Iraq

The Misunderstood Link between Al-Qaeda and Iraq

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A majority of the American population believe that Iraq was behind the terrorist acts of September 11, even though no credible evidence has surfaced for this alleged link between al-Qaeda and Iraq. In his speech to the American Enterprise Institute, President Bush used this link to justify invading Iraq as a necessary act of self-defense. There ... [click for more]

“What We Say Goes”

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President Bush tells us that Saddam Hussein alone will determine whether Iraq burns, but the president is increasingly unable to conceal his smugness when he says such things. The fact is that Bush decided to go to war long ago and every step he takes is calculated to bring ... [click for more]

Why War with Iraq? Follow the Money

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Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf recently argued that America’s coming war with Iraq would provide a “public good” for the world. The world economy runs on oil. Any disruption in oil supplies or unstable swings in oil prices threaten the economic well-being of every oil user around the globe. Regimes such ... [click for more]

The Costs and Madness of Empire

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The costs of the American Empire become clearer with each passing day, as the U.S. government releases information about its various global actions and plans. The latest ones relate to the ongoing Muslim insurgency movement in the Philippines and the outlines for the making of a ... [click for more]

The French Got It Right This Time

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(BONUS! Hatemail from op-ed editors in response to this article.) The American put-downs of the French over their unwillingness to sign up for the Coalition of the Willing are a little too glib for my tastes. There’s the story of the American who asked the French citizen if he speaks ... [click for more]

Points to Ponder at Five Minutes before Midnight

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On the eve of the U.S. government’s upcoming invasion of Iraq, we might want to ponder some important points: 1. The invasion will be illegal under the supreme law of the United States. Our Constitution, which is the law that binds the conduct of our public officials, requires a congressional declaration of war before the president can ... [click for more]

Economic Sanctions in Iraq as a Tool of Foreign Policy

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The United States has been imposing economic sanctions against Iraq since the early 1990s. Technically, they are UN sanctions, but the United Nations is involved in name only. The embargo would collapse within about 15 minutes if the United States withdrew its support for the sanctions. FACTS Since their inception, the ... [click for more]

War with Iraq Is Dangerous Folly

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Suppose we do get proof that Saddam Hussein is producing banned weapons and hiding them from UN inspectors. Starting a war with Iraq on that account would be utter folly. It would very likely do far, far more harm than good. Those yearning to let slip the dogs of war, in ... [click for more]

Next, Pakistan … and Maybe Germany

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According to President Bush, we must attack Iraq for five main reasons: (1) Saddam Hussein is a dictator; (2) he probably has weapons of mass destruction; (3) he is a supporter of international terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda; (4) his continued position as head of his country threatens ... [click for more]

Space Shuttles, Trains, and Postal Delivery

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Isn’t the response of President Bush and other Washington officials to the NASA tragedy so very typical? Amidst charges that NASA officials have knowingly and intentionally ignored safety warnings for years, the knee-jerk response of Washington’s big spenders is: Increase the NASA budget immediately! Only in Washington ... [click for more]

More Like Them Than We Care to Admit

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President Bush last fall dismissed the Iraqi parliament’s deliberation on and rejection of the UN arms-inspections resolution as “political theater.” As he put it, the parliament is “nothing but a rubber stamp for Saddam Hussein.” That’s funny, coming from a man who has declared he has the power to launch an unprovoked war against Iraq whether the U.S. Congress approves ... [click for more]

My Pre-Invasion Predictions

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More than a year prior to the September 11 attacks, we here at The Future of Freedom Foundation predicted that the U.S. government's interventionist foreign policy would ultimately produce terrorism on American soil: “Terrorism — or War,” by Jacob G. Hornberger “Breeding Terrorism,” by Sheldon Richman Here are my five ... [click for more]
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