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Iraq lies in ruin, the US military occupation is generating a sustained
guerrilla resistance, crime is rampant in Baghdad and an Iraqi civil war
along ethnic and religious lines is a real possi

In the end, George W. Bush got Congress to approve the $87 billion he
insisted on for the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq.

The people are asking for answers from the People's House.

The basic mistake of American policy in Iraq is not that the
Pentagon--believing the fairy tales told it by Iraqi exile groups and
overriding State Department advice--forgot, when planning "reg

"The nerve! Not so! That word still rankles."
"You're sinking. I can't see your ankles."
"The thugs are here; we now just squeeze."

An imperial errand is not so hard to begin, not so easy to complete.

"One has to be careful," said United Nations Secretary General Kofi
Annan in late August, "not to confuse the UN with the US." If the
Secretary General had taken his own advice, maybe his Brazi

The White House said, although it wasn't true,
Iraq must be invaded, PDQ,
Since terrorists, who'd caught us unaware,
Were with Iraq, and always gathered there.

With the August 19 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in
Baghdad, and with the deaths of twenty-three people so far--including
the chief of the UN mission, Sergio Vieira de Mello--the t

Blogs

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the US government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.

April 16, 2014

Chris Matthews on MSNBC announced, “We‘re all neo-cons now.”

April 9, 2014

“America broke Iraq; now America owns Iraq, and it owns the primary responsibility for normalizing it,” writes Thomas Friedman.

April 8, 2014

I was the editor of Editor & Publisher then and we raised many questions about the dangers of this from the start, with Joe Galloway, Sydney Schanberg and others sounding alarms. But few others did the same.

March 30, 2014

“What President Obama said is false,” said Ross Caputi of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “The U.S. did not attempt to work within the international system.”

March 27, 2014

Will Media Atonement Day happen? Don’t bet on it. 

March 24, 2014

I felt the press had blown its last best chance to really put Bush's feet to the fire.

March 20, 2014

We were among the few to raise serious questions about what might happen after our “victory” in Iraq.

March 18, 2014

Greg Mitchell recalls the good, the bad and the ugly in press coverage of the Iraq War.

March 17, 2014

Iraqis continue to suffer, as much as ever, the fallout from this country’s callous lies and avoidable mistakes.

March 15, 2014