The Commander in Chief Has Lost the Troops

A unique poll of active-duty troops in Iraq shows a huge disconnect between the commander in chief and the troops in battle. It is evident that the president views the war very differently than the troops on the ground. The loss of the troops may be the final straw in the illegal occupation turned failed … Continue reading “The Commander in Chief Has Lost the Troops”

Realists, Isolationists, and Neocons: A Primer

Scott McConnell is the editor of The American Conservative, a magazine he founded with Pat Buchanan and Taki Theodoracopulos in 2002. McConnell has a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and was formerly the editorial page editor of The New York Post. He has been a columnist for and New York Press. His work … Continue reading “Realists, Isolationists, and Neocons: A Primer”

Look Who’s Joined the Antiwar Chorus

While Cindy Sheehan has deservedly gotten a lot of attention for reawakening the antiwar movement with her allies from veteran and military family organizations, the most interesting thing about the opposition to the Iraq war is that it includes former military leaders, national security and intelligence officials, and foreign service officers. Thus the Iraq war … Continue reading “Look Who’s Joined the Antiwar Chorus”

‘The Most Expensive Military Effort in 60 Years’

The Institute for Policy Studies recently published an analysis of the cost of the Iraq War and occupation, “The Iraq Quagmire: The Mounting Costs of War and the Case for Bringing Home the Troops." The study was co-authored by two prominent researchers and writers, Phyllis Bennis and Erik Leaver. Bennis is a fellow at the … Continue reading “‘The Most Expensive Military Effort in 60 Years’”

Republican Opposition to Iraq War Growing

First it was Walter Jones (R-NC) who began to speak out in favor of an exit strategy for Iraq. Now there are nine. This is still a trickle – but it is a growing one. And as the support for the war decreases, evidence of the failure of the occupation and the increased risk the … Continue reading “Republican Opposition to Iraq War Growing”

The War Before the War

Sam Gardiner has taught strategy and military operations at the National War College, Air War College, and Naval War College. He was recently a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defense College. During Gulf War II, he was a regular on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, BBC radio and television, and National Public Radio. He authored … Continue reading “The War Before the War”

The Left Must Learn From 2004

Joshua Frank is the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Elect George W. Bush. The book is an analysis of the 2004 presidential campaign. Frank’s writings appear regularly on the Internet, and he is a contributor to Dime’s Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils. In this interview, we examine what the … Continue reading “The Left Must Learn From 2004”

Honor Our Children’s Sacrifices

To honor those who have died in Iraq, Democracy Rising interviewed the founder of Gold Star Families for Peace – an organization made up of families who have lost members to the Iraq War. Cindy Sheehan lost her son, Casey, to the war/occupation and founded Gold Star Families for Peace. To learn more about their … Continue reading “Honor Our Children’s Sacrifices”

A Pretext for War

For more than two decades, James Bamford has been a noted investigative journalist focusing on intelligence-gathering in the United States. He exposed the ultra-secret National Security Agency two decades ago in The Puzzle Palace and Body of Secrets, both award-winning bestsellers. He has testified as an expert witness on intelligence issues before committees of both … Continue reading “A Pretext for War”

Is the US Recruiting for the Insurgency?

The U.S. Army has missed its recruiting goals for the last three months. On Friday, May 20 they stopped recruiting to retrain recruiters who were misleading and threatening potential recruits. At the same time the resistance in Iraq is growing. Is the U.S. military more successful in recruiting for the resistance than it is for … Continue reading “Is the US Recruiting for the Insurgency?”