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February-August 2003 articles on the war in Iraq     

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August 9, 2003
Rivals Say Halliburton Dominates Iraq Oil Work: After the United States Army Corps of Engineers quietly selected Halliburton, formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, to perform early repairs of the Iraqi oil business in the aftermath of the war, other companies and members of Congress protested that the work should have been awarded through competitive bidding. more...

August 9, 2003
Meetings With Iran-Contra Arms Dealer Confirmed: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged yesterday that Pentagon officials met secretly with a discredited expatriate Iranian arms merchant who figured prominently in the Iran-contra scandal.... While Rumsfeld said that the contact occurred more than a year ago and that nothing came of it, his aides scrambled during the day to piece together more details amid other reports that Rumsfeld's account may have been incomplete. more...

August 8, 2003
Gore Says Bush Has Misled Americans: Former vice president Al Gore issued a broad indictment of President Bush yesterday, accusing the man who narrowly defeated him in 2000 of leading a "systematic effort" to mislead the American people about the war in Iraq, the state of the economy and the future of the global environment. more...

August 4, 2003
The War According to David Hackworth: The retired colonel calls Donald Rumsfeld an "asshole" whose bad planning mired U.S. troops in an ugly guerrilla conflict in Iraq. His sources? Defiant soldiers sending dispatches from the front. more...

August 3, 2003
Something Else is Still Missing in Iraq: The missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have embarrassed the Bush administration, which had assured the world they would be about as hard to find as moisture in Seattle. But the controversy has had one clear benefit to the president: distracting the American people from an even bigger fraud. more...

August 3, 2003
VP's Prewar Role Drawing Attention: Officials at the CIA and the vice president's office have explained Cheney's personal visits to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., as a healthy indication of his attention to their work, and not an attempt to skew conclusions to fit a policy goal of toppling Hussein. more...

August 3 2003
Administration's Argument Long on Drama, Short on Facts: Defending the invasion of Iraq, Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz recently declared that the United States, in light of Sept. 11, has the right to attack other nations, even on the basis of "murky intelligence." Unable to defend the quality of evidence used for the Iraq war, the Bush administration now wants to defend its ambiguity. Sept. 11, like a good religious savior, absolves us of all sins. more...

August 1, 2003
U.S. Shifts Rhetoric On Its Goals in Iraq: Editor's Note | The following article highlights a fundamental and profoundly disturbing shift in the Bush administration's argument for going to war in Iraq. For months before the war, and on a daily basis, the American people were bombarded with dire warnings about the chemical, biological and nuclear capabilities of the Hussein regime, and furthermore that Hussein's connections to al Qaeda were a threat to United States security. No evidence of these claims has been found to date to justify these oft-repeated claims. This Washington Post article essentially describes the abandonment of that rationale. more...

July 29, 2003
Pentagon's Futures Market Plan Condemned: The Pentagon is setting up a stock-market style system in which investors would bet on terror attacks, assassinations and other events in the Middle East. Defense officials hope to gain intelligence and useful predictions while investors who guessed right would win profits. more...

July 29, 2003
Suppressed in 9-11 Investigation – Bush Warned More Specifically: "President Bush was warned in a more specific way than previously known about intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda terrorists were seeking to attack the United States," writes the Washington Post. "Separately, the report cited one CIA memo that concluded there was "incontrovertible evidence" that Saudi individuals provided financial assistance to al Qaeda operatives in the United States." more...

July 19, 2003
President Briefed on "Spectacular" Attack: "The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning." – CIA Intelligence Report for President Bush, July, 2001 (60 Days Prior to 9/11) more...

July 18, 2003
Rep. Henry Waxman Letter Questioning Iraq "Evidence": The complete text of a letter to the president from Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) "I am writing regarding a matter of grave concern... It has become incontrovertibly clear that a key piece of evidence you and other Administration officials have cited regarding Iraq’s efforts to obtain nuclear weapons is a hoax." more...

July 18, 2003
Tiny Treasures Leave Big Void in Looted Iraq: Col. Matthew Bogdanos of the U.S. Marines, leader of the American team investigating losses of antiquities in Iraq, confirmed that 4,795 cylinder seals are missing. "It is a major loss," said McGuire Gibson, professor of Mesopotamian archaeology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, who worked at Iraqi sites from 1964 to 1990. "This is, or was, one of the world's really superb collections." more...

July 16, 2003
Bush Faced Dwindling Data on Iraq Nuclear Bid: Between Oct. 7, when President Bush made a speech laying out the case for military action against Hussein, and Jan. 28, when he gave his State of the Union address, almost all the evidence had either been undercut or disproved by U.N. inspectors in Iraq. more...

July 13, 2003
20 Lies About the War: Falsehoods ranging from exaggeration to plain untruth were used to make the case for war. More lies are being used in the aftermath, writes Glen Rangwala and Raymond Whitaker in The Independent (U.K.) more...

July 13, 2003
CIA Director Got Uranium Reference Cut from Bush Speech: Tenet argued personally to White House officials that the allegation should not be used because it came from only a single source... Senior officials said the CIA had doubts about the accuracy of the documents underlying the allegation, which months later turned out to be forged. more...

July 12, 2003
Nuclear Fiction: How Did It Wind Up in the State of the Union? The uranium charge should never have found its way into Mr. Bush's speech. Determining how it got there is essential to understanding whether the administration engaged in a deliberate effort to mislead the nation about the Iraqi threat. more...

