From “New World Order” to “No World Order”

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by John Feffer George H.W. Bush made a bold pronouncement on September 11, 1990. Even though Iraq had recently invaded Kuwait and the collapse of the Soviet Union was still more than a year away, Bush proclaimed the imminent dawn… Continue Reading  

Mosul and America’s Quixotic Search for the “Decisive” Battle

Soldiers from Bravo Company 2-325 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), attached to Task Force Tacoma walk through a market in the Al Sudeek district during a dismounted patrol in Mosul, Iraq on January 9, 2005. Bravo Co. 2-235 PIR is in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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by James A. Russell and Donald Abenheim The Super Bowl-like reporting about the assault on Mosul is regrettably but perhaps inevitably cloaked in America’s desperate search for a clear-cut, decisive battle that will allow the country to bask in the glow… Continue Reading  

Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria

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by Greg Grandin In April 2014, ESPN published a photograph of an unlikely duo: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former national security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the Yankees-Red Sox season opener. In… Continue Reading  

Lessons from America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East

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by Chas W. Freeman Twenty-six years ago, when the elder President Bush asked me to be his ambassador to Saudi Arabia, he assured me that “nothing much ever happens in Arabia.”  That had been the case for quite a while. … Continue Reading  

Why Did We Invade Iraq?

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by Charles Davis  I was 18 years old and as dumb as an 18-year-old, and even I knew we were invading Iraq for no good reason and that thousands of good people were going to die awful deaths because of… Continue Reading