[cuz someone's gotta be blamed] The White House said this afternoon that President Bush ended his lengthy search for a “war czar” to carry out Iraq and Afghanistan policy by offering the job to an active duty three-star Army general who said in h
It has long been my contention that there exists no problem or situation that is so bad that government can’t intervene to make it dramatically worse. The larger and more powerful the government, the more closely and tragically this truth applies. Th
Jordan's king warned visiting Vice President Dick Cheney that time was running out to use an Arab peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a royal palace statement. He called for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nu
On NBC's Meet the Press this morning John McCain told host Tim Russert that the Democrats' plan of setting a date for withdrawal from Iraq "would lead to ... an enormously challenging situation as a result."
There's no accurate count of the missing since the war began. Iraqi human rights groups put the figure at 15,000 or more, while government officials say 40 to 60 people disappeared each day throughout the country for much of last year, a rate equ
I joined the American Legion a few years back. As a veteran of the Persian Gulf War in 1991, I was eligible to do so for some time but always hesitated, perhaps out of a sense of trying to deny that my days as an active-duty combatant were long past
The news I have for "netroots" types and Huffington Post liberals who see the Democratic Party as the major if not only hope for the antiwar movement can be summed up in two words: forget it. Majority leader Sen. Harry Reid recently let the
Worried Congress' support for Iraq is deteriorating rapidly, Baghdad dispatched senior officials to Capitol Hill this week to warn members one-on-one that pulling out U.S. troops would have disastrous consequences. The lobbying push targeted R
Truck bombs exploded on three important bridges near Baghdad, killing 26 people and damaging two of the spans in an apparent attempt by insurgents to paralyze road links to the Iraqi capital.
Gen. William Odom discusses the “worst strategic disaster in American history,” the war in Iraq: the view of most generals that the war is wrong, the failure of the politicians to see the consequences of their actions, the centrality of the neoconser
The Iraqi government is refusing to accept most of the U.S.-funded reconstruction projects completed so far, a government investigator told Congress. Iraqi officials had formally taken ownership of only 18% of finished projects when the inspector gen
The proposal from the upper house of parliament, which also calls for a date to be set for the withdrawal of foreign troops, suggests that Afghan support for the 5 1/2-year international military mission is crumbling amid a series of civilian deaths.
A U.S. Army brigade commander in Afghanistan yesterday told the families of 69 civilians who were killed or wounded by members of an elite Marine Special Forces unit he is "deeply, deeply ashamed" about the incident, describing the series o
A civil servant and an MP's researcher have been found guilty of leaking a secret memo about talks between George Bush and Tony Blair.
President Bush is said to have assured the government of Saudi Arabia that the US will not withdraw from Iraq in his presidency, according to a little-noticed remark in a column in Wednesday's Washington Post.
On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq's parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable f
Months before the US invaded Iraq, Pentagon planners were developing an elaborate propaganda campaign to ensure US government-"approved" information was broadcast to the Iraqi public, according to a previously classified White Paper release
An air strike by foreign forces killed 20 to 30 villagers, including women and children, in southern Afghanistan overnight, a governor and a witness told AFP. The new claim of civilians dying in operations against Taliban fighters comes after nearly
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will press ahead with a new Iraq funding bill, despite a White House veto threat and a cold Senate reaction to a bill that would dole out combat funds in pieces and force a July vote on withdrawing troop
Visiting US Vice-President Dick Cheney has met Iraq's political leaders and US army chiefs to discuss security and attempts at political reconciliation.
Timeline showing the US occupation of Iraq, and how the Oil Law was developed and passed, and its consequences.
Critics of the Iraq war said on Tuesday the Bush administration's failure to replenish vital National Guard equipment sent to Iraq caused Kansas to fall short in responding to last week's tornado disaster, and other states were equally vulner
There's a children's T-V show in the Middle East that can be said to be a real "Mickey Mouse operation." But the approach is one of indoctrination. Hamas militants have enlisted a figure bearing a strong resemblance to the Disney c
The Pentagon has notified more than 35,000 Army soldiers to be prepared to deploy to Iraq beginning this fall, a move that would allow commanders to maintain the ongoing buildup of troops through the end of the year if needed.
Turkish troops backed by helicopters have launched an operation against Kurdish separatist rebels, security sources said on Monday, after two soldiers and five rebels were killed over the weekend. They said thousands of soldiers
(This will surely make the Sunnis happy) The mosque of Imam Kadhim, the most revered Shiite shrine in Baghdad, is a tempting target for Sunni insurgents. To protect it, Iraqi and US troops rely on the Mahdi Army, the same Shiite militia
More carnage is likely over the next three months as additional U.S. forces arrive in Baghdad under President Bush's troop "surge" because "we're taking the fight to the enemy," a top U.S. military commander warned.
Despite years of rebuilding, petroleum production continues to fall short of targets, due to insurgency vandalism, poor field management, and corruption.
The Nation's Jeremy Scahill describes the rise of Blackwater USA, the world's most powerful mercenary army.
Total proposed US military spending for 2008 is larger than military spending by all of the other nations in the world combined. It is•10 times the military budget of the second-largest military spending country in the world, China•larger than the co