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‘Left, Right & Center’: Israel, Nukes and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s reception in Israel, the possibility of that country attacking Iran if nuclear development continues and the deadly blunder of 10 years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Plus, a GOP autopsy.

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AP/Aleppo Media Center

Reports of My WMD Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the American war machine might be revving up for another strike, this time in Syria.

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Iraq 10th

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Democrats Also to Blame for Iraq War, Journalist Scahill Says

Nation writer Jeremy Scahill ripped into Republicans and Democrats on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, claiming that both parties are to blame for the war during a recent appearance on MSNBC.

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Tomas Young Out Loud

The 33-year-old veteran and author of “The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from a Dying Veteran,” appeared with his wife on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday to talk about his decision to end his life amid unrelenting pain and suffering from wounds sustained in the Iraq War, and to read his letter aloud.

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Tomas Young and the End of the Body of War

Tomas Young was in the fifth day of his first deployment to Iraq when he was struck by a sniper’s bullet in Baghdad’s Sadr City.

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The Crusade

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Iraq War ‘Smartest Thing Bush Did,’ Fox News Host Says

Although polls show a majority of Americans now believe the invasion of Iraq 10 years ago was a mistake, Eric Bolling expressed the opposite sentiment.

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Ten Years Later

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Iraq Anniversary

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10th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion

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AP/Hadi Mizban

Baghdad Bombs Kill Dozens 10 Years After U.S. Invasion

Nearly 10 years to the day after the start of the Iraq War, some 19 car bombs and a shooting in the country’s capital left 57 people dead, almost 200 wounded and many more wondering whether they’ll ever feel safe again.

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New Century Is Off to a Wobbly Start

This certainly is not the best of times, nor can it be called the worst of recent times, considering the years of totalitarianism, war and cold war the world lived through in the 20th century, recently closed. But the years since 2000 have provided no auspicious start to the 21st century.

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White House/Karen Ballard

Borowitz on How Dick Cheney Marked 10th Anniversary of Iraq War

“Making up a reason to invade a country is the easy part,” the former vice president said, according to a satirical story in The New Yorker. “Sticking to a pretend story for ten years—that is the stuff of valor.”

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Limbaugh Disses RNC’s ‘Autopsy Report,’ Bachmann Tells Big Lie at CPAC, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why the assault weapons ban has already failed and Vice President Joe Biden meets Pope Francis.

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Iraq Lesson

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AP/Ric Francis

Dumb Wars, Now and Forever

A majority of Americans now believe the Iraq War was a mistake, but memories fade. Most 18-29-year-olds say sending U.S. troops to Vietnam was not a mistake.

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The Last Letter

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

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How We Were Scammed by the Iraq War

A military action that was sold to Americans as short and inexpensive may come to cost us $3.7 trillion; Sen. Rob Portman has come out in support of same-sex marriage thanks to his gay son, but doesn’t seem interested in women’s rights despite having a daughter; meanwhile, the hacker who brought you the Bush family’s emails has exposed communications between a White House adviser and the Clintons. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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AP/Francisco Seco

Krugman: Political Elites, News Media Learned Nothing From Iraq War

The New York Times columnist argues that the political elites and pundits who perpetuated the Bush administration’s disinformation and calls for war seem to have learned nothing from that experience. Case in point: the deficit obsession.

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flickr/Loren Sztajer

Conservatives and American Power

Do conservatives still believe in American greatness? The question is not intended to discourage the healthy debate being pushed by Rand Paul and his allies over whether Republicans in the George W. Bush years were too eager to deploy our country’s armed forces overseas. After the steep costs of the Iraq War, it is a very necessary discussion.

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Rand Paul’s CPAC Victory, Karl Rove’s Feud With Sarah Palin, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Boehner’s explanation of why he’ll never support gay marriage and a CPAC participant’s shocking comments on slavery.

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Documentary Reveals Pentagon’s Ties to Iraq Torture Centers

The Guardian has released a full-length documentary on the ties between “dirty wars” veteran and retired Col. James Steele, who played a crucial role in setting up and overseeing a network of detention and torture centers in Iraq that committed some of the worst acts of torture, and the top brass at the Pentagon.

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Listen: Bradley Manning’s Leaked Court Statement

The Freedom of the Press Foundation violated court rules when late Monday it released the full audio of Manning’s statement before a military court in Fort Meade, Md., marking the first time since his May 2010 arrest that the American public has heard the Army private speak.

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Claudia Cuellar

The Crucifixion of Tomas Young

After being paralyzed in Iraq, the Army veteran went on to become a leading anti-war activist. Now, under hospice care, he is waiting to die. This is the face of war they do not want you to see.

