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 [...]

Ten Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq are a Terrible Idea

By: Monday June 23, 2014 7:50 am

Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.

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 [...]

Obama Official: Bowe Bergdahl Was Swift-Boated

By: Friday June 6, 2014 9:08 am

Let’s be clear: I am glad Bowe Bergdahl is home from five years with the Taliban. If he was truly captured on the battlefield, give him a parade. If he ran away, send him to trial. At the same time, the Obama administration’s bleating that “all the facts aren’t in” and that somehow after five [...]

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Just Told Us How to Close Gitmo (But Obama Won’t Do It)

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 8:38 am

Every media person knows to ensure maximum coverage for a story you put it out at the beginning of the week, a Monday. That gives pundits five days on the job to comment and amplify it. Conversely, if you are compelled to release information that you’d like to not get that kind of play, dumping [...]

Kerry Tells Snowden to “Man Up” and Come Home

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 7:12 am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who at this point has all the credibility of a minor Kardashian just out of rehab, somehow was allowed on national television to say this: If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States, we’ll have him on a flight today. [He] should stand up in the [...]

No, Obama is Not Spending $2.7 Mil on Communist Propaganda in Vietnam

By: Monday May 5, 2014 9:51 am

The $705,000 NIH grant funds a study of television campaigns that promote population health, not Communist propaganda

Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:38 am

Somedays we have a little fun in this space, commenting on world events with a joke, some satire, a little snark. Today will not be one of those days. The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. They at first denied any [...]

When Does the Torture End?

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 9:27 am

While the unfolding Constitutional crisis over the CIA’s spying on Senate staffers reviewing the torture program continues, all media accounts are quick to add to their articles a variant of the phrase that “Obama discontinued the enhanced interrogation programs soon after coming into office.” That is not true. Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Imad Abdullah Hassan has [...]

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