Category Archives: The Wars

Friedman Manages to Forget Why We Went to War in Iraq

The Iraq War was the single largest mistake America has ever made. This is not hyperbole. Iraq had no WMDs and they were not harboring al Qaeda. Saddam Hussein was no threat to the citizens of the United States, nor … Continue reading

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How Many More No. 2’s Can There Be?

We got Al-Qaeda’s no. 2! Now all we have to do is go get the new one. One more leader and I’m sure we’ll win. This one is extra significant you guys, much more significant than the others since 2002. … Continue reading

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$20.2 Billion/Year for Air Conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan, But Poor US Kids Get Less Food Aid

When the US spends $20.2 billion a year on a convenience for troops at military bases in the far flung corners of the world but Republicans cut $868 million or 13% of the entire program from food supplement programs from … Continue reading

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Republican Politicians Saying Stupid Things on Libya

And we let Juan Cole do the work: Michelle Bachmann, according to Think Progress, said “I have been very reluctant to see the United States to go into Libya. For one thing, we haven’t identified yet who the opposition even … Continue reading

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Can We Repeat Truman’s Accomplishment?

On this day in 1941, the Senate by unanimous consent created a special investigative committee charged with stamping out waste, corruption and profiteering in the U.S. defense industry, which had moved into high gear as World War II swept across … Continue reading

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US Intel on the Taliban is Shitty

US intelligence can’t even identify Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the top leaders of the Taliban? If we can’t even recognize our enemies in Afghanistan, what hope do we have of winning or ‘not losing’? Taliban Leader in Secret … Continue reading

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Unfortunate Fact of the Day: Defense Spending Next Year is $1 Trillion Dollars, Twice As Much As in the Cold War

Adjusting for inflation, the US annually funded the entire Cold War at about half the  expenditure. Stew on that, let it ripen. Our defense spending is insane.

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Soldiers Allegedly Evil, America’s Newspapers Probably Awful

Twelve US soldiers have been charged by the US military with forming a ‘kill team’ that murdered Afghan civilians for fun, performed cover-ups of the massacres, and sometimes collected body parts. There is strong evidence, including testimonies by peers and … Continue reading

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Who to Believe?: Is There Progress in Afghanistan?

On Meet the Press this weekend, General David Petraeus described the Afghanistan strategy as the following: “Oil spot is a term in counterinsurgency literature that denotes a peaceful area, a secure area,” Petraeus said in the interview conducted last week. … Continue reading

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