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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...
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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.
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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 8, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
As Donald Trump plumbed new depths of self-destructive behavior over the past week, the Republican freak-out felt more intense than the nervous vapors that infect almost every campaign at some point. Serious people dusted off Rule 9, the procedures by which the GOP would replace a presidential nominee in the event he or she dies, becomes incapacitated - or quits. The most likely scenario: the 168 members of the Republican National Committee (a state chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman from each state and territory)
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July 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton will have two huge tasks when she addresses the Democratic National Convention as its nominee for president Thursday night: first, loosen up a controlled demeanor that can come across as phony, and second, counter accusations that her presidency would extend the Obama administration's foreign policy. Foreign policy is a strong suit for Clinton in a race against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who appeared to acknowledge that deficiency in choosing as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a former ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East who has been to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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July 7, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
After the humvee struck an IED during a dangerous convoy in Iraq and flipped over, the airman driving it was knocked unconscious and bleeding profusely. His face was unrecognizable, his right arm crushed. He was rushed by a Black Hawk helicopter to a U.S. military hospital in Kuwait where Capt. Joseph P. Costabile, head of the surgery department, was waiting. Costabile recalled hearing someone say that the patient was "already dead" while he was being carried in. Costabile had a busy vascular surgery practice in Cherry Hill and was a reservist in the Navy when he was called to duty in 2005.
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March 8, 2016 | By William Goodfellow
The populist presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been fueled by the deep disillusionment millions of Americans feel about what they believe is a rigged political and economic system. A stark rift has opened between those two candidates and the establishment wings of the two parties. A similar rift has opened over foreign policy, and the issue separating the populists from the establishment candidates is the Iraq war. In October 2002, Sen. Hillary Clinton voted for the resolution to authorize the use of force against Iraq.
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December 3, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once captain of Wissahickon High School's basketball team and a criminal justice major at the University of Maryland, Justin Lee stood before a federal judge Tuesday to apologize for his role in one of the largest contracting and bribery cases to emerge from the Iraq War. Lee, caught in what he called a "culture of corruption," said he knew right from wrong. He said he wanted to please his father, absent from Lee's childhood and described by prosecutors as the mastermind behind a scheme that brought in millions.
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October 13, 2015
SOMETHING'S ABOUT to happen in Vegas that really won't stay in Vegas. The Democrats running for president square off there tomorrow night. Yep, after months of focus on Donald Trump, Hillary's emails and whether Biden's in or out, the first Democratic debate's at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel live on CNN. Will Hill feel the Bern? Who are those other guys? Is Joe a go or no? All eyes will be on Clinton, whose campaign's been less than flawless. The best description I've heard is she campaigns like a driver who's been in 20 accidents.
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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 | 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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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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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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