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  • Iraqi Gov't declares "mighty Triumph" over ISIL in Mosul, as Sunni Press decries Casualties
    • andyfromblissopolous 07/11/2017 at 11:42 am

      thank you for simple truth.
      "Celebrating on a pile of rubble doesn’t look like victory."

  • Syria: Russians alarmed, Washington Befuddled, by White House threats
    • andyfromblissopolous 06/29/2017 at 7:19 am

      this is why you dont play around with lying about war. once you start the fog of war gets thick at foggy bottom. cities are leveled and society is traumatized.

      assuming that this is not your goal.

  • The Millennial's Palace Coup in Saudi Arabia: How Dangerous?
  • How Trump should have responded to London Attacks if he were Normal
    • dear prof cole,

      my point still stands. you seem a bit disinterested considering the scale of the destruction.

      but still...have you thought about the leaning minaret? how are they going to get the isis fighters out of it without knocking it down? after they knock it down, how is it going to go over in sunnistan? when the pictures of shia soldiers high fiveing on its ruins take over twitter?

      who is going to rebuild these cities? who is going to pay for the reconstruction of four or five large cities? sinjar, tikrit, falklujah, ramadi, and now mosul. will we take in the refugees here in the usa?

      have you ever heard the saying ..."we have to burn the village to save it?"

      see what i am saying?

    • dear prof cole.
      how is it possible that your website has almost nothing about mosul? our military and its operatives are presently blowing up this huge iraq city, committing war crimes daily, and creating yet another global refugee crisis.

      yet prof cole is silent. no thoughts. no outrage. no nothing. no wonder nobody knows nothing.

      here is a thought....what happens when they knock over that leaning minaret? how is that going to work out?

      andy

  • Baghdad and Manchester: Let's Commemorate ISIL Victims in Both
    • andyfromblissopolous 06/01/2017 at 7:45 am

      so are they going to blow up the old mosque? that is probably going to calm stuff down considerably.

  • Only Putin is happy with Trump's NATO Bull-in-China-Shop Catastrophe
    • andyfromblissopolous 05/26/2017 at 6:51 pm

      do you think that mosque tower in mosul is going to get knocked down? i bet that will improve things.

  • Russians Troll Trump, release Photos of Meeting
    • andyfromblissopolous 05/14/2017 at 1:21 am

      hillary clinton ran a singularly terrible and uninspired campaign. she still won the election because trump was an even worse candidate. but ... in our pseudo democracy where election losers can win elections.....she lost. none of this has anything to do with russia.

  • ISIL Terror-Trolls French Election, Supporting far Right; Will French Fall for It?
    • andyfromblissopolous 04/22/2017 at 9:30 am

      professor cole
      any thoughts about the pentagon's efforts to transfer culpability to the islamic state for the pentagon's ongoing and deliberate "massacre" of civilians in mosul. i put 'massacre' in quotes because that was the term you used. i use the word "deliberate" because the pentagon has itself presented evidence that it knowingly destroyed buildings with large groups of civilians within them. doesnt this make you feel a little uncomfortable?

  • The Coming Muslim Century: Bad news for President Bannon
    • andyfromblissopolous 04/19/2017 at 9:35 am

      maybe we should stop bombing them for a bit? or we could keep bombing them and just tone it down a little.

  • Why Population Exchange Fails: Over 100 Dead as Buses Bombed
    • andyfromblissopolous 04/17/2017 at 10:11 am

      i disagree. the south will continue to torture the rest of the country with their humiliation and wounded pride seemingly forever. maybe if they were free of the federal government they might actually make some headway in their tortured search for enlightenment.

    • andyfromblissopolous 04/17/2017 at 10:03 am

      war sucks. stop sponsoring it. stop condoning it. stop exacerbating it. stop practicing it. stop funding it.

  • In 3 months, Trump has Charged into 4 Mideast Wars, to no Avail
  • Russia's not Leaving: Syria is about old-Fashioned Sphere of Influence, not Oil
    • Andrew Lenaghan 04/11/2017 at 10:40 pm

      the pentagon needs civil war and failed states. militant extremism requires military intervention. interventions create more civil war, failed states, and militant extremism. it is known as supply and demand. the industry is war. it doesn't matter if there is natural resources or crucial real estate. civil war is itself the commodity. civil war equals regime change equals armament sales and armament use and raison d'etre.

