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The Happy Warrior

  • January 04, 2012
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Politicians love a man in uniform, as the Gang of Four once sang, no matter how sordid, dishonest, reckless and incoherent the wars they fight in.   Last December David Cameron launched the Sun’s Military Awards ceremony with a reception at Downing Street in which he praised the ‘Herculean bravery’ of the nominees.   Not to be outdone,  Ed Miliband made  one of the most fatuous statements of his career   and thanked British soldiers in Afghanistan for ensuring a  ‘ secure, peaceful and happy Christmas’ to those of us...

Iraq: a Bad End to a Bad War

Iraq: a Bad End to a Bad War

  • December 17, 2011
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In March 2003 the United States, backed by its faithful lieutenant Britain and a hastily-concocted ‘Coalition of the Willing’,  invaded Iraq following a campaign of lies, manipulation, propaganda and manufactured intelligence.

After smashing Saddam Hussein’s decrepit army, the invaders proved unable  to install their puppet Ahmed Chalabi in power or ensure security, and began a neo-colonial...

Fog Facts: Alistair Campbell and the Chilcot Inquiry

  • May 13, 2011
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The American author Larry Beinhart once coined the expression ‘fog facts’ to describe important facts or pieces of information that are in the public domain but remain unacknowledged and undigested.    Beinhart first used the term in his novel The Librarian – a wickedly sharp satirical thriller satire about  the stitched-up Bush/Gore election campaign.

To Beinhart’s...

Priorities

  • April 19, 2011
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Those cynics out there who were puerile and cheap enough to believe that the invasion  of Iraq had anything to do with oil, or who doubted the noble and high-minded aspirations of its architects to remove the threat of weapons of mass destruction, save the Iraqi people from an evil dictator, spread peace and...

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