And Was the Mission Accomplished?

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For the Army and Marines who lost 4,500 dead and more than 30,000 wounded, many of them amputees, the second-longest war in U.S. history is over. America is coming home from Iraq. On May 1, 2003, on the carrier Abraham Lincoln, the huge banner behind President George W. Bush proclaimed, …

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Was Awlaki an American?

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Friday morning, Predator drones operated by the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command rendezvoused over Yemen and launched Hellfire missiles that blew to pieces the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. A declared enemy in the war on terror was eliminated. Yet Awlaki was a U.S. citizen. Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Ron …

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When Dictators Fall, Who Rises?

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One month before the invasion of Iraq, Riah Abu el-Assal, a Palestinian and the Anglican bishop of Jerusalem at the time, warned Tony Blair, “You will be responsible for emptying Iraq, the homeland of Abraham, of Christians.” The bishop proved a prophet. “After almost 2,000 years,” writes the Financial Times, …

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The Rising Irrelevance of Obama

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“This will not stand!” declared George H.W. Bush. He was speaking of Saddam Hussein’s invasion, occupation and annexation of the emirate of Kuwait as his “19th province.” Seven months later, the Iraqi army was fleeing up the “Highway of Death” back into a country devastated by five weeks of U.S. …

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The Fruits of Intervention

If we had it to do over, would we send an army into Afghanistan to build a nation?

Would we invade Iraq?

While these two wars have cost 5,200 dead, a trillion dollars and a divided America facing an endless war, what have we won?

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Does ‘The Decider’ Decide on War?

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Has Congress given George Bush a green light to attack Iran? For he is surely behaving as though it is his call alone. And evidence is mounting that we are on a collision course for war. * Iran has detained several Iranian-Americans, seemingly in retaliation for our continuing to hold …

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Have the Neocons Destroyed the Presidency?

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George W. Bush “betrayed us,” howled Al Gore. “He played on our fear. He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure, dangerous to our troops, an adventure that was preordained and planned before 9-11 ever happened.” Hearing it, Gore’s rant seemed slanderous and demagogic. For though U.S. policy since Clinton …

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