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Trump finally visited the troops overseas — and it was an embarrassing mess

At long last, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania paid a visit to U.S. troops stationed overseas, after a secret overnight flight to Iraq.

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Expert warns U.S. warplanes and drones will continue to bomb Syria: 'ISIS has not been defeated'

President Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Syria, in a move that has been praised by some in the American peace movement and some progressive lawmakers, as well as anti-interventionist Republicans, including Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee. We speak with Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who warns that the U.S. warplanes and drones will continue to bomb the country. ”ISIS has not been 'defeated,' and the U.S. should not remain in Syria militarily,” Bennis says. “You cannot defeat terrorism militarily. Terrorism is a phenomenon that emerges out of social and economic and national and all kinds of crises, in all kinds of countries. And stopping it doesn’t mean playing whack-a-mole with your military.”

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How to Blow $700 Billion and Lose Wars: A Guide to America's Exploding Defense Budget and Military Failure

It was December of 2003, and I was in Tal Afar, Iraq with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division. The Brigade was based at an old Iraqi air force base just outside of the town. I had spent the last week in Rabihya, a small town on the border with Syria. When I say “on the border with Syria,” I mean it literally. The wall along the western side of the Army compound where I stayed was the actual border between Iraq and Syria. You could step up on a pile of sandbags just inside the wall of the compound and see into Syria, where a huge billboard-size photo of the recently deceased Syrian strongman Hafez al-Assad stared back at you. While I was there, they succeeded in erecting a matching billboard depicting the new strongman, Bashar al-Assad, next to the one of his father.

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The US Military Is Grinding Away on Its 'Infinity War' - And the Results Are Absolutely Horrifying

Raids by U.S. commandos in Afghanistan. (I could be talking about 2001 or 2018.)

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America Recedes from Dominance in Afghanistan and Iraq

It’s worthwhile to note that in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where the United States launched wars in 2001 and 2003, the United States is on the back foot.

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An Empire of Nothing? The U.S. Military Takes Us Through the Gates of Hell

[This essay is the introduction to Tom Engelhardt’s new book, A Nation Unmade by War, a Dispatch Book published by Haymarket Books.]

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Trump Has Now Opened the Door to War Against Iran

So, there it goes. Trump did what he promised. He took the United States out of the “Iran deal.” It was possible that Trump was merely bluffing. He has done this before. He has suggested a policy and then done the very opposite. But on Iran, all the signs pointed toward this madness. For it is, indeed, madness.

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The White House Is Already Preparing a Back-Up Plan Over Fear Gina Haspel Won't Be Confirmed

There's no question that the popular vote loser Donald Trump, given any opportunity at all ("regime change" in Iran, maybe?) to go to war will go to war. If that happens, it's also clear that Trump won't be like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, making his war crimes a big secret. No, Trump will be screaming for his military and intelligence forces to use torture. His nomination of Gina Haspel, an architect of both the Bush/Cheney torture regime and the effort to cover it up, at the head of the CIA is all the indication we need.

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Is Trump Trying to Go to War?

A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20th. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war crime of the twenty-first century: the unprovoked, aggressive invasion of Iraq. The New York Times, which didn’t exactly cover itself in glory in the run-up to that invasion, recently ran an op-ed by an Iraqi novelist living in the United States entitled “Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country,” but that was about it. The Washington Post, another publication that (despite the recent portrayal of its Vietnam-era heroism in the movie The Post) repeatedly editorialized in favor of the invasion, marked the anniversary with a story about the war’s “murky” body count. Its piece concluded that at least 600,000 people died in the decade and a half of war, civil war, and chaos that followed -- roughly the population of Washington, D.C.

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For These Children of Iraq, Help Did Not Arrive

In the end, help did not arrive.

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Is John Bolton Too Tough on Russia for Donald Trump?

John Bolton, reportedly under consideration to replace National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, was memorably characterized by one State Department official who knew him as a "kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy."

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