July 10, 2003
Military Operations in Iraq Cost Nearly $4 Billion a Month: The Defense Department concedes that demobilization has not been as rapid as planned. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the monthly "burn rate" – the cost of operations in Iraq – is roughly $3.9 billion. more...

July 1, 2003
The War That Never Ends: As each day passes in Iraq, more coalition soldiers die. How much of the killing is organized, and can the U.S. stop it? So wonders Time Magazine, in a report that says, "Judging by the number of coalition deaths last week, it seems clear that the situation in Iraq is getting worse." more...

June 30, 2003
The Selling of the Iraq War – The First Casualty: If an administration represents the intelligence unfairly, it effectively forecloses an informed choice about the most important question a nation faces: whether or not to go to war. That is exactly what the Bush administration did when it sought to convince the public and Congress that the United States should go to war with Iraq. more...

June 29, 2003
Once Hailed, Soldiers in Iraq Now Feel Blame: After riding into Iraq on a wave of popular euphoria, American and British forces are unexpectedly finding themselves the brunt of criticism for everything that goes wrong these days. more...

June 24, 2003
Veil of Secrecy Around Village Hit in U.S. Raid: On a desolate panorama of hardtack desert along the Syrian border here, the United States military has cordoned off part of this village, evicted five families whose houses were bombed six days ago and refused to say what is going on... "Stop right there," said Specialist Arthur Myers of New Jersey. "If you take a picture, I will break your camera." more...

June 24, 2003
Hundreds of Iraqis Killed By Faulty Grenades: Hundreds and possibly thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed or maimed by outdated, defective U.S. cluster weapons that lack a safety feature other countries have added, according to observers, news reports and officials. more...

June 24, 2003
Iraqi Villagers Say Strike Was Case of Mistaken Identity : U.S. officials backed away from their initial assessments of whether the attack early Thursday near the village of Dhib killed top officials in the former Iraqi government, saying they had picked up no indications since the attack that Saddam Hussein or his sons, Uday and Qusay, had been in the convoy. more...

June 22, 2003
Report Cast Doubt on Iraq-Al Qaeda Connection: Similar questions have been raised about Bush's statement in his State of the Union address last January that the British had reported Iraq was attempting to buy uranium in Africa, which the president used to back up his assertion that Iraq had a reconstituted nuclear weapons program. more...

June 22, 2003
US General Condemns Iraq Failures: One of the most experienced and respected figures in a generation of American warfare and peacekeeping yesterday accused the US administration of 'failing to prepare for the consequences of victory' in Iraq. more...

June 21, 2003
Bush's Shift on Israel Was Swift : The day after President Bush delivered a rare public criticism of Israel last week, he sat down to dinner at the White House with 100 Jewish leaders and did some damage control. ... By June 15, Bush was putting sole responsibility for Middle East violence on the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, leaving Israel blameless and asking the world to "deal harshly" with Hamas. more...

June 20, 2003
Gen. Wesley Clark Says White House Pushed Saddam Link Without Evidence: Former General Wesley Clark told anchor Tim Russert that Bush administration officials had engaged in a campaign to implicate Saddam Hussein in the September 11 attacks – starting that very day. Clark said that he'd been called on September 11 and urged to link Baghdad to the terror attacks, but declined to do so because of a lack of evidence. more...

June 16, 2003
'I Just Pulled The Trigger': At first glance they appear to be the archetypal Band Of Brothers of Hollywood myth, brave and honest men united in common purpose. But a closer look at these American GIs, sweltering in the heat of an unwelcoming Iraq, reveals the glazed eyes and limp expressions of those who have witnessed a war they do not understand and have begun to resent. By their own admission these American soldiers have killed civilians without hesitation, shot wounded fighters and left others to die in agony. more...

June 13, 2003
Resistance to occupation is growing: A sudden upsurge in violence in the past couple of weeks has killed at least 10 American soldiers and wounded more than 25 in a series of attacks against checkpoints and military convoys. Iraqi fighters yesterday brought down an Apache helicopter in the west of the country. xFar more more numerous than these incidents is the unpublicised number of attacks on American positions that do not injure or kill soldiers. Attacks occur daily - more than a dozen every day in the past week. more...

June 13, 2003
U.S. Commanders See Iraq Fight Continuing: When President Bush declared on May 1 that major combat operations had ended in Iraq, there was little discussion of what he meant. For all practical purposes, it seemed the war was over. It is not. Since the president made his statement to waves of applause from sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, 47 American servicemen have died in Iraq. Commanders say there is much more fighting ahead. more...

June 7, 2003
Clerics Vie With U.S. For Power: In the latest contest over Iraq's uncertain future, the most activist and influential of Baghdad's Shiite clergy have declared their intention to begin shaping a civil society that is tentatively emerging in the capital. In conversations, clerics express fear about the satellite dishes that have flooded Baghdad since the government's fall; some of the channels are too racy for their tastes. The clerics lambaste popular newspapers for running pictures of scantily clad women. And some, in private, worry that the papers are playing into what they see as a U.S. agenda to spread secularism and a culture they consider decadent. more...

June 7, 2003
Pentagon in 2002 Found ‘No Reliable’ Iraq Arms Data: A U.S. Defense Department report in September 2002 found “no reliable information” proving that Iraq had chemical weapons, even as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was saying the country had amassed stockpiles of the banned arms. more...

