Fables of the Reconstruction.
According to a new GAO report
of full report], the surge has resulted in security gains and reduced violence in Iraq, but the political goals the surge was supposed to buy time for mostly haven't happened
. [more inside]
The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran That the White House Doesn't Want You to Know [print version]
profiles former NSC Middle East policy experts Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann and how the Bush administration turned down
a March 2003 peace offer
from Iran. [more inside]
Forty years on.
After a quick buildup
, the Six Day War
started 40 years ago today and reshaped the Middle East
. At the time,
Israel's quick win looked like a triumph, but after 40 years the war is still being fought
and it looks
like it may have been a pyrrhic victory
Lie by Lie.
The first installment in Mother Jones
' timeline of the Iraq War (Warning: big Flash file, with instructions
iFilm's War Zone
has videos "purportedly shot, edited and submitted by U.S. and other coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan" as well as videos by "various insurgent or paramilitary groups." Via the Washington Post
, which highlights hardcore helicopter ballet choreographed to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck,"
a Mahdi Army PR video
, and what "appears to be fornication in a convertible."
The New York Times says
"it's hard to say which are scarier: the clips themselves or the advertisements that run with them." [Some clips NSFW.]
The Secret Way to War:
The New York Review of Books
does a close reading of the Downing Street memo
of public statements by the Bush Adminstration vs. the memo's timeline.
Eyes on the War.
Streaming audio interviews with 24 photojournalists who've covered Iraq, with some of their best photos.
Civil War Maps
The Library of Congress just published an online collection of approximately 2,240 Civil War maps, with information about the collection
and a History of Mapping the Civil War
I vividly remember watching Ken Burns' amazingly great The Civil War
during the Gulf War. Now that we're apparently having a Gulf War sequel, The Civil War
has been remastered
. The Washington Post
jumps on the bandwagon with an online discussion with Ken Burns
and a great Flash map
of the campaign from the Seven Days to Antietam.
Nuclear war on film
The Los Angeles Times
[registration required] reviews the potrayal of nuclear war in the movies.