Iraq War Archive

HistoricalMullet: Blast from the Past and Bad News for Bush

(first reference to “Clinton’s Blue Dress Moment” to what would prove a growing realization within the Bush administration that they were totally in error invading Iraq that led to an about-face leading into his second term, ed 11-5-2023)  I first wrote my thoughts on Bush’s pre-emption doctrine 15 months ago after it was first released

HistoricalMullet: Becuase white people can’t be terrorists…(rant inside)

(an early articulation of what would be better argued by Kilcullen as the ‘Accidental Guerilla effect’ as well as some good-for-the-time forecast on what would, or wouldn’t happen, over time with Iraq, be sure to check out Q&A Discussion below post ed. 11-5-2023) This is why I’m glad we check grandma’s getting on airplanes (see

HistoricalMullet: Bill of Rights: 1 President: 0

Excellent news. Padillio to be transferred to civilian detention within 30 days, I wonder when the other shoe will drop from the White House. They could appeal it to the Supreme Court or make a real gamble and transport Padilla outside the US claiming he’s outside the jurisdiction of the appeals court. Hopefully, they’ll just

HistoricalMullet: Saddam Possibly Caught

  Details coming out at a 7 a.m. news conference. There have been false alarms in the past, but hopefully, this one is legit. Catching Saddam would qualify as a “really good Christmas present” in my opinion. It’d weaken the Baathist-led resistance which is one of the three resistance factions in Iraq, and long term

HistoricalMullet: I *knew* “imminent threat” was out there…

It’s been the big hullabaloo to toss around “imminent threat” in the debate on Iraq. The Dem’s say Bush/Powell/Rumsfield said it (which they didn’t), the Rep’s say it was never implied (which it was), but what always nags me is that there’s a reference to the terminology “imminent threat” that I never heard come up

HistoricalMullet: Stupid Legislative Pet Tricks

Tonight is the 30hour talk-a-thon in the Senate, perhaps the silliest maneuver I’ve seen since the Texas state legislature fled the state. At least in Texas there wasn’t the risk of bad law being brought through in their absence, here there’s a real danger of some nation-wide law being put into place without debate. Full

HistoricalMullet: My plan for Iraq

Just jotting down notes I’ve been thinking about for the last few months. Hidden behind the LJ cut for those who don’t care. I doubt the below would ever happen, it’s very politically risky, but it seems to me the most assured way of achieving success in Iraq at this point and heading off the

HistoricalMullet: Chortle…

Back from my home state of Washington…form letters coming out of Iraq sent to hometown newspapers but all signed by different soldiers who turns out are unaware of them. Not sure who thought this was a good idea but it wasn’t, from the sounds of the article they would’ve accomplished their goal far better

HistoricalMullet: Random thought….

(One of the earlier formations of “No State has a Right to Tyranny”, ed. 10/18/2023) The road to lasting tyranny is not paved in obvious methods of oppression but simply the cultivation of fear.   Tim C.   DISCUSSION Have you read a ‘Road to Serfdom?’ Nope, just read this article today: “”Some claim

HistoricalMullet: Chalabi Bites the Hand that Feeds Him

Chalabi shows his colors as soon as he’s on the ground in Iraq undermining US policy that put him on the ground there with forign cache in the first place. (Ed. 103/2/2023) Been a week or so, personal update to follow but today’s political vent. Chalabi was the Pentagon’s hand-picked, “leader in the wings” for