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Vanity Fair

Please don't call them "architects of the war": Richard (Prince of Darkness) Perle, David (Axis of Evil) Frum, Kenneth (Cakewalk) Adelman, and other elite neoconservatives who pushed for the invasion of Iraq are beside themselves at the

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by Tom Engelhardt and Michael Schwartz

First a little "political bedtime story" about how Washington has tried to "fix" everything but reality itself; then, why the withdrawal option, increasingly popular for the American public, is such poison to Washington's move

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William S. Lind for LewRockwell.com

The Iraq Study Group Report is not a recipe for defeat, but an acknowledgment of defeat. Therein lies its value, and its function. It offers the Bush administration the bi-partisan fig leaf it needs to cover its defeat in Iraq and our inevitable with

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AP

In a direct affront to the Bush administration, a Democratic senator spent an hour with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, asking him to do more to stabilize Iraq. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relati

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Jamail, Emails from the Front Lines of Iraqi Daily

Its time to check in again with someone that knows what's really happening in Iraq

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AFP

A pair of suicide car bombs has killed at least 60 people, mostly Shiite casual labourers, in downtown Baghdad as Iraq's divided government struggled to deal with the escalating violence. Insurgents, meanwhile, again targeted a revered Shiite

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NY Times

Iraq is failing to spend billions of dollars of oil revenues that have been set aside to rebuild its damaged roads, schools and power stations and to repair refineries and pipelines. [And you thought it was Halliburton's fault.]

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by Joe Galloway (McClatchy)

All things considered, it was too little, too late and too long a wait if you have a son or daughter serving a third or fourth combat tour in Iraq - something that few, if any, of the above referenced politicians and wise men have contributed to the

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AP

It has been part of the lore of America's first black fighter pilots since the end of World War II: The Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber to enemy fire. But now a leader of the group says he has uncovered records proving the claim is not accura

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AP

Major partners in Iraq's governing coalition are in behind-the-scenes talks to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki amid discontent over his failure to quell raging violence, according to lawmakers involved.

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by MAJOR BILL EDMONDS

A CIA buddy forwarded this article. It is a must read. It is consistent with what I saw on the ground in Iraq when I was there in June. I discovered that the our focus on counter terrorism--i.e. kicking in doors and killing suspected terrorists--w

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NY Times

Iraqi officials are near agreement on a national oil law that would give the central government the power to distribute current and future oil revenues to the provinces or regions, based on their population, Iraqi and American officials say.

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London Times

SECRET talks in which senior American officials came face-to-face with some of their most bitter enemies in the Iraqi insurgency broke down after 2 months of meetings. Hosted by Iyad Allawi, Iraq’s former prime minister, brought insurgent commanders

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by Mark Rothschild (AntiWar)

What is the Iraq Study Group and whose interests does it serve? The Iraq Study Group is part of an organization called the United States Institute of Peace. A non-profit charitable organization funded by the US Treasury and controlled by the presiden

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by Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily (AntiWar)

People living in areas where resistance to US-led occupation is mounting are facing increased levels of collective punishment from the occupation forces. Siniyah 100 miles north of Baghdad (pop. 25,000) has been under siege by the US military for 2 w

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by John Nichols (The Nation)

The [Iraq Study Group] report: "... US combat forces in Iraq could be deployed only in units embedded with Iraqi forces...." Retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters says embedding US troops in this manner creates "tens of thousands of hosta

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by Alan Bock (AntiWar)

The most impressive aspect of the [Iraq Study Group] report – genuinely worth reading – is the assessment contained in the first 40 pages. It is grim but realistic. It highlights the increasing levels of violence and the inability of the current

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ABC News blog

Calling the report a "whitewash," the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, said the "House ethics committee has proven itself yet again to be entirely incapable of investigating wrongdoing by Members of Congres

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