Why the U.S. Will Fail by Winning in Mosul (and Tikrit)

By: Thursday March 26, 2015 1:00 pm

The United States will most likely suffer defeat in Mosul, even if it “wins” against IS. And you can pretty much substitute “Tikrit” in the story below anywhere you see “Mosul.” The reasons will be much the same as those that caused the defeat of American strategy in Iraq War 2.0: a failure to force [...]

 

Judge Orders Thousands of Torture Photos to Be Disclosed After US Government Fails to Justify Secrecy

By: Friday March 20, 2015 5:00 pm

A federal district court judge will no longer accept the United States government’s secrecy arguments and has ruled that it must release thousands of photographs of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq, including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison. The government is “required to disclose each and all the photographs responsive” to the [...]

Obama’s Request for Authorization Stalls, But War in Iraq and Syria Marches On

By: Thursday March 12, 2015 3:30 pm

White House pleads for Congress to grant war-making powers, as bombs continue to fall on Syria and Iraq by Sarah Lazare The Obama administration appears to be growing increasingly frustrated as its request for congressional authorization for its war in Iraq and Syria stalls on Capitol Hill amid continued criticism from foreign policy experts and [...]

‘Library of Horrors’: Photos, Videos Show Grisly War Crimes by US-Trained Iraqi Military Units

By: Wednesday March 11, 2015 5:00 pm

ABC News has posted a report on photos and videos showing soldiers from Iraq’s elite military units committing gruesome acts, including the torture and execution of detainees. Units implicated are the very units the United States helped to train from 2003 to 2011. The individuals appear to be from Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Forces and the Interior [...]

VIDEO: The War on ISIS, Iraqi Agency, and the Rising Role of Iran

By: Monday March 9, 2015 6:00 pm

In an interview with the Real News Network, professor, author, and activist Vijay Prashad examines the rising power of Iran and the declining influence of the United States in war-torn Iraq.

“The Iraqis are, as it were, standing up,” said Prashad. “I think an Iraqi could turn around now and say, this is our fight, and we have asked the neighboring country to join us. We don’t need the United States at this point to give us assistance.”

ISIS Derangement Syndrome

By: Sunday March 1, 2015 3:00 pm

Here’s Time Magazine‘s David von Drehle: “The greatest threat that ISIS poses — even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule — is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is to have a terrorist kingdom in the middle of the world’s [...]

John McCain Calls For US War In Ukraine, Libya, Syria, And Iraq

By: Thursday February 26, 2015 9:00 am

Yesterday Senator John McCain spoke at the New America Foundation’s Future of War Conference on his vision for American foreign policy – war. McCain said the US should send (more) ground forces into Iraq and expand the combat mission into Syria to destroy ISIS. McCain lamented that Libya had fallen into chaos and said the [...]

Obama ISIS Authorization Includes Ground Troops For Syria

By: Monday February 16, 2015 2:00 pm

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to formally authorize war against Islamic State militants. Within the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) is a provision for not allowing “enduring offensive combat operations.” What counts as “enduring?” No one really knows. The obfuscating language is supposed to pacify concerns by members of Congress who [...]

The Seduction of Brian Williams: Embedded with the Military

By: Wednesday February 11, 2015 9:00 am

Brian Williams was seduced. He is a liar of course, someone who did not tell the truth no matter the reason or excuse, a bad trait for a journalist. Williams lied about being RPG’ed in a helicopter over Iraq; he did not see any variant of what you can see in the photo above. And [...]

U.S. Dumps Massive Load of Weapons and Ammunition in Lebanon

By: Tuesday February 10, 2015 9:01 am

The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon announced a new shipment of weapons and ammunition have arrived in Beirut, the latest American assistance to Lebanon’s army as it fights ISIS along its border with Syria. The Ambassador said the equipment includes more than 70 M198 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery “of all [...]

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