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Weapon Of Self-Destruction

The war left two political vacuums. One is in Iraq, where the post-Saddam government can barely hold its own against ISIS and other sectarian forces. The other is in the United States. The war discredited Republican management of the presidency. George W. Bush devoted six years to a massive policing and nation-building project, and he failed. His failure destroyed the GOP’s self-confidence and led many Americans to turn away, embracing alternatives on the left and right.

Read Here – Slate

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The Invasion Of Iraq Was Never Really About Oil

Misconceptions and outright misrepresentations of the role of oil in the Iraqi debacle remain, spawning conspiracy theories about conflicts from Libya, Syria and Gaza to Afghanistan. The corrupt and sclerotic energy sector continues to hold back the economy and blight the lives of ordinary Iraqis. Searching the Chilcot report to justify decade-old slogans of “no blood for oil” does not help them.

Read Here – The National

Britain’s Iraq War Reckoning

The long-awaited Chilcot report found Britain joined the U.S.-led war against Saddam Hussein before “peaceful options for disarmament” had been exhausted.

Read Here – The Atlantic

America’s Twenty-Five-Year Fiasco In Iraq

Twenty-five years ago this week, on February 24, 1991, the first United States ground invasion of Iraq began. The first Bush administration had clear UN and congressional mandates to liberate Kuwait. More than thirty countries contributed ground forces, and the Soviet Union was a critical diplomatic partner.

Read Here – National Interest

The House Of Bush And Its Great Fall

President George W. Bush poses with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland.  Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

President George W. Bush poses with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Jeb Bush is a nice guy. So is his brother, George W. Bush. Their father, George Herbert Walker Bush, is a particularly nice guy. It’s a nice family. But at the presidential level, they all have been failures. Much of what’s wrong with the country today—and some of what’s wrong with the world—can be placed at their feet.

Read Here – The National Interest

Is It Really Better That Saddam’s Gone?

Saddam was a tyrant and an aggressor, but are Iraq and the region really better off without him? Consider just some of the consequences of the war that removed him.

Read Here – The Atlantic

U.S. Left And It’s Love For Hillary Clinton

Clinton seems to have largely rehabilitated her image in the eyes of liberal primary voters and interest groups, a remarkable feat given just how bitter things got in 2008. Back then, many on the left flank of the party villainized her husband as a reckless narcissist who foisted NAFTA and financial deregulation on the nation, and skewered her as a calculating hawk who had cheered the Iraq War and helped pass George W. Bush’s regressive 2005 bankruptcy bill, among other alleged evils.

Read Here – The Atlantic

How to Prevent the Next Edward Snowden: Foreign Affairs

If the case of Edward Snowden — the former contractor for the National Security Agency who smuggled classified information out of his workplace and provided it to news organizations — has revealed anything, it is that the U.S. intelligence services made mistakes as they reformed after 9/11 and the Iraq war. Here is how to fix them, according to former CIA analyst Sumi Terry.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Americans Should Learn From, Not Forget The Iraq War

Americans are unlikely to learn anything from the Iraq War for one simple reason. Rather than subjecting the war to the critical scrutiny it deserves, they are keen to forget it.

Read Here – World Affairs

What Is George Bush’s Legacy?

George W. Bush, who united almost all Republicans during most of his time in national politics, now divides them. Most Republicans view his presidency favorably, and cheer his recent rise in the public’s esteem. A vocal group of conservatives, though, thinks of the Bush presidency as a wrong turn — a turn toward big government that the party needs to repudiate. The dedication of Bush’s presidential library last week reheated this long-simmering debate, which the party is no closer to settling than it was when Bush left office in January 2009.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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