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Iraqi defector ‘Curveball’ details lies that led to war

“Curveball,” the Iraqi defector who fed the Bush Administration bogus claims of mobile weapons labs being developed by Saddam Hussein — claims that were later gussied up and presented to the United Nations as incontrovertible fact — is finally explaining the tall tale that helped launch America’s military. “My main…

British police make arrest over Saddam’s bronze buttock

LONDON — British police arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with part of a bronze statue of Saddam Hussein, a buttock, was illegally brought over from Iraq after the war. He was held on suspicion of breaching the 2003 Iraq Sanctions Order, which bans dealing in “illegally removed Iraqi cultural…

Iraq police say sorry for Saddam era

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s police, completely reformed after the 2003 US-led invasion, on Sunday apologised for acts committed during the rule of the dictator Saddam Hussein, on the eve of the force’s 90th anniversary. The statement came as Iraq grapples with a festering political row that has pitted the Shiite-led government…

US forces lower flag in Iraq ahead of pullout

US forces held a formal ceremony to lower the flag in Iraq on Thursday, ahead of their withdrawal from the country nearly nine years after the controversial invasion to topple Saddam Hussein. The ceremony marking the closure of the US military’s headquarters near Baghdad comes after US President Barack Obama…

U.S. hands main war base, Saddam palaces back to Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military returned its biggest base in Iraq to the government on Friday, a huge compound near Baghdad airport that housed the American war operations centre and hosted a captive Saddam Hussein before his execution. Victory Base Complex, a site ringed by 42 kilometers (27 miles)…

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…

Of course false confessions were the point

Sometimes I sit around, especially after reading a spate of dissenting blog comments, and think, “I’m too cynical of a person”. And then I read something like this (hat tip) and I realize that I’ve been in error all this time, because I wasn’t cynical enough. See, for years now…

Reimagining the news

Here’s a fundamental difference between the right wing blogosphere that’s fading in influence and the liberal blogosphere that’s gaining—we feel completely different about the profession of journalism, even if many people in that profession don’t necessarily see it. I realized yesterday that I’ve been in this world for five years…

Teenage succubi taking birth control because they want to get pregnant

One of the worst problems in American politics is that once a wingnut myth takes off, it never dies, no matter how much evidence you can marshal against it. There are people who will go to their graves believing that there was a good reason to think that Saddam Hussein…

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