Iraq

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]

Our Patience on Iraq Should Be Exhausted

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President Bush started the fifth year of his war in Iraq by pleading with the American people for patience. Give the escalation (“surge”) a chance to work, he said. He sees signs of success already, but the Democrats in Congress are showing their impatience, with the House attaching a 2008 withdrawal ... [click for more]

War Lies and the 2004 Election

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Shortly after he was reelected, President Bush declared that American voters had had their “moment of accountability” regarding the Iraq war. Since he had gotten slightly more than 50 percent of the votes in the November 2004 election, that meant that they had ratified his policies and that Bush was ... [click for more]

Know When to Fold ’Em

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Hawks such as Sen. John McCain who oppose Senate resolutions against the so-called troop surge in Iraq make a pernicious argument. Such a resolution “is basically a vote of no confidence in the men and women we are sending over there,” McCain said. “We’re saying, ‘We’re ... [click for more]

Bush’s Doublethink

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The most peculiar passage in President Bushs much-dissected surge speech was this: I have made it clear to the prime minister and Iraqs other leaders that Americas commitment is not open-ended. If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people. What could the president have meant by ... [click for more]
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