Iraq: What They Died For

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 7:27 am

As I see the images of Iraq’s unfolding civil war, sometimes I think I even recognize a place I had been, having spent a year in the midst of America’s Occupation there, 2009-2010. I was a State Department civilian, embedded with an Army brigade of some 3000 men and women, far from the embassy and [...]

Things Fall Apart: Iraq

By: Friday June 27, 2014 6:46 am

The mistakes of U.S. foreign policy are mostly based on the same flawed idea: that the world is a chessboard on which the U.S. makes moves, or manipulates proxies to make moves, that either defeat, counter or occasionally face setbacks from the single opponent across the table. The game held up for a fair amount [...]

From 2011: Who Won the War in Iraq? Iran.

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 9:57 am

For those (I’m talking to you here CNN) who seem surprised about events unfolding now in Iraq, here’s an excerpt from something I wrote almost four years ago. At that time pretty much everyone disagreed with these conclusions, but can you hear me now? Wars End? When wars end, usually there is a winner and [...]

Why America Can Never Win in Iraq

By: Monday June 16, 2014 8:57 am

I think of it now, all the time. Sometimes I think I even recognize a place on TV I had been, having spent a year in the midst of America’s Occupation in Iraq, 2009-2010. I was a State Department civilian, embedded in turn with two Army brigades of some 3000 men and women each, far [...]

Whither Iraq? What’s Happening Had to Happen

By: Friday June 13, 2014 9:10 am

The events unfolding now in Iraq are inevitable. They are the latest iteration of all the good we failed to do from day one of America’s ill-fated invasion in 2003. Some History Iraq before our invasion was three separate pseudo-states held together by a powerful security apparatus under Saddam. If you like historical explanations, this [...]

Podcast: The Iran Nuclear Deal, AIPAC Losses & the Charade Around Iran Being ‘Looming Threat’

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 10:07 am

An intensive effort by Israel and its backers has been underway to scuttle an international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Israel and its major lobby in the United States, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), has been suffering defeats as it tries to fight a deal, which it does not want because, if the [...]

New York Times Knew Missing American in Iran Was Working for CIA Back in 2007

By: Friday December 13, 2013 3:53 pm

A major story on a retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran was published by the Associated Press yesterday. It revealed details on a coverup at the Central Intelligence Agency to cover up the fact that the agent, Robert Levinson, had been “recruited as a spy by a rogue group of analysts inside the [...]

Interim Nuclear Deal with Iran Does Not Isolate Israel Nor Signal a Shift by the United States

By: Monday November 25, 2013 3:44 pm

A common perception that has emerged is that a six-month interim nuclear deal with Iran isolates Israel or appears to signal some kind of a shift on the part of the United States. If anything, it exemplifies the ease in which Israel can rely on the P5+1—Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the [...]

The Dumbest Article You’ll Read This Week About Iraq

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 9:19 am

Smell that? Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is in the US this week, meeting with officials in hopes of getting more US assistance, including lots of weapons he says he needs to fight terrorism, or Syria, or whatever (whatever=killing more Sunnis.) You can expect lots of dumb, uninformed comment about this visit. To save Firedoglake [...]

Retired General Cartwright as Alleged Stuxnet Leaker & Why Media Expressed Disbelief

By: Sunday June 30, 2013 9:27 am

Retired General James “Hoss” Cartwright had been described as “Obama’s favorite general.” He was a four-star Marine Corps general who served as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He had apparently “impressed the White House with his intellect and expertise on the modern technology of national security, including on nuclear weapons, missile defense and [...]

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