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Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays

Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays

By Karen Malpede (Editor); Michael Messina (Editor); Bob Shuman (Editor); Chris Hedges (Foreword)

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Bring Them Home, Mr. President

It is wrong to sacrifice troops without military goals that are clear, achievable and worthwhile. And what goals in Afghanistan remotely satisfy those criteria?

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Matthew Moeller

Getting Out of Afghanistan With Grace

The best way to deal with an insurrection is not to go in the first place. The second-best way is to get out as quickly and gracefully as possible.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Disappointing Year With Obama

Who would have thought a year ago that most of the issues of conflict in America’s foreign relations would be made worse during the first year following Barack Obama’s election as U.S. president?

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


When a Time Bomb Is Ticking

Fairness is one thing, foolishness is another. Any soldier who seemed to be falling apart—Muslim or not—should have been given extra scrutiny.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE



nytimes.com

Saddam Biography Makes a Splash in Baghdad

The first volume of a trilogy of Saddam Hussein books written by the late dictator’s lawyer has generated controversy in Iraq. It’s unclear whether the Iraqi government will even allow “Saddam Hussein: From an American Cell. This Is What Happened” to be sold in the country. (continued)

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


Fort Hood aftermath
AP / Jack Plunkett

Fort Hood Gunman Still Alive, Acted Alone

By the end of the day, some confusion about Thursday’s shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas had been cleared up. It turns out, according to later reports, that the military doctor shot at the scene, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was the only gunman involved in the attack and that he was still alive in its aftermath.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Fort Hood
weblo.com

Twelve Dead, 31 Wounded in Shooting at U.S. Army Base

On Thursday afternoon, two gunmen in military uniforms opened fire in a processing center at the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood base in Texas, killing 12 people and wounding at least 31. According to The New York Times, the alleged shooters were U.S. Army soldiers but had not been identified yet. Updated

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


WAR FUNDING$$$!!!!
9-508.com

More Money for War, Through the Back Door

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen, expects the Pentagon to request emergency financing for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Bush-era tactic that uses “supplemental funding” to flesh out the already massive Pentagon budget to pay for the conflicts.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


What Option for Afghan Women?

Have you heard this old proverb? Whether the rock hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the rock, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher. Women are the pitcher in this story.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE



dearcinema.com

Magic Bomb Wand Would Be Funny if It Didn’t Kill People

What’s wrong with a $60,000 wand that can detect explosives and truffles from up to a kilometer away? Nothing, if it works. The U.S. military, technicians, journalists and people with eyes have been trying to get Iraqi officials to see reason, but that doesn’t bother one Gen. Jabiri, who says ... (Continued)

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Today’s U.S. Army and Its Ambitions

It is possible that the creation of an all-professional U.S. Army has been Congress’ most dangerous decision.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


The Tortured Logic Continues

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Record You Can Believe In

It’s been a year since a healthy majority of American voters elected Barack Obama to change the world. Which is precisely what he’s doing.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP / David Guttenfelder

McChrystal Doesn’t Get It—Does Obama?

President Obama may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but if he allows himself to be bullied into supporting Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s foray into Afghanistan, he will reveal himself as the worst kind of warmonger.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



White House Archive / Paul Morse

Tony Blair Isn’t Conservative Enough to Be President of Europe

The former British prime minister took a hit after France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel agreed over dinner at the Élysée Palace (oh to be a fly on that wall) that the first president of the European Council ought to be more of a right-winger. (continued)

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Save the Wails

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Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE    



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol

The War Condolences Obama Hasn’t Sent

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq on June 19, 2009, from “a non-combat related incident,” according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE



Department of Defense / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Can’t Split the Difference in Afghanistan

Afghanistan doesn’t present the kind of “false choices” that President Barack Obama, by nature, habitually rejects. The choices are real and awful, and no amount of reframing and rephrasing will make them go away.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE


Seeing Red

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AP / Rafiq Maqbool

War Is a Hate Crime

The first major federal civil rights law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, passed last week, was attached to a measure funding ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Shaken by Worst Attack in Two Years

Two explosions near Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday killed more than 132 people and injured at least 520 more, by the BBC’s count. The suicide attacks targeted the Justice Ministry and ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE


Bush
mikebeckham.net

Bush Says He Regrets Standing in Front of ‘Mission Impossible’ Banner

Whoops! Some six years after performing his infamous “Top Gun”-inflected “Mission Accomplished” press stunt aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, former President George W. Bush let fly with quite a telling gaffe during a talk he gave Thursday to the Montreal Board of Trade.

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Tia P. Sokimson

The Country That Cries Wolf

European allies have tired of America’s cries of “wolf! wolf!” in Iraq (yesterday), Afghanistan (today), and (I fear) Pakistan or Somalia or Kashmir tomorrow.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


Olympia Snowe
AP / Charles Dharapak

When Did Olympia Snowe Become Queen of America?

Democrats are willing to do anything to win over this unaccomplished backbencher whose vote they don’t even need.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


With Al-Qaida Fading, Why Expand the Afghan War?

