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Why You Need an Electric Vehicle: Radicalism in Iraq Menaces World’s Most Important Oil Fields

The virtual collapse of the Iraqi army and its inability to take back any territory from Sunni forces coordinated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria brings into question our earlier insouciance about the oil impact of ISIS advances.

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AP/Maya Alleruzzo

Where’s Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


Hair of the Dog

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Hard-Liners in Israel and Iran Resist U.S. Pivot to Iran Over ISIS

The continued advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) on Sunday brought the radical Sunni movement to the borders of Jordan and consolidated its control over al-Anbar Province.

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Cheney and Wolfowitz

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Neo-Zangid State Erases Syria-Iraq Border, Cuts Hezbollah Off From Iran

With the alleged fall to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria of Qa’im on Saturday, and of Talafar a few days ago, the border between Iraq and Syria has now been effectively erased.

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AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The Ghoulish Face of Empire

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reflects back to us a disturbing image of ourselves. Our murderous rampages, carried out in a foolish attempt to remake the Middle East through violence, have given birth to a Frankenstein monster.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



Ending Empire Is as Crucial as Confronting Wall Street

In the last week, there has been a rapid march toward military action in Iraq despite widespread opposition to more war among the U.S. population. One concern is that it would require more military spending despite immense and unmet needs for funding in a broad array of areas at home.

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Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False WMDs, Meets U.S. Officials

Harper’s Magazine Washington editor Andrew Cockburn comments on the mounting pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form a less sectarian government or resign—and the meeting between the U.S. State Department’s top official in Iraq and a potential candidate to replace al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE


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Obama Prepares for Drone War in Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that he will send 300 Green Beret Army special operations soldiers to Iraq.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



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As U.S. Pressures Maliki to Resign, Will the Iraqi Government Collapse?

A consensus is forming in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must resign, as part of accountability for his failures with his Sunni Arab citizens. Because Washington is so good about demanding accountability.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE


Does the U.S. Owe Iraq?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iraq falls apart, the VA goes after whistle-blowers, the Washington football team loses its racist trademarks, and more on Gore Vidal.

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Does the U.S. Owe Iraq?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iraq falls apart, the VA goes after whistle-blowers, the Washington football team loses its racist trademarks, and more on Gore Vidal.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: What Now in Iraq and Syria, House GOP, Scott Walker

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether it’s “Onward to the 7th Century” in Iraq, the Republican attempt to elect a new leader after Eric Cantor’s shocking loss and the accusation that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was involved in a criminal scheme to stave off recall efforts in 2012.

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Create-Your-Own Caliphate

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Pots and Kettles

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300 U.S. Troops Are Heading to Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that up to 300 “military advisers” will assist Iraq’s embattled army against advancing Sunni insurgents, and insisted that the U.S. would not be drawn into another war in the country.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE



Who Won Iraq?

Bush and his top officials remade reality in Iraq on an almost unimaginable scale and, as we study the region today, the results bear no relation to the world they imagined creating. On the other hand, there were two dreams they had that, after a fashion, did come into existence.

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Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq

It didn’t take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras.

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Dick Cheney

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Dick Cheney’s Chutzpah

It’s not every day that a leader of the previous administration suggests that the current president is a “fool” and accuses him of intentionally weakening the United States.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq Is Coming Apart at the Seams — Here’s an Essential Reader

Confused about what’s going on in Iraq? Wondering how the situation became so grim?

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



‘A Third Iraq War?’

The breakdown in Iraq means that “the Middle East map—defined by European powers a century ago—may be redrawn, either de facto or formally,” regional expert Robin Wright writes at The New Yorker. And “globally, the jihadist threat has never been greater.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



ISIS Moves on Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery

Militant Islamists have attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the city of Baiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad.

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AP/Charles Dharapak

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



AP Photo/Jerome Delay

Don’t Trust the Bombers on Iraq: ‘Shock and Awe’ Never Works

In March of 2003, we were treated to an intensive bombardment of Iraq, which the Bush White House propagandists termed “Shock and Awe.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE


Choosing Sides

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Brutality

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Zachary Scanlon

Keeping America’s Baghdad Swimming Pools Safe From Fanatics

The Marines—250 of them, together with carrier air support and Marine Corps Osprey support craft—have been dispatched to save the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the “biggest in the world,” “the size of the Vatican City,” with its swimming pools and skating rinks, from the menace of the offensive directed at Baghdad by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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U.N. Chief Warns Iraq Crisis Could Spill Across Borders

The Islamist militant onslaught in Iraq raises the specter of a sectarian conflict spilling across the embattled nation’s borders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Sends Troops as Isis Sweeps Iraq

Amid a rampant insurgency in Iraq and forced talks between the U.S. and Iran, President Obama has ordered the urgent deployment of several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq.

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Meet Zalmay Khalilzad, ‘A Primary Architect of Iraq’s Current Misery’

“As jihadists everywhere celebrate their stunning victories in Mosul and Tikrit,” Andrew Cockburn writes at the website of Harper’s Magazine, “we can only hope that they accord due credit to a man who was indispensable to their success.”

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Lesson of Iraq

President Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


We Break It, You Buy It

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Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


Iraq Security

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7 Myths about the Radical Sunni Advance in Iraq

Already in the past week and a half, many assertions are becoming commonplace in the inside-the-Beltway echo chamber about Iraq’s current crisis that are poorly grounded in knowledge of the country. Here are some sudden truisms that should be rethought.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


Frankenstein

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Iraq

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Pyromaniacs

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Where’s the Bread and Butter?

The 2014 campaign is being waged against a backdrop of national news dominated by everything except the core economic worries of most Americans.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


Could U.S. Military Action Worsen Sectarian Conflict in Iraq?

As Sunni militants continue their march across the country, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Monday that the U.S. is considering launching drone strikes in Iraq. “Democracy Now!” speaks with Iraqi-American political analyst Raed Jarrar for clarity on the developments.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



Hawks Push for Iraq War, Rule of Law Prevents It

The same people who got the U.S. into the mistaken Iraq War are urging President Obama to use military force there again. But both U.S. and international law do not permit the president to attack Iraq without congressional and U.N. authorization.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



Militants Publish Photos of Mass Slaughter in Iraq

As the Iraqi government moved to strengthen its defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters executing dozens of Iraqi soldiers.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Eric Cantor Goes Down to Defeat and Debating Iraq

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s unexpected loss to a tea party challenger. The National Review’s Rich Lowry calls it “one of the most stunning upsets any of us have ever witnessed.” Scheer says the defeat is “a response to pain” in the region. And what should the U.S. do as Sunni insurgents advance in Iraq?

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert C. Brogan

What Can We Do in Iraq? Nothing!

Taking a couple of shots at President Obama over the latest round of war in Iraq, House Speaker John Boehner said last week: "This has been building for weeks." How about centuries, Mr. Speaker?

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

As Iraq Implodes, Hawks Still Have No Plan—Except ‘Blame Obama’

As the failed state of Iraq strains under attack from a jihadist force—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—all the usual suspects are popping up on the Senate floor to denounce the president.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



‘Urgent’ U.S. Attack in Iraq and Syria Possible

The Obama administration is considering an air assault on Islamic extremists taking control of areas throughout Syria and Iraq.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE


Iraq in Crisis: Militant Advance Sparks Mass Displacement

Iraq is on the brink of disintegration as Sunni militants seize more towns and now set their sights on the capital Baghdad.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


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