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AP/Maya Alleruzzo

Where’s Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq Is Coming Apart at the Seams — Here’s an Essential Reader

Confused about what’s going on in Iraq? Wondering how the situation became so grim?

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Chief Warns Iraq Crisis Could Spill Across Borders

The Islamist militant onslaught in Iraq raises the specter of a sectarian conflict spilling across the embattled nation’s borders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



The Rhetoric of Violence

The rage and nihilism that come from the frustrations of American life are expressed through violence. Our armed vigilantes and renegade gunmen are symptoms of a nation in terminal decline. To resist, we must build a revolutionary consciousness. Without one, random murder will become our national sport. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Crucible of Iraq

Fiction writer and poet Hassan Blasim in his new book burrows deeply into his homeland’s shattered culture. These riveting, lyrical short stories explicate the culture of war and give voice to the anguish of ordinary Iraqis. Blasim captures a surreal reality that eludes books about the war by journalists or military veterans.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE


Crabby McCain

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A Great American Tradition

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Chemical Weapons: ‘A Retold Drama Riddled With Plot Holes’

“In any normal society,” writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, “the red lights would now be flashing.”

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Rips Bank Regulators, McConnell Secretly Recorded, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Dick Cheney says the U.S. is in “deep do do” and Bernie Sanders and Grover Norquist spar over President Obama’s awful budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Living With No Future: Iraq, 10 Years Later

According to the Bush administration, the siege of Fallujah was carried out in the name of fighting something called “terrorism.” And yet, from the point of view of the Iraqis I was observing at such close quarters, the terror was strictly American. But governments are rarely referred to in the same terms.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE


Pentagon Whistle-Blower Karen Kwiatkowski’s Secret History of the Iraq War

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Iraq whistle-blower reminds us that Bush lied. Plus: Obama in the Holy Land, antagonizing fat people and fighting to save a great work of political art.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Pentagon Whistle-Blower Karen Kwiatkowski’s Secret History of the Iraq War

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Iraq whistle-blower reminds us that Bush lied. Plus: Obama in the Holy Land, antagonizing fat people and fighting to save a great work of political art.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE


Iraq Lesson

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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The Demons at Home

A short film about the Iraq invasion explores how the horror and threat that were forced upon the American people and the world were generated from within the White House, not by Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Pfc. Ryan Hallgarth

Iraq Is ‘Hell on Earth’ for Gays

With hostile families, militias and even police on the hunt for gay people, conditions in Iraq are worse than in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the BBC reports.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


‘The Dictator’ Meets the Super Bowl

Say what you will about Sacha Baron Cohen’s ribald and untoward brand of comedy, but he has at least one thing going for him in his latest big-screen venture, “The Dictator”: good timing. Speaking of which, here’s a glimpse of what Super Bowl ad-watchers will see from Baron Cohen’s camp this Sunday.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE


Iraq Wound

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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.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Iran: A Dangerous Game

The downing of a sophisticated U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone over Iran is the latest ratcheting of tension among Washington, Tehran and Jerusalem.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Mugabe Does Not Approve of This Humorous Fast Food Ad

Zimbabwe’s own Robert Mugabe is the unlikely star of this startlingly funny little number that its sponsoring chicken restaurant chain, Nando’s South Africa, calls “Last dictator standing.” This did not please the real-life version of the ad’s fun-loving dictator.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: The Demise of Another Nocturnal, Burrowing Dictator

What’s the protocol for making jokes about dead dictators—is the same day too soon? Stephen Colbert throws propriety to the wind and takes on not just Col. Moammar Gadhafi himself in this clip, claiming that losing the Libyan leader is like losing “Yves St. Laurent, George Burns and Pol Pot ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / The National Guard

Withdrawal Means Withdrawal

President Obama will be able to say that he kept one of his promises from the ’08 campaign trail come Dec. 31 of this year, when all but 160 American troops will leave Iraq after more than eight years of heavy military involvement (read: war) in the Middle Eastern nation. (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Andrew Rusk

