Category Archives: Iraq

The Definition of Insanity, Also Known As the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment

The old saw “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results” certainly applies to our Middle East foreign policy. Regarding the increasing drumbeat for another war in Iraq, Lance Mannion asks: Should we do … Continue reading

Posted in Iraq, Libya, Syria | 2 Comments

From the Ashes, the War Hawks Rise Again: It’s Always About Them

As the drumbeat to do something about the militant group ISIS gets louder, it’s worth remembering the run up to the context in which ISIS arose–the aftermath of our failed conquest of Iraq. A key factor, then and now, was … Continue reading

Posted in Fucking Morons, Iraq, Syria | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Fucking Morons, Iraq

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

Posted in Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Iraq | 4 Comments

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