Tag Archive: Iraq

Sep 04 2013

There We Go Again: Any U.S. war with Syria will turn out badly

So we’re going to war in Syria. Maybe. We won’t know for sure until Congress gets back from the vacation it’s taking from its other vacations. One can live in hope, however. What would autumn be without a fresh war in the Middle East to occupy us? I know, the Obama-Bush administration is saying that …

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Aug 24 2013

Et Tu, Buddhist? – In every war, both sides claim that God’s on their side.

Throughout the centuries people have killed each other in vast numbers for the very best of reasons — religion. Oh they’ve done it for other reasons too — money, politics, geography, skin color, revolution — but never with more enthusiasm than when the cause was holy. From the early Christian martyrs to the Crusades to …

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May 20 2013

Middle Eastern re-run

Can you hear it? Conservatives are beating their war drums and banging their tambourines, trying to gin up support for U.S. intervention in Syria. Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have been particularly vocal about their desire to get us deeply embroiled in yet another Middle Eastern conflict. They …

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Mar 06 2012

Iraq takes it personally

“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” is terrifying in Arabic. By Donald Kaul Iraq is a gift that keeps on giving. We kicked out their murderous dictator for them, helped them institute democracy, poured hundreds of millions of dollarsinto their recovery, and tried our best to interrupt their civil war. Then …

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Mar 06 2012

God never promised life would be fair

By William E. Cripe, Sr. Tim was a warrior.  He joined the Marines about four years ago and was excited about serving his country.  Why the Marines?  Because he wanted to be where the action was; he wanted to make a difference; he wanted to count. Tim finished training and shipped off to Iraq.  He …

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Jan 23 2012

A Zero on the Home Front’s Richter Scale

The end of the Iraq War was accompanied by the sound of one hand clapping. By Donald Kaul Among the strange things that happened last year — and there were many — perhaps the strangest was the end of the Iraq War. Did you notice it? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t. It hardly …

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Dec 20 2011

We should buy more white flags

Today, the business of America is war. By William A. Collins War for some, Increases wealth; For all the rest, It ruins health. President Calvin Coolidge famously explained in 1925 that “the business of America is business.” Lately, that aphorism has been superseded by the model developed by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama: …

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Sep 13 2011

The Iraq War Isn’t Over

By Phyllis Bennis No U.S. troops were killed in Iraq last month. So why aren’t we celebrating? Because the war isn’t over yet and it costs way too much — in Iraqi lives and our money. With so much attention and so many billions of our tax dollars shifting from Iraq to the devastating and …

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