The current American war in Iraq is a struggle in search of a goal. It began in August as a humanitarian intervention, morphed into a campaign to protect Americans in-country, became a plan to defend the Kurds, followed by a full-on crusade to defeat the new Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS, aka ISIL), and then… [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday June 13, 2014 9:14 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.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday February 18, 2014 7:14 pm|
The United States is the only first world nation that allots ambassador jobs as political patronage.
You don’t have to know anything, or have any specific background or training, to be the president’s personal representative abroad and conduct foreign policy on behalf of the World’s Most Powerful Nation. You do have to donate heavily to the president to buy one of those appointments.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:40 pm|
There seems to be a widely held opinion that Mitt Romney has committed a serious blunder with his decision to try to score political points against Obama following the attacks on middle east embassies that left several Americans dead. Not only was the timing incredibly crass, but the whole basis for Romney’s attack was factually inaccurate.
|By: Elliott Sunday August 19, 2012 6:05 am|
Julian Assange will reportedly address the public from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 16, 2012 5:04 am|
The country of Ecuador is about to make an announcement on whether to grant WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s asylum request. Rumors on what that decision will be have been announced, but Ecuador President Rafael Correa and Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino have not made any official statements on a final decision.
|By: emptywheel Saturday October 22, 2011 1:59 pm|
You can summarize the story of Peter Van Buren’s We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People with his assessment of the scams Iraqis pulled off with reconstruction dollars: “It wasn’t so much we were conned, it was as if we demanded to be cheated and would not take no for an answer.” The book describes what he saw of the various reconstruction efforts in Iraq, particularly his experience serving on a State Department Provisional Reconstruction Team in 2009.
|By: Tula Connell Thursday June 12, 2008 10:30 am|
They sold their homes. They said goodbye to their families. After paying recruiters $20,000 for visas to take part in this nation’s H-2B guest worker program, they traveled from India to Pascagoula, Miss. There, the Indian welders and pipe fitters were promised good jobs at the Signal International shipyard and the chance to bring their families here.