Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Iraq
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Republican ‘Hawks’ Cited By Rand Paul For Rise Of Islamic State

“ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS.”

May 27, 2015
Jeb Bush

A Failure Of Intelligence

Contrary to what Jeb Bush says now, it wasn’t actually that hard to see through the propaganda barrage that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003

May 27, 2015
Joe Biden Iraq 2011

Biden Tries To Mollify Iraqis, Promises Training And Equipment

Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq’s prime minister Monday to try to smooth over a rough exchange of words between the two governments after the fall of important cities to Islamic State militants in recent days.

May 25, 2015
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U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Need ‘Will To Fight’ To Defeat Islamic State

Republicans blamed Obama’s decision to pull troops out of Iraq after years of war.

May 24, 2015
Obama vows no bad deal with Iran: 'This deal will have my name on it'

Obama Vows No Bad Deal With Iran: ‘This Deal Will Have My Name On It’

“This deal will have my name on it,” Obama said, “so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise.

May 22, 2015
Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meet in the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2015. (Official Photo by Caleb Smith; Speaker Boehner/Flickr)

Polls Show Discontent With GOP Congress, Rising Liberalism — And Shifting Memories On Iraq

Poll shows that nobody likes Republican leaders in Congress — not even Republicans.

May 22, 2015
Jeb Bush was interviewed by Megyn Kelly of Fox News on his stance on the invasion of Iraq. Photo: Screenshot via Fox News http://video.foxnews.com/v/4230274367001/megyn-kelly-previews-her-exclusive-interview-with-jeb-bush/?#sp=show-clips

The Iraq Invasion: What We Knew Then

Jeb Bush was forced to retract statements saying that he would have invaded Iraq if he had been in his brother’s situation. Many commentators, though, missed something key in their criticism of his remarks: It’s not clear that the invasion was supported by what we knew beforehand.

May 22, 2015
Day 2-Conservatives Gather For Annual CPAC Convention - DC

A Hard Spring Brings Hard Days for Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, the Republican frontrunner, spent days defending older brother George W. Bush, the former president, and the long war he started in Iraq. The younger brother was a one-man off-key Greek chorus.

May 22, 2015
Ramadi, Iraq, Islamic State, ISIS, John McCain, Obama Legacy, World News, Top News, War, Troops, Sunnis, Shiites, Middle East, Congress

Fall Of Ramadi Prompts New Questions About Obama’s Strategy Against Islamic State

Islamic State’s takeover of Ramadi gives Congressional hawks reason to criticize Obama’s foreign policy decisions.

May 19, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Counting Down The Top Ten

David Letterman kicked off his final three days on TV, by bringing out members of the crew to deliver a special list: “Top Ten Things I’ll Miss About Working At The Late Show.”

May 19, 2015
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Islamic State Captures Key Iraqi City

The takeover appeared to be a major victory for Islamic State, which has withstood a large-scale U.S. bombing campaign and maintains strongholds in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

May 18, 2015
Day 2-Conservatives Gather For Annual CPAC Convention - DC

The 5 Worst Things Jeb Bush Has Said Recently

Here are five horrible flubs that reveal why Jeb Bush could be the GOP’s worst possible candidate in 2016—and will probably win the nomination anyway.

May 18, 2015
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Jeb Bush: Okay, I Wouldn’t Have Gone Into Iraq!

Well, it only took him about 12 years to figure this out.

May 14, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Sympathy For…Ted Cruz!

Larry Wilmore felt nauseous at what he was seeing — that somebody managed to almost make him feel sorry for Ted Cruz.

May 14, 2015
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Thanks, Jeb: Republicans Now Oppose The Iraq War!

GOP candidates are now saying the Iraq War was a mistake, indicating that the race has officially crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

May 13, 2015
Money, World, Iraq, Loans, Deficit, Islamic State, War, Baghdad, Debt, Reconstruction, Infrastructure

Defeating Islamic State Leaves Big Bill Iraq’s Struggling To Pay

While fighting to keep Islamic State out of the country, the Iraqi government seeks to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, its quality of life, and relieve its $25 billion fiscal deficit.

May 12, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: The ‘Thug’ Debate

Larry Wilmore objected to the use of the word “thug” as a possible code for another word.

April 30, 2015
Chamberlain and Hitler

When The Hitler Card Won’t Do, Play The Chamberlain Card

The Republican right accuses every American president who negotiates an arms pact with our putative enemies of weakening national security. And they are always wrong.

April 15, 2015
Top News, Saddam Hussein, Social Media, Iraq, ISIS, Nostalgia, World News

Nostalgia For Iraq’s Saddam Hussein Flowers On Social Media

Nostalgia for Saddam Hussein blooms on social media, but splits on sectarian lines.

April 1, 2015
Last mural of Saddam Hussein in Iraq

Nostalgia For Iraq’s Saddam Hussein Flowers On Social Media

Nostalgia for Saddam is hardly new, but it appears to be reaching fever pitch these days because Iraq is in such bad shape.

April 1, 2015
Afterwar-edited

Weekend Reader: ‘Afterwar: Healing The Moral Wounds Of Our Soldiers’

‘Afterwar’ is a lucid, insightful, and compassionate guide to how veterans can recover, so that “minds and not just bodies” can endure.

March 22, 2015
Carly Fiorina

‘Name An Accomplishment’: A Question Republicans Shouldn’t Ask

Carly Fiorina almost wrecked Hewlett Packard — but at least she gave us the “Demon Sheep” ad.

February 27, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘Here We Go Again’

David Letterman looked at how Jeb Bush is already mangling important words in the same way his brother did.

February 20, 2015
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush looks on prior to speaking at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

The Smart Brother? Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy

In 2013, Jeb said it was “way too early” to judge whether the Iraq war succeeded in “providing some degree of stability in the region.”

February 20, 2015
Scott Walker, Iran, Wisconsin, Obama, Deal, Foreign Policy, Politics

Republicans Haven’t Quite Worked Out A Foreign Policy Beyond ‘Not Obama’

The GOP’s presidential hopefuls want to have it both ways on foreign policy.

February 16, 2015
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