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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Iraq Sequel

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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?

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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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The Bush Epidemic

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The Long War of Foreverness

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Brian Williams and the Frog of War

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Brian Williams Tells All

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Brian Williams’ Truth

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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


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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Why There Is No Massive Anti-War Movement in America

I.F. Stone’s sign-off, that medic’s song, and my letter all are documents from a time when Americans could be in opposition to, while also feeling in service to, their country. They are documents from a lost world and so would, I suspect, have little meaning to the young of the present moment.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



America Is Open for Business in Iraq

In the midst of the December holiday news-dumping zone, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) quietly notified Congress of several pending arms deals for Iraq.

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Overreach

A new book is arguably the best account of what went wrong with the project to turn Baathist Iraq into a liberal democracy, but flawed by the insistence that failure was inevitable due to Iraq’s sociopolitical realities.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



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Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture

Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi, one of the gunmen the French police are searching for, would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with 2 policemen.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



The Year Iraq Ceased to Exist: Will It Ever Again?

In 2014, Iraq was said to lose 42% of its territory to Daesh (the Arabic acronym for what our press calls Islamic State).

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



Did the CIA Torture So Bush Could Invade Iraq? (Video)

The Bush administration and the CIA tortured al-Qaida suspects because they wanted evidence that linked Saddam Hussein to 9/11 and could be used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Middle East expert Patrick Cockburn writes at The Independent.

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Enter the Dragon: China Offers Iraq Aerial Strikes on Islamic State

The list of powers eager to see Islamic State defeated grew larger this weekend with a report that China would intervene against IS from the air.

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Over 100 Islamic State Fighters Killed in U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq

The U.S. war on Islamic State (also known as Daesh) in Iraq and Syria takes up less and less space in mainstream media. The group and its issues haven’t gone away, however.

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