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The Dead Rhetoric of War

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After years on a drunken bender, Americans are awakening to lies masked in patriotism and glory.After years on a drunken bender, Americans are awakening to the lies of their politicians.

Awakening on the Wrong Side of the Bed

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The Awakening movement isn't very happy these days. The U.S. has been paying Sunni militants to turn their guns from American soldiers to al-Qaida foreign fighters, a program that has been celebrated for reducing violence in Iraq and is now falling apart. In the words of one Sunni leader who spoke to NPR, "The Americans completely abandoned us."

Back to the Future: U.S. to Arm Afghan Militias

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Because it worked out so well the last time, the U.S. plans to arm Afghan militias in an effort to police the country. The Pentagon is presenting this plan -- and the media are reporting it -- as a spinoff of a successful strategy in Iraq, not a revival of the secret war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.

The Calm Before the Conflagration
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There's an ugly secret behind the "success" of the surge: The United States is paying off Iraqi militants with weapons and cash. It's a recipe for disaster, one that reminds Chris Hedges of "Yugoslavia before the storm."

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