  • Mosul: "Some" US Responsibility for Civilian deaths; but Iraqi PM lashes out at Critics
    • Andrew Lenaghan 03/30/2017 at 7:55 am

      somewhere neocons are laughing about how eight years after the antiwar candidate was elected president, their neverending war is still dropping bombs all over iraq with no end in sight.

  • After Trump Massacres in Mosul, Campaign against ISIL Halted
    • Andrew Lenaghan 03/28/2017 at 10:08 am

      prof cole, the ny times insists that the generals insist that the current rules of engagement were instituted before trump took office. obama bombed a lot of stuff in iraq since 2014. you cheered it on. obama offered no plan for the aftermath, you cheered it on. now trump continues those very same policies and suddenly you call it "massacres".

      the thing you need to understand is that it is bad policy either way. evil in fact.

      "moderate" that!

    • Andrew Lenaghan 03/27/2017 at 10:59 am

      the generals want the killing and hatred to continue or they would be out of a job. number 1 rule to war.

    • Andrew Lenaghan 03/26/2017 at 6:37 pm

      there is no good war. there is no ok war. there is no just war. leave these people alone finally.

  • The Russian Job: The Plot Thickens
    • meanwhile trump is doing a good job prosecuting the bushobama never ending war. killing civilians in great numbers in both syria and iraq at once

  • Buyers' Remorse: Americans think Trump is bad at almost Everything
  • Trump plots to keep Palestinians Stateless forever
    • Andrew Lenaghan 02/20/2017 at 10:24 am

      trump is a bad extra in a horribly expensive and long hollywood movie fiasco. he is not the director. he is not the writer. he is not the movie company. he is an extra just reading a couple of lines poorly. hillary might have read the lines better but it would have been the same script. actually i am not sure she would have read the lines any better. give trump a break. cant blame him for everything.

    • Andrew Lenaghan 02/20/2017 at 10:18 am

      and what would hillary be doing if she was the emperor?

  • Trump-inspired felon allegedly torches Ft. Pierce FL Mosque, says "All Islam is radical"
    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/16/2016 at 12:09 am

      we looked in the mirror and we saw trump.

    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/16/2016 at 12:07 am

      trump is a bigot and provocateur. he exploits whatever he can impulsively and for no recognizable purpose. he has no decency.

      he is a reflection of ourselves as a nation. we should sue ourslves.

  • Syria Truce holds, despite questions on Humanitarian Aid
    • it is interesting how nobody is really fooled by this kind of orwellian terminology. everybody knows the war continues abated.

    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/14/2016 at 8:07 am

      The ceasefire does not cover either Fateh al-Sham or Daesh (ISIS, ISIL).

      i prefer a term like "coordinated targeting agreement" to "ceasefire" . a "ceasefire" that does not include the true adversaries is really not a "ceasefire". if we will not consider a future that includes these enemies, we are not really serious about a ceasefire. we are in the pursuit of an unconditional surrender. we are in the pursuit of total annihilation of our enemies. "ceasefire through annihilation" might be appropriate.

  • What did we buy with the $5 Trillion that the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars have cost us?
    • oh yeah? you mean the nut job in florida? was he born in iraq? was he from samara? was he living in iraq?

      and even if isis had attacked us, which they have not, would it not be a justified response to having been invaded, bombed, and plundered without provocation?

      but mostly you miss the point, saddam and isis are the same, just different names.

    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/13/2016 at 4:44 pm

      tribalism. we matter. they don't. we have a pow mia flag flying over federal monuments and infrastructure. who gives a crap for the insane numbers of laoations, cambodians, and vietnamese we killed. all that matters is that a few pilots of helicopters and jets got shot down over the jungle and the military was unable top locate them. and what were they doing when they were shot down? protecting our way of life? keeping us free? of course not. they were killing people in their homes.

    • sorry to go on...
      and so what is our current plan? when does it end? when mosul is destroyed? will it be over then? of course not.

      there is no endgame. the tab is running. the tap is running. the tub has overflowed a long time ago.

      we are still taking the bath. we are asleep in the tub.

      madness.

    • i wonder where our new 13billion $ aircraft carrier will deploy?

