Four Times Fallujah Equals?

Dept. of No Comment (Extreme Wing) “‘The Marines that I have had wounded over the past five months have been attacked by a faceless enemy,’ said Colonel Brandl. ‘But the enemy has got a face. He’s called Satan. He lives in Fallujah. And we’re going to destroy him.’” – Lt. Col. Gareth Brandl, on his … Continue reading “Four Times Fallujah Equals?”

Blinkered Bush Set to Blunder Again

“‘We had to stop some operations until the [U.S.] elections were over,’ said a senior Iraqi Defense Ministry official who requested anonymity because he’s not an authorized spokesman. ‘The Iraqi government requested support from the American side in the past, but the Americans were reluctant to launch military operations because they were worried about American … Continue reading “Blinkered Bush Set to Blunder Again”

Osama bin Laden, Shock Jock

Looked at realistically, Osama bin Laden’s intervention in our presidential election was undoubtedly an act of immediate organizational weakness, not strength. Had he had been capable of orchestrating the bringing down of another American tower or its equivalent, he certainly would have done so, but it was no less ingenious for that. His last major … Continue reading “Osama bin Laden, Shock Jock”

Bin Laden’s Illusions – and Ours

Quotes of the day: “In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the … Continue reading “Bin Laden’s Illusions – and Ours”

A GI’s Mother Looks at Iraq

A month ago I wrote a dispatch, "Incident on Haifa Street," considering news reports about a bloody set of encounters in downtown Baghdad, only a few hundred yards from the heavily fortified, American-occupied Green Zone. A day or two later, I visited the TomDispatch mail box and found an e-mail that began, “hi tom, i … Continue reading “A GI’s Mother Looks at Iraq”

Sci-Fi Superwarriors

The year is 2030 and President Pierce Bush addresses the nation: “My fellow countrymen, in the past, enemies of America required massed armies, and great navies, powerful air forces to put our nation, our people, our friends and allies at risk. What has changed in the first four decades of the 21st century is that, … Continue reading “Sci-Fi Superwarriors”

‘Anonymous’ Thrives in Imperial Press

Every now and then, an article catches my eye that seems to sum up the worst of Washington-based access journalism (“just the spin, ma’am”) in our imperial press. On Friday, the morning of the second presidential debate, just such a piece – "Pentagon Sets Steps to Retake Iraq Rebel Sites" – made it onto the … Continue reading “‘Anonymous’ Thrives in Imperial Press”

Withdrawal Goes Mainstream

On Oct. 31, 2003, in a piece called "The Time of Withdrawal," I wrote: “I think one thing is predictable in a world where predicting anything accurately is a low-percentage bet: Sooner or later, the time of withdrawal will be upon us. Some of us would like it to be sooner, not later. … But, … Continue reading “Withdrawal Goes Mainstream”