Category Archives: Iraq

Why Counting Coup Over the Iraq War Matters

Despite some pundits claiming that we should let bygones be bygones when it comes to fail Iraq punditry and policy, Reed Richardson lays out why we need to remember who got it right and who got it wrong: One measure … Continue reading

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In Iraq, Freedom Is On the March!

Did I write freedom? I meant polio and measles (boldface mine): With the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working with local and international partners in Iraq to meet the urgent health needs of populations affected … Continue reading

Posted in Iraq, Public Health, Viruses

Thomas Friedman: Still an Unrepentant Monster

NY Times op-ed writer and Iraq War cheerleader Thomas Friedman scribbled this today (boldface mine): The Bush II team not only presided over two unsuccessful wars, but totally broke with American tradition and cut taxes instead of raising them to … Continue reading

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Brendan Eich, the Dixie Chicks, and Judgement

After revelations that Brendan Eich, former CEO of the non-profit company Mozilla, had supported Proposition 8 in California (a campaign that was particularly odious and bigoted), I tweeted this: Re Brendan Eich, no one has mentioned the de facto blacklisting … Continue reading

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Remind Me What We Fought For Again?

Since the Tsarnaev brothers put the lie to the notion that ‘we’re fighting them over there, so we don’t have to fight them here’, how’s that other justification for the Iraq War doing? No, not weapons of mass destruction you … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Iraq, Rape

The Establishment Has Learned Nothing From Iraq: The Syrian Chemical Weapons Edition

Does this sound familiar? Boldly rushing forward to the past, our intelligence agencies are (boldface mine): The NSA would of course monitor Assad’s office around the clock if it could, the former official said. Other communications – from various army … Continue reading

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Iraq: 400,000 Needless Deaths

Here’s your abstract of the day (reformated slightly; boldface mine): Background: Previous estimates of mortality in Iraq attributable to the 2003 invasion have been heterogeneous and controversial, and none were produced after 2006. The purpose of this research was to … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Concentrating the Mind

Charles Pierce: The eagerness of smart young people to join in the circle jerk back in 2002 and 2003 was one of the more disillusioning aspects of the whole business — and not a bad argument for reinstating the military … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on War Apologia and the Lack of Empathy, Then and Now

With the ten-year anniversary of the Iraq War upon us, quite a few pundits are trying to explain how they got it so disastrously and murderously wrong. Ultimately, they failed to ask the basic question: are the goals of the … Continue reading

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The Political Press Needs Its Own Yom Kippur

From Ed at Gin and Tacos, this is brilliant (boldface mine): Last week was the tenth anniversary of Colin Powell’s speech to the UN Security Council about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction on February 5, 2003…. I propose that … Continue reading

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