Is There Hope for Iraq?

Peter Van Buren [This article originally appeared at Reuters and is used with the author’s permission.] Is there hope for Iraq? It depends on what you are hoping for. It is becoming clearer that there is little hope of destroying the Islamic State in Iraq. Islamic State has no shortage of new recruits. Its fighters capture heavy weapons with…

Growing and Arming Your Own Enemy

Tom Engelhardt [Editor’s Note: Tom Engelhardt wrote the following as an introduction to Michael Klare’s new article at TomDispatch.com.] Think of this as a little imperial folly update — and here’s the backstory.  In the years after invading Iraq and disbanding Saddam Hussein’s military, the U.S. sunk about $25 billion into “standing up” a new Iraqi army. …

The Misfortune Teller

Polemical Poetry XII: The Iraq Catastrophe

Michael Murry.  Introduction by William Astore. Iraq is in the news again.  As ISIS continues to expand its power, U.S. politicians engage in rehashing dishonest debates about “bad” intelligence in regards to Iraq (vintage 2002-03) or in recriminations about who did or is “losing” Iraq, e.g. this article from today’s New York Times about how…

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Polemical Poetry XI: Remembering Bush’s Iraq War

Michael Murry.  Introduction by William Astore. It’s fascinating to witness Republican candidates for president continuing to swing and miss as they’re tossed softball questions about George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Jeb Bush was first at bat.  He initially said he’d invade Iraq all over again; then he got testy about answering “hypothetical”…

Pulling Out of Afghanistan: Coitus Invadus

Peter Van Buren (Let’s start our day with a little satire, courtesy of Peter Van Buren, whose site, WeMeantWell.com, is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the convoluted designs of U.S. foreign policy.  Used by permission of the author.) April 27, 2015 It is widely reported that the U.S. would like to keep additional…