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William J. Astore: Investing in Junk Armies 

Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail ~ In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peter Van Buren: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle with the Islamic State. You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peter Certo: Obama’s Dumb War

 The president is now poised to leave behind a Middle East quagmire much like the one he was elected to end. No Exit Strategy.  (OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib) If … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Hillary Clinton Embraces ‘Endless War Doctrine’

In Ottawa, former secretary of state says war against ISIS will be “long-term commitment.” Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the war being waged against militant fighters … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Endless Flow of Weapons Fuels Endless War in Iraq and Syria

New report shows how flood of munitions from across the globe, including the United States, are making peace impossible in Middle East. Ammo casings found in Iraq and Syria. Top, … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tim Holmes: 7 arguments against war in Iraq and Syria

Originally posted on Tim Holmes:
1. It won’t work – and is likely to backfire. “What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what…

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Clancy Sigal: Kill Them All – Surely The Lord Knows Which Are His!*

The rubble of a home reportedly hit by a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Kafar Daryan in Syria.  * Said by a 13th century Catholic crusader when asked how to distinguish … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Let’s Bomb the Whole Middle East

Footage released by the Pentagon shows a target being hit by U.S. missiles inside Syria. Let’s bomb the Muslim world – all of it – to save the lives of … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Phyllis Bennis: Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

Weakening ISIS requires eroding the support it relies on from tribal leaders, military figures, and ordinary Iraqi Sunnis. Here’s how to do it without bombs. How is it possible that … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Perpetual War Is Fine With the New York Times After All

The editorial board of the New York Times has an Orwellian knack for war. Sixteen months ago, when President Obama gave oratorical lip service to ending “perpetual war,” the newspaper quickly touted … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stephen Zunes: The US and ISIS

    At the start of classes one year ago, I was having to explain to my students why the United States appeared to be on the verge of going … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

UN Reports Increasing Number of War Casualties are Children

In 1994, on the eve of Rwanda’s genocide, Radio Mille Collines, in Kigali, incited listeners with a venomous message: “To kill the big rats, you have to kill the little … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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