Latest Articles: Bush Wars
Iraq war: How US campuses became militarised and forgot the war on terror
Post Date: 2023-03-31 00:31:15 by Charles_Byrd
The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 made several things about the American political system abundantly clear. First, there was a remarkable consensus between the two political parties. While Americans, eager to individualise the follies of empire, typically blame George W Bush for the devastation visited upon Iraq, it was Democrat Joe Biden who, as then head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agitated for the invasion and Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker who refused to bring articles of impeachment against Bush for falsifying reasons for the invasion. Click for Full Text!
Criminals at Large: The Iraq War Twenty Years On
Post Date: 2023-03-29 22:03:54 by Charles_Byrd
The arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court for Russian President Vladimir Putin came at an opportune moment. It was, if nothing else, a feeble distraction over the misdeeds and crimes of other leaders current and former. Russia, not being an ICC member country, does not acknowledge that courts jurisdiction. Nor, for that matter, does the United States, despite the evident chortling from US President Joe Biden. Twenty years on, former US President George W. Bush, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Australias own John Howard, the troika most to blame for not just the criminal invasion of a foreign country but the regional and global cataclysm consequential to ...
The Invasion of Iraq Wasn’t a “Mistake.” It Was a Crime.
Post Date: 2023-03-29 21:34:26 by Charles_Byrd
Twenty years ago today, US and allied ground troops invaded Iraq. The shock and awe bombing campaign had started the day before. What happened on March 20, 2003 wasnt a mistake. It wasnt well- intentioned but unwise. It was a calculated, premeditated crime perpetrated on a massive scale. Thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died in a war premised on transparently nonsensical lies. Click for Full Text!
The 20th anniversary of the Iraq war also marks a colossal failure of the mainstream media
Post Date: 2023-03-27 21:57:38 by Charles_Byrd
Twenty years ago, President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, toppling the despot Saddam Hussein and fomenting a kind of hell that Iraq is still grappling with today. Twenty years ago, this countrys mainstream media with one notable exception bought into phony Bush administration claims about Husseins stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, helping cheerlead our nation into a conflict that ended the lives of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. The war along with criminally poor post-war planning on the part of Bush administration officials also unleashed horrible sectarian strife, led to the emergence of ISIS and ...
AFTER TIDE OF MEMOIRS FROM AMERICANS, AN IRAQI JOURNALIST OFFERS INSIDE ACCOUNT OF WAR’S DESTRUCTION
Post Date: 2023-03-27 21:36:36 by Charles_Byrd
AMERICAN JOURNALISTS AND soldiers have published countless memoirs about their experiences in the Iraq War. But a new book by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad provides a radically different perspective: that of an ordinary Iraqi who witnessed firsthand the decimation of his country. The occupation was bound to collapse and fail, Abdul-Ahad writes of the U.S. invasion in his remarkable memoir, A Stranger in My Own City: Travels in the Middle Easts Long War. As Abdul-Ahad goes on to explain, A nation cant be bombed, humiliated and sanctioned, then bombed again, and then told to become a democracy. Click for Full Text!
A million lives later, I cannot forgive what American terrorism did to my country, Iraq
Post Date: 2023-03-24 21:29:13 by Charles_Byrd
In early 2003, I was living in Cairo and carrying out research for my doctoral dissertation on a famous Iraqi poet who lived in my hometown, Baghdad, in the 10th century. But I was increasingly anxious about the Baghdad of the 21st century. Like millions of people across the worlds major cities, I took part in the massive protests against the then imminent invasion of Iraq. Tahrir Square, the centre of the revolution that toppled the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, eight years later, swelled with tens of thousands of angry Cairenes. We headed to the nearby US embassy, but the riot police pushed us back with batons. Click for Full Text!
HOW IRAN WON THE U.S. WAR IN IRAQ
Post Date: 2023-03-22 23:52:04 by Charles_Byrd
IN JANUARY 2015, as Islamic State militants were waging an offensive across Iraq and Syria, an Iranian intelligence officer known among his colleagues by the code name Boroujerdi sat down for a meeting with an important official: then-Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The meeting, held at Abadis office in Iraqs presidential palace in Baghdad, took place without the presence of a secretary or a third person, according to a report about the discussion contained in a leaked archive of cables from Irans shadowy Ministry of Intelligence and Security. Click for Full Text!
Symposium: Aside from Bush & Cheney who is at fault for the Iraq War?
Post Date: 2023-03-21 19:00:14 by Charles_Byrd
Much has been said about the Iraq war and its failures over the last 20 years, including the roles of key decision makers like President Bush and Vice President Cheney. But what is perhaps not as well known is just how many people were involved in making it a reality. From White House staffers and senior officials, to allied think tank experts and prominent media figures, the Iraq war had many, many authors. We asked nearly two dozen experts, journalists, former government officials, and others, which individual outside of Bush or Cheney was the underrated architect and promoter of the war in Iraq, and why. Its important that we understand just how this ...
