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WAR: About that War

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Salon

Saudi Arabia is watching with fear as the US debates whether to stay in Iraq or leave. For while Washington may walk away from Iraq if President Bush's so-called surge plan fails, Saudi Arabia, which shares a more than 500-mile border with Iraq,

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NPR (audio)

A former top official there presented misleading reports to President Bush and Vice President Cheney and others. That official is the former undersecretary of defense, Douglas Feith. We'll hear from him in a moment.

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By JOHN V. WALSH (Counterpunch)

We hear over and over again that it "takes 60 votes to get something serious done in the Senate." That is a lot of malarkey. It takes only one senator to begin a filibuster against any bill. And then only 41 votes to uphold that filibuster

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Brad blog

When the full history of bogus WMD propaganda is written, a few individuals and agencies in our government will stand out for having tried to be rational voices during the administration’s juggernaut PR campaign to invade Iraq. Among these is the Bur

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USA Today

The Pentagon is ramping up its bombing campaign in Afghanistan as it plans a major offensive against the resurgent Taliban in the spring. Close-air-support missions flown by U.S. Air Force pilots increased nearly 80% in the first five weeks of 200

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By James Janega & Nadeem Majeed - Chicago Trib

The reins to the U.S. military effort in Iraq were handed Saturday to Gen. David Petraeus, whose plan to bring more soldiers into Baghdad hinges on the gamble that it will buy time for the beleaguered Iraqi government to cement control of the country

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AP

The Pentagon plans to extend its buildup of several thousand combat troops in Afghanistan, initially announced as lasting until late spring, well into next year, a senior U.S. military official said. Anticipate a renewed offensive this spring by the

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by Chris Floyd (LewRockwell)

As with so much else in the blood-soaked annals of the Bush Administration's disastrous Babylonian Conquest, it appears this neat story masks a far grimmer, grubbier truth: a mass slaughter of civilians, caught in the toxic fog of hair-trigger te

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by Larisa Alexandrovna (at-Largely)

Very odd that the Washington Post is the only source being cited for the IG's OSP report, given that someone (cough) had followed this story for years. So here is a roundup of the intel cooked, which would seemingly be illegal, but appears not to

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Stephen Fidler & Demetri Sevastopulo FT

Vladimir Putin threw down the gauntlet to the west in a confrontational speech on Saturday, attacking what he called "illegal" US unilateral military action and arguing it had made the world more dangerous. To a shocked audience that includ

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AP

U.S. helicopters targeting insurgents mistakenly killed at least five allied Kurdish militiamen in the northern city of Mosul. The military also reported three more American soldiers killed in combat, pushing the U.S. death toll to 33 in the first ei

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Mark Tran and agencies - www.guardian.co.uk

Russia is planning to buy new intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and possibly aircraft carriers as part of an ambitious military programme, it emerged yesterday. (Bet the Military Industrial Complex is happy,... or worse)

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Washington Post

The number of wounded in the wars is around 23,000. That number only accounts for those wounded in combat. When troops from those wars who were wounded in other ways are counted, the number more than doubles, to about 53,000.

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By Douglas Herman - A Rense.com Exclusive 1-9-5

(2 years ago Douglas Herman walked us through the chronology of War with Iran. And I'm afraid that chaos, death, destruction and economic collapse of the dollar is a predicted and desired side-effect for known and unknown reasons)

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Salon

Our strategy in Iraq has long been based on training homegrown security forces there. What happens if the Iraqi soldiers and police we stand up have their own agenda, not that of a unified Iraq but that of tearing apart the country.

By Brian Doherty and Angela Keaton - "I could see that Saddam was bad for you. You weren’t happy with him. He was abusive, he was controlling, and there’s no way you were better off with him than with me..."

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Middle East Online

A secret air war is being waged in Iraq -- often in and around that country's populations centers -- about which we can find out little. The US military keeps information on the munitions expended in its air effort under tight wraps, refusing to

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