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NEW: Target Iran:
US Able to Strike in the Spring
Ewen MacAskill in Washington
US preparations for an air strike against Iran are
at an advanced stage, in spite of repeated public
denials by the Bush administration, according to
informed sources in Washington. The present military
build-up in the Gulf would allow the US to mount an
attack by the spring. But the sources said that if there
was an attack, it was more likely next year, just before
Mr Bush leaves office.
Steven L. Jordan, Abu Ghraib Officer
The only U.S. military officer charged with a crime in
the Abu Ghraib scandal will be court-martialed on
eight charges, including cruelty and maltreatment
of prisoners, the Army said Friday.
Lockheed Stock and
Two Smoking Barrels
by Richard Cummings
If you think the Iraq War hasn't worked out
well for anyone, think again. Defense contractors
such as Lockheed are thriving. And no wonder:
here's the story of how Lockheed's interests--as
opposed to those of the American citizenry--set
the course of U.S. policy after 9/11.
Audit Finds U.S. Hid Cost
of Iraq Projects
By JAMES GLANZ
July 30, 2006
The State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion
in reconstruction money in Iraq used an accounting
shell game to hide ballooning cost overruns on its
projects there and knowingly withheld information on
schedule delays from Congress, a federal audit
released late Friday has found.
Pentagon Study Links Fatalities to
January 7, 2006
By MICHAEL MOSS
A secret Pentagon study has found that as many
as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in
Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived
if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been
available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has
largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from
the field for additional protection, according to military officials.
Up in the Air: Where Is the Iraq
War Headed Next?
By Seymour M. Hersh
The New Yorker
05 December 2005 Issue
In recent weeks, there has been widespread
speculation that President George W. Bush,
confronted by diminishing approval ratings and
dissent within his own party, will begin pulling
American troops out of Iraq next year.
U.S. Should Repay Millions to Iraq,
a U.N. Audit Finds
By JAMES GLANZ
November 5, 2005
An auditing board sponsored by the United Nations
recommended yesterday that the United States
repay as much as $208 million to the Iraqi government
for contracting work in 2003 and 2004 assigned to
Kellogg, Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary.
Sandstorm In Iraq
by Peggy Gish
8 August, 2005
We wake up to the dull orange sky hanging
thickly all around the earth, dimming the sun.
Every breath we take is one full of dust. Buildings
across the street are hidden in the haze. During the night,
a dust storm has rolled into Baghdad.
Bush's Iraq Speech Fails on All Counts
By Gerald Rellick
George Bush had a bad week. He gave a major
speech on Tuesday in an effort to bolster support for
the war in Iraq, but by weeks end, judging from a
number of indicators, he clearly failed in this effort.
Iraqi Constitution Draft Includes
Curbs to Women's Rights
By EDWARD WONG
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 19 - A working draft of Iraq's
new constitution would cede a strong role to Islamic
law and could sharply curb women's rights, particularly
in personal matters like divorce and family inheritance.
Iraqi Civilian Deaths Increase
Dramatically After Invasion
Civilian deaths have risen dramatically in
Iraq since the country was invaded in March
2003, according to a survey conducted by
researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health, Columbia University
School of Nursing and Al-Mustansiriya University
in Baghdad. The researchers found that the majority
of deaths were attributed to violence, which were
primarily the result of military actions by Coalition forces.
Most of those killed by Coalition forces were
women and children.
Lancet: "100,000 Civilians Dead Since
New research published in the respected London
medical journal "The Lancet" indicates that the
civilian death toll in Iraq is around 10 times
higher than previously thought.
by Richard Horton, Monday November 01, 2004
Pentagon Intends to Replace
Ground Commander in Iraq
Departure is unrelated to abuse scandal,
officials say. Ex-chief of prison is suspended.
By John Hendren and Richard A. Serrano
Further, the Red Cross determined that detainees
were subjected to "physical or psychological coercion
during interrogations" by U.S. intelligence officials...
contrary to what Defense Department officials have
said, that some detainees were not entitled to the
full protections of the Geneva Convention because
the prison was under fire from insurgents and there
was a desperate need for information from detainees.
