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Iraq: The Liberal Combat Team is Back

  • February 27, 2013
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‘It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation,’ General William Tecumseh Sherman once declared, when looking back on the American Civil War.

Sherman’s indictment was aimed at the civilians and politicians who he believed were largely responsible for the war,   but his words can be applied with equal force and validity to the liberal keyboard warriors who supported the Iraq war.

Some of them have been back in combat mode in recent weeks.   Like...

Iraq: The Invisible Dead

  • January 24, 2013
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I had a bit of an Internet disaster yesterday, when I upgraded WordPress and my entire blog disappeared,   to be replaced by the dreaded White Screen of Death.     I felt as if I’d been airbrushed from history by technological forces outside by control – and my knowledge.     I had done...

George Washington in Fallujah

  • October 17, 2012
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Less than a year ago Barack Obama delivered a speech at Fort Bragg, Carolina, to commemorate the withdrawal of the last US troops from Iraq.  The Nobel Laureate hailed the successful conclusion to ‘one of the most extraordinary chapters in the history of the American military’ and praised the war that he had once...

The Archbishop Removes the Emperors’ Clothes

  • September 03, 2012
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I’ve often wondered why it is that so many countries and institutions are prepared to pay so much money to hear Tony Blair’s observations on ‘faith’, ‘leadership’, ‘globalization’ and other subjects.

They clearly aren’t paying for insight or profundity, since Blair’s analyses of 21st century events, both in and out of office, are often strikingly superficial,...

The Political Class Colludes in Blair’s War Lies

  • August 02, 2012
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Few people are likely to be surprised by the news that the attorney-general Dominic Grieve has vetoed two freedom of information requests from the dogged campaigner Chris Lamb, made via the independent Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), for the release of the crucial March 13/17 2003 cabinet meetings that preceded the Iraq war.

The government has already...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tony Blair

  • June 28, 2012
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Our peace envoy in the Middle East has just told his starry-eyed acolyte Patrick Wintour in the Guardian that he wouldn’t mind being PM again. I thought I’d link to a longish piece I wrote back in 2009 for Dissident Voice as a reminder of why that would not be a good idea:

At some point...

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