Laurie Mylroie

Laurie Ann Mylroie, Ph.D., most recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where she provided cultural advice to the U.S. military. She is now an adjunct Senior Fellow with Frontiers of Freedom and Editorial Fellow with the Canadian technology and data company, RIWI.

The New York Times Rediscovers Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq

 

What a difference a decade makes! When it was first reported in May 2004 that Saddam-era chemical weapons shells had injured U.S. troops, the editors of the New York Times dismissed that, “Finding some residual weapons that had escaped a large-scale destruction program would be no great surprise and if the chemicals had degraded, no […]

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Sarah and Saddam

 

The pit bull with lipstick gave a rousing send-off to U.S. soldiers headed for Iraq: You are going to “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.” Guess what? The establishment reacted with horror! The Washington Post complained the governor did not understand […]

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Mystery of the WMDs

 

George Piro, a personable and handsome FBI agent, appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday to tell us Saddam Hussein’s secrets. The 36-year-old Lebanese-American was Saddam’s interrogator. In addition to whatever the show disclosed about Saddam, it also revealed a lot about how the U.S. media and bureaucracies have handled and stoked the controversies over Operation Iraqi […]

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Unintelligence

 

The controversial National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program has finally precipitated a discussion about the fallibility of U.S. intelligence. Until now, the intelligence community might have one view one year and the opposite view a year or two later, but whatever view it had, that view was supposed to be the authoritative understanding — […]

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Present at the Destruction

 

This review appears in the July/August 2007 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to our monthly print edition, click here. The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace By Ali A. Allawi (Yale University Press, 518 pages, $28) ALI ALLAWI, AN ECONOMIST by training, was minister of trade and briefly minister of […]

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What Is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Saying?

 

After terrorist extraordinaire Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) acknowledged involvement in over 30 plots going back to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing at his Guantanamo Bay hearing (pdf), some pundits complained he was bragging. Yet although KSM may have padded his resume, U.S. authorities have long recognized his centrality. Already in December 2002, several months […]

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Al Qaeda’s Hidden Roots

 

Cyrus Nowrasteh, scriptwriter for ABC’s docudrama The Path to 9/11, defends the film’s controversial, invented scenes, noting that the first attack on the World Trade Center occurred one month after Bill Clinton took office, and eight years passed in which Clinton did little to thwart the growing menace. Nowrasteh makes a crucial point, but it […]

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At Home in Baghdad

 

Abu Abbas, head of the Palestine Liberation Front, was captured in Iraq shortly after the fall of Baghdad and died of natural causes in U.S. custody the following year. Notorious for the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, Abbas’s most deadly terrorist attack actually occurred in 1974, when a PLF assault in northern Israel killed […]

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Origins of the Iraqi Insurgency

 

Among the Iraqi documents released to the public, at least five deal with the construction of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). One such document (CMPC-2003-005914) is a ten-page worksheet.* The first two pages are entitled, “Annual Plan for the Mechanical Workshop, Sheen-27 — 1999”; the last eight are entitled “First Season Report of the Sheen-27 Work […]

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State-Sponsored Terrorism, Anyone?

 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has finally begun to release documents from the huge cache it has captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and they are being posted to the website of the Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. One of the most interesting reports to appear is an Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) review of Iraqi efforts […]

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