Monday, March 18, 2013

Ten Years After: Truth of Iraq War {continued, two}

Previous related post to this found here with links to related as to Ten Years After.

Fear And Daily Struggles: Reporter Reflects On Iraq War
March 17, 2013 - As the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq nears, host Rachel Martin talks with former NPR correspondent Anne Garrels, who reported from Baghdad for much of the war.

Marwa's story: 10 years since the bomb fell
12 March 2013 - As the US military fought their way into Baghdad 10 years ago, the life of one Iraqi girl was changed forever when she was gravely injured in an air raid. Marwa's story, and charitable efforts by outsiders to rebuild her life, reflect the wider struggle of millions of Iraqis over the past decade.

On 9 April 2003, at about the time that the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad was coming down, Marwa Shimari was waking up.

The first thing that came into focus was her mother's face looking down on her in her hospital bed. She was trying to look reassuring, but you could see that she was frightened.

Marwa's brothers and sisters were there too. They were too young to understand what was really happening but she knew they were frightened too - their lively, mischievous big sister had been asleep for more than a day. They had been scared she was never going to wake up.

All of that seemed to register like a flash photograph in that split second between the last moment she was asleep and the first moment when she was really awake.

Then came the pain.

The secret diary of a war veteran
With the 10th anniversary of the Iraq invasion approaching, Magalie Laguerre speaks to a soldier who kept a private record of the dramatic first weeks in Baghdad.

Invasion: War Diaries From Iraq
02.04.13 - Invasion: War Diaries From Iraq, a multimedia exhibition featuring VII’s Gary Knight, writer Peter Maass and US Marine Tim McLaughlin, is now raising funds on Kickstarter for an upcoming exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center in March, to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq.

This exhibition of a Marine’s war diary – using text, photos and video to explore the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath – presents three perspectives on wartime in Iraq. The project is an effort to ensure that the war is not forgotten and that our society does not shy away from its aftermath. Visit the project’s Kickstarter page to support the exhibition. read more>>>

Ten years after Iraq invasion, US troops ask: 'Was it worth it?'
18 March 2013 - Derek Coy hails from Baytown, Texas, and could be a poster child for American veterans of the war in Iraq as they look back and ask: “Was it all worth it?”

A former U.S. Marine sergeant based in the volatile Anbar province at the height of the conflict, Coy is proud of his service and believes the “invaluable tools” he gained as a Marine will ultimately help him succeed in life.

But seven years since he left Iraq, he’s fighting a different battle -- against anxiety, depression and emotional numbness -- the effects of post-traumatic stress.

March 19, 2008: Speaking on the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, President George W. Bush said that while the costs had been high, "this is a fight America can, and must win."

“I still struggle, both mentally and physically, with the toll it took on me and countless others do as well,” he said. read more>>>

Reporters reflect on covering war in Iraq

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ABC News’ Bob Woodruff on Iraq 10 Years Later
Mar 17, 2013 - This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq – a conflict that left 4,488 Americans dead and more than 32,000 wounded.

In a special “This Week” Sunday Spotlight, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz sat down with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff, who was in Iraq during the ground invasion, for a personal look back at a decade of war.

In 2006, Woodruff was traveling in a convoy with Iraqi security forces near Taji, Iraq, about 12 miles north of Baghdad, when the four-man team carrying him and ABC News cameraman Doug Vogt was hit by an improvised explosive device. Woodruff and Vogt both suffered head injuries and shrapnel wounds, undergoing surgery at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, Iraq.

Woodruff’s experience in Iraq and his serious injuries led him and his wife, Lee Woodruff, to form The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps wounded veterans, especially those with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. read more>>>

Iraq ten years later
18 March 2013 - Why did George W. Bush choose March 19, 2003 to invade Iraq, rather than some day in May, or July, or never? Because he was afraid that further delay would give United Nations arms inspectors time to refute the accusation (his sole pretext for making an unprovoked attack on an independent country) that Saddam Hussein’s regime was working on nuclear weapons.

The US president couldn’t say that, of course, and so instead his administration’s spokesmen mumbled about the need to get the war over and done with before the summer heat made fighting impossible. Yet American soldiers proved perfectly capable of operating in that summer heat during the ensuing seven years of fighting, in which over 4,000 of them were killed.

That was nothing compared to the number of Iraqi deaths. At least five times as many Iraqis have died violently in the decade since the US invasion as were killed by Saddam’s regime in the 10 years before the invasion. The exact number is unknown, but Saddam’s secret police were probably killing less than 2,000 people a year in 1993-2003. An estimated 121,000 Iraqi civilians have died in the military and political struggles of the past 10 years. read more>>>

The British Iraq War Inquiry
In the above link, yet to be officially released, delayed till summer of 2013 supposedly, is the site of the often called 'Chilcot Inquiry', you will find these

24 November 2009 - Even before Bush's administration came to power an article written by his then national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, warned that "nothing will change" in Iraq until Saddam was gone

27 November 2009 - But there was a 'sea change' in attitude after the atrocities, with former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice targeting Iraq on the very day of the outrage.

30 November 2009 - George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair's foreign policy adviser of the time.

1 December 2009 - There was "a touching belief [in Washington] that we shouldn't worry so much about the aftermath because it was all going to be sweetness and light".

3 December 2009 - Boyce mentions the "dysfunctionalism" of Washington. He says that he would find himself briefing his American counterparts on what was happening in different parts of the US administration. Rumsfeld was not sharing information

Written Transcripts by Date of each session.

Oral Evidence by Date

Witnesses who have given oral evidence in public

Declassified Documents

And more, we still have nothing on what went on behind closed doors and may or may not with the final report, if and when it's released.

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