Tomas Young, a veteran of the Iraq War whose story was presented in the 2007 documentary, Body of War, appeared on “Democracy Now!” on March 21. The dying soldier read his moving letter to President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and all the other war criminals that sent him and tens of thousands of other young men and women to Iraq to engage in violence in a country, which posed no threat to America whatsoever.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 22, 2013 10:40 am|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 19, 2012 10:51 am|
Empowering the likes of John McCain and Lindsey Graham to hold veto power over any nominee the Administration puts out is just deeply depressing.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 8, 2012 7:24 am|
In a speech today at the Virginia Military Institute, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will commit to arming Syrian rebels, and will attribute the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi to the “same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001,” which under the still-active Authorization to Use Military Force commits the United States to military action in that country.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 11, 2012 8:50 am|
Today is the day in our quadrennial orgy of political campaigning where the two sides lay down their arms and grow silent in commemoration of 9/11. Ads get pulled, candidates lay wreaths, the military gets praised. Therefore, it took serious guts for the New York Times to publish an op-ed from Kurt Eichenwald, based on his reporting for a book called “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars,” which shows the extent to which the Bush Administration simply ignored warnings about an impending attack from Al Qaeda.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 24, 2012 10:28 am|
Diplomatic talks between Iran and Western powers have basically ended. The sanctions are in place and they continue to constrict the Iranian economy. Neoconservatives who view every potential international crisis as an opportunity for more bomb-dropping will certainly put together the stalled talks and this report as a signal that Israel must strike and that the US must back them. We’re closing in on some very dangerous territory.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 30, 2012 6:50 am|
Mitt Romney’s national security advisor Dan Senor caused a stir yesterday when he said the candidate would respect a decision by Israel to unilaterally strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. This sent the Romney campaign into yet another round of damage control on this overseas tour. But the bigger issue was a separate statement by Senor, repeated by Romney in his speech in Jerusalem about keeping Iran from the “capability” of building nukes.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 2:30 pm|
After a couple weeks of hope, there troubling signs about the future of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. It appeared the IAEA had struck a deal with Iran for future inspections, but now, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has announced new talks, as well as a revelation about satellite images showing demolished buildings at Parchin, one of the sought-after sites by UN weapons inspectors.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 18, 2012 1:00 pm|
Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked yet another Iran sanctions bill on the grounds that they needed more time to study it and make sure it was sufficiently punitive. In fact, Republicans want the next sanctions bill to include an “explicit threat of a U.S. military strike if Iran refuses to curb its nuclear ambitions.”
But while Republicans – and sadly, most Democrats – continue to ramp up the frenzy toward war, negotiation has broken out among Iran and its adversaries. Follow-on talks between Iran and Western powers will begin this coming week in Baghdad.
|By: David Dayen Saturday February 25, 2012 10:00 am|
To the extent that the federal government has a role to play in lowering gas prices, one of the biggest things they can do is stop making the world believe that Iran faces an imminent attack on their nuclear facilities that will potentially inflame the entire Middle East and threaten the security of oil shipments. So it’s fortuitous that this intelligence assessment was released in the past 48 hours.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 21, 2012 10:55 am|
While the UN General Assembly issued a formal condemnation and European leaders prepare more sanctions, in the US, the neocon government-in-exile wants to use this opportunity to start another war, at least by arming the Syrian rebels (though they probably couldn’t explain to you who the Syrian rebels are). In order to gin this up to a sufficient level, John McCain has taken to claiming the Syrian regime is being armed by Iran, to justify the US arming the regime’s opponents.