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Five years after the invasion, the totality of our failure is clear

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Five years on, let us take the high road. When the invasion of Iraq was conceived, it was as an experiment in the transforming force of a confident superpower; an evangelistic Tony Blair trotted on behind. Removing a dictator was only to be the start; the objective was a benign and democratic Middle East – an environment in which Israel and the Palestinians could make peace, and energy exports were plentiful and secure. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 20, 2008 at 3:49 am

Bush defiantly defends war in Iraq

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By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer
44 minutes ago

President Bush defiantly defended the Iraq war Wednesday as U.S. troops began a sixth year of combat in the long and costly conflict that has dominated his presidency. Bush conceded the war has been harder and more expensive than anticipated but insisted it has all been necessary to keep Americans safe. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 20, 2008 at 3:38 am

Patrick Cockburn: This is the war that started with lies, and continues with lie after lie after lie

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

It has been a war of lies from the start. All governments lie in wartime but American and British propaganda in Iraq over the past five years has been more untruthful than in any conflict since the First World War. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 20, 2008 at 3:36 am

LIMA TAHUN INVASI KE IRAK: Tragedi Terbesar sejak PD II

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Seorang tenaga medis sedang mengobati seorang gadis cilik yang cedera karena terkena serpihan mortir di sebuah sekolah dasar di kawasan Baladiyat, Baghdad, Irak, Senin (17/3). Dua anak cedera dan lima anak lainnya meninggal akibat ledakan di dekat sekolah tersebut. Begitulah lebih kurang keadaan sehari-hari di Irak, nyawa anak-anak pun tak terlindungi selama lima tahun invasi AS.

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March 19, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Iraq war shows limits of US power

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By John Simpson–World affairs editor, BBC News–Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 I have spent almost a year of my life here, reporting on the conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 19, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Five years on, Bush again talks of Iraq victory

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By Matt Spetalnick 44 minutes ago

President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he had no regrets about the unpopular war in Iraq despite the “high cost in lives and treasure” and declared that the United States was on track for victory. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Bush: We can’t jeopardize gains in Iraq

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By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 25 minutes ago

Five years after launching the invasion of Iraq, President Bush strongly signaled Wednesday that he won’t order troop withdrawals beyond those already planned because he refuses to “jeopardize the hard-fought gains” Read the rest of this entry »

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March 19, 2008 at 4:53 pm