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Iraq War Memorial

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Petraeus, Rumsfeld Linked to Iraqi Torture Centers

The Guardian and BBC Arabic are reporting that the U.S. helped fund and organize a network of torture centers that fueled Iraq’s sectarian violence.

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Did Bradley Manning Harm American ‘Prestige’?

“If you look at the context of what he’s done and the enormous damage he did to national security and our prestige around the world, throughout most of history someone like that would be executed,” former Defense Department spokesman J.D. Gordon said of Pfc. Bradley Manning on Al-Jazeera this week.

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John McCain

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Verso Books

Christopher Hitchens: A Jingo in Every Essential Way

With the onset of the Iraq invasion, there was an abrupt change not just in Hitchens’ tone, but in his authorial voice. Hitchens emerged a convinced American nationalist, deploying a full tonal diapason—from hysteria to triumphalism, with the scale calibrated by braggadocio.

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DoD/D. Myles Cullen

Veterans Denounce Neoconservative ‘Swiftboating’ of Chuck Hagel

If Chuck Hagel is nominated by President Obama to serve as secretary of defense, there will be at least three compelling arguments in his favor.

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U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

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Rule of Law Trampled for Bradley Manning

In declaring that Pfc. Bradley Manning “broke the law” in allegedly handing classified military records to the international whistle-blowing group WikiLeaks, President Obama and Manning’s critics have unlawfully told the courts to find Manning guilty, a writer on the accused’s support team says.

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Syria and Iraq

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Monuments

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AP/M. Spencer Green

2 NATO Protesters Arrested, Charged With Terrorism

Two men involved in the NATO summit protests in Chicago are being held on separate terrorism charges. One is accused of making a false threat about blowing up a highway overpass. The other is charged with discussing the making of a pipe bomb.

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Scenes of Protest and Dedication From the NATO Summit

On Sunday, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars led thousands of people in a march on the NATO summit in Chicago, at the end of which 50 former soldiers renounced the wars by throwing their military service medals toward the building where leaders were gathered.

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Larisa Epatko / News Hour

In Fallujah, a Hospital of Horrors

All at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi’s administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest.

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One Dove, One Hawk: The Night the Feathers Flew

“What you have witnessed,” recently elected British MP George Galloway said back in 2005, speaking of Christopher Hitchens’ support for the U.S.-Iraq War, “... is something unique in natural history: the first ever metamorphosis from a butterfly back into a slug.”

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State Department

State Department to Downsize Massive Baghdad Embassy

A $750 million, 104-acre complex that employs 16,000 people might have been George W. Bush’s concept of an embassy, but the people who run the country that happens to surround America’s fortress in Baghdad aren’t thrilled and the State Department has decided to scale back. (more)

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Nouri al-Maliki

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Iraq Wound

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Leaving Iraq, for Better or Worse

What’s America’s legacy in Iraq going to be? Can we read it accurately from this moment, now that the war is “officially” over? Also on this week’s rundown of topics for “Left, Right & Center” panelists Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Chrystia Freeland and Mark Tapscott are Fannie and Freddie vs. the SEC and a farewell to Christopher Hitchens.

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Hedges on Hitchens

Though he gives credit to Christopher Hitchens’ exceptional talent, Chris Hedges remembers the newly departed writer differently from the way others might in this clip from CBC Radio. In an unflinching appraisal, Hedges recalls what Hitchens got wrong about religion, his biggest intellectual failing and what it was like to engage him in a debate.

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‘Democracy Now!’: The Costs of the Iraq War

This week’s official end to the Iraq War brought a good deal of back-patting among the leaders responsible for its origin and duration, but “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman delivers a grim reality check in this clip from Friday’s broadcast featuring analysis and commentary from Brown University professor Catherine Lutz.

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Bradley Manning’s Pretrial Hearing Begins

Friday marked the first day of Pvt. Bradley Manning’s hearing at Fort Meade, Md., and it wasn’t without some courtroom commotion. Lawyer David Coombs, who is representing the accused WikiLeaks informer, came out swinging by requesting that the investigating officer in charge of Manning’s case recuse himself.

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wounded boy
AP / Karim Kadim

A Day Late and $3 Trillion Short

The New York Times ran a story Wednesday, the day before U.S. and Iraqi leaders marked the official end of the Iraq War, about a shocking find in an Iraqi junkyard: secret interviews from U.S. soldiers talking about the 2005 massacre of civilians in Haditha. But this kind of account, as The Washington Spectator’s Hamilton Fish noted Thursday, has been passed over by the mainstream press for years.

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AP / Khalid Mohammed

The Iraq War Is Officially Over

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited Baghdad on Thursday to preside over a ceremony in which the U.S. Forces-Iraq flag was retired, which means that America’s nine-year occupation of Iraq has ended—at least on paper.

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No Good Peace of Crap

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