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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 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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‘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.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE


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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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Obama, Maliki Make It Official

While he had visiting Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki close at hand, U.S. President Barack Obama took the opportunity Monday to make congratulatory noises from the podium about the end of the Iraq War and the imminent withdrawal of American troops from Maliki’s homeland.

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AP / Mark Boster, Pool

Occupy 2012

In its two months of existence, Occupy L.A. showed a resiliency and purpose that could make some of its participants leaders in a great confrontation over economic injustice in the 2012 election.

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Scott Olsen Speaks, Twice

Things are looking up for two-tour Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was injured Oct. 25 during a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, where he was taking part in demonstrations against the corporatization of the American political system. (more)

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Scott Olsen

A Message From Scott Olsen

The young Iraq War veteran who was hospitalized after Oakland police attacked Occupy protesters in the city is still working to get his speech back, but he is able to write and he posted on Google+: “I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. … You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!”

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Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

As WikiLeaks faces financial limitations caused by big corporations putting the squeeze on funding, the whistle-blowing site’s founder Julian Assange is still dealing with some considerable issues that could threaten his personal freedom—namely, the two allegations of rape and sexual assault that still await him in Sweden. (more)

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Occupy Oakland Calls for Citywide Strike

Tuesday night’s showdown between Occupy Oakland protesters and police, during which former Marine and two-tour Iraq vet Scott Olsen was critically injured, has spurred movement organizers and local activists to put out a call for a strike across Oakland on Nov. 2.

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Nurses vs. Wall Street

Nurses in San Francisco make a statement about Wall Street; Hispanic media are faring better than their mainstream counterparts; and Steve Jobs leaves the world with a pricey legacy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Magazine Publishes Full Manning-Lamo Chat Logs

More than a year after Pfc. Bradley Manning was arrested on suspicion of passing tens of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, Wired magazine has released the full record of the conversations between Manning and former hacker Adrian Lamo that led to Manning’s imprisonment. Previously, the logs had appeared only in redacted form, a situation that generated criticism in some quarters. (more)

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Ex-Spy Says Bush White House Wanted to ‘Get’ Juan Cole

In a story that harks back to the bad old days of intelligence abuses, a former CIA spook says he and another agency staffer were asked by Bush administration officials to dig up dirt on Mideast scholar, Iraq war critic and Truthdig columnist Juan Cole. (more)

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Iraq: The Case of the Missing $6.6 Billion

Benjamin Franklin may be one of the most wanted men in Iraq right now, as the country’s officials threaten to take the Pentagon to court to recoup some $6.6 billion in cash airlifted from the U.S. in 2004 for the purpose of Iraqi reconstruction. (more)

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AP / Charles Dharapak

What’s the GOP Without bin Laden?

Pity Bill O’Reilly and the rest of the Republican right wing led by the forlorn slate of candidates gearing up to challenge Barack Obama in the next presidential election.

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U.S. Army / Luke Thornberry

British Government Memos Tie Iraq Invasion to Big Oil

The documents detail high-level meetings between BP, Shell and the British government about how to divvy up Iraq’s oil and gas.

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Blair Realizes Regret Over Iraq

With regret over the loss of life throughout and after the 2003 Iraq war, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has changed his tune of condolence, saying his historically unapologetic statements defending the war were misinterpreted.

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WikiLeaks Files Show Torture, Civilian Deaths and Contractor Abuses

Amy Goodman and the “Democracy Now!” team dig into the hundreds of thousands of documents that whistle-blowers released to the public and summarize the revelations.

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White House / Paul Morse

Inquiring Brits Want to Talk to Bush and Friends

That U.K. inquiry into the Iraq war has already spoken to two prime ministers, but Sir John Chilcot’s panel would like an American take on things. Senior officials from George W. Bush’s administration, and maybe even W himself, have been cordially invited to give evidence.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


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The End Is Nigh for ‘24’

Jack Bauer made a good run of it, but it’s looking like this eighth season of “24” will be the last for one of the top TV relics of the Bush era. Variety reported Tuesday that “20th Century Fox TV and Fox appear ready” to pull the plug on the show, but according to James Poniewozik of Time, “24” might morph into a movie franchise.

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AP / Amy Sancetta

An Oscar for America’s Hubris

What a shame that the one movie about the Iraq war that has a chance of being viewed by a large worldwide audience should be so disappointing. According to press reports, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally found a movie about the Iraq war they liked because it is “apolitical.”

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‘Hurt Locker’ Cleans Up at BAFTA Awards

Since 2003, filmmakers have repeatedly come up short in terms of box office sales and critical support for movies that focus on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—until director Kathryn Bigelow came on the scene last year with “The Hurt Locker,” that is.

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Mother Battles to Be Buried With Fallen Soldier Son

In November of 2008, U.S. Army soldier Corey Shea was killed while serving in Mosul, Iraq, shortly before he was due to return home to his mother, Denise Anderson, in Massachusetts. Now, Anderson is fighting for the right to be buried with her son in a veterans’ cemetery when she dies ... (continued)

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Friedman and Stewart

Friedman, Stewart Critique Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

“I overreacted,” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman admits to Jon Stewart about his initial support of the Iraq war in 2003 in this clip from Tuesday’s “Daily Show.” However, Friedman is still writing columns and selling books, such as his latest, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” so perhaps bad journalistic deeds still go unpunished in some media circles.

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U.S.S. New York
bbc.co.uk

USS New York Docks in NYC

It was partly intended as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on New York’s Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, but, considering America’s bellicose response to that tragedy, it’s hard not to read more into the story of the USS New York, a new Navy warship constructed partly from melted-steel remnants of the World Trade Center.

