If the United States was looking for the surest way to lose Iraq War 3.0, it might start by retraining the failed Iraqi Army to send — alongside ruthless Shi’ite militias — into Sunni-majority territory and hope that the Sunnis will welcome them with open arms, throwing out the evil Islamic State. Maybe it’s time [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday December 12, 2014 9:00 am|
Anyone can sue the government; Van Buren v. Barack Obama. I just need to file the papers in Federal court. Oh, a couple of issues.
|By: msmolly Friday December 12, 2014 5:00 am|
What did we learn on Tuesday that we didn’t already know? We received details that we previously did not have, but it has been common knowledge for a long time that we “tortured some folks” with impunity, and with the approval of all three branches of the United States government.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday December 11, 2014 9:00 am|
No one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America’s torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn’t torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The United States sanctioned acts of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency and others. The acts took place in secret prisons (“black sites”) [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday December 10, 2014 9:00 am|
With the release of the Senate torture report, media accounts are quick to add a variant of the phrase that “Obama discontinued the enhanced interrogation programs soon after coming into office.” That is not true. Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Imad Abdullah Hassan has spent twelve years in Guantanamo in a cage without ever being charged with [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00 am|
The highly-redacted Senate Intelligence Committee report on post-9/11 torture is being released as you read this. It will likely contain few details on what actually happened by America’s hand. But details or not, at the most fundamental level the report does not matter. America will sidestep the most important lessons that could have emerged: we [...]
|By: DSWright Monday November 10, 2014 7:00 am|
Former President George W. Bush says if he had do it all over again he would still invade Iraq. His only regret is that due to his actions he created a vacuum that allowed ISIS to rise to power – a group he referred to as “Al-Qaeda plus.” Left out were the thousands of American casualties and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian casualties as well as exacerbating sectarian problems in the Middle East.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 21, 2014 3:12 pm|
CIA agents “impersonated Senate staffers” while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was producing its report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, according to Huffington Post.
“According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials,” journalists Ali Watkins and Ryan Grim reported, “CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence Committee investigation.”
|By: T. J. Stiles Sunday October 5, 2014 1:59 pm|
Heather Cox Richardson has a gift for seeing the connections in American history—for synthesizing a picture that makes sense out of a broad range of elements. She integrates larger economic and cultural developments with the experience of men and women at all levels of society, as well as the decisions and conflicts of policymakers and power brokers. She demonstrated her powers as a writer and historian brilliantly in her books West from Appomattox and Wounded Knee, and does so again in her brilliant To Make Men Free.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:30 am|
So about that leaving Afghanistan by 2015 plan? Not so much. The US has now secured a new status of forces agreement that will keep the war going in Afghanistan indefinitely. Of course, given the US is back in Iraq after losing a status of forces agreement maybe these agreements are mostly symbolic anyway. If so, the symbolism could not clearer – the US has taken up permanent residence in Afghanistan.