Category Archives: Iraq

No boots on the ground, but plenty of contractors

The US just launched a new air war against ISIS. This week, Bill O’Reilly proposed that Blackwater send its private sector mercenaries to fight. I don’t know why; mercs are already there in force. My latest, from Salon: A massive, … Continue reading

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US lawmaker urged ROK to send 30,000 mercenaries to Iraq

During a visit to South Korea in 2008, U.S. congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) floated a proposal for the Korean government to send up to 30,000 mercenaries to serve as “constables” in Iraq, according to a diplomatic cable released last month … Continue reading

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You don’t need a neocon to know the way the wind blows

Want to know what Richard Armitage has been doing all this time? My latest, from Salon: Ever since the 1950s, with the rise of America’s modern military-industrial complex, high-level U.S. officials and military men have moved between the government and … Continue reading

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‘Stalinists’ in the Pentagon?

Here’s a story you won’t find repeated in the ‘left’ press. The Washington Post‘s brilliant Rajiv Chandrasekaran reports that a DoD unit in Iraq has sparked a confrontation with the State Department over its plans to reopen state-owned companies in … Continue reading

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Neocons trash Juan Cole

Thanks to Billmon at Whiskey Bar, we get the twisted story about how the neocon/AEI axis helped torpedo Juan Cole’s appointment at Yale. From Jewish Week: When Cole’s potential hiring became publicly known, several of his detractors, including the American … Continue reading

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