Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
  • Haditha Massacre - Alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians in Haditha committed by U.S. Marines

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Iraq War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Iraq War or War in Iraq, also referred to in the United States as the Second Gulf War or Operation Iraqi Freedom, began on March 20, 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by the United States under the administration of President George W. Bush and the United Kingdom under Prime Minister Tony Blair. ... Beginning September 1, 2010, the American operational name for its involvement in Iraq changed from 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' to 'Operation New Dawn.' The remaining 50,000 U.S. troops are now designated as 'advise and assist brigades' assigned to non-combat operations while retaining the ability to revert to combat operations as necessary. Two combat aviation brigades also remain in Iraq. ..."

Articles

A Nightmare in Iraq, by Sheldon Richman, 24 Sep 2003
Examines the situation in Iraq six months after the March 2003 invasion, including the consideration of using Israel as a model to manage the Iraqi population
"Americans soldiers are killing innocent Iraqi civilians almost on a regular basis. ... No wonder that U.S. government analysts believe that the troops have more to fear from average citizens than from the remnant of Saddam Hussein sympathizers. ... This has got to be an eye-opener to all those who insisted that the Americans would be greeted as liberators."
Related Topic: Israel
"Anti-War" Poseurs: All Whine, No Spine, by Terry Michael, RealClearPolitics, 23 Nov 2005
Criticises liberal Democratic politicians to stand up against the neoconservative arguments that eventually led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq
"Weapons of mass destruction was always a marketing ploy, as admitted to by Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the madness ... Playing on homeland insecurity, the neo-cons ... succeeded in getting the pre-emptive ('we're powerful and can do anything we damn well please') war they so badly wanted. Meanwhile, the actual bad guy who orchestrated 9/11 is still hiding in a cave somewhere thats not Iraq."
Related Topic: Vietnam War
Confessions of an "ex" Peak Oil Believer, by F. William Engdahl, 14 Sep 2007
Explains why the fossil fuel theory is wrong, the Russians successes with their "a-biotic" oil origin theory, and the possible reasons for the Iraq invasion
"Why then the high-risk war to control Iraq? For a century US and allied Western oil giants have controlled world oil via control of Saudi Arabia or Kuwait or Nigeria. Today, as many giant fields are declining, the companies see the state-controlled oilfields of Iraq and Iran as the largest remaining base of cheap, easy oil."
How Did We Get Here?: You have the "mainstream" media to thank for the Iraqi quagmire, by Justin Raimondo, 24 Oct 2007
Recapitulates the actions of various media in making the case for the Iraqi invasion and supporting its continuation
"It was Rose, after all, whose four-page spread ... made the most extreme claims about the imminent danger posed by Saddam: the Iraqis were feverishly working on a long-range missile project, which was perilously close to becoming operational. ... When none of this turned up in the aftermath of the invasion, did the editors of Vanity Fair cry 'mea culpa'?"
Iraq Exit Strategy: America's Path Forward [PDF], by Libertarian Party, 29 Jun 2005
Proposal by the Libertarian National Committee for the U.S. to remove its troops from Iraq and a direct-aid program to allow Iraq to reconstruct its infrastructure (note: the occupation lasted another six years)
"Regardless of an individual's stance on the initial invasion of Iraq, it is now clear that there is no end in sight to the sustained violence in the region. ... On March 19, 2003, the U.S. invasion of Iraq began with a massive bombing campaign and a large ground invasion. The active campaign lasted forty-four days, with an end to major combat operations announced by President Bush on May 1, 2003 ... American and coalition troops have remained in Iraq for over two years since Bush's declaration of victory."
Related Topics: George W. Bush, Iraq, United States
Iraq: One Year Later, by Sheldon Richman, 19 Mar 2004
Comments on the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings and on the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq
"It's got to be embarrassing to anyone who backed the war that terrorism is spreading, not receding, since the world's mastermind of all evil, Saddam Hussein, was deposed and arrested. Iraq itself is writhing from the violence, now aimed at civilian social workers and missionaries. ... No matter how devastating the evidence against the administration's policy — no weapons of mass destruction, no Iraqi alliance with bin Laden — the president and his people have only clichés to offer."
Related Topic: Spain
Is Any War Civil?, by Sheldon Richman, 4 Dec 2001
Considers the controversy over whether Iraq was engaged in a civil war in 2006, and Tony Snow's comment contrasting the situation with the American 1861-1865 conflict
"If President Bush admits we have a civil war on our hands, the American people will (1) know that the Bush doctrine is a big flop, and (2) wonder why we should stay in Iraq. So what sounds like a debate over semantics is really a matter of politics. ... it doesn't matter whether Iraq is having a civil war nor not. In either case that country is in a situation that the U.S. presence can only make worse. Why? Because the U.S. military is a foreign occupier, and it is perceived as such."
Is This Really War?, by Sheldon Richman, 16 Jun 2006