June 7, 2003
Some Analysts of Iraq Trailers Reject Germ Use: American and British intelligence analysts with direct access to the evidence are disputing claims that the mysterious trailers found in Iraq were for making deadly germs. In interviews over the last week, they said the mobile units were more likely intended for other purposes and charged that the evaluation process had been damaged by a rush to judgment. more...

June 7, 2003
Is Lying About the Reason for War an Impeachable Offense? "President George W. Bush has got a very serious problem," as John Dean writes in a Legal Commentary for FindLaw. "Before asking Congress for a Joint Resolution authorizing the use of American military forces in Iraq, he made a number of unequivocal statements about the reason the United States needed to pursue the most radical actions any nation can undertake - acts of war against another nation. Now it is clear that many of his statements appear to be false." more...

June 9, 2003
Truth and Consequences: US News & World Reports' Big Story: Colin Powell had gathered with other top U.S. officials to rehearse his testimony at the U.N. At one point during the rehearsal, Powell tossed several pages in the air. “I'm not reading this,” he declared. “This is bullshit.” Read the original US News story that created headlines worldwide. more...

May 29, 2003
Allies to Retain Larger Iraq Force as Strife Persists: Faced with armed resistance that has killed four American soldiers this week, allied military commanders now plan to keep a larger force in Iraq than had been anticipated and to send war-hardened units to trouble spots outside Baghdad, senior American officials said today. American officials are developing plans that call for most of its troops to extend their stay and be used to quell unrest and extend American control. About 160,000 American and British troops are in Iraq and most were likely to stay until security improves and other nations eased the burden by contributing troops. The total number of allied forces involved directly and indirectly in securing Iraq is 200,000 or more, American military officials estimate. more...

May 23, 2003
Rescuing a weak U.S. policy on Iraq: Although little noticed by the American people since the Iraq war supposedly ended, a crucial change of power in Washington is redefining the real outcome of the war and, surely, the future positioning of the U.S. in the world. To oversimplify, the State Department and CIA realists are now in control inside Iraq--and the Pentagon civilian hawks, who had such cynical plans for the entire Middle East, are at least momentarily in retreat. Most unfortunately for all the poor people who got caught in the hawks' avid talons, the outcome of this adventure now looks just as bad, or worse, than many of us critics feared. more...

May 23, 2003
Senators Sharply Criticize Iraq Rebuilding Efforts: Democratic senators assailed the Bush administration's postwar reconstruction effort in Iraq today, peppering Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz with complaints about the planning and execution of the strategy. Even Republicans joined in, offering pointed criticisms of the administration's performance. more...

May 20, 2003
Jessica Lynch "Rescue" – Made for TV? Her Iraqi guards had long fled, she was being well cared for - and doctors had already tried to free her. John Kampfner of The Guardian (UK) discovers the real story behind a modern American war myth, and shows again that while U.S. media have become Bush cheerleaders, too often you have to go to Europe for real journalism. more...

May 20, 2003
US Post-War Effort Seen As On the Brink of "Fiasco": Nearly 40 days after the fall of Baghdad, US efforts to restore order and establish a functioning administration in Iraq are faltering as US forces struggle to cope with lawlessness, a fragile infrastructure and fractious Iraqi political forces, analysts said. more...

May 15, 2003
Bush Officials Change Tune on Iraqi Weapons: The Bush administration has changed its tune on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the reason it went to war there. Instead of looking for vast stocks of banned materials, it is now pinning its hopes on finding documentary evidence. The change in rhetoric, apparently designed in part to dampen public expectations, has unfolded gradually in the past month as special U.S. military teams have found little to justify the administration's claim that Iraq was concealing vast stocks of chemical and biological agents and was actively working on a covert nuclear weapons program.. more...

May 12, 2003
Bush Ally Set to Profit from the War on Terror: James Woolsey, former CIA boss and influential adviser to President George Bush, is a director of the Washington-based private equity firm Paladin Capital, set up three months after the terrorist attacks on New York as a business opportunity which "offer[s] substantial promise for homeland security investment". more...

May 11, 2003
Unable to Find WMD, U.S. Inspectors Quitting Iraq: The group directing all known U.S. search efforts for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is winding down operations without finding proof that President Saddam Hussein kept clandestine stocks of outlawed arms, according to participants. more...

May 11, 2003
U.S. Occupation Will "Likely Become More Assertive": The American diplomat serving as chief administrator of Baghdad has been reassigned by the Bush administration after less than three weeks in Iraq in what U.S. officials here said was part of a broader shake-up of the troubled Pentagon operation to rebuild the country. more...

May 9, 2003
Cheney Firm Paid Millions in Bribes to Nigerian Official: The reputation of Halliburton, the oil industry giant once run by Vice-President Dick Cheney, took a new blow yesterday when it admitted one of its subsidiaries had paid millions of dollars to a Nigerian official in return for tax breaks. The company said they "clearly violated" their own code of conduct and "several" employees had been fired. The SEC is investigating. more...

May 9, 2003
Allies Now Officially "Occupying Powers": The U.S. asked the U.N. to lift sanctions and acknowledge allies' control over Iraq's oil revenue. The long-awaited U.S. plan for postwar Iraq envisions the United States and Britain running the country as "occupying powers" for at least a year and probably much longer. more...

May 8, 2003
Pentagon Adviser Richard Perle in Iraq Flap: Pentagon adviser Richard Perle briefed an investment seminar on ways to profit from conflicts in Iraq and North Korea just weeks after he received a top-secret government briefing on the crises in the two countries, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. more...