Chomsky 10 Years After 9/11

This Thursday, Seven Stories Press will release a 10th anniversary reissue of Noam Chomsky’s book on the World Trade Center attacks titled “9-11: Was There an Alternative?” and TomDispatch has an exclusive excerpt from the new preface. (more)

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

Prosecuting War Crimes? Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

It all depends, I think, on whether criminals are our friends (Stalin at the time) or our enemies (Hitler and his fellow Nazis), whether they have their future uses (the Japanese emperor) or whether we’ll get their wealth more easily if they are out of the way (Saddam and Gadhafi).

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Land of War and Honey

For the scores of journalists and aid workers who poured into Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the terrible food in Baghdad’s hotels was a shock—greasy minced meat, mayonnaise-soaked vegetables and an obsession with Pepsi.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Murad Sezer

When America Left Arab Rebels to the Slaughter

President Obama has ordered his staff to examine how his predecessors handled situations such as the Libyan revolution. One of the most frequently mentioned was a disgraceful episode that reverberates to this day.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



The Economics of Video Games

How video games are changing the economy, the story behind the mythological toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad, and the merits of being grossed out. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Marc Nozell (CC-BY)

When Conservatives Celebrate Terrorists

What to make of conservatives Rudy Giuliani, Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge and Fran Townsend celebrating the officially designated terrorist organization Mujaheddin-e Khalq? Glenn Greenwald has some ideas.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / U.S. Army

Our ‘Dumb Wars’ Will Go On

“It is time to turn the page,” President Barack Obama said as he announced the “end” of combat operations in Iraq. Meanwhile, those who brought us that unnecessary war remain committed to such policies and, if returned to power, are likely to carry them out.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Two Wars Don’t Make a Right

The carnage is not yet complete, and President Barack Obama’s attempt to put the best face on the ignominious U.S. occupation of Iraq will not hide what he and the rest of the world well know.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


Joe Biden

Biden Does Baghdad, Finds Occupation ‘Delicious’

The vice president is spending his Independence Day in Iraq. Speaking from what he described as Saddam Hussein’s hunting lodge, Biden celebrated the toppling of the former Iraqi ruler, saying, “I find it delicious that that’s happened.”

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 READ MORE


Nouri al-Maliki
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Iraqi Front-Runners Headed for Election Deadlock

It could be a case of good for democracy, bad for Iraq if analysts monitoring the outcome of the recent election in Iraq are right in thinking that the very close race between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Ayad Allawi ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Blair Would Have Invaded Iraq Even Without WMD Issue

No longer in public office, Tony Blair has acknowledged in a BBC interview that he would have invaded Iraq and disposed of Saddam Hussein with or without evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 READ MORE



nytimes.com

Saddam Biography Makes a Splash in Baghdad

The first volume of a trilogy of Saddam Hussein books written by the late dictator’s lawyer has generated controversy in Iraq. It’s unclear whether the Iraqi government will even allow “Saddam Hussein: From an American Cell. This Is What Happened” to be sold in the country. (continued)

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


Hitler AIDS ad
aids-is-a-mass-murderer.com

Should Hitler Be the New Face of AIDS?

Invoking the notorious images of dictators like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Saddam Hussein as part of an AIDS-awareness ad series constitutes a serious gamble at best—and a deeply misguided move at worst, according to critics of the new “AIDS Is a Mass-Murderer” European campaign conjured up by a Hamburg advertising firm.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Iraq violence
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Iraqi Death Toll Hits 13-Month High in August

Perhaps it was to be expected after the mass exodus of American forces in late June, but August was a cruel month in terms of the Iraqi death toll caused by insurgent violence—the worst in 13 months. Unfortunately, the trend might continue as Iraqis navigate the aftermath of U.S. troop withdrawal and anticipate their national elections early next year.