    • hello prof. cole.

      thank you for writing this. it can not be said enough. the crazy thing is that we are still wasting money blowing stuff up in iraq today, almost eight years after the reign of bush ended.

      you say "the little people TOOK a bath", but we are still TAKING the bath. it is a never ending war. the tab is still running

      the pressing question is when does it end? if it was such a mistake, why are we forever committed to its continuation?

      the common answer is ..."but now Isis must be defeated". who is isis and where do they come from? are we really sure they were not in iraq in 2003? it would seem that their leader, for example, abu bakr al baghdadi, was in fact in iraq. he was born in samara, not that far from tikrit, saddam hussein's hometown. is isis really that different than the baathists of saddam? saddam committed many atrocities within iraq for decades. he gassed civilians. he invaded neighbors. he conducted environmental warfare on a huge scale. he used tanks and helicopters to repress protest. his secret police was unparalleled for brutality. political executions were the daily norm. his son was a sociopathic murderer. etc.

      what makes isis so much worse than saddam? as far as i can tell they have killed no where near as many people to date.

      all the same, i still do not believe we should have wasted these trillions on our war.we have made things even worse for iraqis by amping up the violence.

      which is what we are still doing this very moment.

      time to stop.

  • 15 Years after 9/11, can we Recover our Republic?
    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/11/2016 at 9:55 am

      professor cole,
      thank you. you have said all there is to say right here. the aumf is an obscenity.

      obama ran for president as the antiwar candidate. he has turned out to be anything but. progressives are asleep while he drops bombs all over the place. i myself was asleep for most of his presidency. it required the primaries of this past year and the obliteration of the large iraqi city of ramadi to wake me to the truth. obama is the trojan horse of the antiwar movement.

      on 9-11, i want to give thanks and respect to a true american hero, chelsea manning. manning is being tortured and abused in a military brig while serving a 35 year sentence for exposing just a few of the pentagon's warcrimes. it is a national disgrace. manning must be freed.

      president obama has the power to undo this disgusting injustice. he could do it today to honor national heroes. but of course, he won't.

  • US and Russia plan Joint Air Command to hit Terrorists in Syria
    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/10/2016 at 8:00 am

      professor cole
      you are correct to rethink the terminology. "joint air command" is much better than the orwellian use of "ceasefire".

  • Nearly 500 more US Troops sent to Iraq for Mosul Attack in advance of Election Day
  • Clinton: No US ground troops in Iraq, Syria; Trump: Steal Iraqi Oil
    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/08/2016 at 6:02 pm

      as long as no ground troops get killed, they are not really there. as long as no ground troops get killed, we are not at war even if we are bombing several countries simultaneously. if we are not at war, no congressional approval or united nations approval is necessarry.

  • Saudi Bigot-in-Chief Declares Iranian Shiites "Not Muslim"
    • you know the picture of the south vietnamese officer executing the vietcong captive at point blank range? that officer was getting paid by us.

    • we missed the extra point or we would have had 7.

    • all of this is not to say we don't help out in the political execution fest. we conducted a droning of six convicts in yemen on monday.

    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/07/2016 at 9:40 am

      i guess you could say saudi arabia is winning the atrocity match 47-36. what was the spread? a touchdown? saudi arabia must have covered the spread. 11 points is a big margin.

    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/07/2016 at 9:35 am

      political executions by our allies must be ignored while political executions by our enemies must be exploited as atrocities. saudi arabia executes 47 one day and shia iraq executes 36 on another. it all gets buried in the back pages. why? because we are allies with both. how can we be allies with both when they are practically at war with each other?
      thats just how we roll baby!

  • With Defeat Looming, ISIL haunts Syria with 6 Bombings, Killing 53
    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/06/2016 at 8:50 am

      i would say that isis is doing pretty well militarily considering that both the american and russian imperial air forces are blasting them around the clock for a year plus. it is pretty impressive they are still around at all.

      i am not rooting for isis but rather pointing out the madness of our warfare. it is not working. ...assuming the goal is stability and democracy.

      but truth be told....the goal is chaos and headlines like "With Defeat Looming, ISIL haunts Syria with 6 Bombings, Killing 53".

      so i guess our policy is working. ...mission accomplished.

      is it possible that we in fact want isis to stick around and get crazier giving us an enduring reason to continue the Never Ending War?

  • Syria: Can Russia & US Broker a new Cease-Fire?
    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/05/2016 at 10:13 am

      the goal is achieved. that is the point of what anon is saying. chaos is the goal, NOT regional stability and democracy. we are the four horsemen of the apocalypse. that is our mission. mission accomplished.

    • Andrew Lenaghan 09/05/2016 at 10:02 am

      anon....

      speak the truth to the sheeple!
      it is a thankless and tiring task.
      a futile task even.
      but like a mouse in a glue trap, struggle we must against all odds.
      we always have hope.
      and we within the empire are better off than those poor souls locked in its gun sights.

      it sure would be nice to get our hands on some of that pentagon $ though.

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