Sadr continues smart political moves

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As Sadr continues to develop his strategy and following in Iraq, the cleric who really does have the most power in the country, Ayatollah Sistani, has been overlooked recently, in part ...

More spin on Iraq

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A while ago I wrote about Matt Duss being one of the most insightful and important emerging progressive voices on Iraq and national security, and much to the benefit of progressive ...

Myth of McCain multilateralism

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There is a persistent myth that Senator McCain is a credible voice on international affairs. As I’ve written before, the Senator does seem to have a grasp of *military* affairs, ...

But *which* militia?

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This NYT article on Iraq today is a good example of why it’s so frustrating to try to follow news on Iraq through corporate media. Michael Gordon, who does some really good stuff ...

Sadr continues to consolidate power in Iraq

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Over at the Washington Independent, reporter Spencer Ackerman has been writing, among other things, a series on counterinsurgency. Today he takes a particularly interesting approach ...

Eyes on the Prize

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While right-wing pundits furiously try to spin Rev. Wright’s comments as speaking for anyone other than Rev. Wright, it’s vital that progressive observers and commentators ...

When allies don’t act like it

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Being able to access a vast wealth of opinions, knowledge, and analysis by all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds and perspectives is an astonishing benefit of being engaged ...

The human costs, over there

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There are, of course, human costs to Americans from the war in Iraq, and we don’t hear enough about them. We hear even less, though, about the human costs to Iraqis in Iraq. The ...

Meanwhile, in more foreign policy debacle news

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John Boonstra over at UN Dispatch writes about the still overlooked and under-reported continuing catastrophe in Darfur. President Bush’s recent statements continue the administration’s ...
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