May 8, 2003
Time Magazine: Americans' Freedoms Threatened? Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee defeated a White House attempt to give the CIA and the Pentagon new and unusual authority to investigate U.S. citizens. It would have been the first time in U.S. history that these two institutions were openly authorized to probe into the lives of Americans. more...

May 3, 2003
Critic Accuses Media of Aiding U.S. War Propaganda: For Harper's magazine publisher John MacArthur, the image of a U.S. soldier scaling a statue of Saddam Hussein and draping the Stars and Stripes over it is indicative of a propaganda campaign being waged by the Bush administration. "It was absolutely a photo-op created for Bush's re-election campaign commercials," MacArthur said in an interview. "CNN, MSNBC and Fox swallowed it whole." more...

May 3, 2003
Now They Tell Us – Postwar Truths and Consequences: War was waged they said to prevent Iraq's weapons of mass destruction from being transferred to people and groups who would use them against Americans. But the war plan included no schemes to prevent that from occurring. This was a dereliction of duty. If Al Qaeda types were in Baghdad, and if they were seeking WMD as the Administration claimed, then there is a good chance the nightmare scenario Bush & Co. exploited to win support for their war has already come true. more...

April 28, 2003
Intelligence Agencies: Evidence Fabricated in Rush to War: The case for invading Iraq to remove its weapons of mass destruction was based on selective use of intelligence, exaggeration, use of sources known to be discredited and outright fabrication. Intelligence agencies were furious that briefings they gave political leaders were distorted in the rush to war with Iraq: "Washington has to prove its case. If it does not, the world will for ever believe that it paved the road to war with lies." more...

April 26, 2003
6 Die in Blasts at Baghdad Munitions Dump : Attackers fired into an ammunition dump guarded by Americans on Baghdad's southeastern outskirts early Saturday, setting off thunderous explosions that killed six Iraqis and wounded four, the U.S. military said. One American soldier suffered a broken arm. Hospital officials put the number of injured at 25. Angry residents briefly fired on U.S. troops trying to treat the injured and recover bodies from the rubble, driving them from the area for a short time. U.S. Central Command said soldiers of the army's 3rd Infantry Division came under attack as they guarded the cache. more...

April 26, 2003
Bush on a revenge mission: American anger at France over its refusal to support war in Iraq reached new heights yesterday when President George Bush took a direct swipe at President Chirac. "I doubt he'll be coming to the ranch any time soon," was Mr Bush's tart comment. The latest warnings of retaliation against Paris only underscore that acute strains in the Western alliance have not ended with victory in Iraq. more...

April 24, 2003
U.S. Planners Surprised by Strength of Iraqi Shiites: As Iraqi Shiite demands for a dominant role in Iraq's future mount, Bush administration officials say they underestimated the Shiites' organizational strength and are unprepared to prevent the rise of an anti-American, Islamic fundamentalist government in the country. more...

April 20, 2003
Missing Arms Cast Doubt on War: William Rivers Pitt writes: "The total lack of chemical weapons on the battlefield, combined with the inability of the coalition, to date, to uncover any of the massive stockpiles of prohibited weapons or weapons-manufacturing capability, raises disturbing questions about what was supposed to be the main justification for the American-led military action: disarming a recalcitrant dictator...." more...

April 20, 2003
Actor Tim Robbins to the National Press Club in Washington: "Today, prominent politicians who have decried violence in movies – the 'Blame Hollywooders,' if you will – recently voted to give our current president the power to unleash real violence in our current war. They want us to stop the fictional violence but are okay with the real kind. And these same people that tolerate the real violence of war don't want to see the result of it on the nightly news. Unlike the rest of the world, our news coverage of this war remains sanitized, without a glimpse of the blood and gore inflicted upon our soldiers or the women and children in Iraq. Violence as a concept, an abstraction – it's very strange. " more...

April 20, 2003
The Anti-War Movement Was Right, by Arianna Huffington: The Bible tells us that pride goeth before the fall. In Iraq, it cameth right after it. From the moment that statue of Saddam hit the ground, the mood around the Rumsfeld campfire has been all high-fives, I-told-you-sos, and endless smug prattling about how the speedy fall of Baghdad is proof positive that those who opposed the invasion of Iraq were dead wrong. What utter nonsense. In fact, the speedy fall of Baghdad proves the anti-war movement was dead right. more...

April 18, 2003
Scientists Urge Clean-Up of U.S. Nuclear Munitions: The Guardian (London) reports: "Hundreds of tons of depleted uranium used by Britain and the U.S. in Iraq should be removed to protect the civilian population, the Royal Society said yesterday, contradicting Pentagon claims it was not necessary. The society's statement fuels the controversy over the use of depleted uranium (DU), which is an effective tank destroyer and bunker buster but is believed by many scientists to cause cancers and other severe illnesses. The society, Britain's premier scientific institution, was incensed because the Pentagon had claimed it had the backing of the society in saying DU was not dangerous. more...

April 18, 2003
Not Liberation But a New Colonial Oppression: It's going wrong, faster than anyone could have imagined. The army of "liberation" has already turned into the army of occupation. The Shias are threatening to fight the Americans, to create their own war of "liberation". Now, with neither electricity nor running water, the millions of Iraqis are ordered to stay in their homes from dusk to dawn. In their own country. Written by the command of the 1st US Marine Division, it's a curfew in all but name. "If I was an Iraqi and I read that," an Arab woman shouted at me, "I would become a suicide bomber." And all across Baghdad you hear the same thing... more...

