Category Archives: Iraq

War Is the Disease of the Country

“War is the health of the state,” wrote Randolph Bourne, a maxim with which all anti-warriors are quite familiar. Conversely, war is the disease of the country. Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management … Continue reading

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There is No Hope

By Ryan Calhoun, reprinted with permission via Center for a Stateless Society The war in Syria is here. It got held up in social media traffic. We thought the angry hashtags had permanently ceased death from above for the Syrian people. … Continue reading

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The Neocon Plan for Iraq is Working Perfectly

–A Review of Errol Morris’ film The Unknown Known By Michael Troncale “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, … Continue reading

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Report: US to Give Air Support, Arms to Iraqi Kurds

Officials Had Previously Downplayed Chances of Arming Kurds by Jason Ditz, August 04, 2014 Kurdish newspaper Rudaw is quoting an unnamed high-level American official as saying the United States has “offered the Kurds air support in their fight against the … Continue reading

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Lily Allen, Layla Al-Attar and How the Concept of “Iraq” Flies in the Face of Four Millennia

By Michael Troncale “Every since he came around, people have died in his great name, long before that September, long before hijacking planes.” –Lyrics from the song “Him” by Lily Allen “I do not understand this squeamishness about the use … Continue reading

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Smedley Butler and the racket that is war

Guest Column by Sheldon Richman originally published at the Future of Freedom Foundation From 1898 to 1931, Smedley Darlington Butler was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. By the time he retired he had achieved what was then the … Continue reading

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Military Advisers to Iraq: What Could Go Wrong?

by Joe Scarry One word: Vietnam. “U.S. Adviser Planning Operations with South Vietnamese Troops”  From The U.S. Army in Vietnam: Background, Buildup, and Operations, 1950-1967 Isn’t “adviser” just another word for “pre-escalation”? For the full 1963 Bobbie Lou Pendergrass letter to … Continue reading

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