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Post-9/11 GI Bill
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Not All Vets Are Treated Equally Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 was hailed by various media outlets and veterans organizations as the GI Bill of the future. However, through my own experience in dealing with Veterans Affairs regarding the GI Bill, I have found that the help is far less than what we were led to believe.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney
AP / Ron Edmonds

Cheney Memoir in the Works

Former Vice President Dick Cheney maintained an elusive stance, to say the least, during his years in the White House, but since leaving office he’s made himself more visible and vocal on the public stage. For his next act, he’s working on a memoir—but somehow the term tell-all doesn’t quite seem to fit the bill in this particular case.

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U.S. Army / Sgt. Edwin M. Bridges

Once Again, It’s Time to Go Home, Boys

In a recently released memo, U.S. Army Col. Timothy R. Reese, a senior adviser to the Iraqi military’s Baghdad command, argued that despite some of the glaring deficiencies that hinder Baghdad’s forces—see issues of management, corruption and political pressure—Iraqi troops are competent enough to contain the insurgent violence raging on in their country and that it is high time “for the U.S. to declare victory and go home.”

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE


Colin Powell
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

What Will History Make of Colin Powell?

Public figures understandably fuss over their reputations and how they will be remembered. Recent news brought to mind two prominent figures of their moment: Colin Powell and Robert McNamara.

Posted on Jul 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Inside Rummy’s Crusade

An GQ expose reveals Donald Rumsfeld’s alarming penchant for melding scripture and foreign policy during his time as secretary of defense in the Bush administration. The report also discloses how disliked Rummy was by his peers. “There was exasperation,” one former Bush aide said.“How much more are we going to have to endure? Why are we keeping this guy?”

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Cheney’s Chains to Torture

As new information leaks out on the Bush administration’s torture program and as Dick Cheney pumps up his role as the poster child for waterboarding, we can slowly start connecting the dots on the previous administration’s criminal practices. Rachel Maddow and guest author Jane Mayer break down the shaky legal justifications behind the invasion of Iraq and the use of waterboarding—a method now known to produce false confessions—to try to force detainees to reveal a link between al-Qaida and Iraq.

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ War

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $91.3 billion supplemental measure to finance the Iraqi and Afghan wars. An additional $80 million has been set aside to support the shutting down of Gitmo, $50 million of which is contingent on the Pentagon coming up with a plan on relocating prisoners. Another $900 million has been allocated to aid Pakistan in its battle against the Taliban.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Buying Brand Obama

The Obama brand is about being happy consumers. We are entertained. We feel hopeful. We like our president. We believe he is like us. But like all branded products spun out from the manipulative world of corporate advertising, we are being duped into doing and supporting a lot of things that are not in our interest.

Posted on May 3, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Cat Shit One’: Blackwater Bunnies at War?

Uh, so we’re not completely sure what to make of this trailer for the Japanese animated series “Cat Shit One” (?!), which features a specialized squad of mercenary sniper rabbits duking it out in the desert with turban-clad camels. Don’t be fooled by the cute-and-fluffy tail action—these bunnies are killing machines.

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politicsandfunk.com

Limbaugh Holds Court at Conservative Conference

If there was any question as to how Rush Limbaugh is positioning himself vis-à-vis the new administration, that was obliterated by his performance Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, where he once again made it clear that he’s not wishing President Obama well.

Posted on Mar 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Gets Aggressive on Cutting the Deficit

Despite the fact that he’s looking at a trillion-plus deficit for 2009 as he settles into his second month as president, Barack Obama has plans to cut the annual deficit by half by the time his first term ends.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 READ MORE


Zaidi
AP photo / Evan Vucci

The Shoe-Thrower Speaks

Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, who quickly became renowned throughout the world after chucking his shoes at President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last December, took the stand in court Thursday to defend his memorable act as a gesture of self-expression, on behalf of both himself and “the Iraqi people.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 READ MORE


CLW
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Anti-War Group Supports U.S.-Iraq Agreement

The anti-Iraq war organization Council for a Livable World has announced its support for the recently completed U.S.-Iraq security agreement. The group’s news release urges support for the resolution, which it believes is “the best way for the United States to leave Iraq promptly and responsibly.”

Posted on Nov 26, 2008 READ MORE


Cheney
AP photo / Evan Vucci

Obama Congratulates McCain on Cheney Endorsement

During a campaign stop in Pueblo, Colo., on Saturday, Barack Obama used the news that Vice President Dick Cheney had endorsed John McCain for president to further link McCain and the Bush administration. In retaliation, McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds attempted to link Obama with Cheney. Hot potato!

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


No End in Sight

‘No End in Sight’ Released in Full Online

If you haven’t seen Charles Ferguson’s buzzed-about 2007 documentary, “No End in Sight,” and you wanted to, you’re in luck: You can now watch the film on YouTube in its entirety. Thanks, Mr. Ferguson!

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


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The Bailout vs. the Defense Budget

There has been much moaning, air-sucking and outrage about the U.S. government’s $700-billion bailout deal, but in fact we dole out similar amounts of money every year in the form of payoffs to the armed services, the military-industrial complex, and powerful senators and representatives allied with the Pentagon.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Horrors of War Our Leaders Never Have to Confront

I’m not sure of this, but I think—I suspect and feel—that the Great War, the war of 1914-1918, is beginning to dominate our lives even more than the terrible and infinitely more costly conflict of 1939-1945. The Second World War may haunt our lives. The First World War, it seems to me, imprisons us all.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


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