banned weapons, according to transcripts of meetings found among documents seized after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “We don’t have anything hidden!” Saddam once interjected, documents show.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Mission_Accomplished
    From ThinkProgress.com

    Three Years of War in Iraq: a Timeline

    The blog ThinkProgress has put together a stellar walk-through of the major events of the conflict. (Above: Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard an aircraft carrier.)

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush_giving_speech
    From washingtonpost.com

    Iraq: Three Years In

    It’s the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Where do we stand?
    The N.Y. Times calls the undertaking a miserable, botched fiasco. Iraq’s former interim prime minister calls the sectarian violence “civil war.” An L.A. Times reporter says that Bush is working to lower expectations in Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, writing in the Washington Post, sees the occupation through rose-colored glasses. A BBC reporter gives a “glass-half-full / glass-half-empty” reading, but the headline uses the word “bleak.”

    Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


    The Spies Who Came In From the Cold

    Even though Germany sat out the invasion of Iraq, its spies in Baghdad passed on reams of information to the U.S. command, according to classified Berlin files.

    Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Lacked Iraq Rebuilding Plan

    The Washington Times (of all publications) says that a new government report claims the White House “never drew up a comprehensive plan for rebuilding Iraq” after the 2003 invasion.
    In the last week, Bush has lost:

  • Bill O’Reilly
  • William F. Buckley
  • William Kristol
  • Now even the staunchly conservative Washington Times is giving the White House a hard time.
    All of a sudden the ranks of Bush supporters seem about as robust as our “coalition of the willing.”

    Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Civil War
    Paul Szep

    Iraq Headed Squarely Toward Civil War

    A bomb in a vegetable market killed 36 people in Baghdad, prompting the government to announce a one-day ban on all vehicles in the city.
    This comes on the heels of similarly deadly bombings Wednesday and the day before. The Washington Post put the death toll of this recent spate of violence at over 1,300.
    What’s worse, America’s spy chief tells Congress that the violence could destabilize the entire region—which would completely upend one of Bush’s main reasons for invasion in the first place.

    Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Ex-CIA Chief Blasts Bush on Iraq Intel

    America’s former top spy for the Middle East accuses the White House of “cherry-picking information” to justify a decision it had already made to go to war. | story
    Who wants to bet on how long it will take the CIA to start swift-boating this guy?

    Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Blair OK’d Iraq Invasion Before U.N. Resolution, Book Says

    The new edition of a book by a London University professor claims that the prime minister was prepared to join the war even before the second U.N. resolution in January 2003. | story
    We’re shocked, SHOCKED to learn that the U.N. gambit was apparently a ruse. 

    Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Why Iraq Invasion Will Prove a Disaster For Israel

    As argued elsewhere on this site by Juan Cole and Robert Scheer, one big cost of our invasion of Iraq is that Bush must now cozy up to the militants in control of Iran.  Now the top pro-Israel lobby accuses Bush of selling out its opposition to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

    Posted on Dec 25, 2005 READ MORE


    U.N. Agency That Found No WMD Gets Peace Prize

    How telling that the Nobel Peace Prize has been granted to the United Nations agency that Bush kicked out of Iraq after it failed to find weapons of mass destruction that he just knew were there. See BBC story. Meanwhile, there are some Democrats who have some explaining to do….

    Posted on Dec 10, 2005 READ MORE


    How Bush Created a Theocracy in Iraq

    Retracing the steps of Shiite religious leaders and parties who have come to dominate the post-invasion process.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


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