Tag: Iraq War

Before the U.S. Bombed Soleimani’s Terrorists, It Bribed Them

On January 3rd, shortly after killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah commander Abu Mahdi al Muhandis with a drone strike, the United States also reportedly targeted Shubul al Zaidi, leader of Kataib al Imam Ali, the “Imam Ali Battalions,” an Iranian-backed paramilitary in Iraq that he founded with al Muhandis. There is no […]

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Do Soldiers Really Want To Fight Trump’s War? Conscientious Objectors Urged To Act

The reality that America is at yet another foreign war set in as Iran launched missiles at American targets in Iraq on Tuesday night in retaliation to President Donald Trump authorizing the assassination of a high-ranking Iranian general last week. As troops were being deployed to the Middle East, the topic of conscientious objectors was […]

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The Democrats’ Gutless Response to Trump’s Airstrike

One of the early signs that the United States had assassinated Iranian major general Qassim Suleimani on Thursday night came from President Trump’s Twitter account, which posted a low-resolution graphic of an American flag as the news of Suleimani’s death spread. As is typical, Trump’s tweet was met with shock and ridicule from those who […]

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The Democrats’ Gutless Response to Trump’s Air Strike

One of the early signs that the United States had assassinated Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian major general, on Thursday night came from President Trump’s Twitter account, which posted a low-resolution graphic of an American flag as the news of Soleimani’s death spread. As is typical, Trump’s tweet was met with shock and ridicule from those […]

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America Lost the Iraq War. These Cables Show How

In 2013, a decade after the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division entered Baghdad and toppled Saddam Hussein, the service undertook a major exercise in self-reflection. Commissioned by General Ray Odierno, the Army chief, and finished under General Mark Milley—now the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the Army’s two volume, 1,300-page assessment of the Iraq War, […]

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Playing Soldiers

The World’s Only Corn Palace was crowded on this post–Independence Day weekend when I visited to see it thank me for my service. An estimated half-million tourists a year trek to Mitchell, South Dakota, to admire the odd, onion-domed sports and concert venue, which is decorated in byzantine “crop art” mosaics: Each year, the building’s […]

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The Sum of All Beards

“Saigon … shit. I’m still only in Saigon,” says a scruffy, broken Capt. Benjamin Willard, peering out through slatted window blinds while on the violent bender that opens Apocalypse Now. “Every time I think I’m going to wake up back in the jungle.” But when we see the Special Forces assassin travel deep into that […]

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The Audacity of Grief

It is easy to count the dead, harder to count the grieving. One has to estimate. Every year, almost one percent of the American population dies. The most recent available official count, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, is for the year 2017: 2,813,503 registered deaths. Looking at the […]

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