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 Wednesday October 22, 2014 12:24 pm|
Only last week, when Turkey refused to assist Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobane, even as those Kurds were losing ground to ISIS fighters, and the U.S. was directing its airstrikes against far-away targets in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said while the U.S. was deeply concerned about the tragedy in Kobane, Kobane did not define the strategy for the coalition with regard to ISIS.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:31 pm|
For those who argued with the theory about a month ago that interceding in Iraq for “humanitarian purposes” to help the Yazidis was just a subterfuge to have the U.S. re-enter a messy war that supposedly ended for us in 2011, well, you were wrong. It was. Enjoy that slippery slope.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday August 8, 2014 9:14 am|
As America goes back to war in Iraq with airstrikes, here’s what to know and do instead…
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday June 13, 2014 9:14 am|
The events unfolding now in Iraq are inevitable. They are the latest iteration of all the good we failed to do from day one of America’s ill-fated invasion in 2003.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday June 12, 2014 8:00 pm|
Reading about the current disintegration of, basically, half the Middle East that has inevitably resulted from the colossal blunder that was once called so grandly called “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” I once again seethed at, well, Bloody Bill Kristol.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 12, 2014 6:59 am|
With the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) taking over Iraq cities in Mosul and Tikrit Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has reportedly been asking for US assistance. ISIS has taken over more and more of Iraq as US trained Iraqi security forces fold before them despite outnumbering them.
|By: Siun Friday February 25, 2011 11:48 am|
Even with the al Maliki government imposing a curfew on Baghdad, raiding organizers offices, and warning that protests might be the site of car bombs or might be the work of “Saddamists” and “Al Qaeda,” thousands gathered in the streets across Iraq to demand clean water, food, electricity and an end to corruption.