Tag: George W. Bush

WATCH: Iraq in the Balance

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

via CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES on NOVEMBER 25, 2014:  To understand questions about Iraq’s future, we have to understand its past. Watch “Iraq in the Balance,” a production of the CSIS Middle East Program and CSIS Brzezinski Institute. Narrated by Director of the Middle East Program and Senior VP of the Zbigniew Brzezinski […]

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GOP Squirms at Release of CIA Torture Report, Warns of “Violence” (Juan Cole), plus Duke prof. Charlie Dunlap Jr.’s Take

GOP Squirms at Release of CIA Torture Report, Warns of “Violence” (Juan Cole), plus Duke prof. Charlie Dunlap Jr.’s Take

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

(So Why Did They Torture?) by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on DECEMBER 8, 2014:  Outgoing House Intelligence Committee head Mike Rogers (R-MI) was on Candy Crowley’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, speaking against releasing any details concerning CIA use of torture in the period after the September 11 attacks. The Senate report is […]

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WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

[ 0 ] October 30, 2014 |

via FRONTLINE (PBS) on OCTOBER 28, 2014:  Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE  

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The Unknown Known: Documentary Tackles Unrepentant Iraq War Architect Donald Rumsfeld

[ 0 ] September 16, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: I thought this documentary was particularly timely given the geopolitical situation in Iraq and Syria right now. The documentary itself is available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and on DVD. Below is the trailer and interview with the film’s director Errol Morris.  by AMY GOODMAN and JUAN GONZALEZ for DEMOCRACY NOW (PART 1 of INTVW […]

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WATCH LIVE AT 5p: Amb. Daniel Benjamin and Fran Townsend Discuss the Evolving Terrorist Threat (#DukeTerrorTalk)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

TWEET ABOUT THIS LIVE-STREAMED TALK #DukeTerrorTalk or Tweet @DukeSanford and/or @ISLAMiComment via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY (Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill/RTI International consortium) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  The 2014 Robert R. Wilson Lecture this year is a discussion between two leading counterterrorism experts from the Bush and Obama administrations. Fran Townsend, former chair of the Homeland Security […]

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5 Questions by Which to Judge Obama’s Decision to Return US Forces to Combat (Peter Feaver)

5 Questions by Which to Judge Obama’s Decision to Return US Forces to Combat (Peter Feaver)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by PETER FEAVER for FOREIGN POLICY on AUGUST 19, 2014:  President Barack Obama took a big gamble in recommitting U.S. forces into combat in Iraq’s civil war. I think he made the right choice, and so do the American people (so far). Despite being told over and over again by pundits that they must oppose […]

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Israel Can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me (David Schanzer)

Israel Can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me (David Schanzer)

[ 10 ] August 8, 2014 |

by DAVID H. SCHANZER for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 8, 2014: Writing in the New York Times today, columnist Shmuel Rosner labeled non-Israeli liberal Jews that are becoming more estranged from modern day Israel, as “fair weather fans” that Israel both can and should ignore. He is dead wrong on both counts. I am far from […]

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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014 |

by GLENN GREENWALD and MURTAZA HUSSAIN for THE INTERCEPT on JULY 9, 2014:  he National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward […]

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A ‘Rare’ Arab Intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

A ‘Rare’ Arab Intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

[ 0 ] June 24, 2014 |

by JOSEPH A KECHICHIAN for AL JAZEERA on JUNE 24, 2014:  Bernard Lewis, the British-American historian who fancied such terms as “Islamofascism” and “Crisis of Islam” and who often wondered what went wrong with the Arabs, once described Fouad Ajami as “both a Shiite from South Lebanon and an American political scientist”. Ajami was much more […]

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Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

[ 1 ] June 9, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 8, 2014:  The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently. Iraq had parliamentary elections, Libya’s parliament voted for a new prime minister, and Egypt and Syria had presidential elections. This summer, Turkey will have elections. It would be nice […]

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