So, who won the war in Iraq? Iran.

Analysis: As US troops became mired in fighting an insurgency, Iran extended its influence.read more

As the U.S. military concludes its combat role — which President Barack Obama will formally announce from the Oval Office on Tuesday — Iraq is indeed a dramatic example for the Middle East, but not in the ways that Bush and his administration envisioned. Iraq did not become a beacon of democracy, nor did it create a domino effect that toppled other dictatorial regimes in the Arab world. Instead, the Iraq war has unleashed a new wave of sectarian hatred ... Full Story »

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Joey Baker
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by Joey Baker - Aug. 30, 2010

An excellent job of condensing Middle Eastern politics and struggles into one piece.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Aug. 31, 2010

the writer's point of view here is that the conflict between the shiites and the sunnis in many middle eastern nations is and has been a primary factor in the instability and regional conflict, and that our war in iraq primarily has exacerbated this. this is an analysis based upon the writer's perceptions and interpretation of a lot of information not familiar to most in the u.s.and ,because sources are not included the story is difficult to assess for accuracy and fairness..

this is an interesting story as it connects much more information about modern lebanon history and that of our allies in the middle east, to to the sunni-shiite conflicts throughout the region..

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - Aug. 30, 2010

A keen and original analysis of Iraq's place in the world as the U.S. combat mission there is deemed "complete." The writer is a knowledgeable source able to draw important historical and sociological parallels across the region to put it all into context. Quoting more stakeholders and including links to additional sources would have made this even more informative and compelling.

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Sirajul Islam
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by Sirajul Islam - Aug. 31, 2010

The question raised: Is this good journalism? Why? Off course good, but deficient. And the story title, while quipped an open question, but answers like a closed one. There can be debate who is the winner, if there be any, or who are the losers, or this war game in Iraq was a lose-lose game or a win-win game. The article written didn't put in enough perspective, info, behind the ciurtain activities, analtsis etc so that anybody can come to an one-word conclusion.

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Aug. 31, 2010

He explained the regional dynamics better than anyone else. “Everyone is fighting battles through local proxies. It’s like the Cold War,” he told me. “All regimes ... More »

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Bob Herrschaft
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by Bob Herrschaft - Aug. 31, 2010

This is the kind of journalism we should have had before the war, when very little was reported on the sectarian divisions within Iraq. The same lack of substantive reporting was evident during the breakdown of Yugoslavia, when there was little attempt in the press to define the historical differences between the various ethnic and sectarian divisions in that country.

I doubt if George Bush and the neocons knew or cared much about the sectarian divisions in Iraq before they decided to "liberate" what was in fact an artificial country.Had we just given aid to the Kurds (as we did with the Albanians in Kosovo) intervention would have made some sense.

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James Canning
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by James Canning - Aug. 30, 2010

This story would be better if the author acknowledged that Iran tried to prevent the idiotic US/UK invasion of Iraq even though Iran knew it would "benefit" from the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Iran and Syria offered to help the US get out of Iraq in 2006, and to help maintain stability after the US got out. Thhe moron in the White House spurned the offer.

Obviously the Iraq War was a catastrophe for the US taxpayers. At least $2 trillion squandered on an insane military adventure. And the same neocon warmongers who lied, cheated and conspired to set up the idiotic Iraq War, are trying to do it again with Iran!

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Terrance Hodgins
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by Terrance Hodgins - Aug. 30, 2010

Who won the war in Iraq? Iran. Robert Baer came to the same conclusion. Robert Baer is a former CIA agent who has long experience in the Middle East. He wrote two books about the situation in the Middle East: Sleeping With the Devil, about our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and our dependence on their oil. Baer's second book is "The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower", and it clearly and thoroughly explains how the moronic foreign policy of the Bush administration handed Iraq to Iran. Baer states that all of the other relevant Arab states are now tilting towards Iran. Lebanon is basically run by Iran now. Syria and Jordan have to kowtow to Iran, and lean away from Saudi Arabia. Egypt has to appease Iran. ... More »

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