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Donald Trump Calling Obama The “Founder” Of ISIS Requires One To Ignore History, And Reality

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President Obama’s ISIS policy has been far from perfect, but to call him a “Founder” of ISIS is to ignore both history and reality.

George H.W. Bush Highly Critical Of Rumsfeld And Cheney In New Book

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In a new book, former President George H.W. Bush is highly critical of two of his son’s closest advisers in the White House.

Ahmed Chalabi, Iraqi Who Lobbied The West In Favor Of 2003 War, Dies At 71

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Ahmed Chalabi, the controversial Iraqi politician who played a crucial war in convincing the United States and other western nations to go to war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 2003, has died in Baghdad at the age of 71: Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq […]

Jeb Bush Is Willfully Blind To The Truth About The Iraq War

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Like many Republicans, Jeb Bush continues to be willfully blind to the truth about the Iraq War.

George W. Bush Wants To Send Combat Troops To Iraq Again

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Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

Tariq Aziz, Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Under Saddam Hussein, Dead At 79

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Tariq Aziz, who was perhaps the most well-known face of the Iraqi government in the Western world during Saddam Hussein’s reign, has died at the age of 79: Tariq Aziz, a top minister for Saddam Hussein who served as Iraq’s international spokesman for more than 20 years and was perhaps the government’s most recognizable figure […]

Hillary Clinton Has Her Own Questions To Answer About Iraq, Libya, And Syria

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Hillary Clinton has admitted she made a mistake in supporting the Iraq War in 2002, but there are plenty of other questions she needs to answer when it comes to foreign interventions.

Marco Rubio Fumbles The Iraq War Question

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Marco Rubio is the latest Republican Presidential candidate to have a problem giving a coherent answer to a few simple questions about the Iraq War.

Jeb Bush Has His Own Iraq Quagmire

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Iraq seems to becoming a political headache for yet another member of the Bush family.

Jeb Bush: Sure, I’d Invade Iraq Just Like My Brother Did

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Like most Republicans, Jeb Bush either fails or refuses to recognize what an utter, unjustifiable disaster his brother’s decision to invade Iraq actually was.

Jon Stewart Decimates Judith Miller

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Last night, Jon Stewart’s guest on The Daily Show was former New York Times reporter, who was of course one of the most prominent journalists writing stories asserting that Iraq and an active WMD program in the years before the Iraq War, and the result was perhaps one of Stewart’s best interviews in some time: The Daily ShowGet […]

George W. Bush Attacks Obama On Foreign Policy

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Pot, meet kettle.

US Ground Troops Fighting ISIL

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The ground troops that United States has not sent into Iraq to fight ISIL are reportedly in Iraq fighting ISIL.

Iraq And Afghanistan Wars Cost $3 Trillion

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The costs of more than a decade of war are far higher than many ever thought, and we’re still paying the price for the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush Administration while they were being fought.

Another War, Another Pentagon Cover-Up

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A new report from the New York Times confirms the adage that, in war, the first casualty is the truth.

US Airstrikes Weaken ISIS, Strengthen Militias

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Massive US intervention has for now liberated Amerli, averting humanitarian disaster. Another crisis looms.

A Quote to Ponder

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“I think that, first of all, the United States should remember that we have spent the last 15 years trying to use military power, including military assistance, to try and organize the politics of this region. And we have failed miserably. We have got a failed state in Iraq. We have a failed state in […]

For Want of a Strongman

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Via MediaMatters:  Fox Host Requests Putin Be US President For 48 Hours To Deal With Islamic State. Kimberly Guilfoyle: "Can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like Netanyahu, or like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States?" (video at both links). Yes, this […]

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

Despite Pressure, Malaki Unwilling To Step Aside In Iraq

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Iraq continues to appear to be headed toward a political crisis, notwithstanding the fact that everyone seems to be trying to pressure Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside: BAGHDAD — Iran’s supreme leader threw his weight behind Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister Wednesday, but incumbent Nouri al-Maliki denounced efforts to oust him as “a […]

Hillary Clinton Attacks Foreign Policy She Helped Create And Implement

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Does Hillary Clinton remember that she was Secretary of State for four years?

Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Open-Ended, Directionless, And Likely To Fail

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President Obama doesn’t seem to have any idea what he wants to do in Iraq.

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS In Northern Iraq

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For the second time in just over ten years, the United States is involved in military action in Iraq.

Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of Iraq, And Of The Idea of Intervening In Iraq

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Americans disapprove of how the President is handling Iraq, but they don’t like what his critics are proposing either.