Discusses the Haditha killings and argues that U.S. troops in Iraq are acting more as a police force for the new Iraqi regime
"One could argue that American forces were at war, albeit unnecessarily and illegally, when they first invaded Iraq and sought to unseat the regime of Saddam Hussein. But after the government fell, was it still war? Or was it simply an occupation in which foreign troops sought to maintain order and suppress any resistance to the invaders and the government it helped to establish? This latter description seems closer to the mark"
Killing Iraqi Children, by Jacob G. Hornberger, 19 Jun 2006
Comments on a Detroit News editorial condoning the bombing, rather than the arrest and prosecution, of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the "collateral" death of a five-year old girl
"Moreover, what people often forget is that the United States is no longer at war in Iraq. This is an occupation, not a war. The war ended when Saddam Hussein's government fell. At that point, U.S. forces could have exited the country. (Or they could have exited the country when it became obvious that Saddam's infamous WMDs were nonexistent.) ... Occupying Iraq, like invading Iraq, was an optional course of action."
Know When to Fold 'Em, by Sheldon Richman, 19 Feb 2007
Discusses the attitudes of Sen. John McCain and other hawks who opposed a non-binding resolution against a troop "surge" in Iraq
"Guerrilla warriors have many times humbled great powers. The Shias and Sunnis in Iraq are highly motivated, and they have the home-field advantage. What offsetting advantage do invading and occupying troops have against that? ... Bravado and messianism won't turn the loss in Iraq into a win. Bush, McCain, and the other hawks should know when to fold. A defeat for them would be the real victory for America."
Obama's Iraqi Fairy Tale, by Sheldon Richman, 28 Mar 2014
Examines, in devastating detail, Obama's March 2014 remarks about the 2003 Iraqi invasion
"In terms of international law, Bush was not allowed to launch a war against Iraq, which had threatened no one, until he secured another resolution from the Security Council ... That resolution was proposed but then withdrawn when Bush realized it would be vetoed. So he ignored the UN rules, which prohibit launching a war unless it's in self-defense or authorized by the Security Council, and invaded on his own say-so, after Congress rubberstamped his discretionary 'authorization for the use of military force.'"
Our Patience on Iraq Should Be Exhausted, by Sheldon Richman, 4 Apr 2007
Comments on George W. Bush's request that the Iraqi troop "surge" be given a chance and congressional efforts to impose a withdrawal deadline
"... the big picture is getting lost. Even most war critics in Congress seem to not fully see it. They routinely criticize the Bush administration for its incompetent execution of the war, but by doing so they have dropped the more important ball: regardless of how the war is being run, the invasion was illegal, unconstitutional, and contrary to the interests of the American people."
Related Topic: Imperialism
Our Terrorism, and Theirs: Liberal apologetics for American atrocities, by Justin Raimondo, 5 Jun 2006
"... all meaningful moral and legal restrictions on American behavior were swept aside with the illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of a country that had never attacked the United States, and represented no threat to us. Having embarked on a war of aggression, it wasn't too long before we began to slide down the slippery slope ..."
Related Topic: Haditha Massacre
That Death Toll, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., 21 Jun 2006
Comments on White House Press Secretary Tony Snow's remark about the reporting of the death of the 2,500th American soldier in the 2003 Iraq War
"There is something morally creepy about the way the White House responded to the news — released as inconspicuously as possible — that the 2,500th American soldier has died in Iraq. ... What's more, it's a number that continues to grow even as the opposition grows in Iraq. It is no longer plausible to even speak of an isolated insurgency. The US has sparked a full-scale civil war between tribes, a war that cannot be won no matter which side the US takes in the struggle. Perhaps 100,000 Iraqis have already been killed."
Related Topics: George W. Bush, Tony Snow, War
The American Sniper Was No Hero, by Sheldon Richman, 28 Jan 2015
Considers whether Chris Kyle was a hero or a competent government-hired killer
"Kyle was part of an invasion force: Americans went to Iraq. Iraq did not invade America or attack Americans. Dictator Saddam Hussein never even threatened to attack Americans. Contrary to what the George W. Bush administration suggested, Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. ... The only reason Kyle went to Iraq was that Bush/Cheney & Co. launched a war of aggression against the Iraqi people. Wars of aggression, let's remember, are illegal under international law."
The Iraq War Crash: Stock market takes a dive - along with the prospects for peace in the Middle East, by Justin Raimondo, 2 Mar 2007
Discusses a 9% drop in the Shanghai Stock Exchange on 27 Feb 2007, which also affected other markets, in the context of the Iraq War and potential conflict with Iran
"According to the estimates of economic experts, the Iraq war drained off one trillion dollars from the U.S. stock market before the first shot was fired. After the war was 'won,' however, the real costs began to kick in, which economists Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz estimate at another trillion bucks (in direct costs), and possibly two trillion when all the other variables are factored in."
The non-debate on the war, by Terry Michael, The Washington Times, 25 Aug 2005
Criticises the media for its lack of discussion about ending the 2003 Iraq War
