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Archive of posts published in the tag: Iraq

Eisenhower’s Footprint in The Middle East

Ike’s Gamble by Michael Doran is an account of the 1956 Suez Crisis with a perspective different from many previous ones which were directed from narratives from CIA players at the time. The United States under Eisenhower supported the rise…

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The Iraq Amnesia Syndrome

From National Review,  The Biggest Lie, by Victor Davis Hanson There were all sorts of untold amnesias about Iraq. No one remembers the 23 writs that were part of the 2002 authorizations that apparently Obama believes are still in effect.…

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The 51% Solution

from Iraq War Regrets in The National Review, a compendium of analysis. Victor Davis Hanson Despite the postwar errors of occupation (among them most prominently the dismissal of the Iraqi army and the failure to use sufficient force to ensure order) that…

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Planned Chaos

from Iraq War Regrets in The National Review, a compendium of analysis. Michael Pakaluk The term for the main virtue of practical intelligence, prudence, comes from a contraction of the word for foresight, “providentia.” So it should cause no surprise that in…

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A Failure to Finish

from Iraq War Regrets in The National Review, a compendium of analysis. PETE HEGSETH Those who made the case for war in Iraq — and defended the war throughout — should not feel the remorse of responsibility about recent developments. The Islamic…

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Terrorist Sponsored States

Excerpts from Destabilizer-in-Chief by Mario Loyola in National Review: The Arab Spring began with great hope around the world. But the Arab Spring was no mere rebellion against authoritarian regimes. It was the crisis of legitimacy of the brittle Arab states that arose…

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Choosing Not to Finish

from Iraq War Regrets in The National Review, a compendium of analysis. DAVID FRENCH I don’t feel remorse for advocating that America topple Saddam Hussein. I don’t feel remorse that Americans also fought long and hard to defeat the subsequent…

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Destabilization

Excerpts from Destabilizer-in-Chief by Mario Loyola in National Review: Influence is a function of power. Commitments have to be backed by real resources. Otherwise, as Walter Lippmann argued, your foreign policy is bankrupt. Once the Iraq War was over, the key task facing…

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It Is about More than Iraq

Excerpts from Destabilizer-in-Chief by Mario Loyola in National Review: The most basic reason to keep forces in Iraq after 2011 was not to continue the war — which was already over by the time Obama was sworn in as president — but rather…

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Ending a War Badly

Victor Davis Hansen writes in the National Review How Obama Lost the Middle East The more Obama campaigned in 2008 on a failed war in Iraq, a neglected war in Afghanistan, an ill-considered War on Terror, and an alienated Middle…

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Kurdish Success

Victor Davis Hanson writes in Investment Business Daily, Revisionists Have A Field Day On Why We Invaded Iraq. Excerpt:  Prior to our invasion, the Kurds were a persecuted people who had been gassed, slaughtered and robbed of all rights by Saddam.…

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Iraq Revisionism

Victor Davis Hanson writes in Investment Business Daily, Revisionists Have A Field Day On Why We Invaded Iraq. Excerpt: Do we remember that Bill Clinton signed into law the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 that supported regime change in Iraq? He…

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Sixty Seconds Over Baghdad

On June 7, 1981 four Israeli F-16 jets took off for their secret mission known as Operation Opera, also called Operation Babylon.  They flew almost 600 miles at ground level to avoid radar detection from the Jordanians, Saudis, and the…

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Rumsfeld’s View

I have admired Rumsfeld. He seemed intelligently clear in his press briefings and was able to use humor appropriately.  Yet many in the military were scathingly critical of him and pushed for his resignation.  He was deemed to squelch criticism…

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Has Israel Become Less Relevant?

It is hard to tell how the uprisings in the Arab world will turn out, but it is interesting to note that the demonstrators are angry at their own government and not blaming the state of Israel for their problems.…

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