Bush-Era Neocons Should Shut Up About Iraq (And Everything Else)
Post Date: 2023-03-19 16:21:08 by Charles_Byrd
David Frum and Max Boot, two neoconservatives who helped grease the wheels for the invasion of Iraq, have some thoughts theyd like to share with us as we approach the 20th anniversary of that horrific and unforgivable war. Both of these perspectives can be read in widely esteemed mainstream publications, because everyone who was responsible for inflicting that war upon our species has enjoyed mainstream influence and esteem to this very day. Both men concede in their own ways that the war was a mistake, while simultaneously cheerleading the US proxy war in Ukraine that has brought humanity closer to nuclear armageddon than it has been at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Both ...
It was 20 years ago but the Iraq War folly could be our fate
Post Date: 2023-03-17 19:07:39 by Charles_Byrd
Twenty years after the United States under the administration of George W. Bush invaded Iraq, it is undeniable that the war was one of the biggest blunders in the history of U.S. foreign policy. The war was entirely one of choice; Iraq was not posing any significant threat to the United States and U.S. interests. The costs were huge. Estimates by academic experts of the wars long-term monetary cost to the United States covering everything from bullets to medical care for disabled veterans are on the order of two to three trillion dollars. The human costs have included more than 4,400 U.S. military personnel killed and another 32,000 wounded, many of them grievously. The ...
Enemies of all mankind: U.S. government’s torture regime
Post Date: 2023-03-07 19:01:13 by Charles_Byrd
Last week in a federal courtroom at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an American physician hired by the Pentagon testified about the CIAs use of rectal feeding tubes on prisoners it detained and tortured in Thailand from 2001 to 2006. The physician, Dr. Sondra S. Crosby, an expert on torture and other trauma, described the painful repeated insertion of plastic tubes into the anal cavity of the defendant in the case, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, over a period of four years. Al-Nashiri is on trial for conspiracy to bomb the USS Cole in October 2000. Click for Full Text!
Democrats Praise Bush, Want More Small-Business War Profiteers
Post Date: 2023-02-27 16:39:54 by Charles_Byrd
Well its another big day for Democrats doing Democraty things. At a Friday event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Presidents Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) hosted by the George W Bush Institute, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke glowingly of the president who instituted the program in 2003 at the same time he was preparing to launch an invasion which would inflict unfathomable horrors upon our world which continue to unfold to this day. Click for Full Text!
The Legacy of George W. Bush and His Torturers
Post Date: 2023-02-02 23:13:00 by Charles_Byrd
In the days and months following the attacks of 9/11, the government laid the blame for orchestrating the attacks on Osama bin Ladin. Then, after bin Ladin was murdered in his home in Pakistan in 2011, the government decided that the true mastermind of 9/11 was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. By the time of bin Ladins death, Mohammed had already been tortured by CIA agents for two years in Pakistan and charged with conspiracy to commit mass murder, to be tried before an American military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Click for Full Text!
I survived Guantánamo. Why is it still open 21 years later?
Post Date: 2023-01-13 02:15:08 by Charles_Byrd
The US prison at Guantánamo Bay opened 21 years ago this Wednesday. For 21 years, the extrajudicial detention facility has held a total of 779 men between eight known camps. In two decades, Guantánamo grew from a small, makeshift camp of chainlink cages into a maximum-security facility of cement bunker-like structures that costs close to $540m a year to operate. Twenty-one years is a long time a generation was born and came of age in that time. Four American presidents have served. The World Trade Center was rebuilt. Click for Full Text!
The First Gulf War – A Catastrophic Error
Post Date: 2023-01-03 16:22:48 by Charles_Byrd
Confronted with the greatest opportunity for global peace in nearly a century, George H. W. Bush did not hesitate: Upon the advice of his retainers, he immediately elected the path of war in the Persian Gulf. This endeavor was hatched by Henry Kissingers economically illiterate protégés at the National Security Council and Bushs Texas oilman secretary of state, James Baker. They falsely claimed that the will-o- the-wisp of "oil security" was at stake, and that 500,000 American troops needed to be planted in the sands of Arabia. Click for Full Text!
Where This War Came From
Post Date: 2022-12-31 04:48:23 by Charles_Byrd
Slyly lying, George W. Bush delivers the cover story for the war that uselessly murdered between 268,000 and 295,000 men, women and children Click for Full Text!
They Couldn’t Have Done It Without Lapdogs Like the Washington Post
Post Date: 2019-12-13 10:48:10 by Deckard
The U.S. Government Lied About the Afghanistan War18 years and tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars too late, its nice to see the media finally shame these scumbags and their government handlers. But they ought to save a big portion of the blame for themselves. In ten years or so, well leak the truth, the Dead Kennedys sang. But by then its only so much paper. But it might just score you a Pulitzer Prize. Award bait and bragging rights are no doubt the principal goals of The Washington Posts self-congratulatory data dump, The Afghanistan Papers. As the headline implies, the 2000 pages that a court ordered ...
