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A reminder to Thomas Friedman that history won't be a very kind judge of the Iraq War

I’m going to make a prediction: historians are not going to look kindly on the U.S. war in Iraq. First, a brief digression. Most major foreign policy writers in the U.S. decided to support the Iraq war. Most came to … Continue reading

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The Hurt Locker, Point Break, and War Junkies

I have an essay up over at the Huffington Post to get everybody excited about the Oscars. Or something like that. Its cultural wingspan stretches Jeremy Renner to Ernie Pylie and Robert Capa to Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. Here’s … Continue reading

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Newsweek's Iraq cover 'looks mighty like' propaganda

I saw Newsweek’s latest cover today, subtly headlined: “VICTORY AT LAST.”  My first reaction was to grab the nearest taser, jam it down my throat, pull the trigger, and hope that my bodily fluids would conduct the 10,000 volts of … Continue reading

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Iraq is not the envy of the Middle East, btw

The Daily Beast has two pieces about Iraq’s election up on their website. One is written by Tunku Varadarajan, headlined “Iraq’s Political Miracle” and the other is written by me, titled “Iraq’s Last Election?” Clearly, Mr. Varadarajan see things a … Continue reading

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Should Obama keep our troops in Iraq?

The great Tom Ricks has an Op-Ed in the NYT that’s worth reading. Mainly, he suggests that if the political instability and violence continues in Iraq(almost certain) Obama should keep between 30-50,000 U.S. troops there for many years to come. … Continue reading

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Poll: Majority of Iraqis think security has gotten worse; only 22 percent in Baghdad say they will vote; no love for Iran

A friend in Baghdad sent me results of a poll conducted on behalf of one of the major political candidates running in Iraq’s election. 1,000 Iraqis across the country were polled over the past week by the firm Crosby Textor … Continue reading

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Secular political party under attack in Iraq

Campaigning for Iraq’s March 7th election officially started last week. Already, we’ve seen an uptick in violence, with a number of political parties targeted by bombings in the past few days. I’ve learned about another political party that appears to … Continue reading

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