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Brian Williams Is Making His Comeback on MSNBC Next Week

The discredited former anchor is about to return to NBC broadcasting after a suspension by the network.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State

The renowned linguist and activist discusses the background of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the United States’ role in establishing the conditions under which the extremist group developed.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Candidate Says He Will Apologize for Labour Party Role in Iraq War If He’s Elected

Left-wing politician Jeremy Corbyn is making quite a stir as he takes the lead in the race to replace Ed Miliband as head of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Tells Reporters Why He Won’t Attack Clinton

After speaking to a crowd of 2,000 people in Dubuque, Iowa, in mid-August, the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters that he didn’t enter the race to play in the media’s “sport” of choice.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

War’s End

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad (Video)

In principle, the idea of streamlining the Iraqi government and making it more efficient is a capital one. But the reforms being pursued by Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi have to raise some questions about the direction the country is taking.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

Where Did the Anti-War Movement Go?

Without an anti-war movement, the spectacle of mayhem and slaughter that has been at the heart of the Iraq War has passed largely unnoticed in the U.S. In an era in which successes have been in short supply for two administrations, consider this a major one.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Partitioning Iraq Is a Terrible Idea

I think the remarks of outgoing U.S. Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno on the possible partition of Iraq have been reported in a sensationalist way. Still, he did get drawn into speculating about the partition, which was probably unwise.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: How Likely Are the Top 10 GOP Presidential Candidates to Drag Us Into War?

Sending U.S. troops back into the Middle East and going to war there is virtually a plank in the GOP platform.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Another Bush Legacy in Iraq: Barzani Asks PKK to Leave (Video)

On Sunday morning, Kurdish separatist guerrillas launched a suicide-bombing strike on Turkish forces in Angri province using a tractor laden with explosives.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Thousands in Baghdad Protest Lack of Electricity and Services, Demand End of Corruption (Video)

It seems extraordinary, but in a country where Islamic State has advanced to within an hour’s drive of the capital, civil politics there have not been paralyzed.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

Torture, Impunity and the American Psychological Association

This month, the APA released a stunning independent report that confirms what whistleblowers and dissident psychologists have maintained for close to a decade.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

Laura Poitras Hits Back at U.S. Government With Harassment Suit

“Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras has taken the U.S. government to task through her work as a filmmaker, and, unsurprisingly, she’s gotten a direct message about how that’s gone over with the powers that be in Washington. (Hint: not well.)

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

Omar Sharif Never Had to Play a Terrorist (Video)

What now seems remarkable is the acceptance the late Omar Sharif gained and the range of roles he was offered by Hollywood in his era of fame.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

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The Treason of the Intellectuals

In The New York Times in late June, George Packer smeared Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt.” In this Truthdig column published in early 2013, Hedges describes Packer as an intellectual “war booster” and “liberal hawk” whose support for the Iraq War preserved his journalism career.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

A Curious Bit of Backstory Behind the NYT’s Review of Chris Hedges’ New Book

Chris Hedges’ latest book, “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt” was given top placement in this weekend’s New York Times Book Review section, and although a high profile doesn’t always guarantee high praise, it turns out there’s a story behind this media story.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Lester Holt Pulls Up Brian Williams’ Anchor Chair at ‘NBC Nightly News’

Though top brass at the network made it seem for a while like he might be able to hold onto his chair, former NBC News anchor Brian Williams ultimately wasn’t.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

Washington in Wonderland: Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

The policy of giving Iraqis American-made weapons to destroy American-made military vehicles previously provided to them illustrates Washington’s larger madness in microcosm.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE


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Iraq Sequel

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Modest Increase in Iraq Training Mission Shows Obama’s Still Uninterested, and Maybe He’s Right

The Obama administration got itself some headlines on Wednesday morning by pledging to send a few hundred more military trainers to Iraq and to create a new base in al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

American Politicians Are Telling New Lies About the Iraq War

A couple of weeks ago Jeb Bush told Fox News he would have invaded Iraq if he had been president in 2003. His remark and the responses of many of his critics show that the political class is just as calculating and self-interested now as it was then, writes Gary Younge at The Guardian.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

Shiite Militias Announce ‘Here I Am, O Husayn’ Campaign for Sunni Ramadi

Shiite militias in Iraq, joined by some Sunni tribal levies, on Tuesday reached a university campus just to the southwest of Ramadi in what is called a “shaping operation” intended to set the stage for an all-out assault.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Polls

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Former CIA Deputy Director Grilled on Falsehoods That Led to Iraq War

In a heated 10-minute exchange, MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronts CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell with the question of why, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he let Vice President Dick Cheney get away with saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was building nuclear weapons.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Jeb Bush’s Iraq Blunder: Is Learning From the Past a Disservice to Soldiers?

The “Daily Show” host combs through every one of Jeb Bush’s answers to the simple question posed by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly: Knowing what we know now, would you have gone to Iraq? What he finds is both ridiculous and hilarious.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Should We Feel Even a Little Bit Sorry for Jeb Bush?

Loyalty—as illustrated by Jeb Bush’s reluctance to throw his brother George under the bus over the invasion of Iraq—is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. But Jeb Bush’s agony is likely to continue because Iraq raises profound questions not only for him but also for all of his GOP opponents.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Why Does the Iraqi Army Keep Running Away From Islamic State?

Baghdad was shaken by the news that the Iraqi army and police in Ramadi ran away from the advancing forces of the Islamic State group (known also as Daesh).

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Ivy Ziedrich, Critic of War and the Bush Family

The University of Nevada college student brought some clarity to politics by challenging presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on who is responsible for the rise of the Islamic State group.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jeb, Trade and Hillary

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s struggle to answer whether he would have gone to war in Iraq. Also, Obama and Democrats clash over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Hillary Clinton hasn’t taken a question from the press since mid-April.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE

College Student Tells Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’

Jeb Bush, in a comment on TV this week, justified his brother’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and suffered heavy political fire as a result. Then, on Wednesday, the presidential hopeful faced his toughest critic yet: a 19-year-old in Nevada.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky Explains How Islamic State Grew Out of the Iraq War

The linguist and activist talks with an Iraq War veteran and answers questions collected by human rights activists from people currently living under siege in Fallujah.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

A Five-Step Guide to Police Repression, From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond

Equate dissidents with domestic terrorists; arm police with “less-lethal” weapons; replace humans with robots. Here is a step-by-step guide, based on the latest developments in the security sector, on how to police a protest movement in the new age of domestic counterinsurgency.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

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

Judith Miller on Her False WMD Reports: ‘I Don’t Feel Guilty’

Former New York Times journalist Judith Miller is back in the news, doing what all self-respecting members and corollary players from the Bush era have done, knowing what they know now. That’s right—she’s on a nationwide book tour.

Posted on Apr 21, 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

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.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE

The Bush Epidemic

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Long War of Foreverness

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

Brian Williams and the Frog of War

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE

Brian Williams Tells All

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

Brian Williams’ Truth

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart on How the Mass Media Helped Get Us Into the Iraq War

In response to the media’s take on the recent suspension of NBC’s Brian Williams,“The Daily Show” host says there probably wouldn’t have even been an Iraq War “if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual fucking war.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE

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