Judge: Government’s Justification for Keeping Detainee Abuse Photos Secret is ‘Not Sufficient’

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 9:11 pm

A federal district court judge has ruled that the government’s certification to prevent the disclosure of thousands of photos of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq—including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison—is “not sufficient to prevent publication.” The federal judge ordered [PDF] the government to appear in court on September 8 and produce [...]

Satire: Interview with Obama’s Nobel Prize Statue

By: Monday August 25, 2014 8:15 am

Famously, the Nobel Committee awarded its prestigious Peace Prize to President Barack Obama. The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama’s promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a “new climate” [...]

Podcast: As US Airstrikes in Iraq Continue, There Doesn’t Appear to Be Any Endgame

By: Sunday August 17, 2014 1:47 pm

At the moment, Kurdish forces and US air strikes have been launched in Iraq to take control of the Mosul dam from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). President Barack Obama previously announced that air strikes by US military forces would continue, even though the crisis with Yazidi refugees on Mt. Sinjar had [...]

Satire: U.S. Plan in Place to Defeat ISIS

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 7:42 am

Special Forces Sergeant Bill “Buck” Turgidson took a knee behind a sand berm, at an undisclosed location in the scrappy northern Iraqi desert. “Old Mr. ISIS is a clever fighter,” said the hardened veteran, “but even though Uncle Sam has been fighting him for the last 11 years continuously, long past my failed first and [...]

Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.?

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:09 am

Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.? Doubtful. Get Afraid! First, a few samples of the fear-mongering rhetoric. “The militant Islamic State group could launch a direct attack on U.S. soil,” warned South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who claimed the militants are a “direct threat to our homeland… They are coming.” Graham, and his [...]

Questions about the Yazidis on that Iraq Mountain

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 6:18 am

Terrible situation at this makeshift camp for #Yazidis 8000 here sharing 200 tents and 5 toilets #Iraq #skybreaking pic.twitter.com/KpVldXTTjY — Sherine Tadros (@SherineT) August 13, 2014 No one wants to see anyone suffer, Yazidi or otherwise. What we do want is to know the truth about what is going on in Iraq even as Obama [...]

U.S. Bombing Own Weapons in Iraq

By: Monday August 11, 2014 7:46 am

Obama gave the green light for strikes anywhere in Iraq where U.S. citizens were in danger, so CENTCOM commander Lloyd Austin gave the order to strike on Friday when it was determined that the city of Erbil was in range of the American-lost guns. All of the Americans being protected in Erbil are there because [...]

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

By: Friday August 8, 2014 10:46 am

As America goes back to war in Iraq with airstrikes, here’s what to know and do instead: – This is a slippery slope if those words have any meaning left. Airstrikes are in part to protect American advisors sent earlier to Erbil to support Kurds there because Iraqi central government won’t. The U.S. is assuming [...]

Failure in Iraq, and the Coming Failure in Afghanistan, Explained

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:52 am

The Chinese Army roared through the small town in Northern Virginia. The initial troops were tough veterans of the fighting outside DC, and a lot of people were killed by early shelling and mortar attacks. A tank battle near the Arlington Hospital destroyed much of the building and faulty intelligence that weapons were being stored [...]

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 [...]

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