U.S. officials misled public on Afghan war
Post Date: 2019-12-10 02:19:35 by Deckard
We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan we didnt know what we were doing, a senior American official is quoted as saying.A trove of government documents shows that U.S. officials systematically misled the public about the war in Afghanistan during three presidential administrations, The Washington Post reported in an explosive story Monday.The Post said the documents showed that senior U.S. officials hid evidence and distorted statistics to make it appear that the U.S. was winning the war in Afghanistan and claims they show that there was no consensus on the wars objectives or how it would end.mps._execAd("boxinline");We ...
The So-Called War on Terror Has Killed Over 801,000 People and Cost $6.4 Trillion: New Analysis
Post Date: 2019-11-14 18:56:08 by Deckard
A U.S. Army soldier fires an M4 carbine rifle during partnered live fire range training at Tactical Base Gamberi, Afghanistan on May 29, 2015. (Photo: Capt. Charlie Emmons/U.S. Army/Flickr/cc)The so-called War on Terror launched by the United States government in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has cost at least 801,000 lives and $6.4 trillion according to a pair of reports published Wednesday by the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. "The numbers continue to accelerate, not only because many wars continue to be waged, but also because wars don't end when soldiers come home," said Costs of War ...
18-Year Old US Soldiers Now Entering Afghanistan 18 Years After War Began
Post Date: 2019-10-10 13:15:33 by Deckard
This week America's longest war in Afghanistan turned eighteen, and so did its youngest solder. To mark the occasion, ABC News profiled the US occupation's newest American member: "Pvt. Hunter Nines is about to join a war nearly as old as he is," the report said. Reflecting on his first impending deployment with the Army Pvt. Nines said, "I didn't have a lot of thoughts on Afghanistan in particular." He was but 7 months when the war began with the arrival of US troops on Oct. 7, 2001 following the 9/11 attacks. "I honestly just had the notion of I wanted to serve, and wherever that is, that's where I'll go." Army Pvt. Hunter Nines, via ABC ...
Mark Levin puts war first and America last
Post Date: 2019-07-21 06:23:41 by Tooconservative
When Politico reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump was considering having Sen. Rand Paul, meet diplomatically with Iranian officials, conservative talk show host Mark Levin wasnt having it.Levin asked sarcastically on Twitter, Would Rand Paul be representing us or Iran?Then Levin tore into Paul further, as reported by the neoconservative Washington Free Beacon. The talk hosts criticisms of the senator are so ideologically twisted, only decipherable through a dated Bush-Cheney-era foreign policy lens, that its hard to know where to begin.So lets break his hysteria down sentence by sentence.I dont trust Rand Paul when it comes to ...
A new moon race is on. Is China already ahead?
Post Date: 2019-06-13 08:58:56 by Willie Green
The Trump administration wants to get back to the moonbut Beijing's single-minded focus could outpace a NASA with competing priorities. Shortly after New Years Day, a boxy gold-toned spacecraft made a soft landing on a corner of the solar system never before visited from Earth: the moons far side, sometimes known as the dark side.The craft began sending images of previously unseen reddish craters, bouncing them off a satellite orbiting above. In the following days, it launched a robotic rover, set up a colony of silkworms and even experimented with growing plants like cotton and potatoes. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine hailed the missionintended ...
He Helped Reveal How U.S. Drone Strikes Were Killing Innocents. The Feds Just Charged Him With Espionage.
Post Date: 2019-05-10 05:28:48 by Deckard
Another intelligence analyst who leaked important information to the public is treated like a traitor.21 (Ilka Cole/ZUMA Press/Newscom) A former Air Force intelligence officer has been arrested and charged with espionage for leaking information to the press detailing how the U.S. government uses armed drones for secret assassination missions in foreign countries.Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, was arrested Thursday morning. According to the Justice Department, Hale, during his time in the Air Force as an intelligence analyst, and then later as a private sector employee of a defense contractor, passed along top secret documents to a reporter, some of which were published.The 2013-20 ...
On The Anniversary Of The Iraq Invasion, Bush Press Secretary Claims Bush Didn’t Lie
Post Date: 2019-03-22 05:45:42 by Deckard
On the sixteenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, as the US government threatens punitive action against International Criminal Court investigators for attempting to look into US war crimes, former George W Bush administration Press Secretary Ari Fleischer has decided to publish a Twitter thread claiming that Bush did not lie to the world about Iraq.Here is a transcript of the full thread by Fleischer:The Iraq war began sixteen years ago tomorrow. There is a myth about the war that I have been meaning to set straight for years. After no WMDs were found, the left claimed Bush lied. People died. This accusation itself is a lie. Its time to put it to ...
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