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US Coalition Killed Nearly 12 Times More Civilians in Mosul than did ISIS

    US Coalition Killed Nearly 12 Times More Civilians in Mosul than did ISIS

WASHINGTON – Just a few months after the U.S. declared ISIS in Iraq “defeated,” a new study has concluded that the U.S.-led battle to remove Daesh (ISIS) from Mosul, once Iraq’s second-largest city, ultimately killed nearly 12 times the number of civilians than were killed by the infamous terror group. The study, published in the…

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How will Washington’s Third Gulf War Play Out?

    How will Washington’s Third Gulf War Play Out?

With Donald Trump’s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it’s time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won’t be pretty. The New York…

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The American Military Dissected: Few Volunteer the Rest Just Watch

    The American Military Dissected: Few Volunteer the Rest Just Watch

The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a bit of updating. I’m not a saint or even a bishop, merely an interested observer of this nation’s…

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From Madison Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue: How They Sold Operation Iraqi Freedom

    From Madison Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue: How They Sold Operation Iraqi Freedom

The war on Iraq won’t be remembered for how it was waged so much as for how it was sold. It was a propaganda war, a war of perception management, where loaded phrases, such as “weapons of mass destruction” and “rogue state” were hurled like precision weapons at the target audience: us. To understand the…

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ISIS Maybe Regrouping for a Comeback in Iraq

  ISIS Maybe Regrouping for a Comeback in Iraq

Over the past month there has been an increase in attacks by extremists in various parts of Iraq, but in particular, on the outskirts of cities that were previously controlled by the extremist group known as the Islamic State. “We have recorded dozens of terrorist activities in various parts of the country,” a senior officer…

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How Many Millions Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?

  How Many Millions Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?

How many people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? I have been researching and writing about that question since soon after the U.S. launched these wars, which it has tried to justify as a response to terrorist crimes that killed 2,996 people in the U.S. on September 11th 2001. But no crime, however horrific, can justify wars…

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15 Years Later, the World Is Still Reeling From the Decision to Invade Iraq

  15 Years Later, the World Is Still Reeling From the Decision to Invade Iraq

Robert Jackson, the Chief United States Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals, once denounced aggressive war as “the greatest menace of our time.” With much of Europe laying in smoldering ruin, he said in 1945 that “to initiate a war of aggression … is not only an international crime: it is the supreme international crime differing…

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15 Years On, the Staggering Death Toll in Iraq Keeps Climbing

  15 Years On, the Staggering Death Toll in Iraq Keeps Climbing

March 19 marks 15 years since the U.S.-UK invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the American people have no idea of the enormity of the calamity the invasion unleashed. The U.S. military has refused to keep a tally of Iraqi deaths. General Tommy Franks, the man in charge of the initial invasion, bluntly told reporters,…

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The Illusion of War Without Casualties

  The Illusion of War Without Casualties

Last Sunday’s Oscar Awards were interrupted by an incongruous propaganda exercise featuring a Native American actor and Vietnam vet, featuring a montage of clips from Hollywood war movies. The actor, Wes Studi, said that he “fought for freedom” in Vietnam. But anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of that war, including for instance the millions of viewers who watched…

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America Loves Terrorists Abroad: ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

  America Loves Terrorists Abroad: ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

By all accounts, wherever the Islamic State has gained and held territory, its residents suffer terrible oppression and deprivation. Unless you are on their wavelength, you most likely agree that ISIS rule has been calamitous for its subjects. Both Obama and Trump have pointed out their badass nature on numerous occasions, not so much in…

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