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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.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE



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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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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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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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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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.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE


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.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE



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.

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!”

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



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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Cheney’s New Book

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Flickr / Steve Rhodes

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)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



CIA

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)

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ 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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Tony Blair
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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.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


Oscars
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.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


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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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