As you no doubt know, today is the 10th anniversary of Donald Rumsfeld's "Shock and awe," the beginning of the U.S. war in Iraq.
Our friend Peter Turnley has posted a portfolio of pictures from early in the war, called In Memory: The War in Iraq, Ten Years On. Take a look back with Peter....
[UPDATE: It's understandably difficult to discuss photographs like these without letting the discussion become dominated by the underlying issues. I waited until the "here's my opinion about the war" comments and the "that other commenter is an idiot" comments outnumbered the ones that were at least vaguely concerned with the pictures; then I closed the post. Thanks to everyone who commented, whether it was published or not; I hope you can understand that I didn't want the comments to the post to become completely dominated by arguments about American foreign policy, partisan politics, whether there were or were not Weapons of Mass Destruction, whether liberals are traitors, etc. As I always say, TOP isn't a forum. —Mike]
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A book of interest today:
Part I of Kevin Phillips' book American Theocracy, subtitled "Oil and American Supremacy," is still the best basic primer of energy politics I've read in the past ten years. Phillips is a somewhat polarizing writer: he was one of the early founders of Movement Conservatism (he wrote The Emerging Republican Majority in 1969 and was one of the authors of the notorious "Southern Strategy,") but is now considered apostate.
"Oil and American Supremacy" is not available separately, but it's a quick read, only 95 pages long, and it's easily worth the price of the paperback. (The Kindle e-book is priced higher than the paper book.) Here's the U.K. link —and yes, it would definitely be of interest to non-U.S. readers.
I've read lots more about the subject, but this is my kind of readin': short, smart, and right to the point.
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Rick D: "Fine, gut-wrenching work. Thank you, Mr. Turnley, for bearing witness to the human face of war. (Has it truly been ten years?)"