Archive for the 'Iraq' Category

All Combat Troops to be Out of Iraq in 19 Months

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Iraq, War

Barack Obama’s early campaign was fueled, in part, by his opposition to the war in Iraq. Now, as president, he looks ready to live up to his promise to remove our troops from the nation we invaded almost six years ago. Obama’s plan would pull out all combat troops 19 months after his inauguration, although […]

February 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Quote Of The Day

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Cheney, History, Iraq

“The original intelligence was wrong, no question about it. But there were parts of it that were right. It wasn’t 100 percent wrong. It was correct in saying he had the technology. It was correct in saying he still had the people who knew how to build weapons of mass destruction. I think it was […]

January 4th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

A Better Year in Iraq

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Iraq

The end of this year has seemed filled with bad news. So here’s something that went right in 2008: American troop deaths in Iraq were down 66% from 2007. That’s a drop from 906 to 309. The direct cause for the decrease in fatalities is obvious. Attacks in Iraq have dropped from an average of […]

December 31st, 2008 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Woodward On Bush’s Legacy

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bush, History, Iraq, Video, War

He had the type of access to Bush that journalists would kill for and it resulted in a bunch of books about his Presidency that weren’t necessarily flattering. Still, that doesn’t mean Bush’s presidency will be a failure… Personally, I don’t think Iraqi democratization will ultimately turn out the way Bush and company said it […]

December 23rd, 2008 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Generals Put Together Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Iraq, Military

Looks like it’s a little bit longer than the 16 months Obama talked about during the primaries, but as long as the plan is to get out during his first term I bet he’ll allow the generals more time to execute a plan they think is realistic. From NY Times: The plan was proposed by […]

December 18th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

WTF??? Reporter Throws Shoes At Bush

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bush, Iraq, Video, WTF?

I’m sure you’ve seen this by now, but if not…it’s a must watch. If only Bush’s reaction time to our economic crisis was this quick. Here’s more about the reporter and what he said… “This is a gift from the Iraqis. This is the farewell kiss, you dog,” the journalist shouted (in Arabic), Steven Lee […]

December 14th, 2008 | Permalink| 35 Comments »

Senate Report: Rumsfeld to Blame for Detainee Abuses

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Iraq, McCain, Senate, Terrorism, Torture, War

A new report from the Senate Armed Services Committee places significant blame for abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay on former Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld The report’s executive summary, made public by the committee’s Democratic chairman Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan and its top Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said Rumsfeld contributed […]

December 11th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Michael Totten Worries About Iraq

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Foreign Policy, Iraq, The World, War

Why? Because it’s still a mess… BAGHDAD – For the past two weeks I’ve been embedded with the United States Army in Baghdad, and I find myself unable to figure out what to make of this place. Baghdad, despite the remarkable success of the surge, is as mind-bogglingly run-down and dysfunctional as ever, even compared […]

December 2nd, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

Bush Almost Admits Iraq War Was A Mistake

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bush, History, Iraq, War

I think this will be as close as he gets to actually saying, “Okay, you know what…I screwed it up.” First, he admits he wasn’t prepared for war… Looking back on his eight years in the White House, President George W. Bush pinpointed incorrect intelligence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction […]

December 1st, 2008 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Iraqi Parliament Passes 2011 Withdrawal Deal

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Iraq, Legislation, The World, War

Amid the turkey and stuffing, I neglected to update everybody on this good news… In a vote heralded by supporters as a momentous step toward restoring Iraqi sovereignty, lawmakers here passed a crucial bill Thursday, setting out a three-year timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraqi soil. The bill passed after months of […]

November 28th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »