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  • When Everyone Agreed About Iraq

    03/17/2013 9:37:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies
    When Everyone Agreed About Iraq For years before the war, a bipartisan consensus thought Saddam possessed WMD. By STEPHEN F. KNOTT At 5:34 a.m. on March 20, 2003, American, British and other allied forces invaded Iraq. One of the most divisive conflicts in the nation's history would soon be labeled " Bush's War." The overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime became official U.S. policy in 1998, when President Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act—a bill passed 360-38 by the House of Representatives and by unanimous consent in the Senate. The law called for training and equipping Iraqi dissidents to overthrow Saddam...
  • This Is Why Facts Matter

    06/13/2008 2:24:29 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 10 replies · 55+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 6/13/08 | Jennifer Rubin
    Senior Brookings fellows Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack gave a report today and entertained questions at a Brookings briefing on Iraq. It was the single most illuminating presentation I have witnessed on the status of Iraq and the potential way forward. Neither man can be accused of shilling for either the administration or John McCain for numerous reasons: both have been strong critics of the war and O’Hanlon opposed the war and still believes on balance it has not made us safer. I understand from Brookings that the entire transcript will be posted, but I offer some highlights below. O’Hanlon...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Al-Maliki Flop Dilutes Success Of Iraq Surge

    08/24/2007 6:27:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 807+ views
    IBD ^ | August 24, 2007 | Charles Krauthammer
    After months of surreality, the Iraq debate has quite abruptly acquired a relationship to reality. Following the Democratic victory last November, panicked Republican senators began rifling the thesaurus to find exactly the right phrase to express exactly the right nuance to establish exactly the right distance from the president's Iraq policy, while Murtha Democrats searched for exactly the right legislative ruse to force a retreat from Iraq without appearing to do so. In the last month, however, as a consensus has emerged about realities on the ground in Iraq, a reasoned debate has begun. A number of fair-minded observers, both...
  • Democrats Demonised For Backing Bush In Iraq

    08/24/2007 6:40:44 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 688+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-25-2007 | Alex Spillius
    Democrats demonised for backing Bush in Iraq By Alex Spillius in Washington Last Updated: 2:19am BST 25/08/2007 A US military patrol guards a street corner during a weapons search in Baghdad Two of the Democratic party’s most influential strategists have been transformed into hate figures of the American Left after daring to support President George W. Bush’s tactics in Iraq. Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, military analysts at Washington’s liberal Brookings Institution, declared themselves as unlikely allies of Mr Bush when they wrote an article in the New York Times titled “A War We Might Just Win". The article was...
  • Strategic Patience

    08/09/2007 1:05:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2007 | Austin Bay
    According to major media, America's "surge in Iraq" is suddenly working. In an op-ed that appeared in The New York Times on July 30, Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the left-leaning Brookings Institution called Iraq "a war we just might win." A week later, Robert Burns, who covers military issues for The Associated Press, wrote: "The new U.S. military strategy in Iraq, unveiled six months ago to little acclaim, is working. In two weeks of observing the U.S. military on the ground ... it's apparent that the war has entered a new phase in its fifth year." Anthony Cordesman,...
  • Dems’ 'Real Big Problem'

    08/03/2007 9:18:21 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 55 replies · 1,739+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/3/07 | Byron York
    The Iraq debate that we’ve been watching this year has been about two bets. After false starts and misplaced hopes in 2004, and 2005, and 2006, George W. Bush is betting his surge strategy will facilitate the political progress that could bring a semblance of stability to Iraq. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are betting the surge will fail. It’s as simple as that. If Bush wins his bet, Iraq will be a better place, the Middle East will be a better place, and America will be a safer place. But Reid and...
  • OIF: Good news is bad for surrender monkeys

    08/03/2007 9:55:33 AM PDT · by Warhammer · 11 replies · 412+ views
    Patriot Post ^ | 08/03/2007 | Mark Alexander
    OIF: Good news is bad for surrender monkeys In our democratic republic, we charge our elected representatives with the conduct of vigorous debate about issues both foreign and domestic. In doing so, we expect them to uphold their oaths to protect and defend our Constitution. However, politicians often posture and pretend in order to line up constituencies that perpetuate their tenure in office, regardless of constitutional constraints. Such political posturing is a disingenuous breach of trust at best. When this deceit extends to matters of national security, especially when we are at war and continue to face formidable threats from...
  • Casualty Counts

    08/01/2007 8:29:47 AM PDT · by Contentions · 3 replies · 297+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.1.2007 | Max Boot
    Critics of the troop surge have been arguing that it isn’t making any difference on the ground—the only thing it’s doing, they claim, is driving up American casualties. The facts are starting to contradict their claims. I’ve recently posted a couple of items noting that reliable on-the-ground observers—namely Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of The Brookings Institution and John Burns of the New York Times—have found that violence against Iraqis is falling. Now comes news that the number of American casualties is also declining, at least temporarily. There were spikes in the number of Americans killed in action in April...
  • Bloggers unleash fury on optimistic op-ed ...(the horror of actually winning in Iraq)

    08/01/2007 9:45:33 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 7 replies · 1,197+ views
    Politico ^ | Jul 31, 2007 | Mike Allen and Avi Zenilman
    Brookings scholars Michael E. O’Hanlon and Kenneth M. Pollack used the most established of platforms, the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, to offer the most politically incorrect of arguments on Monday: “We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms.” Their 1,343-word piece, “A War We Just Might Win,” instantly provoked a more furious ideological shootout than has been sparked by any recent development on the battleground or action by the Bush administration. O'Hanlon told The Politico in an e-mail that he and his co-author were espousing "just temporary optimism," but their article was treated...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-31-07 (Shell Shocked By Surge Success)

    07/31/2007 6:32:42 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 56 replies · 1,169+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 31, 2007 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    The big story out there right now is how the Left has been completely blindsided by the success of the Iraq Surge under the leadership of General Petraeus. At the present moment they are in a state of shock and haven't yet come up with a way to react. Yes, the Left have completely invested themselves in DEFEAT and now the success of the surge is sawing off the limb they have climbed out on. One big indicator of the success of the surge is this New York Times Op-Ed ARTICLE titled, "A War We Just Might Win." Written...
  • A War We Just Might Win ("no more whack-a-mole")

    07/29/2007 8:44:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies · 2,915+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 30, 2007 | MICHAEL E. O’HANLON and KENNETH M. POLLACK
    VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal. The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility. Yet now the administration’s critics, in part as a result, seem unaware of the significant changes taking place. Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the...
  • The Left and Good News from Iraq ...(watching their tactics evolve,interesting and revolting)

    07/31/2007 7:09:49 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 12 replies · 912+ views
    Townhall ^ | Monday, July 30, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    As I predicted earlier in the day, the left wing blogosphere has turned on the Brookings scholars who went to Iraq and noted the results of the surge. Glenn Greenwald, a.k.a. “The Lion of Jalalabad”, penned a characteristically windy attempt at character assassination. Thankfully, Matthew Yglesias showed more brevity. Characteristically, both pieces didn’t take issue with what Brookings-men Kenneth Pollack and Michael O’Hanlon reported seeing in Iraq but instead attacked them personally. If you’ve studied the moonbats in their native habitats as I have the past several years, this comes as no surprise. After all, what is the chickenhawk meme...
  • Turning Point? [Symposium: Yon, McCain, Hanson, Gaffney on hope in Iraq]

    07/31/2007 7:23:44 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 5 replies · 395+ views
    NRO ^ | 7/31/07
    An NRO Symposium The New York Times ran a piece Monday by two non-“neoconservatives” — Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack — arguing that the war in Iraq can be won. Is this indicative of some kind of mood change afoot? Could we really win this war? Could the rhetoric in Washington really change? National Review Online asked a group of experts.
  • No, Iraq war's not lost

    07/31/2007 8:52:44 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 21 replies · 859+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 31 2007
    There are many who cannot bear the suggestion that reenergized American military operations under Gen. David Petraeus are making headway, and yesterday they were shocked by Brookings Institution think-tankers who, writing in The New York Times, allow that Iraq is today "a war we just might win." Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack have been harshly critical of the war's prosecution in the past. But now, returned from eight days at the front, they point to the turnaround in Anbar Province, the plunging civilian fatality rates and the improving performance of Iraqi security forces as signs things may at last be...
  • Leading lawmaker dismisses US scholars' upbeat report on Iraq [Murtha said on CNN......]

