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Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War

Now that the war is officially over and most U.S. forces have withdrawn, what are the most important takeaways? This month marks the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Regardless of your views on the wisdom of that decision, it’s fair to say that the results were not what most Americans expected.  Now that the war is officially …

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A Loss We Can Live With

The endgame in Afghanistan isn’t 2013 or 2014; it’s already happened. The only thing now is to make sure that the retreat is not a total disaster for those we leave behind. “It was Leon being Leon.” This is the take you get when you ask Obama administration officials exactly what it was that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meant when …

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The American politics of Iraqi war

The Congressional testimony of the United States military commander in Iraq confirms that the “surge” is designed to serve George W Bush’s domestic political ends, says Sidney Blumenthal. Two years ago the Sunni sheiks leading the insurgency in Iraq’s Anbar province approached the United States, offering to end the violence in exchange for a timetable establishing that US forces would …

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Iraq in 2012: four scenarios

What will Iraq’s future resemble – and under which United States president? Volker Perthes outlines four possible, contrasting outcomes by 2012, and invites response as to the most likely. The United States is in the middle of an intense series of discussions, hearings and reports about the future of its military forces in Iraq. Each assessment of the current predicament …

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