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Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, is a senior reporter for The Washington Independent.

Is the president living up to his foreign-policy promises to quash fear and promote dignity? He's doing better abroad than he is at home. Read more

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With A Problem from Hell, Samantha Power changed the way we talk about liberalism and human rights. Read more

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The Iraq War has been characterized by euphemism since its inception. Here's a guide to some of the most pronounced, and pernicious, euphemisms of the Iraq War. Read more

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What's missing in the movie is what has sustained the comic book series for most of its history. Iron Man is actually a scathing critique of American imperialism. Read more

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Barack Obama is offering the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we've heard from a serious presidential contender in decades. But will voters buy it? Read more

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According to interviews with detained members of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the most powerful recruitment tool for Islamic extremists is ... the war itself. Read more

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Prospect writers discuss the final episode of the critically acclaimed HBO series. Read more

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TAP Online talks with A.J. Rossmiller, author of Still Broken, the new book about his experiences as an intelligence officer in Iraq. Read more

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Prospect writers discuss the fifth season of the critically acclaimed HBO series. Read more

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Never mind the rampant VP speculation. Just by speaking at the Democratic Convention, Sen. Jim Webb has a chance to undercut one of the most enduring--and corrosive--GOP narratives of the last 25 years. Read more

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Prospect writers discuss the fifth season of the critically acclaimed HBO series. Read more

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General David Petraeus has a sterling reputation, the love of the press, and the adoration of the GOP. Don't be surprised if a Democratic presidential win in '08 starts an effort to recruit Petraeus as the Republican candidate in '12. Read more

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With just days left before the deadline for the Article 140 referendum on who will control northern Iraq, both Kurds and Sunnis are pledging violence over the outcome. Read more

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Bush's latest ploy in the war on terror is to recycle tactics from Iraq in Pakistan. But it's unlikely that the strategy of allying with tribal figures against al-Qaeda will work in Pakistan -- and it's unclear whether it worked in Iraq. Read more

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Concerned Local Citizens groups represent the United States' first attempt at actually creating Iraqi militias, and U.S. officials are enthusiastic about the effort. Few seem to have noticed the potential pitfalls. Read more

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There's an opportunity for reconciliation and actual statecraft right now in Iraq. It remains to be seen if the United States will take advantage of it. Read more

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Despite the Bush administration's party line, construction of permanent U.S. bases along with long-term plans for troop presence continue apace. Read more

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Ricardo Sanchez's mishandling of the Iraq War during his year as ground commander is legend. It should come as no surprise, then, that his recent account of who's to blame for Iraq is so bitter and distorted. Read more

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Last week's intense focus on whether the surge was working obscured the real Bush agenda -- a long-term U.S. presence in Iraq. Read more

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Petraeus describes the Iraq War as a war of figurative inches. Before Congress, he's likely to emphasize these smaller achievements instead of the bigger picture -- which is unquestionably bleak. Read more

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