(I’m using Don’s post on 9/11 as a prompt (or cover) to publish something I wrote in 2010. With Bush II emerging again and more talk about 9/11 lately, it may be of some interest.)
Was the failure to prevent 9/11 the core motivation for invading Iraq?
Immediately following the 9/11 attack, retired General [...]
Iraqi prime minister Maliki came to Washington last week to seek help against the bombing campaign in his country. The campaign has been underway for well over a year and has become devastating in recent months. Malaki’s request is actually a call for greater US help: US intelligence units returned to Iraq a little over [...]
NYT -. “These kids, they don’t go out on the streets in Iraq,” said Mounir Sahli, the Tunisian head coach of the Iraqi national swimming team, gesturing to the Iraqi athletes who were practicing their freestyle at a training pool in southern Beijing.
These young athletes — most are in their teens — were among [...]
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s terse dismissal of Iranian President Rouhani’s recent overtures to the West was based solely on the two countries’ recent hostile past, not on an understanding of the two countries’ previous longstanding cooperation. Nor was it based on understanding the geopolitical realities upon which that longstanding cooperation was built and recognizing that [...]
The Obama Administration’s effort to rally public and congressional support for retaliation against Syria for using chemical weapons has come up against unexpectedly strong and broad-based opposition. This must come as an unwelcome surprise to the Neocons, whose international aspirations regarding the Middle East and the Iranian nuclear progeam are now very much in question. [...]
New York, NY United Nations, February 6, 2003
Colin Powell at UN, February 2003
Part 1: Introduction
Thank you, Mr. President.
Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, I would like to begin by expressing my thanks for the special effort that each of you made to be here today. (Image:Wikipedia)
This is [...]
BBC, August 18
Thousands of refugees from Syria are pouring over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN refugee agency says.
Up to 10,000 crossed at Peshkhabour on Saturday, bringing the total influx since Thursday to 20,000. The UN says the reasons are not fully clear.
The UN agencies, the Kurdish regional government and NGOs [...]
(Al Jazeera) – At least 91 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a series of car bombs that rocked Baghdad and other Iraqi cities amid Eid al-Fitr celebrations, an interior ministry official said.
The attacks were the latest in spiralling violence which authorities have failed to stem, with the worst bloodshed in [...]
(VOA) – Iraq has signed an agreement to import natural gas from Iran for power generation, the electricity ministry said on Monday, in a move that could interfere with U.S efforts to cut off funds for Iran’s nuclear development.
Under the contract, Iran will install a pipeline into Iraq and supply it with 850 million [...]
(CSM) – Here are five of the most wasteful projects uncovered by the Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Its final report paints a ‘very grim picture’ of America’s ability to plan and carry out large-scale nation-building operations.
Actual link to report: Learning from Iraq: Final Report from Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, March 2013
Egypt’s Army – ready-made for Saudi defense (Wikipedia)
Over the last few years, Saudi Arabia and Israel have been aligned on critical matters. The two powers are engaged in attacking Iran and its nuclear capacity, ousting the Assad government from Syria, and unseating Hizbullah in Lebanon.
So determined are the two countries to stop [...]
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has been ousted from power in Egypt in a military coup. There is an astonishing amount of support for the ouster around the region and around the world as well. Much of Egypt is celebrating. But what will this coup bring in coming months and years?
The provisional government has reached [...]
(The Guardian) – Federal and regional governments locked in bitter dispute over revenue-sharing as new pipeline into Turkey nears completion
New York Times, By Tim Arango & Clifford Krauss, June 2
Baghdad— Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.
China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling [...]
(BBC) – The United Nations says more than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in May, the highest monthly death toll for years.
The violence makes it the deadliest month since the wide sectarian violence of 2006-7, and raising concern that the country is returning to civil war.
The vast majority of the casualties were [...]