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Iraq War Deaths

'Mission Accomplished' Was 12 Years Ago Today. What's Been The Cost Since Then?

The Huffington Post | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush delivered a now-infamous speech aboard an aircraft carrier in which he declared that "major combat operations...

The Cost of a Lie: Half a Million Dead in Iraq

William J. Furney | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
William J. Furney

Is it right to blame leaders -- directly -- for such loss of life? When there was no real reason for war in the first place, the only ethical answer can, of course, be yes. And herein lies one of the main paradoxes of Western powers and their actions.

'Mission Accomplished' 10 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush stepped down from a Navy jet that had just landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln. He was wearing a flight suit an...

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.

Twisted Rhetoric on the Anniversary of the Iraq War

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Rick Ayers

There are honorable deaths, there may be necessary wars. But this was neither honorable nor necessary. Does telling the truth blame the soldiers? It shouldn't, but it certainly should make the powerful less comfortable.

What You Won't Hear About Iraq

John Tirman | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
John Tirman

The Iraq War raises many questions still, 10 years after those first bombs sought out Saddam Hussein. Most of the coverage will focus on the decisions leading to the war, the blend of lies and arrogance in the Bush administration. What we won't hear much about is what happened to Iraqis.

Glass Houses in the Middle East

John Tirman | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
John Tirman

The numbers of civilians killed in Syria is appalling. But the contrast to another war is striking. The U.S. invasion of Iraq prompted a civil war that took the lives of civilians by the hundreds of thousands. Our concern for these civilians was noticeably less generous than it is for the Syrians.

Happy Ninth Anniversary Iraq Invasion!

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Just like with my own wedding anniversary, I'm a few days late recognizing the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, but sincere in marking the occasion none the less.

U.S. Military Recovers Remains Of Last Soldier Missing In Iraq

McClatchy DC | Posted 04.27.2012 | World

BEIRUT - The U.S. military has recovered the remains of the last U.S. service member missing in Iraq, ending a nearly six-year ordeal involving shadow...

Forgetting Iraq, Republicans Thirst For War Against Iran

John Tirman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
John Tirman

The boundless thirst for war among Republicans underscores yet again how extreme their politics have become.

4,474 Americans Dead in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Our wars, our only legacy from the evil of 9/11, signs of a nation gone mad, have cost America over $4 trillion. Yet while money is one thing to squander, we weep over the unnecessary loss of lives.

He Was 22... She Was 12...

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In what should be a think-outside-the-box moment, the sole lesson Washington seems capable of absorbing is that its failed policy is the only possible policy. Among other things, this means more "incidents," more "mistakes," more "accidents," more dead.

Fussing Over Numbers: Body Counts and Accountability

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Gaston

Civilian casualty counts boil a thousand stories of loss into impersonal statistics, and obscure the real tragedy of these incidents.

Some People Never Learn

Jane Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Smiley

In Bob Woodward's new book, Condoleezza Rice hastens to remind us just how blind and stupid they have been, no doubt to make sure that no one in his or her right mind could possibly pull that "Republican" lever in the voting booth ever again.

Military Blocks Photos Of US Dead

New York Times | MICHAEL KAMBER and TIM ARANGO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The case of a freelance photographer in Iraq who was barred from covering the Marines after he posted photos on the Internet of several of them dead h...