Category Archives: Iraq

At the Cinema: The Hurt Locker

Action cinema this summer has depended on creatures a bit more than human – be they mutants, extremely large robots, a spaceship in a distant galaxy, or a wizard learning to use his wand at a British boarding school. Anticipation and buzz over the aforementioned films were great but so has the word of mouth […]

Long Term Cost of Combat

Why We Worry …about our soldiers on the Home Front I came across this duology of articles from the Colorado Springs Gazette: Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home Casualties of War, Part II: Warning signs It is worth reading both in full. What struck me is that these are not […]

The Iraq Show: National Sovereignty Day

Shock. Awe. The first season exploded out of the gates. The world watched as fireballs flashed on the green fuzz of night vision. Blinding. White. American tanks rumbled through the desert, billowing dust clouds into the sky. After Baghdad had been taken and the tyrant had been chased away, our hero swooped down and declared […]

We tortured people to death

It’s time again to talk about torture… Too much of the debate on torture has focused on specific tactics in isolation. The logic goes like this: Pouring water on someone’s face doesn’t sound so bad does it? Having to stand in the cold doesn’t sound too terrible. Being slapped a few times is mean but […]

The Democrats War

Looks like there are only 32 House Democrats that are actually against the war in Iraq. The other 224 are either openly for the war, pretending to oppose it to get votes, or just following orders. In 2008, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi excused her failure to stop the war funding, despite a Democratic majority in […]

Obama: One step forward, ten steps back

In May, I wrote a post about how Obama reversed his own policy and decided not to release photos that depicted the torture of detainees at prisons other than Abu Ghraib. Obama said releasing the photos would endanger The Troops for little reason because, and I quote, “I want to emphasise that these photos that […]

Obama making torture his own, Part 2

From ABC’s Jake Tapper: President Obama met with White House counsel Greg Craig and other members of the White House counsel team last week and told them that he had second thoughts about the decision to hand over photographs of detainee abuse to the ACLU, per a judge’s order, and had changed his mind. The […]

Torture versus war

A couple of weeks ago, when I first outlined a case for prosecutions of torturers, our intrepid commenter, Ian, objected on the basis that our illegitimate wars were a far greater stain on our country. For instance, our occupation of Iraq has sent hundreds of thousands to early graves; what are a few hundred tortured […]

Dubya calls for the prosecution of himself

Andrew Sullivan uncovered this statement from George W. Bush circa 2003: The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of […]

Connecting the dots: Torture … Iraq War

It’s now beginning to look like one of the big reasons we began to torture was to find a link between Al Qaeda and Saddam’s Iraq. From McClatchy: A former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld demanded that intelligence agencies and interrogators […]