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After a decade in Iraq, misery and excuses prevail

After a decade in Iraq, misery and excuses prevail

Ten years after the invasion, Iraq's soundtrack is still one of explosions and misery. In the West, leaders that ordered it reach for excuses to justify the unjustifiable. Crikey's man-at-large looks back.

Manne and <em>The Oz</em>: revisiting a time when Iraq had WMD

Manne and The Oz: revisiting a time when Iraq had WMD

One of the most salient yet overlooked aspects of Robert Manne's Quarterly Essay Bad News is its assessment of The Australian's coverage of the Iraq war and its aftermath. NAJ Taylor fills this gap, discussing the debate's many factors in this essay for This Blog Harms.

Gina and tonic of strange bedfellows

Gina and tonic of strange bedfellows

And the end result of that invasion of Iraq? Christians are trying to quit the country to avoid being murdered and those that remain are too scared to celebrate Christmas.

Synchronized insurgents strike Iraq

Synchronized insurgents strike Iraq

Yesterday insurgents in Iraq launched a devastating string of coordinated attacks in 13 separate locations across the country. This new wave of violence arrives in the midst of America's resolve to scale back its involvement and, by next year, end combat operations.

Hitchens on Iraq: once more, with feeling

Hitchens on Iraq: once more, with feeling

There is something pitiable about the end of General Stanley McChrystal's career in the wake of his controversial Rolling Stone interview. McChrystal ought to be sent back to Baghdad for one final mission before he retires, writes Christopher Hitchens.

Petraeus to replace McChrystal, but policy remains bung

Petraeus to replace McChrystal, but policy remains bung

Obama's decision to replace Gen Stanley McChrystal with Gen David Petraeus to lead the war in Afghanistan may be a clever political move, but the war remains a corrosive policy that should be ditched, according to Politics in Color.

Blackwater is <em>still</em> working for the US

Blackwater is still working for the US

The Pentagon and CIA are still employing controversial military contractor Blackwater in Afghanistan (albeit under a new name), despite allegations of involvement in murder, gun-running, child prostitution‚ÄČand more, ABC News reveals.

The top secret British mission that failed

The top secret British mission that failed

A rescue attempt by British troops to save five British hostages in Iraq in May 2007 has been revealed. Troops attempted to intercept the hostages being taken across the border from Iran, but failed. Only one hostage survived.

Terrorists, nukes and war: the tumultuous 12 months ahead

Terrorists, nukes and war: the tumultuous 12 months ahead

How will the US battle terrorist forces in Yemen? Will Iran's nuclear program be halted? Can the war in Iraq end in a peaceful democracy? David Ignatius puts in his predictions for the biggest global political issues of the year ahead.

Nuclear weapons, war and China: the biggest problems of the year ahead

Nuclear weapons, war and China: the biggest problems of the year ahead

2010 is already shaping up to be a troublesome year in world politics, writes Daniel Flitton. Think the threat of nuclear weapons in Iran, the US military messes of Iraq and Afghanistan and the burgeoning power of China.