DAILY KOS In the coming weeks, the U.K. is certain to be rocked by the Chilcot Inquiry, the years-overdue investigation into the planning, marketing, and execution of the Iraq War under former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair.That timing explains the preventive public relations war Blair launched over the past week to soften the coming blows.… More While Blair offers ersatz apology for Iraq War, Bush offers none at all
The Huffington Post When the Taliban regime fell after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and al-Qaeda was forced to flee towards the mountains of Pakistan, Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, wrote a book called Knights Under the Prophet’s Banner: The al-Qaeda Manifesto. In the book, which was serialized in Arab newspapers, al-Zawahiri argued that… More What Are the Differences Between al-Qaeda and IS?
I wouldn’t assign that much power to any one person. In my opinion, it’s a cumulative effect. Decades of siding with the wrong elements in that region is what brought on this perpetual war. The Huffington Post Osama bin Laden is the reason we’re fighting ISIS today and the reason we’ve wage two wars in… More On 9/11, Osama bin Laden Set a Trap To Lure America Into Perpetual War. Is He Winning?
Salon Like clockwork, the Republican noise machine is blaming Barack Obama for the crisis in Iraq. And like clockwork, they’ve got everything wrong again. The man to blame for what’s happening in Iraq is not President Obama — it’s President Bush. Contrary to Tony Blair’s latest protestations, the U.S./U.K. invasion of Iraq — under deliberately fraudulent pretenses – had… More Sorry, George W. Bush, but this whole mess is still your fault
Mother Jones – Kevin Drum Really, you almost have to admire the sheer balls this takes: Former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at President Barack Obama late Monday night after it was reported that the president has attended fewer than half of his daily intelligence briefings. “If President Obama were participating in his intelligence briefings… More Dick Cheney Sets New World Record for Being an Asshole
MSNBC – Steve Benen Even as the American mainstream turned against congressional Republicans during the recent crises, there were quite a few Beltway pundits who urged President Obama to give in to GOP demands. We talked earlier about what lessons Republicans may have learned from this fiasco, but I can’t help but feel curious about what, if anything, commentators learned,… More Remember the pundits who urged Obama to cave?
Slate “There are no winners here,” President Obama declared at the White House this morning. Then, with an elegant air of non-partisanship, Obama began to fashion the shutdown into a political weapon. Here’s how he’s going to deploy it. 1. Economic excuse. Obama noted that before the shutdown, the economy was recovering, and the deficit was falling. The… More You’ll Pay for This, GOP: How Obama will make the 2013 shutdown a political weapon.
NBC News The man whisked off the streets of Tripoli, Libya, Saturday was among the top remaining leaders of al Qaeda, an elusive confidante of – and computer expert for – Osama bin Laden, as well as an alleged conspirator in the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings. Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed… More Al Qaeda official seized in Libya raid was ‘most wanted’ for US Embassy bombings
TPMDC TOM KLUDT – JULY 8, 2013, 5:22 PM The 2011 raid that left Osama bin Laden and four other people dead inside a Pakistani compound inspired book chronicles, glossy magazine features and an Academy Award-winning movie — yet, some of the most salient details of the operation have remained shrouded in mystery. It was ostensibly for… More Eight Fascinating Details From The Report On The Bin Laden Raid
Let’s set aside the insanity of that statement for a second and think about this: If a Progressive had said the same thing about Sarah Palin, would there be a hell-fire storm of controversy or what? They’d loose their freakin’ minds… The Raw Story Fringe right-wing radio host Pete Santilli made disturbing comments about Hillary Clinton last week, calling for… More Right-wing radio host: I want to shoot Clinton right in the vagina