"But how can mainstream journalism now be excused for quarantining stop-it-now voices from outside official Washington, after justification for the war has shifted from: 1) eliminating weapons of mass destruction, which didn't exist; 2) getting rid of a brutal dictator, who was a secularist thug, not an associate of Osama bin Laden; 3) spreading democracy ... 4) fighting Islamic terrorists, who need the United States in Iraq, not out, as their bete noir for recruiting more terrorists."
Related Topic: Vietnam War
They Lied About the Reasons for Going to War, by Jacob G. Hornberger, 23 Oct 2006
"Now ask yourself: If a foreign nation was really about to attack the United States, especially with WMDs, would any president spend any time whatever going to the UN to seek permission to attack that nation first or spend time to round up a group of countries to participate in a 'coalition of the willing'?"
Trapped in Lies and Delusions, by Jacob G. Hornberger, 20 Nov 2006
"Let's not forget that this is Bush's and Cheney's war and occupation. It was they who chose not to go to Congress for the constitutionally required declaration of war, no doubt convinced that some sharp members of Congress would challenge their WMD justification for attacking Iraq."
War, the God That Failed, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., 15 May 2004
Contrasts the general reaction to the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse vs. the mass deaths caused by the 2003 Iraq War, and the rationalizations made about the war with the excuses made by early Bolsheviks
"We should add mass death to the list. We are right to wince and then condemn pictures of naked prisoners in dog collars; not even Paul Wolfowitz was willing to defend such practices in testimony. And yet those private groups that bother to count civilian dead point to figures that exceed 10,000 in this war alone. These figures rise by 5, 10, 20, and more per day. ... Torture is awful; but should it really be necessary to point out that the mass death of innocents is worse?"
Related Topics: Communism, Terrorism, War
What Is the Mission?, by Charley Reese, 3 Jun 2006
"Is it to overthrow Saddam Hussein? He's been overthrown ... Is it to allow the Iraqi people to hold elections? They've held three elections ... But if the purpose was to install an elected government, why are we still there? Why are we spending half a billion dollars to build the world's largest embassy ..."
What's to Lose, by Sheldon Richman, 20 Apr 2007
Explains the benefits to most Americans if the U.S. would withdraw from Iraq
"What would an American defeat in Iraq mean? Would evil Iraqis conquer the United States, force us all to speak Arabic, and convert us to Islam? Hardly. There is no threat whatsoever to the American people from the sectarian fighters in Baghdad or elsewhere in that country. ... If anything holds the disparate Sunni factions together, it's their common animosity to the U.S. occupation."
Who Lost Iraq?: Neocons run for cover, by Justin Raimondo, 13 Nov 2006
"The U.S. occupation is being defeated by objective circumstances, i.e., the near-complete absence of support from the Iraqi people, and not by the exigencies of American politics. ... I contend that these results were eminently foreseeable, that in fact they were foreseen by the very policymakers who urged us on to war."
Americans Have Lost Their Country, by Paul Craig Roberts, 1 Mar 2007
Discusses the neoconservatives in the George W. Bush administration and the rationale for their actions furthering wars in the Middle East
"Having conned the UN, Congress, and the American people, the regime invaded Iraq under totally false pretenses and with totally false expectations. The regime's occupation of Iraq has failed in a military sense, but the neoconservatives are turning their failure into a strategic advantage. At the beginning of this year President Bush began blaming Iran for America's embarrassing defeat by a few thousand lightly armed insurgents in Iraq."
How Much More Harm Can Bush Do?, by Paul Craig Roberts, 7 Mar 2006
Discusses the casualties resulting from the 2003 Iraq invasion, the changed world opinion of the United States and the lobbies that benefit from the continuation of hostilities
"The media have done a good job for the government of keeping the blood and gore out of the living room. ... Every day 100 or more Iraqi civilians are killed and 100 or more are maimed and injured. ... U.S. troops routinely kill Iraqi civilians mistakenly or from frustration, but the heavy daily casualties are the result of the civil war made possible by the U.S. overthrow of the Iraqi government."
If the State Falls, Does Society Crumble?, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Mises Daily, 25 Jan 2007
Discusses the situation in Iraq four years after the 2003 invasion and evaluates the question of "just how integral is the state to society?"
"The country of Iraq is in civil war. Sunnis long for the days of Saddam. Shiites long for total power, and, as the majority, they figure that they might just get it, and use it against their historic enemies. The Christians and Jews have largely fled the country. And the tit-for-tat killing grows ever more gruesome. The US military is killing too: largely out of fear and in the belief that it is all in self-defense. Not a soldier on the ground wants to be there."
Related Topics: The State, Iraq, Society
Libertarianism and the Great Divide, by Justin Raimondo, 16 Mar 2007
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism
"While Doherty’s book was in the pipeline, the issue of the [Iraq War] was settled, not only in libertarian circles, but in the political culture at large, and the verdict is: it was a mistake, and a very bad one. While more than a few neocons have come in from the cold and recanted, I have yet to hear a single member of the 'libertarian' contingent of the War Party confess their sins and seek absolution."
