And in that “Reality” we created in Iraq, a decade plus after “Shock and Awe” and Commander Codpieces being flown to an aircraft carrier to proclaim “Mission Accomplished”…
|By: Tom Engelhardt Sunday November 17, 2013 7:05 pm|
In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers down a long trail of waste and sorrow that led from the battle spaces of Afghanistan to the emergency room of the trauma hospital at Bagram Air Base, where their catastrophic wounds were surgically treated and their condition stabilized. Then I accompanied some of them by cargo plane to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for more surgeries at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC (pronounced Larm-See), the largest American hospital outside the United States.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday October 31, 2013 1:05 pm|
Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is in the US this week, meeting with officials in hopes of getting more US assistance, including lots of weapons he says he needs to fight terrorism, or Syria, or whatever (whatever=killing more Sunnis.) You can expect lots of dumb, uninformed comment about this visit.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday October 22, 2013 1:30 am|
Well, that’s comforting…knowing your most bitter cynical assumption about the Bush Administration turned out to be right. The rest, not so much.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 17, 2013 4:00 pm|
The United States Justice Department has brought new charges against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors for their role in a massacre that took place in 2007 in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday October 3, 2013 1:19 pm|
D. Inder Comar, a San Francisco lawyer, is seeking to do what the Obama Administration refuses to do, hold the Bush Administration accountable for the unnecessary invasion of Iraq and its ongoing, horrific, aftermath.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:15 am|
Federal workers, welcome to a taste of our world, where everything is uncertain and your life is on the line if you lose your job. Now, I understand that whenever Congress eventually gets around to re-funding the government you’ll be back at your jobs-for-life, with nice benefits. More power to you. But, if you can, take these days of pseudo-unemployment to spare a thought for what is going on in our country outside the Beltway.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 26, 2013 1:20 pm|
A central claim in a new story published by the New Yorker is that the real victor in the 2003 war between the US and Saddam governments was the Islamic Republic of Iran. Profiling Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Qods Force, a division of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the article describes how Iran both engineered the new Iraqi government and the US forces withdrawal.
|By: Michelle Chen Tuesday September 17, 2013 7:25 pm|
United Nations workers spend their time on the front lines of the global struggle for human rights, but now they are battling for rights in their own workplace. The UN has come under fire for union-busting, and the labor standoff could undermine its ability to uphold the rights of others around the globe.
|By: lakota Saturday September 14, 2013 8:00 pm|
There are currently 88,000 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. That’s down from the peak troop level of about 100,000 who were stationed there in March of 2011. Troop strength is expected to shrink to 68,000 by the end of September and by the end of 2014, most U.S. troops are expect to be out of the country.