What's not in the Iraq Study Group report is more important than what's in it.
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
Iraqi police said gunmen traveling in 10 government cars and three pickup trucks descended on Sinak, an area in central Baghdad where car parts and agricultural equipment are sold, and rounded up about 30 shopkeepers and bystanders.
The power brokers in Washington spent the week carefully arranging fig leaves and tasteful screens to cover the emperor’s nakedness while he was busy pretending to listen hard to everyone with an opinion about Iraq while hearing nothing.
Frustrated by the Bush administration’s piecemeal financing of the Iraq war, Democrats are planning to assert more control over the billions of dollars a month being spent on the conflict when they take charge of Congress in January.
Strong support has coalesced in the Pentagon behind a military plan to "double down" in the country with a substantial buildup in American troops, an increase in industrial aid and a major combat offensive against Muqtada Sadr, the radical
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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
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
Its time to check in again with someone that knows what's really happening in Iraq
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
More than 30 prominent Islamic clerics from Saudi Arabia called on Sunni Muslims around the Middle East to support their brethren in Iraq against Shiites and praised the insurgency.
The three unreleased sections of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s controversial “Phase Two” report on the Bush administration’s use of prewar intelligence are headed for circulation next year, incoming Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) told The H
Several explosions rocked the capital today, including one that killed 70 people and wounded 236 others. Another bomb damaged the Golden Mosque in Samarra. Overall, at least 158 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and 287 were injured in various i
Barnes:…and the day before he leavers office—carry out the military option in Iran.
With his lips quivering and voice breaking, a tearful President Hamid Karzai on Sunday lamented that Afghan children are being killed by NATO and U.S. bombs and by terrorists from Pakistan. "the coalition from killing our children."
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.]
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
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
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.
Wednesday, more than a hundred members of active duty military, reserve, and National Guard will speak out against the War in Iraq. The first time active servicemembers will voice a protest since the US entered Iraq in March 2003.
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.
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
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
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
One Shia family saw their neighbours flee, one by one. They stayed - until the al-Qaeda death threat finally landed on the doorstep.
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
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
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 **QQ
"I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal," declared