Iraq Archives

I have yet to see Green Zone, Matt Damon’s Bourne-esque latest, but I’ve been enjoying the commentary surrounding it. For instance, here’s Freddie DeBoer with his take on conservative criticism of the film: What’s really behind these charges of “slander,” I suspect, is that this movie tells the bald truth about America’s involvement in Iraq: Read More

After I read Ross Douthat’s column this morning, I tweeted that I was nominally on board with his attempt to massage George W. Bush’s reputation. Three hours, two cups of coffee, and a nice helping of sense later, I think I can safely say that my original assessment was a little…off.  First, here’s Douthat in Read More

[image via Huffpo] The  He Kept Us Safe argument offered up by the dwindling but steadfast ranks of  Bush defenders has always struck me as a bit of a reach. Besides the fact that it’s not true — 9/11 happened on his watch, and there were plenty of warnings that something big and terrible was being Read More

This is the picture that Colin Powell mentioned out during his endorsement on MTP earlier today. The NYT has a brief write-up on Cpl. Khan. (The original can be found here.) (via Gerry Canavan via HuffPo)

It led in all the big dailies, but how on earth is the VP sweepstakes bigger news than this? BAGHDAD, Aug. 21 — U.S. and Iraqi negotiators have agreed to the withdrawal of all U.S. combat forces from the country by the end of 2011, and Iraqi officials said they are “very close” to resolving Read More

I’ve been meaning to shout-out last month’s Esquire for the cover story that perfectly encapsulates my feelings about the Obama campaign (cynicism via wounded idealism). But also, check out the riveting and troubling profile of John Yoo by John H. Richardson. Yoo notoriously wrote the Bush administration’s torture memos, which put in play any interrogation Read More