Pentagon Whistle-Blower on the Coming War With Iran, by Karen Kwiatkowski, 27 Feb 2007
Interviewed by James Harris and Josh Scheer of Truthdig; topics include possible conflict with Iran, the Pentagon situation prior to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Office of Special Plans, Vietnam, terrorism and neoconservatism
"We're looking at regular intel, we're looking at the stuff the CIA and the DIA, Defense Intelligence Agency produces. And that stuff never said, that stuff never said Saddam Hussein had WMDs, had a delivery system, was a threat to the United States. It never said that Saddam Hussein had anything to do with 9/11 or that Saddam Hussein worked with Al Qaeda. That intelligence never said that."
Rambo Was A Chump: John Kerry Should Be Ashamed of Vietnam Service, by Ted Rall, 27 Aug 2004
Discusses comments made by then Senator and presidential candidate John Kerry about the 2003 Iraq war, including the change in his Senate appropriations voting record, and the Vietnam War
"Indeed, by March 2003 72 percent of the U.S. public supported attacking Iraq. Kerry's cynical calculus, it seemed, had paid off. Five months after the fall of Baghdad, Bush asked Congress for $87 billion to finance the occupation of Iraq. But with 130,000 troops bogged down by a resistance movement that was killing at least one soldier a day, the war had already become unpopular. Only 41 percent of Americans--the number kept sliding--remained sweet on regime change."
Related Topics: War, Vietnam War
Rationalizing Haditha: The War Party's 'moderates' minimize it - and the crazier neocons deny it, by Justin Raimondo, 7 Jun 2006
"If the elected Iraqi government conducts its own investigation into Haditha ... it could mark the beginning of a rupture between the Shi'ite majority and the occupation forces. This will ... show that the real tug-of-war is not between the U.S. and the Sunni insurgency, but rather one that pits the occupiers against important elements of the ruling Shi'ite coalition ..."
Related Topics: Haditha Massacre, Iraq
The Abominations of War: From My Lai to Haditha, by Cindy Sheehan, 5 Jun 2006
Responds to those who demand to "support our troops" and the President by listing various immoral and illegal actions, suggesting instead that George W. Bush be prosecuted as a war criminal and offering support to those who disobey unlawful orders
"I have not seen anywhere in the discussion of this topic that, not only is Haditha not the worse war crime committed by American or coalition troops, but the entire war is a war crime. ... The invasion of Iraq is a preventive war of aggression against a country that was no threat to the USA or the world and was expressly prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. ... 'Shock and awe' targeted civilian centers and killed many innocent people."
The Meaning of Haditha: Murderous depravity and empire-building go hand-in-hand, by Justin Raimondo, 2 Jun 2006
"... the occupation of Iraq will soon take on all the familiar earmarks of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Both Iraqis and Americans will be locked in a deadly embrace of indignities ... Iraq is the occupied territories writ large, and we are well on our way to becoming as hardened, as self-exculpatory, and as ruthless as our Israeli allies."
Related Topics: Haditha Massacre, Imperialism
The President Seems Out of Touch With Events on the Ground in Iraq, by Robert Higgs, 31 May 2006
"... wanton murders have occurred repeatedly, often from the air, owing in part to the use of high-explosive bombs and rockets in densely populated areas, but often at checkpoints and in connection with patrols, especially after roadside bombs have exploded near U.S. forces or other hostile action has triggered their indiscriminate attacks on the people at hand."
The War the Government Cannot Win, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., 1 May 2007
Discusses how government cannnot win the war on terror because economic law is more powerful than the state
"Monthly spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan averaged $6.8 billion in 2006. That figure is now closer to $8 billion a month. ... Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Colin Powell warned President Bush that if you break it, you buy it. At last count, we've bought the equivalent of 10 Iraqs with your tax dollars. But instead of buying 10, the money has gone to completely destroying one country."
War Loses, Again, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., 8 Nov 2006
Reflects on the results of the 2006 U.S. mid-term elections
"The Iraq War is in the news constantly but it has little impact on most American voters. The draft is threatened but not likely. The war debt is high but hidden. What do regular Americans care whether we were lied into war or that Iraq suffers under military occupation that is driving the country into the hands of fanatical Islamic theocrats? Well, apparently many voters do care, even those who don't have family members fighting and dying."
What's Become of Americans?, by Paul Craig Roberts, 22 Mar 2006
Ponders the lack of reaction by Americans to events related to the Iraq War, such as the missing WMDs, Abu Ghraib, mass surveillance, "free speech" zones, the death toll and the Haditha massacre
"The Bush regime acknowledges that 30,000 Iraqi civilians, largely women and children, have been killed as a result of Bush's invasion. Others who have looked at civilian casualties with greater attention have come up with numbers three to six times as large. The Johns Hopkins study accounted for 98,000 civilian deaths. Andrew Cockburn, using more sophisticated statistical analysis, concluded that 180,000 Iraqis died as a result of Bush's invasion."

