If Iraq is stable a year after the end of the troop withdrawal, the GOP will credit Bush. If it falls apart, the GOP will blame Obama.
For the second year in a row, the U.S. military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. From US military suicide
That story begins during the final weeks of 2003, when everyone in the White House was suffering severe embarrassment over both the origins and the consequences of the invasion of Iraq. No weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. No evidence of significant connections between Saddam Hussein’s regime and the al-Qaida terrorist organization… Continue reading New evidence suggests Ron Suskind is right
the so-called private security contractors are mercenaries. They’re heavily armed. They carry out military missions, but they’re private employees who don’t answer to military discipline. On the other hand, they don’t seem to be accountable to Iraqi or U.S. law, either. And they behave accordingly. From Hired Gun Fetish – New York Times Krugman describes… Continue reading Hired Gun Fetish
But it seems someone in the Spanish government has leaked to El Pais transcripts of conversations between President Bush and then Spanish Prime Minister Aznar just before the outbreak of the Iraq War. The gist seems to be that Bush was rather candid about the fact that the efforts to find a peaceful solution to… Continue reading Spain Opens the Books on Bush?
You know that plan to make sure that the troops have as much time at home as they have in Iraq? Well… Senate Republicans have successfully filibustered the amendment to ease troop rotation schedules. Great job supporting the troops.
Weapons that were originally given to Iraqi security forces by the American military have been recovered over the past year by the authorities in Turkey after being used in violent crimes in that country, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. From U.S. Weapons, Given to Iraqis, Move to Turkey – New York Times Remember that story about… Continue reading U.S. Weapons, Given to Iraqis, Move to Turkey
The United States military said Wednesday that it would deliver less than half the number of blast-resistant trucks to Iraq by year’s end than planned. A Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell, said 1,500 vehicles, rather than 3,500, would be delivered because of the time it takes to equip them with radios and armaments and then deliver… Continue reading Armored Trucks’ Delivery Delayed