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Iraq: Ten Years After

The U.S. invaded Iraq 10 years ago Tuesday. It was almost déjà war: the nation had done pretty much the same thing 12 years before, but the goal that time was...

Iraq: How the CIA Says It Blew It On Saddam’s WMD

Now that we’re out of Iraq, the CIA has come clean on how come it was bamboozled about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. The FOIA ferrets over at the...

Obama’s ‘Pottery Barn’ Strategy

“You break it, you own it.” Colin Powell never called it the “Pottery Barn rule,” not least because Pottery Barn doesn’t have such a rule, but he did use the...

Obama’s Expanding Clandestine War

On the eve of the 1991 Gulf War – as hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops streamed toward Iraq-occupied Kuwait – a U.S. Army officer remarked how much easier all...

Inside Saddam Hussein and his Ba’th Party

Baghdad-born Joseph Sassoon has peeked into the heart and soul of the late Saddam Hussein and his Ba’th party, thanks to the millions of documents, audiotapes...

2.07

The average number of daily combat missions the B-1 bomber has flown since its first such mission on December 17, 1998. That day it lifted off from Oman to bomb...

Remembering Anthony Shadid: The Best of Our Breed

I know how chefs feel about Ferran Adria, musicians about Bruce Springsteen, economists about Amartya Sen. I felt that way about Anthony Shadid: total and utter...

“Prime Minister Maliki, May I?”

For nearly a decade, the U.S. Air Force flew anywhere over Iraq, whenever it pleased. For the decade before that – as it patrolled the northern and southern...

Iraq: Like a Serpent's Tooth

We noted on Monday that there seem to be no plans for the Iraqi government to award U.S. troops a medal for ridding its nation of Saddam Hussein (Kuwait and...