April 18, 2003
Chaos in the Middle East Is the Bush Hawks' Plan: In their view, invasion of Iraq was not merely, or even primarily, about getting rid of Saddam Hussein. Nor was it really about weapons of mass destruction, though their elimination was an important benefit. Rather, the administration sees the invasion as only the first move in a wider effort to reorder the power structure of the entire Middle East, writes Joshua Micah Marshall in The Washington Monthly. more...

April 17, 2003
Baghdad Art Center Left in Ashes: Amal al-Khedairy stood amid the ruins of her elegant waterfront home and cursed the people who had rained the bombs on her. "This is our American liberation!" spat Ms. Khedairy, 70, as she waded through the half-burned books of her second-story library. "I never thought you would do it. I went to the American School. I believed in your moral values. And every night you bombed. Every night, I ran through the streets, an old woman in my nightgown. Look at my library!" more...

Thursday, April 17, 2003
Continuing Clashes in Mosul Leave at Least 17 Iraqis Dead, 39 Wounded: The first incident occurred Tuesday when American forces moved to occupy a former government building and confronted an "angry" group of Iraqis. The second occurred on Wednesday when U.S. Marines fired into the city's main square. Tuesday PBS story... Wednesday NY Times story...

April 14, 2003
How America Lost the War: An opinion article by William Rivers Pitt: The war against Iraq had two stated goals.  1) We were there to capture and destroy weapons of mass destruction; 2) We were there to 'liberate' the Iraqi people and plant a seedcorn of democracy.  Enveloping this entire scenario was the Bush administration's premise that what we were doing was just and moral. We need to get our terms straight so as to achieve a sense of clarity regarding the issue of America's moral standing on the matter.  Saddam Hussein was not defeated.  He was not overthrown, bested, beaten or destroyed.  Saddam Hussein was fired, relieved of his position by a nation that hired him for a dirty job way back in 1979.  more...

April 12, 2003
War leaders are trying to damp down bad news coming out of post-invasion Iraq, writes Brian Whitaker of The Guardian (U.K.). On one of the bleakest days since the invasion began, U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday shrugged off turmoil and looting in Iraq as signs of the people's freedom. In what appeared to be a concerted effort to damp down media coverage of the chaos, the British government simultaneously laid into the BBC and its defense correspondent, Andrew Gilligan, accusing them of "trying to make the news" rather than reporting it. more...

April 12, 2003
US show of force galls Arab world: The impact is reverberating far beyond Iraq's borders, stunning ordinary Arabs and their leaders across the Middle East... As they digested the news of Baghdad's unexpectedly swift fall on Thursday, and watched TV replays of Saddam Hussein's statue toppled by a US Marine tank recovery vehicle, many Arabs saw not the dusk of Iraqi dictatorship, but the dawn of a frightening new world... if America's declared vision of a democratic Middle East is ever realized. more...

April 10, 2003
Syria now top US target for 'regime change': One of the main subjects on the agenda of the Belfast summit yesterday was Syria, the Pentagon's next likely target for "regime change" amid suspicions it allowed Saddam Hussein to transfer weapons of mass destruction within its borders... There is firm resistance within the US State Department to Mr Rumsfeld's hardline stance on Syria with many officials arguing, like their British counterparts, that Syria can be a partner in the war against terrorism if it is given encouragement rather than being threatened. more...

April 9, 2003
In Search of Horror Weapons: In making the case for the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration suggested that Iraq's arsenal might be up to 500 tons of nerve and mustard agents... 25,000 liters of anthrax... 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin; and mobile or underground laboratories to make germ weapons. If so, it should be possible to find them. But for any findings to be credible in the battle for global opinion, neutral analysts — from the United Nations or technically proficient nations like Finland or Switzerland — will be needed to verify the laboratory results and ensure a strict chain of custody to avoid charges of tampering with the evidence. more...

April 9, 2003
Five Missiles Fired Into Israeli-Controlled Territory: Israeli aircraft fired five missiles into a Gaza City neighborhood tonight, killing at least 7 people, including a leader of Hamas and a 14-year-old bystander, and wounding 47 others, witnesses and Palestinian hospital officials said. more...

April 8, 2003
Mourning [American] Dead, Public Seems to Tolerate War's Toll: "...Several experts agreed that the critical question may not be the number of [American] deaths but the length of the conflict — that people might be better able to absorb a high number of [American] casualties in a short conflict than a steady stream totaling the same amount over a longer period." more...

April 8, 2003
Baghdad Hospitals Overwhelmed, No Longer Counting Casualties: The number of casualties in the Iraqi capital is so high that hospitals there have stopped keeping count, the International Committee of the Red Cross says. "No one is able to keep accurate statistics of the admitted and transferred war wounded any longer as one emergency arrival follows the other in the hospitals of Baghdad," an ICRC statement said. more...

April 7, 2003
U.S. Propaganda Agency Wages Media Battle: The Office of Global Communications, a controversial agency created by President Bush, has blossomed into a huge production company, issuing daily scripts on the Iraq war to U.S. spokesmen around the world, auditioning generals to give media briefings and booking administration stars on foreign news shows. The office – a sort of global public-relations firm for the Bush administration and the U.S. war effort – tightly coordinates the message of the Pentagon, the State Department and the military command in the Persian Gulf, ensuring that any war commentary by a U.S. official is approved in advance by the White House. more...

