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War Drum Loops: Fox News Says Learning from the Past 'Not Helpful' in Deciding Iraq's Present

War Drum Loops: Fox News Says Learning from the Past 'Not Helpful' in Deciding Iraq's Present
Judith Miller, who now has a gig at Fox News, and her co-workers agree that it is absolutely "not helpful" to learn from the past when it comes to Iraq. Rupert Murdoch's American mouthpiece says the media is being unfair to those who were wrong about Iraq years ago, and that we should listen to them now.
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War Hungry Lawmakers May Have Had Their Fill of Iraq

War Hungry Lawmakers May Have Had Their Fill of Iraq
The prospect of the U.S. military returning to the fight in Iraq has turned congressional hawks into doves. Lawmakers who eagerly voted to authorize military force 12 years ago to oust Saddam Hussein and destroy weapons of mass destruction that were never found now harbor doubts that air strikes will turn back insurgents threatening Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government and Baghdad. Fears of Mideast quagmire and weariness after a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan loom large for even those who talk tough on national security. More than 6,000 Americans died in those wars, which cost a trillion dollars.
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Donna Cassata and Bradley Klapper
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Here Come the Clowns: Designers of Iraq War Debacle Have New Ideas!

Here Come the Clowns: Designers of Iraq War Debacle Have New Ideas!
Let's take a look at the killer clown car full of all the war hawks — Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, Tony Blair, etc. — who got Iraq completely wrong. They are sure to have some ahhhhmazing insight into why a third Iraq War is needed for the region.
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Complete Video of Obama's UN Speech on Syria: 'This Body Continues to be Tested'

Complete Video of Obama's UN Speech on Syria: 'This Body Continues to be Tested'
President Obama calls for UN action to back up the agreement reached to remove chemical weapons from Syria. Full video and transcript of the speech is available on the jump.
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Russia Pushing Syria to Surrender Chemical Weapons

Russia Pushing Syria to Surrender Chemical Weapons
The Russian foreign minister says Moscow will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. Sergey Lavrov said Monday that if such a move would help avert a possible U.S. strike on Syria, Russia will start work "immediately" to persuade Syria to relinquish control over its chemical arsenals.
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Vladimir Isachenkov
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Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Force in Syria

Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Force in Syria
A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. The resolution would permit Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.
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The AP
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Lines in the Syrian Sand or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Foolish Pride

Lines in the Syrian Sand or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Foolish Pride
It's always surprising when politicians use ultimatums to pain themselves in a corner, but while most of the country's recent examples revolve around no new taxes, President Obama's painted corner is made up of red lines and the potential for yet another war in the Middle East. Pride is a sinful thing, but it may be unavoidable — no matter how altruistic the motives to protect the Syrian people from its own government may be.
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