Iraq  (Page 6)

“we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 7:00am 6/14/2014 at 7:00am

To refresh your memory in light of recent events in Iraq, this is how it went down in there in 2011:

The U.S. had tried to extend the presence of our troops past Dec. 31 [2011]. Why did we fail?

The popular explanation is that the Iraqis refused to provide legal immunity for...

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Insurgents advance in Iraq as Obama ponders what to do, if anything

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:00pm 6/13/2014 at 7:00pm
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Media and civilian reports throughout northern and central Iraq on Friday suggest that the situation on the ground has become increasingly violent and unstable to the point that the Iraqi government is crumbling:

Heavily armed Islamist militants flush with $450 million...

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Will an independent Kurdistan emerge from Syria-Iraq chaos?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 3:07pm 6/12/2014 at 3:07pm
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We’ve been writing about the lack of a free and independent Kurdistan for years, It’s time for a free and independent Kurdistan.

While the Palestinian agenda has dominated every international forum, the much more populous and ethnically distinct Kurds have been mostly ignored.  In part, this is because the Kurds span several nation...

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al-Qaeda aligned Jihadists take three major Iraqi cities, is Baghdad next?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8:30pm 6/11/2014 at 8:30pm

Al-Qaeda aligned terror groups have made major land gains from the Syrian civil war into the heartland of Iraq over the last several days.

Despite the herculean efforts of the United States military with the Multi-National Force in Iraq from 2003 to 2011, Iraq appears to be sliding into violent chaos across...

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Obama’s abandonment of Iraq and the fall of Mosul

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 5:15pm 6/10/2014 at 5:15pm

As soon as Obama was elected it became a foregone conclusion that this would be the result in Iraq—that the country would be taken over by the worst forces in the area. Since then, it’s been a slow denouement:

Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of...

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How long before Clinton machine turns Robert Gates into “trailer trash”?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 12:30pm 1/8/2014 at 12:30pm

Expect former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to quickly be turned from hero of the Democratic Party for being a Republican willing to work for Barack Obama, into just more trailer trash because of his tell-all book about that service which reinforces an accurate meme about Hillary Clinton: She has no...

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Cost of Political Posturing in Iraq

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 8:59am 1/8/2014 at 8:59am

At the end of October the New York Times hailed President Obama’s foreign policy as “pragmatic,” while largely ignoring the consequences.

The two month old article was written by the White House reporter, but a recent article written from Beirut, Power Vacuum in Middle East Lifts Militants paints a somewhat less flattering...

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John Kerry supported Iraq War everywhere but in his own memory

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:22pm 9/10/2013 at 12:22pm

He just keeps saying it.

“You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of defense, and when I was a senator, we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade all of us that...

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Forgotten History: Assad has the blood of American soldiers on his hands

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:20am 9/9/2013 at 11:20am

One of the reasons most often cited why the United States should not get involved in any way despite the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces is that Assad may be a brutal thug inside Syria, but he poses no threat outside Syria.

Indeed, Assad’s brutality inside Syria long pre-dates...

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Now even WaPo refers to Obama’s terror policy as “wishful thinking”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 3:00pm 8/11/2013 at 3:00pm

Will newspapers ever admit that they are wrong?

When the Washington Post endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 it raised a concern.

Mr. Obama’s greatest deviation from current policy is also our biggest worry: his insistence on withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq on a fixed timeline. Thanks to the surge that Mr. Obama...

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It’s time for a free and independent Kurdistan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:00am 8/11/2013 at 11:00am

Why not?

The Kurds out number Palestinians several times over, and unlike Palestinians, have a real ethnic and cultural distinction from surrounding Arabs (and in Turkey, Turks). But for Europeans drawing lines on maps and Turkish national ambitions, there should h...

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On “Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 8:00am 7/25/2013 at 8:00am

When President Obama first took office, he promised to responsibly end the war in Iraq.  Now, several years later, the result appears far different than that vision.

On my first full day in office, I directed my national security team to undertake a comprehensive review of our strategy in Iraq to determine...

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2007: Harry Reid and Dick Lugar agree, the Iraq surge is not working

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 8:29am 4/24/2012 at 8:29am

Dick Lugar touts his foreign policy expertise and influence, something which Brian Bolduc at National Review today finds is suspect.

One thing Lugar does not tout is that he joined Harry Reid in 2007 in announcing that the surge in Iraq was not working and should be stopped.

Reid’s statement in May 2007 now is...

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