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Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays

Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays

By Karen Malpede (Editor); Michael Messina (Editor); Bob Shuman (Editor); Chris Hedges (Foreword)

The Bases of Empire

The Bases of Empire

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What Would Republicans Do?


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Republicans still refuse to articulate any vision for governing.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq Boots

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‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt


In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

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Turkey Allows Kurdish Peshmerga Paramilitary Troops to Cross to Kobane


Turkish intelligence is facilitating the crossing of a couple hundred paramilitary troops (Peshmerga) from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Turkish town of Suruç, 16 kilometers from the Syrian border.

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Is the Sunni-Shiite Slaughter at Jurf al-Sakhr in Iraq Really a U.S. Victory?


Apparent good news was announced on Sunday in the fight against the extremist Islamic State organization: The Iraqi army, backed by fundamentalist Shiite militias, managed to take the village of Jurf al-Sakhr, southwest of Baghdad, from IS fighters.

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Smart Bomb

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Fear

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A Revisionist Take on President Obama


There is no shortage of bad news for President Obama, but history may be kinder to the man.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE

President Obama’s ‘Dumb’ War


White House/Pete Souza

The adventure against the Islamic State increasingly resembles the sort of conflict Barack Obama launched his career opposing.

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Is This the End of National Sovereignty in the Middle East?


The legislature of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (a super-province of Iraq) has voted to send Kurdistan forces to the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane to help it fight off a concerted attack by Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE

Blackwater Guards Convicted of 2007 Iraq Massacre


AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

Four former employees of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater were convicted Wednesday of a mass shooting during the Iraq War.

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WMDs

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Iran Proposes an Axis Against Islamic State to Iraq as an Alternative to the U.S. Coalition


Al-Zaman reports that Iranian President Hasan Rowhani has proposed to visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi an anti-IS axis including Syria, Lebanon and Iraq that would be led by Iran, as an alternative to the U.S.-led coalition proposed by President Barack Obama.

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U.S. Jets Airdropped Supplies for Kurds Fighting in Kobane Against Turkey’s Wishes


In a step that over-ruled America’s Turkish NATO ally, U.S. jets dropped food, first aid and weaponry into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on Monday morning.

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John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives

In a moving (but of course, still funny) episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver sheds light on the plight of Iraqi and Afghani translators who worked for U.S. forces and contractors, a position that jeopardized the well-being of their families as well as themselves.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE

Shells Land in Turkey as Kurds Fight Off Islamic State Forces in Kobane


Kurdish forces at Kobane (Ayn al-Arab) on Saturday fought off an assault by Islamic State that sought to cut the city off from Turkey and completely surround it, according to an Al-Jazeera reporter on the scene.

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Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle With Islamic State


The U.S. is again at war in the Middle East, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the ground. Here are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE

Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail


When confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military melted back into the populace. What this behavior made clear was that U.S. efforts to create a new Iraqi army to the tune of $25 billion over 10 years had failed miserably.

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The NSA Plays Villain to Captain America—Again


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You know you’re living in strange times when the most jingoistic superhero goes to war with his own government.

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Chris Hedges Takes On the ‘Global Culture of Violence’

On Sept. 28, Chris Hedges spoke at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Charley Horwitz Platform on the pervasive violence that characterizes our era and offered possible solutions.

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Will Islamic State Take Baghdad Next?


According to Al-Jazeera sources, Islamic State has completed the taking of Hit district in the al-Anbar Province of Iraq.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE

No Shock and No Awe


U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Alex Walters

It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing.

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White House Islamic State Strategy Amounts to Wishful Thinking


White House/Pete Souza

The notion that Iraq will “destroy” Islamic State at American behest is an illusion, and so is the notion that the coalition just formed can do it.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE

The Wider Appeal of Islamic State and Sunni Grievances


In a worrisome development, radicals throughout the region are rallying to the so-called Islamic State, which is actually just a bunch of armed thugs and brigands.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

The Middle East

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Islamic State Has Taken a Third of Strategic Kobani in Syria but Lost Tuz Khurmato in Iraq


Al-Khalij reports that the Syrian Human Rights Observatory says Islamic State fighters are now in one third of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.

