Bush Claim on Iraq Had Flawed Origin, White House Says
The White House acknowledged for the first time today that President Bush was relying on incomplete and perhaps inaccurate information from American intelligence agencies when he declared, in his State of the Union speech, that Saddam Hussein had tried to purchase uranium from Africa.
Agency Disputes CIA View of Trailers as Iraqi Weapons Labs
The State Department's intelligence division is disputing the Central Intelligence Agency's conclusion that mysterious trailers found in Iraq were for making biological weapons, United States government officials said today.
Who was in the room next to Jessica Lynch?
From TomDispatch.com: Award-winning foreign correspondent Ed Vulliamy finds stories of ordinary Iraqi civilians. This excerpt from a 2-part article tells one story: the family in the hospital down the hall from Jessica Lynch.
Quote from Paul Wolfowitz:
"'I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq,' said Wolfowitz, who is touring the country to meet U.S. troops and Iraqi officials." (Reuters)
The Iraq War, or America Betrayed
The book-fed brainiacs who helped talk George W. Bush into the Iraq War are commonly known as neoconservatives, "neocons" for short, but they are anything but conservative. After the Cold War ended, they had a vision of America's exerting "benevolent global hegemony," in the words of William Kristol and Robert Kagan.
"We've addressed this question: but, yes, we like our new jobs."
Have Guns, Will Travel
It is often said that war is too important to be left to the generals. But what about the C.E.O.'s? The Pentagon's plan to hire a private paramilitary force to guard sites in Iraq may have surprised many Americans, but it was really just another example of a remarkable recent development in warfare: the rise of a global trade in hired military services.
Blind Imperial Arrogance: Vile stereotyping of Arabs by the U.S. ensures years of turmoil
The great modern empires have never been held together only by military power. Britain ruled the vast territories of India with only a few thousand colonial officers and a few more thousand troops, many of them Indian. France did the same in North Africa and Indochina, the Dutch in Indonesia, the Portuguese and Belgians in Africa. The key element was imperial perspective, that way of looking at a distant foreign reality by subordinating it in one's gaze, constructing its history from one's own point of view, seeing its people as subjects ...
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