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When did the Iraq invasion become inevitable?

I agree with most of this excellent post trying to put 9/11 into historical perspective by Erik and LGM, but one of his throwaway comments I have to quarrel with: Of course, 9/11 also led to the Iraq War, the use of torture, and other events….. Seriously, that's all I…

Undersupplied U.S soldiers forced to steal water

This kind of garbage happened under Bush; this news should signal to the Obama administration that those serving on his watch surely don’t need to suffer this indignity and level of resource depletion. The Army’s field manual states that in the desert, the human body can lose as much as…

The new sign of deep friendship is a slap in the face

Update: To make all this even better, the company who built the Death Star is under investigation for gross human rights abuses while building it. (Hat tip.) It’s almost not-morning now, so I figure everyone’s stomachs are settled enough to read about our fancy new Death Star imperialist palace embassy…

Other than the crab-bear fights

It’s a little early for a callback, but damn: Carney and Scherer noted to McCain that the Iraqi government is calling for a deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq even though McCain’s previously stated definition of “victory” – “a peaceful, stable, prosperous democratic state” – has not been…

Iraq: Brought To You By McCain

This is why I’m scared to death that no matter how bad a campaign John McCain runs, he’s got a chance to win because the media is giving him a huge handicap. Like Lindsay says, the angle on the story is that McCain is a “straight talker” and a war…

A Testimony To The Netroots

Our panel having gone smashingly well, I of course immediately headed to Commentary magazine to see if we’d shaken the very core of political discourse. Mission accomplished. Or: they are there for window dressing to provide the patina of national security expertise when, in fact, the major foreign policy objectives…

My country, right or wrong, but not yours

Having exhausted every other form of criticism, conservatives (and “armed liberals”) have decided to resort to an entirely new and unprecedented tactic: that of attacking the patriotism of people who disagree with them. To be fair, Yglesias brought it up first: Specifically, I would say that liberals do a better…

The Hopscotch Of Freedom

You know what? We were proved fucking right. That’s what happened. People who disagreed with us were saying, ‘There they go again.’ But we were proved fucking right. The thing that always bothered me about the overall idea of being lied to repeatedly by the leader of the free world…

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