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Did Jeb Bush Just Commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?

The presidential candidate’s people are trying to walk back his disastrous interview with Megyn Kelly, in which he said that even if he knew then what we all know now, he would have launched the war on Iraq in 2003.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Columnist William Pfaff

The writer, who died April 30, loved his native U.S. but was saddened by its behavior. Over decades, he consistently called for enlightened policy devoid of fearmongering and misinformation.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE



So Much for Liberté: France May Beef Up Domestic Spying Program

The shootings at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris last January drew comparisons to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and now the French government appears to be responding in a similar manner to its American counterpart by doubling down on surveillance.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



Body Counts, Drones and ‘Collateral Damage’ (aka ‘Bug Splat’)

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same.

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VIDEO: The Middle East Policy of President Bernie Sanders

When it comes to the Middle East, what could we expect during a Bernie Sanders presidency?

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A Century of Women Working for Peace

One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered here in The Hague during World War I, demanding peace.

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Assassination as Washington Policy and How It Failed, 1990-2015

The strangest part of the story is that a strategy that achieved the very opposite of its intended goal in the drug wars would later be applied full scale to the war on terror—with exactly the same results.

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‘Still Death’: a Hard-Hitting Poem About Predator Drones (Audio)

Jill McDonough’s poem drives home the idea that when it comes to the many lives taken in our ongoing drone wars, “On the screen or on the ground, death observed is still death.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE


Young Dubya









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From Vietnam to Iraq: Turning a Nightmare Into a Fairy Tale

Our most popular Vietnam end-stories bury the long, ghastly history that preceded the “fall” while providing silver-lining tributes to good intentions and last-ditch heroism that may come in handy in the years ahead.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE



As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?

A bombing that killed three people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way?

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE


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Why It Doesn’t Matter if Iraq’s Ezzat al-Douri Was Killed (Video)

The currently partly unemployed Iraqi governor of Salahuddin Province, displaced from much of his territory by Daesh (Islamic State), maintains that Ezzat al-Douri, former Baath vice president of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been killed by Shiite militias in a firefight north of Tikrit in the Hamrin mountains.

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Islamic State Surrounds 300 Sunni Families in Iraq, Closes In on Ramadi (Video)

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Iranian Ascendancy

In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.

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Iraqi Sunnis Struggle for Survival Against ISIS

Sunni Muslims who moved back into their neighborhoods in Iraq as five years of violence started to abate in 2008 are being forced out again, “this time mostly by Isis extremists.”

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Middle East Policy Under Rand Paul

Although Rand Paul has a reputation as a Libertarian non-interventionist, he isn’t actually either one.

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In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution

In the Arab world, Morocco is the most serious about renewable energy, which is now powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

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April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court

Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



War With Iran, by the Numbers

Iran is 2.5 times more populous than Iraq and much bigger geographically. It is likely that Iran war numbers would be three times those of Iraq, at least.

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Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse

As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

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America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia

The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions.

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Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish?

The U.S. wars in the Middle East and the so-called war on drugs in North America have resulted in violent consequences felt in our own cities, whether at the finish line of the Boston Marathon or in communities of color across the country.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE


Leaving the Killing to Computers

The Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine, Andrew Cockburn, tells Jon Stewart about the increasingly technologically dependent and hands-off process that American officials use to kill militants and, inadvertently, civilians in other countries.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Could the Sunni-Shiite Rift Make Tikrit a Pyrrhic Victory?

The foremost Sunni Muslim seat of learning, al-Azhar University in Cairo, has stirred controversy by issuing a considered legal opinion condemning the Shiite militias or “Popular Mobilization Forces” that are now fighting alongside the Iraq army to take Tikrit back from the Islamic State group.

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Ghosts of Saddam, Saladin & Khomeini: the Historical Meaning Behind the Tikrit Campaign

The Iraqi forces that are surrounding Tikrit 80 miles north of Baghdad are not just Iraqi forces.

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Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy

Being singled out as “the smart brother” in an American political and financial dynasty like the Bush family must be a heavy load.

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Jeb’s Bushian Speech

Jeb Bush’s highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. “Terrible food at that place,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, “and such small portions!”

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The Bush Epidemic









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In Iraq, Kurds Repel Islamic State With Help of Shiite Militiamen They Distrust

Islamic State (aka Daesh) fighters unsuccessfully moved Monday on Kirkuk and Erbil, two cities patrolled by Iraq’s Kurdish paramilitary, the Peshmerga.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



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The Uses, and Abuses, of History in the Middle East Conflict

The murder of Coptic Christians is one more instance of the sheer ignorance that’s influencing events in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Advances to Within 9 Miles of U.S. Troops at al-Ain Base in Iraq

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has captured the al-Anbar city of al-Baghdadi in western al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Ashton Carter Succeeds Chuck Hagel as U.S. Defense Secretary

Just shy of three months since Chuck Hagel was obliged to vacate the position, the Obama administration has a new secretary of defense—and Ashton Carter has his work cut out for him.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE


Brian Williams Tells All









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Brian Williams’ Truth









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Brian Williams Gets Six-Month Suspension for ‘Misremembering’ Iraq War Incident

After meeting with his boss, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, on Tuesday, the scandal-rattled “NBC Nightly News” anchor was facing some time off but apparently not a dismissal.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

Both ISIS and the West revel in brutality that feeds the fever for war. The line that separates us from our enemies is technological, not moral. We are those we fight.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE


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Another Iraq Apology









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Brian Williams Admits He Got Iraq Combat Story Wrong

The veteran “NBC Nightly News” anchor conceded that a story he told on various occasions about being under fire while on assignment in Iraq in 2003 was not accurate.

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U.S. Policy Sows Conflict Across the Middle East and North Africa

The U.N. has warned of “total chaos” in Libya; the U.S.-backed regime in Egypt continues a crackdown on political opponents; and Iraq is coming off its deadliest month in years—all while the rise of the Islamic State continues there and in Syria. “Democracy Now!” surveys the wreckage in these places and others with Vijay Prashad.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



War Is the New Normal

Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for TomDispatch on the seven reasons why America can’t stop making war. More than four years later, with the war on terror still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished, here’s a fresh take on the top seven reasons why never-ending war is the new normal in America.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Killing Ragheads for Jesus

The movie “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—including the belief that Christians are called upon to exterminate “lesser breeds.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 READ MORE



‘American Sniper’: American Hero or American Psycho?

“American Sniper” exemplifies a sense of macho, white male braggadocio that is symbolic of all that is wrong with the right-wing, pro-war, pro-gun, bully culture of the United States.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE


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