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WAR: About that War

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The London Telegraph

Whether or not the Americans get out of Iraq in less than 2 decades is impossible to guess at. So is whether we'll get ourselves out without them. I was stunned at deploying 4,000 British soldiers to Afghanistan.

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The Independent

On the eve of the war in Iraq, there was a shocking moment of clarity in the Commons when Jack Straw revealed that when it was all over, France and Germany would not be allowed to "get their snouts in the trough".

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by Tom Engelhardt (AntiWar.com)

It's finally Wizard of Oz time in America. You know – that moment when the curtains are pulled back, the fearsome-looking wizard wreathed in all that billowing smoke turns out to be some pitiful little guy, and everybody looks around sheepishly,

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by Norman Solomon (AntiWar.com)

"All of Washington is consumed with debate over the direction of the war in Iraq." The debate – long overdue – is a serious blow to the war makers, but the war will go on for years unless the antiwar movement gains sufficient momentum to st

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New York Times

Vice President Dick Cheney summoned three Republican senators to his ornate office just off the Senate chamber. The Republicans - John W. Warner, John McCain and Lindsey Graham - were making trouble for the Bush administration, and Mr. Cheney let the

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Reason Magazine

The man with graying hair had "blunt force injuries complicated by compromised respiration," the result of a synthetic hood placed over his head during interrogation by Navy Seals and "Other Government Agency," which typically me

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Reuters

Once a bitter enemy, anti-western Shiite Iran is emerging as a trade lifeline for Shiite Iraq as Baghdad seeks to rebuild an economy shattered by years of sanctions, neglect and corruption under Sunni Saddam Hussein and since his overthrow.

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Associated Press

Washington and its European allies will forgo pushing for Iran's referral to the U.N. Security Council later this week, giving Russia more time in persuading Tehran to give up technology that could make nuclear arms.

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by Joshua Frank (LewRockwell.com)

They won’t pull out troops from Iraq and they won’t vote for any strategy that calls for immediate removal of US occupation forces. The Democrat Party united behind a bloody and illegal occupation in Iraq. The Republican strategy all along?

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London Telegraph

The Senlis Council, an international drug policy think-tank with operations in Afghanistan, says the planned deployment of 3,000 British troops to smash the narcotics trade there is doomed to fail.

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by Aaron Glantz (AntiWar.com)

What's wrong with our Congress? 2½ years after the fall of Hussein, they still refuse to vote against the war. When it comes time to vote to bring the troops home they absolutely refuse: the latest vote stood at 403-3.

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Los Angeles Times

HORRIFIED U.S. allies are investigating secret CIA prisons that have been operating on European Union territory. The Bush administration is skewered for hypocrisy as it insists that "we don't torture" while fighting to preserve its righ

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The Independent

Ministers have been accused of turning a blind eye to "torture flights" refuelling at UK airports, despite warnings that they may breach international law. Hundreds of flights through UK airports which may be carrying terror suspects to des

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The Raw Story

American troops will begin to leave Iraq and be redeployed; at least 50,000 troops. In 2007, a significant number of the remaining 100,000 American soldiers will follow. Will we leave Iraq with our fundamental security interests intact or will

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Time Magazine

In a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, Virginia's John Warner, with Democratic Senators Carl Levin and Mark Dayton, sat across the table from 10 military officers chosen for their experience on the battlefield rather than in the political aren

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Rolling Stone Magazine

The road to war in Iraq led through many unlikely places. One of them was a chic hotel nestled among the strip bars and brothels that cater to foreigners in the town of Pattaya, on the Gulf of Thailand.

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Reuters

Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record), the Democrat whose call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq set off a furor last week, on Sunday predicted U.S. forces would leave Iraq before next year's U.S. congressional elections.

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by Paul Craig Roberts (LewRockwell.com)

2 former British government employees have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. The Official Secrets Act is useful for protecting the British government from accountability as anyone who reveals government wrongdoing can be charged u

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by Jorge Hirsch (AntiWar.com)

The Bush administration has put together all the elements it needs to justify the impending military action against Iran. We will wake up one day to learn that facilities in Iran have been bombed in a joint U.S.-Israeli attack, using nuclear bombs.

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