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: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 15, 2015 4:07 pm|
In the first week of the trial against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, prosecutors have presented details about an operation involving a Russian asset who secretly provided Iran with flawed blueprints for a nuclear weapon. Sterling is accused of leaking classified information that exposed this operation. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also taken [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday December 23, 2014 9:00 am|
One of the latest stories from Iraq is that some 50,000 “ghost soldiers” haunt the rolls of the Iraqi Army. They have been added to the rosters so that someone can skim away all or part of their salaries. The story has been played for Daily Show-like laughs, has been cited as a cause for [...]
|By: CTuttle Thursday November 27, 2014 2:25 pm|
Bibi is merely pandering to his faltering hard-right base, meanwhile, it’s tearing Israel apart…!
|By: CTuttle Friday November 21, 2014 6:50 pm|
Columbia Prof. Rashid Khalidi is dead-on with his assertion that we’re the biggest enablers to Israel’s illegal occupation…!
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday November 14, 2014 8:15 am|
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, as Commander-in-Chief of the belittled Iraqi Army, fired 26 military commanders on November 12 for corruption and incompetence.
“The military leadership should have competence, and this is an important thing, as it is not possible for someone who is not efficient to do his work properly,” Abadi said in comments to army officers broadcast on state television. “The second thing is integrity, as efficiency without integrity produces a vacuum. The third is courage, so that the soldier will fight in a proper way when he sees his commander has such qualifications.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday October 31, 2014 7:52 am|
Iraq’s Sunnis won’t fight ISIS for the U.S. says NIQASH, a non-profit media organization operating out of Berlin. Without Sunni support, America’s war in Iraq cannot succeed. Here’s why.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 30, 2014 11:04 am|
Attorneys for a business owner, who claims his company, Enterprises Shipping and Trading SA, was defamed by an anti-Iran advocacy group, are imploring a federal judge to not allow the United States government to invoke the state secrets privilege without making their reasons for doing so public. They suggest to the judge that the organization may be engaged in graymail.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 29, 2014 8:59 am|
According to Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, the US-Israeli relationship has entered a crisis period. The crisis is marked by distrust and disgust from both officials in the Obama Administration and Netanyahu government. One Obama Administration official reportedly characterized Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as a “chickenshit” leader who is obsessed with staying in power at all costs.
|By: DSWright Monday October 27, 2014 1:37 pm|
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and hawks in Congress are reportedly lobbying hard to blow up a deal between the US and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Partnering with hawks in Congress, AIPAC is urging lawmakers to kill the deal and start a new round of sanctions in light of not getting the bombing campaign many had wanted.