    07/31/2007 10:54:41 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies · 2,174+ views
    Leading lawmaker dismisses US scholars' upbeat report on Iraq Jul 31 01:18 PM US/Eastern A top Democratic lawmaker Tuesday dismissed the findings of two longtime Iraq war critics, who cited a dramatic improvement in the situation there following the infusion of thousands of additional US troops. "I dismiss it at as rhetoric," said US Representative John Murtha, a former marine, congressional heavyweight on military matters, and outspoken Iraq War critic. "I don't know where they were staying. I don't know what they saw. But I know this: that it's not getting better," Murtha said on CNN television. "It's over-optimist. It's...
  • Shocking New York Times Op-ed: Iraq Is ‘A War We Just Might Win’

    07/30/2007 1:24:37 PM PDT · by r-q-tek86 · 63 replies · 2,452+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 7/30/07 | Noel Sheppard
    On Sunday, NewsBusters reported a shocking discussion that ensued on "The Chris Matthews Show" wherein five liberal media members actually debated why America shouldn't withdraw its troops from Iraq. Maybe more shocking, the following day, an op-ed was published in the New York Times claiming that "We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, "morale is high," and, as a result, this is "a war we just might win." Adding to the shock is that this piece was written by two members of the Brookings Institution, which even Wikipedia acknowledges is "widely regarded as being politically liberal." The authors - Michael...
  • Media Shocker: NYT's Reports Good News On Iraq!

    07/31/2007 8:50:01 AM PDT · by nancyvideo · 36 replies · 1,263+ views
    RightBias News ^ | July 312, 2007 | Nancy Morgan
    Victor Davis Hanson once opined that the war in Iraq could be won in 30 days if all media coverage were banned. The chance of that happening is pretty close to zero (unless, of course, Hillary gets elected). But there are curious rumblings in the mainstream media. After five years of relentless antiwar reporting, after five years of headlining the mistakes and miscalculations of the Bush administrations, two events last Sunday signalled a possible turnaround in the way the 'mainstream media' covers the war.
  • A War We Just Might Win

    07/30/2007 6:11:17 AM PDT · by RealTeen · 62 replies · 2,201+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 7-30-07 | O'Hanlon and Pollack
    VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal. The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility. Yet now the administration’s critics, in part as a result, seem unaware of the significant changes taking place. Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the...
  • How conflicts between the Administration and the CIA marred the reporting on Iraq’s weapons.

    10/20/2003 5:34:06 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 51 replies · 4,434+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | 10/20/03 | Seymour Hersh
    Since midsummer, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been attempting to solve the biggest mystery of the Iraq war: the disparity between the Bush Administration’s prewar assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and what has actually been discovered. The committee is concentrating on the last ten years’ worth of reports by the C.I.A. Preliminary findings, one intelligence official told me, are disquieting. “The intelligence community made all kinds of errors and handled things sloppily,” he said. The problems range from a lack of quality control to different agencies’ reporting contradictory assessments at the same time. One finding, the official went...
  • NYT: Doubts Persist on Iran Nuclear Arms Goals

    11/20/2004 9:44:13 AM PST · by OESY · 2 replies · 518+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 20, 2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 - Despite having collected substantial information about Iran's nuclear and weapons programs over the last several ears, Western officials have limited intelligence about the crucial question of whether Tehran is trying to meld those two programs to produce a nuclear warhead that can be carried by a missile, administration officials said Friday. The inability to answer that question so far poses an obstacle to the Bush administration's efforts to press for a hard line against the Tehran government. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said this week that he had seen intelligence indicating that Iran was "working...