Wednesday Travis J. Tritten at Stars and Stripes did an exclusive story about Brian William’s actual experience while in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003 vs. the narrative that he either helped create or failed to correct in the subsequent years.
|By: spocko Friday February 6, 2015 6:00 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday January 21, 2015 9:00 am|
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: DSWright Wednesday November 19, 2014 9:07 am|
Max Boot, who will have considerable influence in the new Republican controlled Congress, says that the US must get back into the nation-building business to defeat ISIS.
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 11, 2014 5:55 pm|
Tomas Young, one of the most famous Iraqi war veterans to publicly oppose the war, died yesterday at the age of 34.
Young joined the military after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was deployed to Iraq where in 2004 he was wounded in combat. As a result of those wounds Young was paralyzed and eventually became a quadriplegic. After returning from the war he became a critic of the Iraq War and joined Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Young’s struggles with his decision to join the military in the first place as well as deal with being paralyzed became the subject of the documentary Body of War.
|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: DSWright Friday October 24, 2014 6:52 am|
Though hundreds of billions of US taxpayer dollars went into forming, training, and equipping the Iraqi National Army it only took a few weeks for ISIS to cripple the force – stealing a good deal of military equipment and sending Iraqi soldiers into the wind. The quick and utter collapse of the Iraqi Army in the Sunni dominated areas of Iraq was a considerable psychological blow to the government in Baghdad and raised questions as to whether the sectarian divides ripped open by the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq could ever be bridged. Maybe Iraq would never be one country again.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 23, 2014 6:45 am|
Four Blackwater contractors were convicted in federal court yesterday of murder, manslaughter, and weapons charges for their role in a massacre that occurred in Iraq in 2007 while Blackwater was protecting a convoy of US State Department officials.The shooting incident, which left 17 unarmed Iraqis dead, was ruled a crime rather than a wartime accident by a federal jury.
|By: David Cox Sunday September 21, 2014 3:45 pm|
This fairy tale begins with “Once upon a time.” All the best fairy tales begin with “Once upon a time.” It seems however, the practice has fallen out of favor, especially among broadcast news circles; which routinely tell stories far more fantastical than talking frogs, glass slippers or poisoned apples, without even the slightest regard to the grand old tradition of good fairy tales. The general purpose of beginning a fairy tale with “Once upon a time” is to frame the story, to warn the readers in advance that the bounds of reality will be exceeded and bent beyond credibility. But as the ship of state drifts further from the shores of reality the odd ends and accessories become the appendix of the body politic.
|By: DSWright Friday September 19, 2014 9:01 am|
According to secret emails reviewed by The Hill, some influential Democratic Party members are less than enthused about the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president. The Google group called “Gamechanger Salon,” hosts 1,500 Democratic Party aligned operatives in activism and media. A years worth of emails revealed “significant dissatisfaction” with Hillary Clinton.