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US Abandons Iraqi Reconstruction

White House to Withdraw Funding for Rebuilding Iraq By Andrew Gumbel The Independent UK Wednesday 03 January 2006 The US government is not planning to continue funding reconstruction projects in Iraq, in what appears to be a major climbdown from the White House’s one-time pledge to build the best infrastructure in the region. According to […]

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The top ten myths about Iraq in 2005

Juan Cole, one of the most incisive analysts of the situation in Iraq, lists the top ten myths about that country that he sees promulgated in the U.S. media. Cole is a fierce critic of the war and the administration that is waging it, but he’s also a nuanced thinker who challenges conventional wisdom on […]

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a few words on Iraq

This post by blogenlust makes me wonder if Osama issues red shirts to his number three men. The American approach shows little sense of Middle Eastern history and politics. As one prominent Kuwaiti academic explained to me, in the Muslim world the best way to deal with your enemies has always been to assimilate them […]

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this time, someone really does have to be fired.

This time, someone really does have to be fired. The revelation that Defense Department money, not even authorized by Congress for the purpose, has been outsourced to private interests and then used to plant stories in the Iraqi press is much more of a disgrace and a scandal than anyone seems so far to have […]

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making hay from straw-men

Washington is suddenly convulsed by a debate that should have taken place three years ago, and the sleeping giant known as the American public is finally awakening to the deceptions that led to war. Emotion, instinct, and other proclivities may be the driving force behind support or opposition for war, but reason and logic are […]

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Occam’s toothrush

What do you have to believe in order to keep alive your conviction that the Bush administration conspired to launch a lie-based war? Normally I really like reading Christopher Hitchens but this recent article is just so bad I had to spew a little venom. What are the problems: as that which arose from the […]

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Pat Tillman

War hero Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan last year, believed the US war on Iraq was “f***ing illegal” and counted Noam Chomsky among his favorite authors. Must read story from The Nation. The right wing hasn’t come up with its spin yet, so they are just claiming to know Tillman more than his […]

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christopher hitchens on imperialism

Christopher Hitchens is a right wing pundit that annoys me to no end. Not because his arguments are flawed, but because they are so well thought out and so damn convincing. Case in point East Timor was for many years, and quite rightly, a signature cause of the Noam Chomsky “left.” The near-genocide of its […]