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An Iraqi perspective: How America’s destruction of Iraqi society led to today’s chaos

For an Iraqi perspective on what’s going on — and for some context — we turned to Raed Jarrar. Jarrar was born and raised in Baghdad. He lived there on and off under Saddam Hussein’s rule, and he experienced America’s “Shock and Awe” campaign from the receiving end.…

Warrants issued for judge who convicted Saddam Hussein and journalist critical of government

Arrest warrants have been issued for the judge who convicted Saddam Hussein and a journalist critical of the government for allegedly libelling Iraq's premier, a watchdog and the judge said Sunday. Warrants were issued last month for Munir Haddad and……

Man who oversaw Saddam Hussein’s hanging: ‘The room was full of death’

Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes. The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam’s 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret.…

Colbert: What would ‘hypothetical, contemporary Super Reagan’ do about Syria?

“Conservatives have the uncanny ability to know what Ronald Reagan would do at any given time,” Stephen Colbert said last night. “Syrian conflict? Invade. Obamacare? Repeal. Soup or salad? Jelly beans.” “We conservatives know,” he continued, “that the Gipper would never stand for the use of chemical weapons — today.…

House Republican claims Reagan would never do exactly what he did on chemical weapons

In a Thursday appearance on Fox News, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) invoked a familiar Republican trope by saying that the United States would never be in the situation it finds itself in regarding Syria if Ronald Reagan was the current U.S. president. Ironically, as pointed out by Think Progress,…

Maddow to Iraq War architects on TV: ‘Your opinion is no longer required on matters of war and peace’

Wednesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow asked viewers in a teaser segment which would be worse, hearing from the Bush administration’s Iraq War experts again or “sticking pins in your eyes. Think before you answer.” In a segment entitled “You Again?”, Maddow referred back to October…

CIA documents show U.S. helped Iraq fight Iran despite chemical weapons use

The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported Monday. Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs…

Dutch chemical trader ordered to pay victims of Saddam Hussein’s gas attacks

A Dutch businessman who sold Iraq’s former regime chemicals that were used in deadly gas attacks against Kurds in Iraq and in Iran was ordered on Wednesday to pay 400,000 euros ($520,000) in compensation to some of the victims. The court ruled that Frans van Anraat must pay 25,000 euros…

Obama honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq war

President Barack Obama marked the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion on Tuesday by paying tribute to the sacrifice of US troops, but steered clear of the debate over the war’s aftermath. In a muted statement, issued on the eve of a visit to a Middle East much changed since…

Amanpour on Iraq: Where were the journalists?

On Monday, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked how so many journalists could have been misled in the run-up to the Iraq War. She interviewed two reporters for Knight-Ridder newspapers, Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, both of whom have been vindicated as being consistently right on Iraq. Amanpour began by recapping some…

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