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With the Iraq Thing…

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In Robert Farley
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On November 13, 2011
A few outliers aside, Republicans have stumbling over themselves to critique Obama for the withdrawal from Iraq, despite that fact that this position polls very badly. Some thoughts: 1. As Jonathan Bernstein has repeatedly argued, primary campaigns are about capturing the party elite, not capturing the popular vote. In foreign policy, the neocons are still […]

Mitch!

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On September 19, 2011

Rodger Payne highlights a contradiction between Mitch McConnell’s roles as GOP leader and US Senator from Kentucky: Dick Cheney’s memoir apparently verifies an interesting political point

Interesting article on why the Iraqi Air Force didn’t fight in 2003: Rather than being afraid to fight in 2003 as the Americans initially speculated, Iraq was simply following the same pattern it had set nearly twenty years before. Ever since the Iran-Iraq War, Baghdad had tried to protect its air force from its enemies […]

Iraqi Casualties

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In Robert Farley
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On October 23, 2010
I gave up on the Lancet fight a long time ago; I can’t remember now whether the flurry of allegations and counter-allegations about error and fraud raised sufficient question in my mind about Lancet’s conclusions, or if the entire discussion just became too technical and complicated for me to follow.  In any case, I was […]

Hawks Everywhere…

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In Robert Farley
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On August 5, 2010
Like I say, every country has its neocons: In his first interview since his capture after the fall of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein’s former top deputy Tariq Aziz tells the Guardian that it would be wrong for the U.S. to pull out of Iraq now. Speaking only days after Obama confirmed that the US would be […]

Ricks in Lexington

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On March 25, 2010

While I’m on the subject of Tom Ricks… Last month, Tom Ricks visited the Patterson School and gave a couple of talks about Iraq. One talk was for the Patterson students, and the other for

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