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE


Operation Desert Storm
Flickr / Lietmotiv

Gulf War Legacy Flares as Kuwait Puts the Squeeze on Iraq

Almost 19 years to the day after Saddam Hussein’s legions invaded Kuwait—and less than 18 years since the U.S. coalition liberated it—the Croesus-rich emirate is still demanding reparations from Baghdad as if the dictator of Iraq was still alive.

Posted on Aug 1, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Hadi Mizban

So This Is What Victory Looks Like?

It is wishful thinking to believe that the Iraqi military will be able to hold the ruins of Iraqi society together without major U.S. intervention. The United States has assumed the role of Saddam’s Special Republican Guard, waiting to be called in to crush any sign of rebellion or insurrection. It’s a lose-lose situation with only one way out.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

George W. Bush Is Packin’ Serious Heat

Fun fact about Good Ol’ Dubya: Our former president has been hanging on to the heat of his one-time nemesis—Saddam Hussein’s 9-millimeter Glock 18C. According to The New York Times, it may be one of the many classy artifacts to be displayed in the George W. Bush Presidential Library, set to open in 2013 in Dallas.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


Prince Charles and Nouri al-Maliki
AP pool photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

British Government Gives Iraq Story a Final Spin

“We acknowledge,” the letter says, “that violence has claimed the lives of many thousands of Iraqi civilians over the last five years, either through terrorism or sectarian violence. Any loss of innocent lives is tragic and the Government is committed to ensuring that civilian casualties are avoided. Insurgents and terrorists are not, I regret to say, so scrupulous.”

Posted on May 2, 2009 READ MORE


Torture Was Used to Try to Link Saddam With 9/11

In order to justify George W. Bush’s illegal and unnecessary invasion of Iraq, Bush administration officials put heavy pressure on Pentagon interrogators to get Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah to say there was a link between Iraq and the 9/11 hijackers. That link was never established.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney

Dick Cheney on Iraq ‘Success’

After operating largely out of the spotlight for the last eight years, Vice President Dick Cheney continued his Sudden Visibility Press Tour on Sunday as he prepared to leave office. Here, he talks to CBS’ Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” about how he thinks his administration fared in the Iraq war.

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 READ MORE


Bush
White House / Paul Morse

Bush Admits He Was ‘Unprepared for War’

President Bush reflects on his time in office, airing some regrets and looking to have some say in framing his legacy, during an interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson airing Monday.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


Karl Rove
vicepresidents.com

Karl Rove Backpedals, Sulks

After claiming some credit for Barack Obama’s presidential win, longtime Bush loyalist Karl Rove barely endures the rest of his Q&A with notorious left-wing rag The New York Times. We’d like to know what kind of “funny stamps” Rove used to decorate his congratulatory note to Obama.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


The Ugly America

“You really do hate America!” This was the parting shot from a man I had just debated on a television show shortly before the invasion of Iraq. Because he’s a notorious right-wing blowhard, I laughed it off as the raving of a crackpot in extremis

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Afghan woman mourning
AP photo / Fraidoon Pooyaa

‘Collateral Damage’ Not Much Different From Targeted Killing

When U.S. troops massacre Iraqi civilians in Haditha because their buddy has been murdered, what is the difference between their revenge and that of Saddam?

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


Odierno
http://www.mnci.centcom.mil/leaders/index.htm

Odierno Takes Petraeus’ Place in Iraq

On Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus handed over the duties of commander of multinational forces in Iraq to his second-in-command, Gen. Raymond Odierno, who worked with Petraeus on implementing the U.S. troop surge over recent months. To mark the occasion, Petraeus, other American officials and Iraqi brass joined Odierno for a ceremony in a Baghdad-area palace formerly owned by Saddam Hussein.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


McClellan

Scott McClellan, Minister of Misinformation

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report finds some startling parallels between former White House spokesman Scott McClellan’s statements about the Bush administration’s machinations during the early days of the Iraq war and those of Saddam Hussein’s erstwhile minister of information, Mohammad Saeed al-Sahhaf.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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