Cartoons and Comic Strips

Fate Meets Fatima in Fallujah, by Ted Rall, 14 Dec 2006
Hanging on pins and needles, America awaits ..., by Ted Rall, 20 Nov 2006
... he still won't let go of the zombie apocalypse fantasy, by Wiley Miller, Non Sequitur, 11 Jul 2015
In Case You've Forgotten, by Ann Telnaes, 19 Mar 2008
Tell us, Senator, why did you vote in favor of war in Iraq?, by Pat Oliphant, 6 Feb 2007
The War in Iraq Progressed Today ..., by Chip Bok, 4 Jun 2006
IN THE FUTURE the Republican Party is dead ..., by Ted Rall, 30 Nov 2006
Related Topic: Democratic Party

Videos


Introducing ... the Apple iRack, MadTV, 10 Mar 2007

Ron Paul Slams Republican Warmongers, by Ron Paul, 30 Jan 2008
Ron Paul answers the question "Do you agree with McCain that U.S. troops may be in Iraq for '100 years'?"
U.S. Foreign Policy and the War in Iraq, by Ron Paul, 5 Jul 2007
Debate between Congressman Ron Paul and Doug Casey vs. Dinesh D'Souza and Larry Abraham, at FreedomFest, Las Vegas
Related Topic: Doug Casey

Winter Soldier Mike Prysner testimony, Pt2, by Mike Prysner, 23 Dec 2009
Testimony given at hearings sponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War