Indignation Grows in US over British
By John Daniszewski
Thursday 12 May 2005
Critics of Bush call them proof that he and Blair never saw
diplomacy as an option with Hussein. London - Reports in
the British press this month based on documents indicating
that President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair had
conditionally agreed by July 2002 to invade Iraq appear to
have blown over quickly in Britain.
Proof Bush Fixed The Facts
May 04, 2005
"Intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy."
Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would see
those words in black and whiteand beneath a SECRET
stamp, no less. For three years now, we in Veteran Intelligence
Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have been saying that the
CIA and its British counterpart, MI-6, were ordered by their
countries' leaders to "fix facts" to "justify" an unprovoked
war on Iraq. More often than not, we have been greeted
with stares of incredulity.
May 01, 2005
The Secret Downing Street Memo
From: Matthew Rycroft
Date: 23 July 2002
S 195 /02
cc: Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Attorney-General,
Sir Richard Wilson, John Scarlett, Francis Richards, CDS, C,
Jonathan Powell, Sally Morgan, Alastair Campbell
IRAQ: PRIME MINISTER'S MEETING, 23 JULY
Copy addressees and you met the Prime Minister on 23
July to discuss Iraq.
The Secret Downing Street Memo
by Molly Ivins
AUSTIN, Texas -- I cannot let this astounding Downing
Street memo go unmentioned. On May 1, the Sunday
Times of London printed a secret memo that went to
the defense secretary, foreign secretary, attorney
general and other high officials. It is the minutes of
their meeting on Iraq with Tony Blair. The memo was
written by Matthew Rycroft, a Downing Street foreign
policy aide. It has been confirmed as legitimate and
is dated July 23, 2002. I suppose the correct cliche
is "smoking gun."
Iraq and the Bush Administration Policies
REMARKS BY SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY (D-MA)
TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
SEN. KENNEDY: Thank you. Thank you, General Nash, for
that generous introduction. General Nash had an impressive
career in the U.S. Army. His experience, expertise in conflict
prevention and postwar reconstruction from his leadership
in the Balkans has created and greatly assisted the
debate on postwar Iraq.
Press Reports on U.S. Casualties:
About 17,000 Short, UPI Says
U.S. Suffers 25,029 casualties
By Mark Benjamin
Published: September 15, 2004
NEW YORK (UPI) Nearly 17,000 service members
medically evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan are
absent from public Pentagon casualty reports
commonly cited by newspapers, according to
military data reviewed by United Press International.
Most don't fit the definition of casualties, according
to the Pentagon, but a veterans' advocate said they
should all be counted.
Chalabi--is Alive and Well and
Entrenched [Temporarily] in
by Marcia MacMullan
June 24, 2004
Jane Mayer's prescient article, "The Manipulator" in
the New Yorker was published shortly before Ayad
Allawi was appointed, on U.S. orders, as the interim
Prime Minister of Iraq.
Red Cross Was Told Iraq Abuse
'Part of the Process'
Mon May 10, 2004
By Peter Graff
LONDON - The Red Cross saw U.S. troops
keeping Iraqi prisoners naked for days in
darkness at the Abu Ghraib jail last October
and was told by an intelligence officer in
charge it was "part of the process," a report
leaked on Monday said.
Study Published by Army Criticizes
War on Terror's Scope
By Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 12, 2004
A scathing new report published by the Army War
College broadly criticizes the Bush administration's
handling of the war on terrorism, accusing it of taking
a detour into an "unnecessary" war in Iraq and pursuing
an "unrealistic" quest against terrorism that may lead
to U.S. wars with states that pose no serious threat. With
links to the full War College Report.
WMD Report Slams Bush White House
Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service
January 9, 2004
Viewed on January 13, 2004
Three leading non-proliferation experts from
a prominent think tank charge that the
administration of U.S. President George W.