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Iraqi Journalist Who Embedded With Shiites: U.S. Strategy Will Fail

Two months after the United States began airstrikes in Iraq that expanded to Syria, Islamic State is poised to gain control of more than half of Syria’s border with Turkey. Independent reporter Patrick Cockburn and Iraqi Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad discuss the “massive military failure” of the response strategy.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

Say It Ain’t So, Joe!


White House/Pete Souza

I could be mad at Vice President Joe Biden, who has been here in Los Angeles for two days and tied up traffic for miles at a time. But it’s hard. He’s just too nice a guy, even if he talks too much—and worse, these days, tells the truth.

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Here’s How the U.S., China and Russia Are Supplying Islamic State’s Weapons


The U.S. is preparing to send more military supplies to the Middle East to fight Islamic State at the same time a report has revealed that many of the radical group’s weapons come from America. So how can we be sure the deadly equipment we’re sending won’t end up in the same hands?

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The Last Days of Kobani Loom as IS Closes In on Syrian Kurds With Murder on Its Mind


Islamic State fighters have advanced into the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani with fighting in the streets as Kurds resist, according to the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.

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More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State


U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr.

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Pan-Mideast War Escalates as IS and al-Qaida Attack Hezbollah Outposts Near the Lebanese Border


There hasn’t been a regional war of this scope since the Gulf War.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Friend or Foe

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Islamic State Still Taking Towns in Iraq’s Al-Anbar as Coalition Airstrikes Are Delayed


The pan-Arab London daily Al-Hayat [Life] reported Sunday that Islamic State is still expanding its sway in towns in Iraq’s western al-Anbar Province, having just taken Kubaisah in the district of Hit on Friday into Saturday, two days after the district capital of Hit fell to them.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE

The Alamo of the Kurds: Kobane Near Falling to Islamic State


Ismat Sheikh, commander of the Kurdish forces at the border town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) that is besieged by Islamic State tanks and artillery, says that he expects massacres of its inhabitants if it falls to the Sunni Arab extremists.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE

Top 7 Surprising Reasons Turkey Is Entering War on Islamic State


The Turkish parliament voted by a large margin Thursday to allow Turkish troops to make incursions into neighboring countries if necessary to defeat the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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Bad Chemistry

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Will the Election Turn on Terrorism?


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The threat from Islamic State “is personal for us in New Hampshire,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War


U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Intelligence Failure

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Russell Brand: War Radicalizes People; That’s Just Common Sense

As the United Kingdom joins the U.S. and others in another conflict in the Middle East, the “Trews” host analyzes what war is good for.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Breach

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Congress Cut $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps in Same Year We’ll Spend $22 Billion to Fight Islamic State


The GOP Congress’ assault on the American working class has been waged with the pretext that the federal government has no money (what with being in debt and all).

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

ISIS Solar

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Why Isn’t Congress Debating Our Attack on Islamic State the Way the U.K. Parliament Is?

Oh right, because Congress pretty much does diddly squat these days. Watch Jon Stewart make a jaw-dropping discovery as to why our elected officials refuse to publicly discuss what the “Daily Show” host calls one of the most “crucial issues of our time.” 

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

IS Threat

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Top 5 Differences Between Hamas and Islamic State (Pace Netanyahu)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech at the U.N. to a half-empty hall in which he tried to exemplify the most logical fallacies in a short period of time.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

Why Obama Underestimated IS in Syria and Iraq


President Obama admitted on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday that the U.S. had underestimated the military potential of Islamic State.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

Get the Authorization


U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

Learning From History


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It is something of a cliche to quote George Santayana one more time, saying, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But for folks of my age, ignorant repetition has been a constant in our lives. And, of course, it is happening again right now.

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