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April 21, 2006 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia voters will get a chance to weigh in on the Iraq war this November if City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell gets her way. And though the vote has no legal power over American foreign policy, it could have an effect elsewhere on the ballot by turning out voters for Democratic senatorial candidate Bob Casey Jr. Modeled after initiatives that passed earlier this month in 24 of 32 Wisconsin towns, Blackwell's effort would place on...
NEWS
July 30, 2002
THERE IS no doubt that Iraq needs a change of leadership and its people free. War is a viable option but not the ONLY one to use. The president should try a covert operation first with the idea of taking out their leadership and installing a government friendly to the Western nations and help develop an infrastructure that no religious crackpots can overthrow. Right now we don't have broad support for a war with Iraq and realistically the economics don't justify it. That's why a broad-based, covert, multinational operation should be carried out before OUR SOLDIERS start coming home in body bags due to an ill-planned campaign without allied support in Iraq begins.
NEWS
April 13, 2003 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The war front. A Marine armored column moved north out of Baghdad in the direction of Tikrit, ousted president Saddam Hussein's ancestral home, to join in an effort to squeeze and eventually eliminate the last vestiges of his once-powerful Baath Party government. The move came as U.S. forces struggled to restore order after massive looting in Baghdad and other cities and as Hussein's top science adviser, Lt. Gen. Amer Hammoudi al-Saadi, surrendered to U.S. military authorities. American officials believe he can tell them about any chemical or biological weapons.
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December 15, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - President Obama on Wednesday celebrated the soldiers who fought the Iraq war, marking the fulfillment of a campaign promise to bring home all U.S. forces after a nearly nine-year conflict that killed more than 4,400 American troops. "So as your commander in chief, on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words - and I know your families agree," Obama said. "Welcome home. Welcome home. Welcome home. Welcome home. " Standing before a sea of paratroopers in maroon berets, the president thanked the troops returning from Iraq and hailed that country's steps toward creating an independent, democratic state.
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September 24, 2002 | By Marc Schogol and Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Whether normally hawks or doves, members of the Philadelphia area's congressional delegation don't seem ready yet to go to war with Iraq, particularly if the United States ends up going it alone. When senators and representatives from the area were surveyed last week, a broad range of opinions emerged over what steps should precede military action and whether a unilateral attack might be justified. Members of the delegation were asked: "Do you support the President and the approach he is taking toward Iraq?"
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August 26, 2015
Puzzle maestro leaves empty space It's impossible to imagine Sundays without crossword creator Merl Reagle in my house ("Merl Reagle, 65, crossword maker," Sunday). How dutifully I first read everything else just so I could go guilt-free to his crossword reward. Reagle was accessible and kind, always answering e-mail. One of my favorite Reagle puzzles, published on Mother's Day, revealed a message on completion: "Call your mother. " I wasn't the only mother who wrote to thank him. I got a response from his wife, who wrote that he received so many appreciative notes that he commandeered her to help answer them.
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August 14, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Thank you, Jeb Bush, for steering the Republican presidential race away from whether Donald Trump implied that premenstrual syndrome caused Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly to question him pointedly during last week's debate. Bush, however, made a dubious choice of a new topic in bringing up the Iraq War, which most Americans consider the signature failure of his brother's presidency. In fact, Bush had avoided the subject for months after his stumbling answers to reporters who asked if he would have gone to war knowing what intelligence later revealed.
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August 14, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Wednesday criticized presidential rival Jeb Bush as "re-litigating" the Iraq War, arguing that the unpopular conflict is "not a winning fight" for the Republican Party as it seeks to win the White House in 2016. Christie's remarks to the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham came a day after Bush, a former Florida governor, accused President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton of hastening a "premature withdrawal" from Iraq and allowing the Islamic State to fill a void.
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July 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A military contractor at the center of what the Defense Department has described as the largest contracting and bribery case to come out of the Iraq War was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday. But as George H. Lee Jr. saw it, he did little, if anything, wrong. In a rambling speech to U.S. District Judge Joel H. Slomsky, Lee, 72, a Montgomery County native, said he was remorseful, yet repeatedly denied having done anything to be remorseful for. Despite pleading guilty to bribery this year, Lee rejected prosecution claims that he gave more than $1 million in cash, jewelry, spa treatments, and hotel stays to Army officials who steered $20 million in contracts his way. "I know what I did was wrong, but I just have this feeling that I didn't do anything wrong," he said.
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May 14, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie said Tuesday that if he'd been president in 2003 and had known that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction, he would not have gone to war. "Now, I think President Bush made the best decision he could at the time," given the information the intelligence community had provided to him, Christie told CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview. "But I don't think you can honestly say that if we knew then that there was no WMD, that the country should've gone to war," Christie said.
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February 27, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
As ISIS barbarities make headlines, Republican presidential candidates are scrambling to outdo each other's hawkish pronouncements on foreign policy. That makes political sense. With the economy improving, polls show that voters now consider terrorism to be as important a campaign issue for 2016 as economic issues. And Obama's incoherent efforts to degrade ISIS make him an easy target. But when Jeb Bush, in a major foreign policy speech last week, tried to pin the blame for ISIS's rise entirely on Obama it made my blood boil.
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February 22, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The picture painted by federal prosecutors is worthy of a spy novel: Globe-hopping trips to clandestine meetings in luxury hotels. Coded ledgers tracking cash bribes shoved into shopping bags. Raucous parties involving drugs, alcohol, and prostitutes. These were the methods by which Montgomery County military contractor George H. Lee Jr. hustled for poorly monitored government business during the Iraq war's early days. On Friday, Lee, 71, chairman of Kuwait-based Lee Dynamics International, pleaded guilty to bribery charges, the latest development in a years-long investigation aimed at exposing fraud and graft that emerged in the 2003 run-up to the war. So far, five high-ranking Army officers tied to Lee have admitted accepting $1.2 million in cash, jewelry, spa treatments, and hotel stays in exchange for steering $20 million in contracts his way. Stoop-shouldered and hoarse, Lee entered his plea in a federal courtroom in Philadelphia two months after Thai immigration agents detained him in what prosecutors say was an attempt to flee from justice.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2015
  Williams yanks Iraq story OK, what? Brian Williams , tall, slim, hair-in-place perma-tanned prevaricator? Man of trust? News anchor for NBC? Heir to Tom Brokaw , Chet Huntley , and David Brinkley ? Now just another celebrity fibber? Gosh, we hope not. On Wednesday, B-Will had to withdraw claims he made in a Friday show, that he was in a helicopter shot down by rocket-propelled grenades in Iraq, where he went to report in 2003. He said American soldiers rescued him and his news team from the downed chopper.
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November 24, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
If there was ever an issue that required politics to stop at the water's edge, it's the fight against ISIS. With its Mideast land grab, its growing army of Western volunteers, and its global aspirations, ISIS threatens U.S. security interests and must be confronted. But no one, not the White House, not GOP leaders, certainly not Congress, has come up with a coherent plan to curb the group in the long run. In a sane government, Congress would debate President Obama's goals and strategy.
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September 15, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. . . . The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. - William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming" Republicans were berating Secretary of State John Kerry last week for calling the fight against ISIS a "counter-terrorism operation" rather than a "war. " Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News that the refusal to use the word war weakens the mission.
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