Bush "systematically misrepresented" the
threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Summary of New Carnegie Report
WMD IN IRAQ
Evidence and Implications
WMD in IRAQ: Evidence and Implications, a
new study from the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace, details what the U.S. and
international intelligence communities understood
about Iraq's weapons programs before the war
The Torture Photos
May 5, 2004
It seems gloomily possible that in years to come,
when people in the Middle East recall the invasion
of Iraq, they will speak not of lost American lives or
the toppling of a brutal dictator. The most enduring
image of the occupation may be those pictures of
grinning American soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners.
The Nightmare at Abu Ghraib
May 3, 2004
The American military made a strange and ill-starred
decision when it chose to incarcerate Iraqis in Abu Ghraib,
the prison that had become a byword for torture under
Saddam Hussein and a symbol of everything the invasion
of Iraq was supposed to end. As United States officials
have known for months, some of the American soldiers
brought their own version of sadism to the site.
When We're the Evildoers in Iraq
Abuses by the U.S. military have left a dirty
stain on the reputation of this nation -- another
cost of an immoral foreign policy.
By Robert Scheer
President Bush is again refusing to take responsibility
for any of the horrors happening on his watch. This
time it is the abuse of Iraqi prisoners
Forgery of Iraq-War-Justifying
Documents Done in the U.S.
According to a Former Top U.S. Intelligence
Official on Los Angeles Radio Program
Los Angeles, Ca.--Vincent Cannistraro is the former
Director of National Security Council Intelligence
under Ronald Reagan (84-87) and the former
Chief of Operations of the CIAs Counterterrorism
Center, who led the investigation into the bombing
of Pan Am Flight 103. On April 3, 2005, he was
interviewed on Ian Masters' Background Briefing
radio program, which broadcasts from Los Angeles,
California on public radio. In the interview, Mr. Cannistraro
made a number of withering observations on the Bush
administration and the process failures that led to war.
The Critical Battle for Iraq's Energy
Attacks by Saboteurs Cripple Infrastructure
By Karl Vick
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, January 15, 2005
BAGHDAD -- The armed men waited until at
least 10 tanker trucks were in line outside the
huge refinery in the Sunni Triangle city of Baiji,
a major source of gasoline for Iraq. Then they
made their move: Arriving in a blue Opel sedan,
their faces obscured by checkered head scarves
and wraparound sunglasses, the insurgents
charged into the road and began moving from
truck to truck.
Pundit O'Reilly Now Skeptical
Tue Feb 10, 9:25 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative television
news anchor Bill O'Reilly said on Tuesday he was
now skeptical about the Bush administration and
apologized to viewers for supporting prewar claims
that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Former Iraq Arms Inspector Faults
By PHILIP SHENON
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 - A former Bush
administration official who led the fruitless
postwar effort to find weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday that the
National Security Council led by Condoleezza Rice
had botched intelligence information before the war
and was "the dog that did not bark" over Iraq's
The Religious Warrior of Abu Ghraib
An evangelical US general played a pivotal
role in Iraqi prison reform
Thursday May 20, 2004
Saving General Boykin seemed like a strange
sideshow last October. After it was revealed
that the deputy undersecretary of defence for
intelligence had been regularly appearing at
evangelical revivals preaching that the US
was in a holy war as a "Christian nation"
battling "Satan", the furore was quickly calmed.
Iraq Prisoners Faced 'Sadistic'
Sat May 1,
By Caroline Drees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi prisoners
faced numerous "sadistic, blatant and wanton
criminal abuses" by U.S. soldiers, including
sodomy and beatings, according to a U.S. Army
report quoted by the New Yorker magazine. The New
Yorker said it had obtained a 53-page, internal U.S.
military report into alleged abuses at the notorious
Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. In an article
posted on its Web site on Saturday, the magazine
said the report had been authorized by Lt. Gen.
Ricardo Sanchez, the top U.S. officer in Iraq and
was completed in February.
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
It is time to ask this question: Do we have any chance
of succeeding at regime change in Iraq without
regime change here at home?
A Time for Truth
by Patrick J. Buchanan
With pictures of the sadistic sexual abuse of
Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison still spilling out onto
the front pages, it is not too early to draw some
Open Door Policy
A strange thing happened on
the way to the war.
