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Iraq War II: five years

Today is the fifth anniversary of Bush's invasion of Iraq, which should prompt some reflection upon where we are and how we got here. Accordingly, here are some of my (many, far too many...) posts on the mess in Mesopotamia:

2004
PIPA Study: "Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War"
"we caught the wrong guy"
"Bush Lied?" Yes, he did.
Gulf War II: one year later
"Fahrenheit 9/11" is a flawed film that MUST be seen

2005
Bush's speech on Iraq

2006
how many reasons did Bush give for invading Iraq?
timeline of the Iraq War (from Mother Jones)
Iraq Study Group Report

2007
fiscal conservatism in Iraq (billions of dollars missing)
CIA: "Bush didn't give a fuck about the intelligence"

2008
Bush's big lies (Center for Public Integrity's "War Card" report)
Pentagon: "no direct connection between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda"

I hope that the coming of a new administration in 2009 will bring this quagmire to a quick conclusion, because neither we nor the people of Iraq can afford carnage of this magnitude for much longer. As many as a million people are dead as a result of this war, which will cost well over a trillion dollars; both numbers reflect the true legacy of the Busheviks' bellicose neoconservstism.

I submitted this post to the March 19 Iraq War Blogswarm, and recommend that site to my readers:

Five years of an illegal and catastrophic war is five years too many. On the March 19 anniversary of the conquest of Iraq by the Bush Administration, there needs to be a loud volume of voices countering the pro-war propaganda from far too many politicians and corporate media outlets.

ARTICLES:
Patrick Cockburn "How to Destroy a Country in Five Years" (AlterNet)
Robert Pollin & Heidi Garrett-Peltier "The Wages of Peace" (The Nation)

LINKS:
Five Years Too Many: Bring the Troops Home
Iraq Body Count (civilian deaths in Iraq since the invasion)
Iraq Coalition Casualty Count
Cost of War (National Priorities Project)
Timeline of the Iraq War (Think Progress)
United for Peace & Justice

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