Category: Iraq

November 30, 2007

Truce In Baghdad Seems To Hold

Filed under: Iraq,War - 30 Nov 2007

When additional American forces were deployed to Iraq, many of them were assigned to the impoverished neighborhood called Sadr City, where the Mahdi Army (Jaish al-Mahdi, or “JAM” in American military shorthand) has been attempting to establish itself as the …

October 22, 2007

Bush Requests Additional $46 Billion For Wars

Filed under: Bush,International,Iraq,Military,War - 22 Oct 2007

Essentially re-requesting the amount he wanted for the war this fiscal year by requesting the difference (and then some), Bush is playing on our feelings of common sense and sympathy to obtain the funding that General Petraeus recommended for the …

October 3, 2007

Blackwater Incident

Filed under: Iraq,News - 03 Oct 2007

The New York Times has an article this morning detailing at least part of the incident involving Blackwater contractors that resulted in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 24 more. Reading the article requires a …

October 2, 2007

Outsourcing Our Military

Filed under: Congress,Iraq,Military,News,War - 02 Oct 2007

As today’s Congressional hearings on Blackwater begin I highly recommend reading the latest article on the role of military contractors in Iraq. The depth of their involvement is breathtaking and the problems caused by this involvement may be …

September 4, 2007

Iraqi Government Meets 3 of 18 Goals

Filed under: International,Iraq,News - 04 Sep 2007

General status reports from Iraq continue to be bleak. Congress’ investigative agency has reported that the Iraqi government has only fulfilled 3 of the 18 benchmark goals it committed to last June, and that the levels of violence between …

September 3, 2007

Bush Hints At Troop Withdrawals

Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Military,War - 03 Sep 2007

Is is a ploy? Am I mishearing? Or did the President, in a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, comment that if security continues to improve in the country then troop withdrawals may begin sooner than expected? The …

August 22, 2007

The Vietnam Analogy

Filed under: Bush,Iraq,News - 22 Aug 2007

It has not been uncommon over the last several words to hear allusions to the “v word” – Vietnam. Supporters of the war have squashed any analogy with our Asian adventure, often claiming that Iraq is a very different …

August 20, 2007

Hillary’s Hawkishness an Endorsement of the Surge?

Filed under: Elections,Iraq,News - 20 Aug 2007

The Drudge Report is currently leading with a headline entitled: Hillary on Surge? ‘It’s working’ . . . While Mrs. Clinton is certainly one of the more hawkish Democratic candidates I was surprised that she had come out in …

August 5, 2007

The Dangers of Myth

Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Law,Terrorism,War - 05 Aug 2007

I grew up on Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Italian Folktales. Story telling and the making of myth can often help reveal deeper aspects of humanity and ingrain moral precepts in a way that straight out preaching cannot. But …

July 19, 2007

A Failure In Policy

Filed under: Iraq,Military,Politics,Senate - 19 Jul 2007

As expected, the all-night debate in the Senate failed to push a preemptive bill forward that would require the beginning of troop withdrawals in only three months. A vote of 52-46 was not enough to achieve the supermajority necessary …

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