Archive for the ‘Iraq War’ category

Influential Republican Senator Calls for Troop Pullouts

August 24, 2007

As reported in this morning’s WaPo, Sen. John W. Warner called on President Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq in time for Christmas. The senator’s declaration came as a new intelligence report concluded that political leaders in Iraq are “unable to govern effectively.”



Vietnam-Era Study Comments On The Effects of Bombing Villages

August 23, 2007

I’m reading a study by the RAND corporation that was done during the Vietnam War, entitled “Viet Cong Motivation and Morale 1964.” I found the following to be particularly interesting, and perhaps relevant to the Bush administration’s current adventures in the Middle East.


CIA Asleep at the Wheel Before 9/11

August 21, 2007

Is this even newsworthy anymore? I mean, isn’t it pretty well common knowledge that the CIA dropped the ball on Al-Qaida before 9/11? In fact, now that I think of it, it didn’t really get much better after 9/11, given its intelligence work in the lead-up to the Iraq war. Granted, much of that blame must fall on the Bush administration, but it’s still kind of late for the “CIA blew it” stories.

Apparently, some leaked documents say that the CIA knew they blew it. Great.


via – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Control Room

August 6, 2007

After hearing about it in this diavlog between Robert Wright and Khaled Dawoud, I just finished watching Control Room. It’s a documentary about Al Jazeera‘s coverage of the beginning of the Iraq War.

Watching the documentary, I was immediately struck by the people working at Al Jazeera. The Bush Administration called Al Jazeera the “voice of Osama Bin Laden” and made the network out to be propagandists for radical Islam. Yet, with few exceptions, everyone working there seemed to be moderate Arabs. None of the women were wearing veils, and I only saw one wearing a headscarf. In fact, some of their anchors are women (attractive women…in makeup, no less). This is not Taliban TV. They are rational and intelligent Arabs who happen to run the most popular television network in the Arab world. Why in the world would the Bush Administration alienate these people?

Perhaps the most telling scenes came when we see a scene taken from US television which shows Donald Rumsfeld criticizing Al Jazeera for spreading Iraqi propaganda (because they were showing video of civilians who died in US airstrikes) followed immediately by a scene from Iraqi TV showing Muhammad Saeed a-Sahhaf (also known as “Baghdad Bob”) criticizing Al Jazeera for spreading U.S. propaganda (because they interviewed American officials and reported from Centcom).

Anyway, it’s highly recommended.