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The Best Thing America Can Do to Help Iraq Is to Do Nothing at All

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  • The U.S. should learn from its mistakes and stay out of another Middle Eastern quagmire.
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

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June 17, 2014  |  AlterNet Editor's note: As Obama's "favorite" think tank, the Center for American Progress announced in a new report on Tuesday that the US should “prepare for limited counterterrorism operations against ISIS, including possible air strikes,” Thom Hartmann points to the folly of another US intervention in Iraq.

The best thing we can do to help Iraq is to do nothing at all.

Any American intervention will only fan the flames of a fire that’s already threatening to burn way out of control.

End%20the%20War.jpg Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

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Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq, Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post

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  • Re-invade Iraq? The US has been here before.
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Don’t Give Us This Balderdash, Mr. Obama

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  • In view of Obama's volte-face it seems America's Military Industrial Complex (which virtually runs the country) is still calling the shots; another Cold War is in the offing; and in the coming years, the world is going to be a more dangerous place than today; and durable and just peace will remain as elusive as ever.
  • Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending June 15, 2014

Taj Hashmi, Countercurrents.org

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Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg 09 June, 2014 | The celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day on Friday June 6 th at Normandy was very interesting and significant. Scores of World War II veterans from the US, Britain, Canada and elsewhere graced the solemn ceremony. We expect a fewer number of WWII veterans will show up at Normandy next June before the whole bunch of these brave heroes will leave this world for ever. The seventieth celebration of the “Longest Day” in modern history – which signalled the beginning of the end of Nazism by liberating France – was very interesting and significant this year because the world witnessed some dramatics performed by presidents Obama, Putin, Hollande and president-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. Although Putin's presence was embarrassing for many, including Putin himself, but he had to be there to represent Russia, which played a very important, if not the decisive, role in the defeat of Hitler.

I am not going to discuss here how embarrassing it could be for President Hollande to host some of his mutually estranged guests at the solemn ceremony of the D-Day celebration. Hollande made Obama and Putin sit at the same table, which eventually made the two estranged leaders informally talk to each other, mostly on Ukraine. The congregation also made Putin and Poroshenko exchange pleasantries to each other, which would possibly make some headway towards a meaningful dialogue between Russia and Ukraine to resolve their differences over Crimea and pro-Russian secessionist movements in southeastern Ukraine. One has, however, no reason to believe that the Obama-Putin chance meeting will lead to any rapprochement between Russia and America. In the backdrop of the growing Russophobia in America, or which could be a reflection of Washington's not-so-hidden desire to resuscitate the Cold War, Russia is not going to be re-admitted into the G-8 in the foreseeable future.

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Taj Hashmi teaches security studies at Austin Peay State University at Clarksville, Tennessee. Sage has published his latest book, Global Jihad and America: The Hundred-Year War beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending June 15, 2014, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left. 
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Obama's Iraq 'nap' represents who we are: sick of being the world's policeman

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  • Critics of a foreign policy of 'neglect' are still living in George W Bush's fever dream of rage and fear. The public is fickle, but we're willing to be patient about war again
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

Ana Marie Cox, theguardian.com

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The percentage of Americans who believe their country should 'mind its own business internationally' is the highest it’s been in a half-century. Photograph: Pete Souza / White House via Flickr

Monday 16 June 2014 | Conservative critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy are right: it's vague when articulated and contradictory when enacted. He refuses to act decisively and tunes out the rhetorical bravado of foreign leaders. And if the United States is to avoid another round of pointless bloodshed in the Middle East, that's the kind of foreign policy our country needs right now. Indeed, it's the one we want.

On Sunday's Meet the Press, Mitt Romney added to the existing critique of Obama as feckless-bordering-on-fey. The president, his former challenger asserted, was not just ineffectual in his stance toward Iraq and Syria – he was also ignorant. The president, said the former one-term governor of Massachusetts, has "repeatedly underestimated the threats" posed by chaos in Iraq – or "Russia or Assad or Isis or al-Qaida itself".

Ana Marie Cox is political columnist for the Guardian US. The founding editor of the blog Wonkette, she has written about Washington and national politics for a variety of outlets.

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  • The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.
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  • Part 1: Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
  • Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
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Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

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  • Representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country. The call comes just hours after Islamist militants seized two more strategic towns northeast of Baghdad, moving the country closer to disintegration. Over the past few days, fighters from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, have seized several major cities including Mosul and Tikrit. Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters have taken control of the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. On Thursday, President Obama said he won’t rule anything out, including a military response. The Wall Street Journal meanwhile reports Iran is sending units of its al-Quds forces into Iraq to help stop the Sunni fighters from ISIS. 
  • We go to the city of Najaf to speak to Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. He left Iraq in the late 1970s and eventually moved to the United States and settled in Minneapolis, where he was a well-known restaurateur. He moved back to Iraq in 2004 after living abroad for nearly 30 years.
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

story/12/24712/w320/Iraq021.jpg Friday, June 13, 2014 | Amy Goodman: We turn now to Iraq. A representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country. The call comes just hours after Islamist militants seized two more strategic towns northeast of Baghdad, moving the country closer to disintegration. Over the past few days, fighters from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, have seized several major cities including Mosul and Tikrit. According to the United Nations, hundreds of people have been killed in Mosul, many of them summarily executed. Hundreds of thousands have fled Mosul, many afraid Iraqi forces would bomb the city. Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters have taken control of the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. On Thursday, President Obama said he won’t rule anything out that might aid Prime Minister Maliki.

President Barack Obama: I think it’s fair to say that in our consultations with the Iraqis, there will be some short-term, immediate things that need to be done militarily, and, you know, our national security team is looking at all the options. But this should be also a wake-up call for the Iraqi government. There has to be a political component to this, so that Sunni and Shia who care about building a functioning state that can bring about security and prosperity to all people inside of Iraq come together and work diligently against these extremists. And that is going to require concessions on the part of both Shia and Sunni that we haven’t seen so far.

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Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq, Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post

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