Hearts, Minds and Dead Sunnis in Iraq

By: Monday September 15, 2014 12:12 pm

A critical part of America’s plan to resolve all issues left unresolved after nine years of war and occupation is to divide the indigenous Sunnis from the “foreign” Sunnis, i.e., ISIS, and “unite” Iraq.

As counter-insurgency theory teaches, bad guys can only thrive when they have local support, what Mao called the “water we swim in.”

There is a familiar ring to the plan.


Podcast: ‘Shia Saddam’—Maliki’s Forces & the ‘Residual Effects’ of US Military Occupation in Iraq

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 8:00 am

Nearly eleven years later, the residual effects of United States military occupation are still being felt in Iraq. Some of the worst effects are felt as a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who the US hand-picked to control the country’s government.

The Iraqi government’s ongoing attacks on the city of Fallujah are resulting in more and more claims of “war crimes” and “crime against humanity.”

U.S.: Deus ex Machina or Sorcerer’s Apprentice?

By: Sunday January 12, 2014 9:00 am

In May of 2012, President Obama addressed graduates at the U.S. Air Force Academy in these terms:

“I see an American century because no other nation seeks the role that we play in global affairs, and no other nation can play the role that we play in global affairs.”

Less than two years later, not only has the president’s claim of American exceptionalism been widely derided, the country is in disarray on the world stage.

If Not Now, When? Al Qaeda Resurgent in Iraq

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 4:44 pm

Journalist Liz Sly reports a rejuvenated al Qaeda asserted control over the Iraqi city of Fallujah, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify during our nine year War and Occupation.

Lakeside Diner

By: Friday April 27, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Late Night FDL: In Which Fred Hiatt is Invited to Preach His Neocon Sermons in Fallujah

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 8:00 pm

There are things one reads that uplift one; things that bore one; things that irritate one.

And then there are things that make you want to hunt down the author and slap the taste out of his or her mouth.

Such was WaPo editor Fred Hiatt’s panegyric to the last misbegotten ten years of Treasury-draining wars of choice.

Protesters Shot, Arrested, Beaten – In Libya? No, Iraq

By: Friday February 25, 2011 11:48 am

Even with the al Maliki government imposing a curfew on Baghdad, raiding organizers offices, and warning that protests might be the site of car bombs or might be the work of “Saddamists” and “Al Qaeda,” thousands gathered in the streets across Iraq to demand clean water, food, electricity and an end to corruption.

First Up for GOP House: Dead-End Health Care Repeal Bill

By: Monday January 3, 2011 8:00 am

In an opening bid that’s more of a mood setter than an actual policy expected to be signed into law by the President, the new Republican leadership is likely to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act as one of their first bills in Congress.

Iraq Is Bleeding Every Day

By: Sunday January 2, 2011 6:00 pm

Iraq enters 2011 – the year in which American forces are supposed to finally leave – with all too many wounds from our occupation. While we hear little here in the US about the effects of our war and occupation, Iraqis live with the results daily.

NYT’s Ignores Documents Showing Large Numbers of Unreported Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan: “We Know All That.”

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 4:35 pm

The New York Times continues to downplay the human rights abuses, amounting in some instances to war crimes, in its reporting on the classified documents released by Wikileaks. In contrast to the Guardian and Der Spiegel, the NYT’s failed to highlight the many accounts of atrocities committed by U.S. and coalition troops in the papers’ recent coverage.

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