April 6, 2003
'The wrong war at the wrong time,' says former Mideast envoy: Gen. Anthony Zinni was head of Central Command until Gen. Tommy Franks took over nearly three years ago. "We have to look for solutions that can come about without military action," Zinni said yesterday. "We're applying military action to places where it isn't necessary. I don't think the American people will stand for a series of wars like this." more...

April 5, 2003
Red Cross Horrified by Number of Dead Civilians: "Red Cross doctors who visited southern Iraq this week saw "incredible" levels of civilian casualties including a truckload of dismembered women and children," according to this report from the Canadian Press. "We saw that a truck was delivering dozens of totally dismembered dead bodies of women and children. It was an awful sight. It was really very difficult to believe this was happening." more...

April 4, 2003
The Faith-Based Wrath of a Region: "U.S. fuels creation of more radicals in the Mideast," writes conservative columnist Georgie Anne Geyer. "Despite passing references to links to Al Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction, the real intent of the Bush war party has always been to reconfigure the Middle East. First Iraq, then Syria, then on to Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Well, part of that equation seems to be right on schedule. This war is already reconfiguring the Middle East, but not in the way the war party intended. Instead of democratizing the region, the United States is radicalizing it." more...

April 4, 2003
War Gains Deepen Divisions Among Allies: It all seems to be going so well for the U.S.-led attack on the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein. Iraqi forces have been pulverized. But in the countries allied with the United States – primarily Britain and Australia – the progress of the U.S. war effort is creating as much dispute as cheer...The Age, the daily newspaper of Melbourne, writes that "The White House is praying for a swift resolution – and that may still happen, if the elite Republican Guard crumbles quickly and guerrilla warfare can be avoided in Baghdad. On that rests the screenplay of Saving President Bush," the paper says. "Australians have two additional hopes," The Age concludes. "That Americans never forget their contribution, and Islamic extremists do." more...

April 3, 2003
U.S., Allies Clash Over Plan to Use Iraqi Oil Profits for Rebuilding: The U.S. is pressing ahead with plans to temporarily manage Iraq's oil industry after the war and to use the proceeds to rebuild the country, creating a conflict with U.S. allies in Europe and the Middle East, according to the Washington Post. The postwar oil strategy is clouded by legal questions about the right of the United States to manage Iraq's oil fields. Administration officials are searching for a legal basis to justify the U.S. plan. If the war succeeds, the United States may claim a legal right as an occupying power to sell the oil for the benefit of Iraq, people close to the situation said. more...

March 30, 2003
US forces' use of depleted uranium weapons is 'illegal': British and American coalition forces are using depleted uranium (DU) shells in the war against Iraq and deliberately flouting a United Nations resolution which classifies the munitions as illegal weapons of mass destruction," reports the Sunday Herald of Glasgow. "Professor Doug Rokke, ex-director of the Pentagon's depleted uranium project — a former professor of environmental science at Jacksonville University and onetime US army colonel who was tasked by the US department of defense with the post-first Gulf war depleted uranium desert clean-up — said use of DU was a 'war crime'." more...

March 30, 2003
Digging in for the long war: "Perle predicted that the war in Iraq would be over in a matter of days and was one of the supporters of the Rumsfeld plan but, as his friend Wolfowitz now admits, it is not going to be an easily won war. Ahead lies the battle for Baghdad and, make no mistake, if the coalition has to engage with the defending Republican Guard formations, this will be a bloody business. Not only will they have to fight their way into the city, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, street by street, but they will meet ferocious resistance from the defenders, most of whom have nothing to lose. Soldiers of that persuasion have a habit of fighting to the last round and taking with them as many of the opposition as they can." more...

March 28, 2003
Richard Perle, "Prince of Darkness," Resigns: William Rivers Pitt comments on the story at this link: "The importance of this resignation cannot be overstated. Along with Paul Wolfowitz, Perle is the very ideological embodiment of the Bush administration and its policies. He has pushed for this Iraq war for years, and was one of the loudest proponents of the 'quick fight' theory that has so visibly fallen by the wayside. Based upon that theory, Perle, along with Don Rumsfeld, made sure that the troops currently in Iraq were few and lightly armed. This has proven to be a terrible way to fight the war. Perle's ultimate motivations were described in a recent truthout essay of mine, Blood Money. Journalist Seymour Hersh also recently laid waste to Perle's dubious reputation in a recent expose that is described below." go to "Empire Dreams"

March 29, 2003
Assumptions in Iraq Fail, Prolonging Conflict: Former three-star Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor says that a "shock and awe" air campaign has failed and an anticipated uprising of Shiias has not occurred, thereby prolonging the Iraq war; in his words "taking the bloom off the rose." Trainor, who has criticized the level of U.S. forces in Iraq, warns that Iraqis are likely to set up a "spider web" defense around Baghdad to ensnare coalition troops, according to this report from the Council on Foreign Relations. more...

March 27, 2003
Robert Fisk: 'It was an outrage, an obscenity': It was an outrage, an obscenity. The severed hand on the metal door, the swamp of blood and mud across the road, the human brains inside a garage, the incinerated, skeletal remains of an Iraqi mother and her three small children in their still-smouldering car. Two missiles from an American jet killed them all – by my estimate, more than 20 Iraqi civilians, torn to pieces before they could be 'liberated' by the nation that destroyed their lives. more...