By Karen Kwiatkowski
As the winter of 2002 approached, I was
increasingly amazed at the success of the
propaganda campaign being waged by President
Bush, Vice President Cheney, and neoconservative
mouthpieces at the Washington Times and Wall
Street Journal. I speculated about the necessity
but unlikelihood of a Phil-Dick-style minority report
on the grandiose Feith-Wolfowitz-Rumsfeld-Cheney
vision of some future Middle East where peace, love,
and democracy are brought about by pre-emptive war
and military occupation
Americans Suffer More than 14,000
Casualties in Iraq
Between 14,000 and 22,000 military men
and women have been medically evacuated from Iraq
By David H. Hackworth
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - ALMOST daily we're
told that another American soldier has sacrificed life
or limb in Iraq. For way too many of us unless we
have a white flag with a blue star in our window these
casualty reports have become as big a yawn as a
TV forecast of the weather in Baghdad.
Bush Names Baker Envoy on Iraqi Debt
By Mike Allen and William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, December 5, 2003
President Bush today appointed former secretary
of state James A. Baker III to a key new post in
the U.S. effort to rebuild Iraq, announcing that the
veteran political operative and renowned troubleshooter
would become his "personal envoy on the issue of Iraqi debt."
BAKER TAKES THE LOAF
The President's Business Partner Slices Up Iraq
by Greg Palast
Monday, December 8, 2003
Well, ho ho ho! It's an early Christmas for James Baker III.
All year the elves at his law firm, Baker Botts of Texas,
have been working day and night to prevent the families of
the victims of the September 11 attack from seeking
information from Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom's funding
of Al Qaeda fronts.
Halliburton Chief Launches 'Defending
Our Company' Campaign
LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
Friday, October 24, 2003
©2003 Associated Press
The head of Vice President Dick Cheney's former
employer, Halliburton, is asking employees to contact
newspapers and lawmakers to counter Democratic
criticism of the company's no-bid contract in Iraq.
In an Oct. 17 memo entitled "Defending Our Company,"
Halliburton's president, Dave Lesar, said he was offended
by the criticism but cautioned employees to be
positive in their letters.
Bush Sells Indulgences to Get Into
Purgatory, Not to Get Out
October 29, 2003
by Katherine Yurica
George W. Bush must have Harry Potter's wand
for he's succeeded in convincing people that
Saddam Hussein was behind the September
11th attacks when he wasn't; has convinced
middle class Americans that he's only thinking
of them--when he's only thinking of the wealthy;
and has succeeded in convincing people that the
war is over and the thousands of wounded American
GIs jammed into hospitals that look like Civil War
wards--don't exist--and if they did exist, it's a reasonable
price to pay for the rebuilding of someone else's country
since more people are killed and maimed in auto
accidents in the U.S.
Christians in Iraq
By Glen Chancy
September 15, 2003 -- Many public services such as
water and electricity may be spotty in Iraq, but at least
mail delivery seems to be going well enough. Christian
Assyrian families all over Iraq have been receiving
versions of the following letter delivered to them
in their homes:
White House Is Ambushed By
Criticism From America's
By Andrew Gumbel
LOS ANGELES -- George Bush probably owes
his presidency to the absentee military voters
who nudged his tally in Florida decisively past
Al Gore's. But now, with Iraq in chaos and the
reasons for going to war there mired in controversy,
an increasingly disgruntled military poses perhaps the
gravest immediate threat to his political future, just
one year before the presidential elections.
Thanks for the M.R.E.'s
by Paul Krugman
A few days ago I talked to a soldier just back from
Iraq. He'd been in a relatively calm area; his main
complaint was about food. Four months after the fall
of Baghdad, his unit was still eating the dreaded M.R.E.'s:
meals ready to eat. When Italian troops moved into the area,
their food was "way more realistic" and American troops
were soon trading whatever they could for some of that
The National Security Strategy of the
United States of America, September 2002
The White House
A copy of the official document. For the first time
in U.S. history, a policy of pre-emptive strikes is
justified and outlined.
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