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Tag: War in Iraq
  • The US Military: Not Indispensible

    There seems to be an unusual desire for the United States to head back into Iraq. Have we not learned our lesson from the first eight years of protracted conflict in that country? While I am sympathetic to the plight of those suffering from the barbarity of ISIS, at the same time I can’t help …

  • Airstrikes in Iraq: Remember that Thing Called Congress?

    “President Obama has authorized airstrikes in Iraq.” Does anyone else see something wrong with that headline? Not “The United States Government has…” or “With the approval of Congress, the President has…” No. The headlines have always told us that Obama is doing this, that, and the other thing on his own, as if he holds …

  • Entangling Alliances, Part 3

    This is the third of a four-part essay series hosted here on the YAL blog which will address the alliances between the US government and sponsors of international terrorism. Read Part 2 here, and stay tuned for the next two parts, which will publish daily this week. Foreign policy accountability? At every turn, American foreign policy …

  • Sentencing period begins for Bradley Manning

    With the fourth week of the trial of first class private Bradley Manning over, it’s expected that the final, sentencing, period will commence shortly. Three years ago, Bradley Manning gave the public information on American military crimes in the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs, including information on the deaths of journalists and civilians from drone …

  • The Cost of War

    I’m researching some of the costs of America’s wars since 2001 for a new YAL project today. Most of this I’ve read about before—it’s not like I’m unfamiliar with most of the data. But all put together, it’s pretty heart-breaking. Here’s a sampling: Dollars $6 trillion+: The final costs of Iraq and Afghanistan $16 trillion: …

  • Did WW2 ever really end?

    Will the wars ever end? I often hear it stated that once the US invades a country it never withdraws its forces. Not completely. For instance, WW2 ended in 1945, but we still have troops in Japan and Germany.  The media propaganda about troop reduction seems to never end. A good number of voters in …

  • America’s legacy in Iraq: Violence, death, and another monster to destroy

    Despite President Barack Obama’s announcement of the Third End of War in Iraq, the people of Iraq continue to suffer under unrelenting violence all the while the toll from civilian deaths continues to climb. While America was celebrating Independence Day on July 4 with colorful explosion of fireworks, Iraqis were treated to non-celebratory explosions of …

  • Talking “antiwar” with fellow veterans

    Over at my Tumblr blog, I posted the image above during the Memorial Day weekend. Apparently, it was sufficiently provocative that an anonymous reader’s father reacted negatively: When I showed the picture of the Iraq vet and Vietnam vet to my veteran father, he was outraged over it. As a veteran yourself, how do you …

  • The long, long reach of Bradley Manning

    Did Bradley Manning help end the Iraq War? Bradley Manning’s trial continues today with the defense succeeding in getting the judge to force the prosecution to release the government’s damage assessments: A military judge has ordered the state department to release into her hands official documents that assessed from the viewpoint of the US government …

  • More War Crimes in a Criminal War

    NB:  View this video with caution; it includes graphic and disturbing imagery. Harper’s Magazine releases video purportedly showing Blackwater thugs firing into civilians and running over Iraqi woman: Videos posted by Harper’s Magazine show the private contractor formerly known as Blackwater in Iraq running over a woman with a car, smashing into Iraqis’ cars to …