Seven Things to Watch in Iraq

By: Monday October 6, 2014 2:40 pm

As events tumble forward in Iraq, here are some things to keep an eye on.


While Cameron Defers to Parliament, Obama Locks Into Warfare State of Mind

By: Friday August 30, 2013 2:40 pm

The British Parliament’s rejection of an attack on Syria is a direct contrast — and implicit challenge — to the political war system of the United States.

“It is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that, and the government will act accordingly,” Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday night. At least for now, Uncle Sam’s poodle is off the leash.

Now all eyes turn to Congress, where the bar has suddenly been raised. Can the House of Representatives measure up to the House of Commons?

Not a Failure: Iraq War Was a Premeditated Crime and Iraqis Still Deserve Truth and Justice

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 5:52 pm

Iraqis, at minimum, deserve to see officials in the United States and United Kingdom who engineered the war and then waged empire for over eight years brought to justice. They deserve their own moment of truth. And, it may seem like such justice could never occur, but the people of the United States owe it to the people of Iraq.

Lawrence Wilkerson and David Swanson Debate Colin Powell’s Lies at the U.N.

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 10:55 am

When I wrote about MSNBC’s documentary on Iraq war lies this week, I linked to an earlier blog post of mine that drew heavily on a House Judiciary Committee report on the same topic, as well as to Lawrence Wilkerson’s recent debate with Norman Solomon on Democracy Now! When Brad Friedman reposted my Hubris review, he suggested I ask Wilkerson for a response. I did and here it is.

Debating War and Impunity With Colin Powell’s Former Chief of Staff

By: Wednesday February 6, 2013 4:00 pm

This morning, on Democracy Now, I had a chance to engage in public dialogue — which quickly turned into a debate — with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. I found some of his comments to be insightful, others jaw-dropping in their evasions.

Old Hands Ready for More Blood, 10 Years After Colin Powell’s U.N. Speech

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 5:45 pm

When Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke to the U.N. Security Council on February 5, 2003, countless journalists in the United States extolled him for a masterful performance — making the case that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The fact that the speech later became notorious should not obscure how easily truth becomes irrelevant in the process of going to war.

Ten years later — with Powell’s speech a historic testament of shameless deception leading to vast carnage — we may not remember the extent of the fervent accolades.

Colin Powell on the Obvious: The GOP is Polluted with Racists

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 6:35 am

Colin Powell went on Meet the Press this week and took his party to task for not only harboring racist bigots, but doing nothing to rein in the well-known ones who blow the “dog whistle” or worse.

Report on US Torture and Rendition to Libya Details New Waterboarding Claims

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 6:45 am

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a major new report detailing how the Bush Administration and other allied governments tortured and imprisoned opponents of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The prisoners were then rendered to Gaddafi’s own prisons where many of them were tortured.

Sunday Late Night FDL: Heads Exploding

By: Sunday September 4, 2011 8:01 pm

This KY ad, once we clean up all the Fundie head explosions — this makes us laugh. With joy.

Thank you, ladies.

Late Night: Why Dick Hates Colin

By: Friday September 2, 2011 8:00 pm

So, um… did everybody here go out and buy Dick Cheney’s autobiography (In My Time, which came out earlier this week) yet?

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