Intended Consequences of Iraq War

Iraq War Consequences

-+*Munir Moon: Since the American public does not have an appetite for sending any troops to Iraq, American soldiers are being sent there as so-called military advisors. Isn’t this how we got started in Vietnam?

South Vietnam All Over Again?

South Vietnam All Over Again

-+*Tom Hayden: We’ve seen this before, in South Vietnam, where proposals for a provisional, face-saving power-sharing arrangement in the South were rejected because of a superpower belief that our bombs and advisers could protect an unpopular client forever.

Neocon Creative Destruction

Iran Relations with US

-+*Trita Parsi: To work with Iran or not to work with Iran? That’s the question dogging Washington as Iraq descends into chaos, reminding America that its mission there was never truly accomplished.

Pivot to Persia

US Iran Relations

-+*Trita Parsi: Washington may not want to admit it, but Iran is the most stable country in the Middle East right now.

“Iraq” Still Arabic for “Vietnam”

Is Iraq Like Vietnam

-+*Ira Chernus: Obama is stuck in much the same dilemma that faced Kennedy: feeling compelled, both by global geopolitical and domestic political concerns, to bolster an ally, but knowing that all the military aid in the world won’t help such a fatally flawed ally win the military victory that the U.S. government wants.

Iraq and the Neo-Cons: The Sequel

Neocons Iraq War

-+*Joe Palermo: The neo-cons brought the country the Iraq war and we should remember that fact, particularly since it appears that these dead-enders have burrowed themselves so deeply into the foreign policy establishment their bullshit views are still widely ventilated.

Madness in Iraq and the Comeback of the Neocons

Comeback of the Neocons

-+*Tom Hayden: The confused Congress needs to be called upon to be a counterweight against the hawks who want nothing more than to blame Obama instead of themselves for “losing” Iraq. But there is far more to do. We are deep into the battle over memory.

The Gnarly Psychology of Unnecessary War

Unnecessary War

-+*Marianne Williamson: It happened in Vietnam. Now it has happened in Iraq. How many times will we allow people to die in wars about which the planners of the war say in retrospect, as Robert McNamara did about Vietnam, that it was “a terrible mistake”?

Iraq Falls Apart

Iraq Falls Apart

-+*John Peeler: The American people (aside from a few neoconservative hawks) are not prepared for a permanent reoccupation of Iraq, and that is what it would take to stabilize the country. We’ve been there, done that.