Iraq

“Patriotic Grace” in Support of War Is No Virtue

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How amazing it is to hear how some people still talk about the U.S. occupation of Iraq at this late date. You’d think even the most naive nationalist would have long ago realized that something is terribly wrong — intrinsically so — with the U.S. “mission” and that calls for “hanging in there” are preposterous. When will the war ... [click for more]

Iraq after the Gulf War: Sanctions, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 I am willing to make a bet to anyone here that we care more about the Iraqi people than Saddam Hussein does. — U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, CNN Town Hall Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, February 18, 1998 We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more ... [click for more]

Blackwater and Bush’s War

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If Iraq is really a sovereign country, which is the fiction maintained by the Bush administration, then why aren’t the Blackwater USA personnel who are accused of murdering 17 innocent Iraqis accountable to the criminal justice system in that country? Private contractors such as Blackwater have had immunity from criminal ... [click for more]

Randy Barnett’s Wrong-Headed Defense of the Iraq War

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In an op-ed in the July 17, 2007, issue of the Wall Street Journal, Georgetown law professor Randy Barnett stated that President Bush’s war on Iraq could be defended on libertarian principles. He argued that the president’s attack on Iraq fell under the libertarian principle of self-defense. He also suggested that the reason that the occupation of Iraq has ... [click for more]

Iraqi Persons: Children of a Lesser God?

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The taking of one human life We all agree to be high crime That usually demands a just punishment It is a sin That God abhors and will also judge But several hundred thousand lives Of mainly bystanders To massive military exercise By the world’s mightiest armies For goals that could never be justified Defies the bravest explanation [click for more]

Pro-Democracy Killing in Iraq

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During the recent Republican presidential debate, former Governor Mike Huckabee took Congressman Ron Paul to task for calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Huckabee suggested that it was irrelevant whether the United States should have invaded Iraq. The point, he stated, was that because the invasion ... [click for more]

Iraq and Vietnam

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President Bush, one of the two most famous pro-Vietnam War members of his generation to avoid fighting in that war, has finally accepted what he previously rejected: that there are parallels between the war he ducked out of and his violent occupation of Iraq. (The other best-known famous pro-war war ... [click for more]

Winning Is Losing

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It’s amazing what passes for news these days. Two Brookings Institution “liberals” who favored the invasion of Iraq before it occurred and have since led the war-cheerleading section are now getting attention for writing on the New York Times op-ed page that if the Bush administration stays the course, ... [click for more]

Following a Couple Wannabes

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In case you missed it, America has been at war in Iraq for four years, as of tomorrow . And despite more than 25,000 American casualties and a dwindling list of good reasons to stay, some modern-day Audie Murphys think those who make the common-sense suggestion to get our brave soldiers out of ... [click for more]

Yes to Recriminations against Iraq Policymakers

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If, as President Bush claims, Iraq is a sovereign country and its government represents the people, then why are American officials ordering the parliament to cancel its August vacation and insisting that the al-Maliki government meet certain “benchmarks”? Is it sovereign or not? By what authority does the U.S. government ... [click for more]

Bush War Policy Comes Crashing Down

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It’s been a rough several weeks for President Bush and the war party. Observe some recent headlines: “Training Iraqi troops no longer driving force in U.S. policy” — The McClatchy Newspaper story pointed out, “Military planners have abandoned the idea that training Iraqi troops will enable American soldiers to start ... [click for more]

What’s to Lose?

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The other day President Bush charged the congressional Democrats with wanting to “legislate defeat” in Iraq. It’s a standard political ploy to smear one’s opponents, but maybe we should follow this line of thought (if that’s not too dignified a word) and see where it leads. What would an American defeat ... [click for more]
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