Regions / Iraq
Politics has trumped democracy as Iraq just postponed a key vote on the status of U.S. forces in their country.
'The Will to Resist' is a book about average soldiers and their brave acts of dissent against a system that is betraying them.
The war's casualties are measured in more than broken bodies.
While Iraq could easily become Obama's nightmare with a policy that emphasizes sectarian divisions, a national unity framework will help Iraq become a new democracy in the Middle East.
What happened to the inevitable wave of democracy reaching every shore?
Obama's approach toward the Muslim world may be diplomatic, but it remains the work of mobilized people across the United States to end Obama's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, halt the occupation of Iraq immediately rather than years from now, stop U.S. military aid to Israel, and launch new negotiations with Iran not based on military threats.
The latest surge in violence isn't because the United States is leaving, but because the timeframe and terms of withdrawal are unclear.
Poets send their messages to the president, and keep them short.
The gulf between the rhetoric of withdrawal and the reality on the ground grows wider each day the occupation continues.
Chas Freeman was on his way to head up the National Intelligence Council until the right-wing attacks began.