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WAR: About that War

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NY Times

VIEWED from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal. Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population.

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Washington Post

The next six months in Iraq are crucial -- and always will be. That noise you heard was the can being kicked further down the road leading to January 2009, when George W. Bush gets to hand off his Iraq fiasco to somebody else.

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Antiwar

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) at the Petraeus-Crocker hearings: "Where is this going? … Are we going to continue to invest American blood and treasure at the same rate we are doing now. For what? The president said let's buy time. Buy time? For wh

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McClatchy News

There was one question Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, couldn't, or wouldn't, answer. It was the question Petraeus posed rhetorically back in 2003 when he led the

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Toronto Sun

Many of the same mistakes made in the Vietnam War are being repeated in Iraq and Afghanistan, but neither the White House, Pentagon, nor U.S. field commanders seem to recognize or understand them. Gen. Petreaus will issue a report on the "progre

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Raw Story

As tension between the United Sates an Iran increases, military action along the Iran-Iraq border intensifies. Ostensibly to guard against importation of Iranian weapons and fighters targeting Western troops in Iraq, the UK is sending up to 350 tro

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Crooks & Liars (video)

We haven’t lost this war, but we’re not winning it. We’re hanging on. Victory would be obvious, Iraqi families would be strolling the streets of Baghdad and Osama Bin Laden would be walking out of a cave somewhere with his hands up. Instead of that q

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AntiWar

The reports can be summed up as we are making some progress here, not so much there, and we need more time. And, of course, more money. The rhetoric will be like the wind, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Bush people lie like a drunken fis

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AP

Thousands of troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, or TBI. These blast-caused head injuries are so different from the ones doctors are used to seeing from falls and car crashes that treating them is as much faith as it is science.

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Eric Margolis for LewRockwell.com

The "successes" being reported from Iraq and Afghanistan are illusory. We heard exactly the same story during the Vietnam War, when US military spokesmen trumpeted glowing daily reports about enemy body counts....

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AP

Even in 2003, top generals predicted we would need to keep a large combat force in Iraq for years after toppling Hussein’s government. Dick Cheney, Vice President and former Secretary of Defense, did not agree with the generals…but the generals were

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Sunday Herald(Scotland)

Hundreds of Iraqi insurgents killed or captured in battle by American-led coalition forces have been found to be wearing state-of-the-art Czech-manufactured body armour. The latest findings have added to mounting concern about the quantity

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Don Polson

The recent collapse of the real estate market has taken its toll on some who earn their living there. Here a realtor has gone off the rails and taken up neocon statistics. Faux News breeds Faux Statistics! If ignorance is strength, then Mr. Polson is

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Think Progress

But in a new report, the Congressional Research Service notes that attacks from al Qaeda are only a small percentage of the violence in Iraq, criticizing the Bush adminstration's statistics and noting that this false reporting on AQi has increase

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AP

In vertical bars of blue, green, gray and red, a briefing chart prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency says what Gen. David Petraeus won't. Insurgent attacks against Iraqi civilians, their security forces and US troops remain high

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Times Online

American forces are paying Sunni insurgents hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to switch sides and help them to defeat Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The tactic has boosted the efforts of American forces to restore some order(Can you say blowback)

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NBC

It's clear now that Democratic leaders on both sides of the Capitol are moving towards dropping their insistence on a end date deadline for completing troop withdrawal from Iraq. Senate leaders are likely to move a defense measure on the week of