Right Web - July 16, 2014
Ahmed Chalabi, the onetime Iraqi exile who aggressively courted neoconservative support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq by spreading falsehoods about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs, long ago fell out of favor in Washington and has never enjoyed much popular support in Iraq, where he currently serves in parliament. But amid Iraq's current political crisis, Chalabi has been floated as a possible compromise candidate to replace Nouri al-Maliki as the prime minister of Iraq—and some of his old neoconservative allies, especially Richard Perle, have expressed joy at the possibility. Concluded a writer for the Washington Post, "It seems a sad indication of the absurdity of the past 11 years of Iraqi history that the man who helped dupe U.S. officials into that invasion should now be backed in his bid for leadership by those very same people."
Right Web - July 10, 2014
Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and an avid foreign policy hawk in her own right, is slowly returning to the spotlight after her disastrous primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) last year. In addition to penning hawkish screeds against the Obama administration’s policies in Iraq and cofounding a hardline new 501(c)4 group with her father Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney is reportedly seeking to mend ties with the Republican establishment she alienated during her Senate bid, possibly in preparation for another run for office.
Right Web - July 09, 2014
Dan Senor, who served as the Bush administration's spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, gained notoriety for his misleading and deeply politicized statements about U.S. "progress" in the disintegrating country. Undeterred, Senor—who is also an investment banker and the cofounder of the neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative—has re-emerged to urge the Obama administration to send "air power" and "special ops" to Iraq to prop up the beleaguered sectarian government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Right Web - July 03, 2014
Newly released documents have revealed that government investigators were aware of serious misconduct by Blackwater employees in Iraq even before the notorious Nisour Square massacre in 2007, during which Blackwater employees killed 17 Iraqi civilians. In a memo to his State Department superiors, one investigator revealed that Blackwater's chief of operations in Iraq—a former Navy SEAL—had threatened to kill him during a meeting to discuss the company's abuses. The U.S. embassy then sent the investigators home after they reported the threat, leading them to conclude—in a memo filed just weeks before the Nisour Square massacre—that "The contractors, instead of [State] Department officials, are in command and in control" at the U.S. embassy in Iraq. The company formerly known as Blackwater and Xe Services rebranded itself as Academi in 2011.
Right Web - June 30, 2014
Jay Garner, the retired lieutenant general who oversaw reconstruction efforts in Iraq for less than a month before being replaced by George W. Bush loyalist Paul Bremer, has broken sharply with his successor over how to respond to the latest ISIS offensive in Iraq. While Bremer has called for boots on the ground, Garner said recently, “The Iranians should solve this problem, not us.” Instead, Garner advocates sending arms to Iraqi Kurdistan, where he served during the first Gulf War and later invested in oil interests.
Right Web - June 26, 2014
As the U.S. envoy in postwar Iraq from 2003-2004, former diplomat Paul Bremer was responsible for the extremely controversial decision to disband the Iraqi armed forces and rebuild them anew—a factor strongly linked to the rise of a Sunni insurgency and Iraq's subsequent descent into sectarian bloodletting. Despite his own role in the U.S. occupation of the country, Bremer has blamed the rise of ISIS and Iraq's disintegration on the Obama administration's decision to complete the U.S. troop withdrawal initiated by President Bush. "I thought it was odd to be listening to Bremer’s advice on this," said James Mann, author of Rise of the Vulcans, an influential book about the Bush administration's war cabinet. "He’s the guy who disbanded the [Iraqi] army, and that single action probably had the greatest causative effect to the mess we see now of anyone."
Right Web - June 23, 2014
“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” wrote Dick Cheney in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to complete the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq three years ago. The op-ed prompted instant backlash from the left as well as the right, with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly telling Cheney, “Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq.” The op-ed was part of a rollout of Alliance for a Stronger America, a hawkish new 501c4 group Cheney recently launched with his daughter Elizabeth.