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Four years in Iraq, going on Year Five.
Last year, I wrote a pretty comprehensive piece about the Iraq war, stretching from Gulf War I in the early 1990s, through the sanctions and post-9/11 buildup, up to 2006. It’s still pretty accurate, if you up the casualty numbers a bit.
Since then, the most relevant pieces I’ve written were probably this one, about the likely failure of Bush’s “surge” strategy to pacify Iraq, and this one about how the neocons in Washington are already forgetting the war in Iraq to fight a new battle against Iran and the rise of the Shia in the Middle East.
Add to that this new article by ABC News about the suffering of the average Iraqi citizen, this interview with Noam Chomsky, where he links the Iraq war to broader trends in US power, and this article by Matt Taibbi, where he predicts that once the war is lost, the pro-war folks won’t admit defeat, they’ll claim that the war was a great idea, and only failed because it didn’t get enough resources or public support.
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