Richard Perle On Iraq: Because We Could

For the past week, the media (and especially late night comedians) have been having a bit of fun poking Jeb Bush as he repeatedly stumbled over the family albatross, AKA: Iraq. Over on his beat at The Plum Line, Greg Sargent was one of the few journalists or widely-read opinion columnists to point out that getting any politician, at this late date (even Jeb), to declare that if they knew then...

War and the Imperial Presidency

On Tuesday, Rachel Maddow led off her show with a brilliant, 22-minute rant against the return of all the failed Iraq war architects and cheerleaders to the nation's airwaves, now that Iraq is once again descending into visible chaos (apologies for the ad; I can't edit the MSNBC footage out): The entire thing is worth a watch if you were awake during the 2002-2005 era, since it truly is...

Colin Powell’s UN Speech, Eleven Years Later

This post was written exactly a year ago, and although ten years is admittedly a more-notable anniversary than eleven, it's still important to remember that Colin Powell's atrocious speech before the UN was eleven years ago today. That might not seem like much, but when our country screws up as badly as it did when we decided to go to war in Iraq, figuring out what went wrong and who was...

Out Of Iraq – Finally

After nearly ten years, at least a trillion dollars spent (wasted?), and uncounted lives changed forever if not outright ruined or in fact snuffed out, we are apparently out of Iraq, as of Christmas, this year: I don't even know what to feel at such a late date. On the one hand, whew: it's finally OVER. And yes, Barack Obama did what George W. Bush could not, in many, many years of his...

Dean Baker Slaps Tom Friedman Silly

It's well deserved, of course, as are most of the brickbats leveled at the man who once, in 2003, offered Charlie Rose the notion of "suck on this" as a rationale for the Iraq war (no, really, he did): Ah, memories. This is who much of the current crop of leaders of industry (read: baby boomers) revere as a great thinker. Dean Baker gives us yet another reason (besides "suck on this" and the...

Meanwhile, In Iraq

You remember Iraq, right? That first foothold of "revolution" in the middle east, imposed from without by the United States? They must be a stable bed of prosperity and relative calm amidst all the violence and confusion of revolution going on in that region today, right? I mean, Iraq has had an almost eight-year head start on freedom and self-governance, so that should make them way ahead of the...