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Iraq War 10th Anniversary

Tom Morello Endorses Dying Vets Letter To Bush, Cheney

Posted 03.25.2013 | Entertainment

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is backing his good friend and speaking out against the U.S. involvement in Iraq. To commemorate th...

Marine Who Played Iconic Role In Iraq Questions War's Purpose

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

On April 9, 2003, Marine Cpl. Edward Chin was the focus of television cameras worldwide when he was broadcast draping a large rope around the neck of ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, President Obama gave a well-received tough-love speech in Israel, Syria may or may not have used chemical weapons, and Cyprus was given until Monday to come up with a restructuring Plan B after its parliament rejected Plan A: a 10 percent "haircut" tax on bank deposits over $100,000. Even more suspect than the health of Cyprus' banks is the decision-making on how to save them. "Impressively stupid" is how described the EU's ambush of newly-elected (and pro-EU) President Anastassiades with a plan that -- by grabbing insured deposits -- would damage bank confidence throughout the EU. How can leaders make decisions this "impressively stupid?" As Felix Salmon writes, it was a move "born of an unholy combination of procrastination, blackmail, and sleep-deprived gamesmanship." For proof that this kind of decision making isn't exclusive to Europe, this week was also the 10th anniversary of one of the most "impressively stupid" and profoundly tragic decisions in U.S. history: the invasion of Iraq.

Dreaming of George

Graham Nash | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Graham Nash

As with songwriting, that space just before you fall to sleep (what Crosby calls "When the elves take over the workshop") is most informative and often leads to the creation of a song. In my dream I became friends with former President George W. Bush.

Amanda Terkel

Washington Post Editorial Page Misses Iraq War Anniversary | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.20.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON -- In the months leading up to the Iraq War, The Washington Post ran 27 editorials in favor of invasion, according to a count by veteran PB...

Was the Iraq War Worth It?

Hussein Ibish, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Hussein Ibish, Ph.D.

Ten years later, was the Iraq War worth it? Did the U.S. achieve its goals? Is Iraq a more democratic country? Are the Iraqi people better off than they were under Saddam Hussein? Was it worth the cost? And most important, was it worth the American and Iraqi lives lost? You decide.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Who Voted Against Iraq War Stand Their Ground 10 Years Later | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Congress voted to authorize the Iraq War in October 2002, only seven Republicans voted against it -- and they took heat for bucking...

Christina Wilkie

Iraq War Contractors Still Fighting -- In Court | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Rumsfeld declared war on the Pentagon bureaucracy on a quiet, sunny Monday seven months into his tenure as secretary of defense. ...

U.S. To Slash Iraq Embassy By Two-Thirds

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.19.2013 | World

The US mission in Iraq -- the biggest in the world -- will slash its numbers by two-thirds by the end of this year from its peak figure of over 16,000...

LOOK: Iconic Images Of The Iraq War

Posted 03.19.2013 | World

Wednesday marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a dubious milestone for two countries whose relationship has grown even more muddle...

Democracy Now! Interactive Timeline of the Iraq War & Discussion on Long-term Impacts

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Ten years ago today, the United States invaded Iraq under the pretext that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. Six weeks later, Pre...

Dying Iraq Veteran Eviscerates Bush, Cheney On War's 10th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

Days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Tomas Young, then a 22-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., made a decision repeated by many other Amer...

Daniel Basteiro

Family Of Spanish Cameraman Killed In Iraq Hotel Attack Searching For Answers 10 Years Later | Daniel Basteiro | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

MADRID -- Ten years have gone by, and Javier Couso is still fighting what he calls the “lies” about the Iraq war that killed his brother, José Co...

Geoffroy Clavel

Ten Years After Iraq, France Not Afraid Of War | Geoffroy Clavel | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

PARIS -- Ten years after the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 20, 2003, which succeeded in ousting the dictator Saddam Hussein but plunged B...

Jon Ward

Iraq War Anniversary Finds GOP Regretful, Trying To Find A Path Forward | Jon Ward | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Back when the Iraq war was going to be a surgical operation and not an eight-year occupation, Barack Obama was a largely unknown state...

Mark Blumenthal

Iraq War Poll Reveals Telling Lack Of Ties | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nearly decade-long war in Iraq cost the United States dearly in lives, casualties and dollars, but despite the immense toll, the ove...

Molly O'Toole

Tammy Duckworth Reflects On War That Changed Her Life | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

When images of joyous Iraqi voters with purple thumbs were broadcast around the world in January 2005, Tammy Duckworth watched with heartfelt tears fr...

The Best Iraq War Reflections, Rounded Up

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

Ten years after the United States invaded Iraq, The Huffington Post has launched a series looking back at the war. David Wood reported on the human co...

10 Years Later, Majority View Iraq War As Mistake: Poll

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

Ten years after the United States invaded Iraq, 53 percent of Americans now view the war as a mistake -- but with a majority of Republicans still stan...

Joshua Hersh

$800 Billion Thrown Away On Iraq War | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

For the past few months, a strange thing has been happening in the central Iraq town of Fallujah. Thousands of citizens, virtually all of them Sunni M...

David Wood

The Iraq War's Human Costs | David Wood | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

Nightfall and still over 100 degrees as the gun trucks of a U.S. military convoy known as Dagger Three Seven growl in S-turns past the concrete barrie...

Joshua Hersh

Who Got It Right On Iraq War? | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics

How depressing to look back on the months before the war in Iraq -- that nearly nine-year misadventure that left thousands of Americans (and more than...

Howard Fineman

Iraq War 10 Years Later: How Did We Let It Happen? | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conference room on Air Force One looks like any other conference room, except that the chairs at the big oak table slide on tracks a...

Consulting the Zombies: Why We Invariably Turn to the 'Experts' Who Were Never Right on Iraq

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We don't get it. We really don't. We may not, in military terms, know how to win any more, but as a society we don't get losing either. We don't recognize it, even when it's staring us in the face.

Mission Unaccomplished

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

On March 20, as we mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion from hell, we still don't get it. In case you want to jump to the punch line, though, it's this: by invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time.