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How you analyze an issue depends on the starting point. An recent op-ed in the Washington Post by leading neoconservatives Fred and Kimberly Kagan on the impending US departure from Iraq lays out five current “American core interests” in the region. They are: that Iraq should continue to be one unified state; that there should... Read More
I did a cover article for The American Conservative back in 2005 called "Money for Nothing". I detailed how more than $20 billion of mostly Iraqi government funds earmarked for reconstruction had disappeared. In one case a Blackhawk helicopter load of $100 bills was handed over to a contact in the Kurdish region without so... Read More
The US Army is leaving Iraq at the end of the year or maybe not depending on how the negotiations on thousands of trainers works out. Why remain in Iraq at all? According to the State Department it's to maintain “situational awareness around the country, manage political crises in potential hotspots such as Kirkuk, and... Read More
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was in Iraq yesterday. He said two things that are interesting. First, he connected the unrest in Iraq to al-Qaeda, claiming that there are 1,000 terrorists in the country. He told a gathering of soldiers "The reason you guys are here is because of 9/11. The US got attacked and... Read More
There is something fundamentally wrong about the way the United States views the rest of the world and interacts with it. I would cite two incidents from the past week: In a Tuesday press conference at the White House with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama fielded a series of questions on the US economy’s... Read More
Does anyone remember how the US media and the Bush Administration were excoriating Saddam Hussein for the hideous dictatorship he was running and it later turned out that not only did he have no WMD but news coverage after the invasion made it clear that many Iraqi households had an AK-47 or two lying somewhere... Read More
For those who appreciate a little comedy of the absurd with their Saturday morning coffee I recommend an article on the Baghdad Embassy/Mausoleum in today's Wash Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/28/AR2009082803166.html. The Embassy, the largest in the world, will cost $1.5 billion to run this year, rising to $1.8 billion in 2010 and 2011. The Embassy has 88... Read More
Got this from Jim Algrant, a former colleague at CIA. I don't know who the author is, but I have to share it: They flew me 'ome from Baghdad with a bullet in me chest. Cos they've closed the army 'ospitals, so now I'm NHS. Yes, it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, and "You're not... Read More
Watching the military parades held in Iraq's cities earlier today to celebrate the departure of the US troops and noting the deaths of four more Americans during the withdrawal it was all too easy to think that the wheel has turned full circle. Iraq is headed by a strongman who intends to stay in power... Read More
In Monday's Independent Patrick Cockburn reported on the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) report suggesting that as much as $125 billion might have been stolen from both Iraqi and American funds allocated for reconstruction. The thefts were carried out with the collusion of senior US military personnel. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/a-fraud-bigger-than-madoff-1622987.html. Readers of TAC might recall... Read More
Apparently for no reason at all, or at least no reason that has anything to do with what used to be euphemistically referred to as a national interest. One of the most astonishing articles to appear recently was featured in The WashPost's outlook section today, Thomas E. Ricks' "The War in Iraq isn't over. The... Read More
Those who have believed that the departured of Dubya from the oval office will mean that Israeli politicians will no longer be able to call up American presidents and tell them what to do should think twice. The story of General Anthony Zinni's aborted appointment as ambassador to Iraq has received remarkably little attention and... Read More
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been complaining to anyone willing to stand around and listen that his ill-conceived attack on rogue cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Medhi Army in Basra was carried out under orders from Dick Cheney, who had visited Baghdad the week before the fighting started. Per al-Maliki, Cheney told him that the time... Read More
Who was behind the Niger uranium documents?
From the beginning, there has been little doubt in the intelligence community that the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame was part of a bigger story. That she was exposed in an attempt to discredit her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, is clear, but the drive to demonize Wilson cannot reasonably be attributed only to... Read More
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Billions of dollars have disappeared, gone to bribe Iraqis and line contractors’ pockets.
The United States invaded Iraq with a high-minded mission: destroy dangerous weapons, bring democracy, and trigger a wave of reform across the Middle East. None of these have happened. When the final page is written on America’s catastrophic imperial venture, one word will dominate the explanation of U.S. failure—corruption. Large-scale and pervasive corruption meant that... Read More
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Philip Giraldi
About Philip Giraldi

Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for Antiwar.com. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren.


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