Iraq

CIA suffers from too many intelligence gaps in Iraq

CIA suffers from too many intelligence gaps in Iraq

The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government. The lack of clear intelligence appears to have shifted President Barack Obama’s immediate focus […]

Obama back to Washington to deal with Iraq

Obama back to Washington to deal with Iraq

Wrapping up a weekend away with his family, President Barack Obama was returning to Washington Monday faced with an impending choice on how to act to stop violent insurgents bringing chaos to Iraq. The White House said Obama got several updates on the crisis in phone calls from National Security Adviser Susan Rice during his […]

War soldiers on and so do war protesters

War soldiers on and so do war protesters

The protesters gather at noon every Friday in front of the Montpelier post office, sharing signs made up years ago to tell their little part of the world why they oppose the latest war involving the United States. There might be as few as two people in the midwinter cold, or as many as 20 […]

Cost of wars linger on for years, centuries

Cost of wars linger on for years, centuries

If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat. An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War […]

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dead at 78

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dead at 78

 Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname. The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as […]

Rebuilding Iraq: A monument to massive waste, too many deaths

Rebuilding Iraq: A monument to massive waste, too many deaths

In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. The toll represents an aspect of the Iraq war that is rarely brought to public attention, overshadowed by […]

In an election year when war should be an issue, it is best to remember the lessons of Vietnam

In an election year when war should be an issue, it is best to remember the lessons of Vietnam

War should be a major issue in Campaign 2012. Sadly, it is not. Both incumbent President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney support sending Americans to fight and die for questionable causes.  Afghanistan has become Obama’s Vietnam and Romney is a warmonger. Only Texas Congressman Ron Paul had the guts to stand up […]

Anti-war sentiment runs rampant among Iraq and Afghan war veterans

Anti-war sentiment runs rampant among Iraq and Afghan war veterans

During the Vietnam war, many who served in that controversial conflict became anti-war activists and some turned in their medals or tossed them over the fence at the White House. It’s happening again. Irag and Afghan war vets joined in the protests at last week’s NATO summit in Chicago.  At one point, a group of […]