Nouri al-Maliki Defies Calls To Step Aside

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Notwithstanding pressure from forces inside his own country, as well as the United States and Iran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki apparently has no plans to step aside: BAGHDAD — Despite sharp criticism from almost every political party in Iraq and pressure from friendly foreign powers to step down, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki announced Friday […]

ISIS Threatening To Open A New Front In Lebanon

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Is ISIS about to make the situation in the Levant even worse?

News Media Mostly Ignoring Iraq War Critics

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When it comes to Iraq, the media only seems to be giving Americans one side of the story.

U.S. Alleges Syria Bombed ISIS Positions Inside Iraq

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The United States is accusing Syria of launching air strikes inside Iraq against ISIS/ISIL forces: WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Syria launched airstrikes into western Iraq on Tuesday in an attempt to slow the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency fighting both the Syrian and Iraqi governments. Officials said Wednesday the strikes were the work of Syrian President […]

Rand Paul, Dick Cheney, And The Foreign Policy Battle Inside The GOP

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The Kentucky Senator and former Vice-President are at the front of a battle that will unfold inside the GOP as we head toward 2016.

American Public Skeptical About The Way Forward In Iraq

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A new CNN/ORC poll shows the American public almost evenly divided on how the United States should respond to the ongoing crisis in Iraq: Half of the American public doesn’t think that the U.S. has a responsibility to act in the deteriorating situation in Iraq, a new poll says. According to a CBS News/New York […]

George Will Has A Question For Republicans About Iraq, And So Do I

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Some questions for the Republicans who would be President about the actions of the last Republican President.

Fox News Host To Dick Cheney: ‘History Has Proven You Got Iraq Wrong’

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Former Vice-President Dick Cheney didn’t get the warm reception he was probably expecting on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show last night: FOX News’ Megyn Kelly had some tough questions for former Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday night, after he and his daughter, Liz, offered a scathing review of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. “In […]

Is The Iraq War To Blame For Iraq’s Current Crisis?

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Recent events in Iraq have opened up old domestic political arguments in the United States.

President Obama Must Not Act In Iraq Without Congressional Authorization

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If President Obama does decide to use military force in Iraq, he should be required to seek Congressional approval beforehand.

U.S. Moves To Evacuate Some Embassy Personnel From Baghdad

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The United States plans to evacuate some personnel from the massive, sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad: ERBIL, Iraq — The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced […]

Obama Is Not To Blame For The Deterioration Of Iraq, And The U.S. Can’t Fix It

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Iraq is falling apart for reasons that have nothing to do with President Obama or his policies.

Most Americans Now See Iraq And Afghanistan Wars As Failures

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Most Americans now see America’s decade of war as a failure.

Robert Gates: Invading Iraq Diverted Attention From The War On Terror

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Former SecDef Robert Gates is among those who believes that the Iraq War unduly diverted attention from fighting the War On Terror.

Robert Gates Hits Obama, Biden, Clinton In New Book, But Will Americans Care?

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A new book by former SecDef Robert Gates is making political waves in Washington power circles, but will it matter to ordinary Americans?

Violence In Iraq Is Not Obama’s Fault, And The Future Of Iraq Is Not Our Responsibility

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The Iraqis need to learn to govern themselves, and conservatives blaming President Obama for renewed violence need a history lesson.

Al Qaeda Runs Falluja Now

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If you’re still not convinced that we lost the war in Iraq, this should settle the argument.

Barack Obama: Right About Iraq, Wrong About Syria

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President Obama seems to have forgotten the words of a certain Illinois State Senator back in 2002.

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

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Bradley Manning will be spending a long time at Leavenworth.

Hundreds of al Qaeda Militants Freed in Iraq Jailbreak

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As many as 500 convicted al Qaeda terrorists were released Sunday night as part of a surge of violence that has killed thousands since April.

Joyner Unfair to Krugman

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A decade ago. a certain New York Times columnist was more right than your humble host.

Bradley Manning Trial Begins With Charges He Put U.S. Soldiers At Risk

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Starting today, the fate of Pfc. Bradley Manning is on trial in a courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Violence in Iraq

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Via the BBC:  Iraq violence: May was deadliest month for years – UN The United Nations says more than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in May, the highest monthly death toll for years. The violence makes it the deadliest month since the wide sectarian violence of 2006-7, and raising concern that the country is […]

Violence In Iraq Heats Up Ahead Of Elections

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As another round of elections approach in Iraq, political violence is becoming more and more of a problem: BAGHDAD — In the first Iraqi elections since the American troop withdrawal, Sunni candidates are being attacked and killed in greater numbers than in recent campaigns, raising concerns in Washington over Iraq’s political stability and the viability of […]

Recriminations on Iraq

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Revisiting an old posting of mine on the subject.

Paul Wolfowitz: Smart Idiot

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My latest for The National Interest, “It’s Not Too Soon to Tell,” has posted.

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