March 27, 2003
Does dissent have a place in wartime? "In the view of many citizens who favor the invasion of Iraq, opposition is symptomatic of anti-Americanism, and open dissent during a time of war comes close to treason. At some rallies, marchers carried signs saying, "America – Love It or Leave It." It's hard to see why people should be expected to leave a free country because they have the gall to exercise their freedom. Maybe the ones who should leave are their critics, who would be more comfortable in a country whose government tolerates no criticism – say, Iraq." So writes conservative columnist Steve Chapman today. more...

March 28, 2003
Coalition of the Willing: The group of nations that Bush administration officials describe as America's partners in the U.S.-led effort to oust Saddam Hussein. The vast majority of the fighting forces come from only two countries: the United States and Great Britain. more...

March 25, 2003
Pro-War Rallies Organized by "Behemoth" Radio Chain: By and large, recent pro-war rallies haven't drawn nearly as many people as antiwar rallies, but they have certainly been vehement... Who has been organizing those pro-war rallies? The answer, it turns out, is that they are being promoted by key players in the radio industry — with close links to the Bush administration. more...

March 25, 2003
Bush's Strong Arm Can Club Allies Too : Even in typically friendly countries, Bush and the United States have been given such labels this week as "arrogant bully" (Britain), "bully boys" (Australia), "big bully" (Russia), "bully Bush" (Kenya), "arrogant" (Turkey) and "capricious" (Canada). Diplomats have accused the administration of "hardball" tactics, "jungle justice" and acting "like thugs." — so says the Washington Post (3/21) more...

March 21, 2003
Reports: Heavy-Handed Police Response to Marchers: 15,000 antiwar demonstrators — families, students, working people — filled the streets of Chicago yesterday. While the demonstrators were peaceful and non-violent, the response by the Chicago police was another matter, reports Caroline Caligiuri. more...

March 21, 2003
Impeach President Bush?: Two surefire news items: man bites dog, Washington Times slams Bush — conservative columnist Paul Craig Roberts has raised the issue, not in some radical leftist journal, but in the ultra-conservative, hawkish rag owned by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. more...

March 21, 2003
Thousands March in Chicago: Several thousand marchers snarled afternoon rush-hour traffic along Chicago's main arteries, repeatedly breaking through lines of police on horseback or in riot gear, as the start of war in Iraq triggered one of the heaviest days of anti-government protesting nationwide in years. more...

March 20, 2003
Senator Byrd Deplores Attack on Iraq: "Today I weep for my country," Mr. Byrd, said, in his latest floor speech against the war. "I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of a strong yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed...." more...

March 20, 2003
Statement by Gov. Howard Dean on War in Iraq: "I have no doubt that American military power will prevail. But to ensure that our post-war policies are constructive and humane, based on enduring principles of peace and justice, concerned Americans should continue to speak out; and I intend to do so...." more...

March 20, 2003
National Iraq Pledge of Resistance Activated: Nonviolent civil disobedience actions are planned in Philadelphia (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Erie (PA), Charlotte (NC), Durham (NC), Hartford (CT), Athens (OH), St. Louis (MO), Austin (TX) with dozens of cities to follow in mass national noncooperation. more...

March 20, 2003
Some dare call it treason: ABCNEWS reported on March 18 that "the government will begin detaining dozens of suspected Saddam Hussein sympathizers in at least five U.S. cities this week. According to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, "Iraqi state agents, Iraqi surrogate groups, other regional extremist organizations and ad hoc groups, and disgruntled individuals may use this time period to conduct terrorist attacks against the United States and our interests either here or abroad." more...

March 18, 2003
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Americans don't want to wake up each morning worrying. A president whose policies depend on keeping us afraid will soon arrive at a point of diminishing returns. This worst of times is also the best of times, a time to gather our resources and provide alternatives to the Bush agenda for America. more...

March 17, 2003
Nowhere for Bush to Hide from Anti-War Protests: Anti-war protests dogged U.S. President George Bush on Sunday — even to the remote Azores island in the mid-Atlantic where he and his closest international allies met for an emergency summit — reports Reuters. more...

March 15, 2003
More on the Lapdog Media: Barbara Iverson reports that "Web sites in the UK and Europe are reporting hits from America up 10 to 60 percent. Given a choice, maybe people do want to get a real news report instead of happy talk or propaganda. Here is an article with a bunch of links at the bottom of the page to news on the web that is from non-sanitized/censored e.g. non-USA news sites." more...

March 8, 2003
Was "Evidence" Faked? The Washington Post reports, "A key piece of evidence linking Iraq to a nuclear weapons program appears to have been fabricated, the United Nations' chief nuclear inspector said yesterday in a report that called into question U.S. and British claims about Iraq's secret nuclear ambitions."    more...

March 8, 2003
Legal Challenge to War: From The Nation magazine: "They had a debate in the Parliament of Turkey. They had a debate in the Parliament of Great Britain. They are having serious debates in legislative bodies all over the world, and yet there is no debate in Congress," says Nancy Lessin, the mother of a 25-year-old Marine who has been dispatched to the Persian Gulf. Lessin and other parents of troops serving in the Gulf have joined US soldiers and a dozen members of Congress as plaintiffs in a lawsuit that seeks to bar President Bush from ordering an attack on Iraq without a Congressional declaration of war."     more...