Given the Western world’s obsession with al-Qaida, it’s remarkable that public discourse makes little mention of the fact that the terror group is going out of business.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


Lt. Choi Won’t Lie for His Country

Since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, 13,500 soldiers, sailors and Marines have been discharged from the military.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Unintended Consequences in Nuclear Pakistan

The Obama administration has already begun to escalate the fighting in Pakistan, a policy that could make even the Nixon-Kissinger destruction of Cambodia seem like a pleasant memory.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


Moore

Moore and Hannity Debate ‘Capitalism,’ Terrorism, Conspiracy Theories

In the left corner, we have filmmaker Michael Moore, taking his anti-capitalism roadshow to ... Fox News. On the right, we have anchorman Sean Hannity, eager to repeatedly point out how much money Moore makes. But does Hannity believe in conspiracy theories? This does get lively.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


Gen. McChrystal’s Celebrity Weekend

It is not for McChrystal to leak his staff’s strategic plans to The Washington Post, do the celebrity circuit and tell the public in so many words that if he doesn’t have his way the United States can expect defeat and humiliation in Asia.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Put a Sock in it, Stan

How to proceed in Afghanistan will be among the most difficult and fateful decisions that President Obama ever makes. But he’s the one who has to decide, not his generals.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Caleb Jones

Celebrating Slaughter: War and Collective Amnesia

War memorials and museums are temples to the god of war. They sanitize the savage instruments of death that turn young soldiers and Marines into killers, and small villages in Vietnam or Afghanistan or Iraq into hellish bonfires.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

War Kills Off Great Reform Movements

The hawks urging President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan have no interest in his domestic policy. The 20th century is a graveyard of good ideas that lost out to war.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE



pagetutor.com

Pox Americana: The Real Cost of Bailing Out Wall Street

In the 20th century, smallpox killed more people than all of that bloody century’s wars combined. It cost $300 million to eradicate the disease. What might have been achieved with the $4 trillion we gave Wall Street?

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


Who’s in Charge: Obama, Congress or the Military?

The Washington Establishment clearly believes elected officials should defer to the military, no matter what that pesky Constitution says.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE



DoD / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Obama’s Afghanistan Dilemma

During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly called for expanding the war in Afghanistan. Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE



AP / John Froschauer

Soldier of Conscience Survives Court-Martial, Goes Free

Lt. Ehren Watada, the soldier who refused to deploy to Iraq on grounds that serving there would be participating in war crimes, is finally free of the Army. His court-martial ended in a mistrial and the military decided to let Watada go.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Ballas

The War on Language

Those who seek to dominate our behavior first seek to dominate our speech. They seek to obscure meaning. The English- and Arabic-speaking worlds are each beset with a similar assault on language.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE



YouTube

Can America Have Too Much Cheney?

If you liked Dick Cheney, you’ll love Liz. The former vice president’s progeny is becoming a conservative star who regularly hits the airwaves to defend the worldview she shares with her father. She’s launching a Web site called KeepAmericaSafe.com and may even run for office one day.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

It Came From Afghanistan

It’s hard to read Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s assessment of the Afghanistan war without hearing one of those horror-movie voices that seems to come from everywhere and nowhere, a voice that grows louder and more insistent with every page: “Get out. Get out. Get out.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Teddy Wade

All U.S. Presidents Need a War to Call Their Own—and Obama Has His

The more one hears the discussion among Democrats about the war in Afghanistan, the more one feels that it is a serious handicap that Barack Obama has no personal experience of international relations or of foreign policy or military service.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


Joe Wilson’s Confederate Cronies

The stupid misconduct of entertainer Kanye West and the South Carolina politician demonstrated, if any fresh proof is necessary, that thoughtless rudeness isn’t confined by ethnicity, ideology or background.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE



US Army / Sgt. Teddy Wade

Let Us Not Become the Evil We Deplore

On Oct. 7, the U.S. enters its ninth year of occupation of Afghanistan—equal to the time the United States was involved in World War I, World War II and the Korean War combined.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


Al-Zeidi

Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journo to Be Released From Jail

Muntadhar al-Zaidi’s simple but powerful gesture of lobbing his shoes at then-President George W. Bush brought him international notoriety, praise, scorn and nine months in prison. Now it looks like the Iraqi journalist is nearing the end of his jail time.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Stop Begging Obama and Get Mad

The right-wing accusations against Barack Obama are true. He is a socialist, although he practices socialism for corporations.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


WTC, etc.

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No Way to Treat a President

Throughout Obama’s speech Wednesday, there was grumbling, mugging and eye-rolling on the Republican side that was not only undignified but frankly un-American.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


EPCEA Now

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Progressives Pay the Price for Confusing a Party With a Movement

Washington’s labor, environmental, anti-war and anti-poverty groups spent millions electing a Democratic president and Congress and were promptly stabbed in the back. So why are they still loyal?

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Clay Weis

Cheney Plays to His Crowd

Dick Cheney represents a significant number of conservatives who still believe that the United States can bomb, invade, occupy and torture its way to security.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


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