Tag Archives: Iraq

The Surge Didn’t Work

Contrary to what John McCain was screeching about yesterday, the reduction in Iraqi sectarian violence wasn’t really the consequence of our military escalation there. Robert Parry wrote an excellent takedown of the myth, beginning with the salient point: …the “surge” … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Day So Far

Not only did this quadruple amputee survive his wounds, but doctors came up with a new way to do limb transplants, which is, of course, phenomenal news for all of the wounded warriors coming home. Brendan Marrocco was the first … Continue reading

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The Gross Hypocrisy of John McCain and Lindsey Graham

Ambassador Susan Rice sat down with Senators John McBitter, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte today to assuage their concerns, but apparently this gesture, which she was not obligated to make, has been spit back in her face. After originally accusing … Continue reading

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John McCain Needs To Just Go Away

John McCain is free to criticize anyone he wants, including Colin Powell, for endorsing President Obama, but this is just nonsensical and bitter. “Colin Powell, interestingly enough, said that Obama got us out of Iraq,” McCain told the National Review. … Continue reading

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Pay No Attention to the Neocons Behind ‘Peacenik Mitt’

My Wednesday column debunks the myth of Peacenik Mitt… Anyone who believed Mitt Romney’s shape-shifting performance as “Peacenik Mitt” on Monday night is an amnesic, naive doofus. As we all know by now, Romney will do and say whatever is … Continue reading

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Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?

My Monday column answers the question posed by Mitt Romney last week with a very loud YES! In a speech filled with misleading statements and nostalgic lines about how wonderful life used to be before President Obama was inaugurated, the … Continue reading

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Financial Subterfuge

Artist – David Fitzsimmons In other news, Armet Armored Vehicles was indicted by the Department of Justice today for major fraud, wire fraud, and making fraudulent claims for knowingly delivering inadequate armored vehicles to the state department in Iraq in … Continue reading

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Farce and the Furious

Artist – Chris Weyant In other news, according to a new poll from Dartmouth College, 63 percent of self-identified Republicans still believe Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction when we invaded in 2003, and 64 percent believe President Obama was … Continue reading

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Soldiers With Genital Injuries

I’m not sure this has ever really been talked about as an issue with soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan: men severely wounded in the penis and testicles by IEDs and the like. Many of these soldiers literally lost … Continue reading

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Where Are the Ticker-tape Parades?

Laura Conaway: After the Giants beat the Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, New York City celebrated with a ticker-tape parade. Now that the Giants have beaten the Patriots in 2012 Super Bowl, we’re getting ready for another parade tomorrow. … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Ending Sooner Rather Than Later

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced today that American forces will withdraw from a major combat role and focus on advising and training a year ahead of the scheduled complete withdrawal date. BRUSSELS — In a major milestone toward ending … Continue reading

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Out of Control Spending!

Well, not really. According to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), ending the Iraq war and winding down in Afghanistan will save over three quarters of a trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Budgetary savings from … Continue reading

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The Dumbest Thing from the Dumbest Debate

This from Rick Perry: “I would send troops back into Iraq,” he said. “I think we start talking with the Iraqi individuals there. The idea that we allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country, … Continue reading

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Mission Accomplished

Artist – RJ Matson In other news… there is no news today! It’s all football, oysters, and beer here.

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Mitt Romney Keeps Saying Stupid Stuff

The more “safe” and “electable” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to say stupefying things while attempting to pander to the lunatic primary base. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney insisted on Wednesday that President George W. Bush would never have … Continue reading

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Photo: The Last U.S. Soldier Leaving Iraq

How many years since Bush’s “mission accomplished” speech? Unless my math is wrong — eight years, eight months and 16 days.

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It's Over

From Iraq: U.S. and Iraqi officials signed paperwork handing over Camp Adder, the last American military base in Iraq. The sign over marks one of the final acts in the U.S. departure from Iraq. Four-thousand remaining American soldiers are expected … Continue reading

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We’ll Be Greeted With Flowers

Artist – John Cole In other news, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged six former top executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with securities fraud today. The charges allege the executives willfully approved of lies misleading statements regarding their … Continue reading

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Jolly Old St. Newt

Artist – John Darkow In other news, the Iraq war officially ended today. It’s really over. Really really. Also — another GOP presidential clown car debate will take place tonight on Fox News. What will the debate audience cheer this … Continue reading

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Newt Meets Donald

Artist – John Cole In other news, Mitt Romney is flip-flopping on Iraq for a third time. Or is this the fourth time? I can’t keep track.

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