March 7, 2003
Scripted Press Conferences and the Lapdog Media: Buzzflash reports that on March 6, President Bush "openly acknowledged that his news conference was scripted. Bush appeared to be referring to a list of reporters prepared for him that he was reading from. As he read down the list, he told a reporter, in essence, to wait to ask his question because the reporter was further down on the list." The comment was not included in the official transcript of the press conference but it's on the BuzzFlash website    more...

March 8, 2003
MORE on the Scripted Press Conference: "The item about CNN "cleansing" their transcript of the Bush press conference to eliminate the reference to it being a scripted event was enlightening. But it gets worse."    more...

February 25, 2003
Threats, Promises and Lies: "Mr. Bush's mendacity on economic matters was obvious even during the 2000 election. But lately it has reached almost pathological levels." His lies are getting him in trouble in coalition-building, too, writes Paul Krugman in the N.Y. Times: "In return for support of an Iraq invasion, Turkey wanted — and got — immediate aid, cash on the barrelhead, rather than mere assurances," because Bush's credit is no good.     more...

February 22, 2003
A Martial Plan Instead of a Marshall Plan: "After World War II America did something unprecedented: it provided huge amounts of aid, helping both its allies and its defeated enemies rebuild...But one suspects that our current leaders would have jeered at this exercise in "nation-building." And they are certainly following a very different strategy today."     more...

Saturday, February 22, 2003
Protest Coverage: An index of news articles on protests against Bush administration plans for war on Iraq.     more...

February 20, 2003
Senator Robert Byrd: Reckless Administration May Reap Disastrous Consequences: "To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war. Yet, this Chamber is, for the most part, silent — ominously, dreadfully silent...."     more...

Thursday, February 20, 2003
The President's Real Goal in Iraq: "The official story on Iraq has never made sense," writes Jay Bookman, the deputy editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The connection that the Bush administration has tried to draw between Iraq and al-Qaida has always seemed contrived and artificial. In fact, it was hard to believe that smart people in the Bush administration would start a major war based on such flimsy evidence."     more...

Saturday, February 15, 2003
Antiwar Rallies Raise a Chorus Across Europe: From the parks of London to the piazzas of Rome and the avenues of Berlin, hundreds of thousands of Europeans marched today to register opposition to war in Iraq in what was termed the Continent's biggest coordinated demonstration in a generation's memory.     more...

Saturday, February 8, 2003
Sweeping Expansion of "USA Patriot Act": The Bush Administration is preparing a bold, comprehensive sequel to the USA Patriot Act passed in the wake of September 11, 2001, which will give the government broad, sweeping new powers to increase domestic intelligence-gathering, surveillance and law enforcement prerogatives, and simultaneously decrease judicial review and public access to information.     more...

Friday, February 7, 2003
Powell Presentation "Something Out of Beckett": "Sources, foreign intelligence sources, 'our sources,' defectors, sources, sources, sources. Colin Powell's terror talk to the United Nations Security Council yesterday ...was a bit like heating up old soup. "     more...

Friday, February 7, 2003
Contain France, not Iraq? "France is no longer an ally of the United States and the NATO alliance "must develop a strategy to contain our erstwhile ally or we will not be talking about a NATO alliance" the head of the Pentagon's top advisory board said in Washington Tuesday."     more...

Thursday, February 6, 2003
Powell's Address, Presenting 'Deeply Troubling' Evidence on Iraq: The transcript of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's presentation to the United Nations Security Council, as recorded by Federal News Service Inc. and reported in the N.Y. Times     more...

Thursday, February 6, 2003
"Electronic Intifada" analyzes Powell's presentation: A detailed Palestinian Arab response to the evidence presented by Colin Powell to the U.N.     more...

Thursday, February 6, 2003
Blix denies key components of Powell's claims: "U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the UN Security Council on February 5 wasn't likely to win over anyone not already on his side. He ignored the crucial fact that in the past several days (in Sunday's New York Times and in his February 4th briefing of UN journalists) Hans Blix denied key components of Powell's claims." So writes Phyllis Bennis, a Middle East analyst for Foreign Policy In Focus (online at www.fpif.org) and a senior analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies.     more...

Wednesday February 5, 2003
The Tangled Web of War: An opinion piece "Here in the Middle East, the audience is already skeptical, to put it mildly," writes Truthout columnist John Cory. "People from Jordan and Egypt and the UAE have assumed that fabrication is the technique in vogue from this administration because Bush wants his war. Bush in their eyes, has picked Iraq precisely because it is weakened from the previous war and a decade of sanctions."     more...

Wednesday February 5, 2003
"No evidence" of mobile biological weapons laboratories? "The chief UN weapons inspector yesterday dismissed what has been billed as a central claim of the speech the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, will make today to the UN security council," writes Guardian reporter Dan Plesch. "Hans Blix said there was no evidence of mobile biological weapons laboratories or of Iraq trying to foil inspectors by moving equipment before his teams arrived."     more...

Wednesday February 2, 2003
"Bush's plan for Iraq turns out to be full of holes" "Hearing George W. Bush rail theatrically against the savagery of Saddam Hussein in his State of the Union address, members of the war party practically quivered in ecstasy... All the inflammatory denunciations and ostentatious muscle-flexing couldn't disguise the flimsiness of Bush's case... Reciting gruesome tales from Iraq is good for stirring an audience, but as grounds for war, it's completely bogus." So writes conservative columnist Steve Chapman in the Chicago Tribune     more...