March 20, 2013 |
What is the legacy of the Iraq war? Is it the staggering number of lives lost? The trillions of dollars added to the national debt? The precedent of invading a country and overthrowing a government to bolster U.S. interests? Since the war began a decade ago today, as much ink has been spilled on paper as blood on the battlefield in trying to answer these questions. But the Iraq war's greatest legacy might be the opportunity it presents for the American public to demand a standard of transparency and accountability that policymakers must meet before they can waste trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives while violating the Constitution.
March 18, 2013 |
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, it's clear who lost the war that followed. But it may be years before we know if anyone won. Topping the loser's columns, of course, is Saddam Hussein, with the world better for it. Yet, despite his demise, America is also the loser. The goals the Bush administration set for the war were never achievable, and the costs were greater than most Americans realize, not just in lives and money squandered but in reputation lost. Iraqis were freed from Hussein, but a botched American occupation led to a civil war that killed more than 100,000 civilians and forced millions to flee the country.
March 3, 2013 |
There was an outpouring of grief Friday from friends of actress Bonnie Franklin , 69, who died earlier in the day of pancreatic cancer. "My heart is breaking," Franklin's One Day at a Time costar Valerie Bertinelli told People. "Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me. " Bertinelli added that "she taught me to navigate . . . [life] with grace and humor. " Sally Jessy Raphael tweeted, "The world has lost a gifted actress, and more importantly, a wonderful lady.
January 18, 2013 |
"We wanted a clear message from Obama that the U.S. will continue to support democracy in Afghanistan," Fawzia Koofi, a lawmaker and human-rights activist, said this month. "It's the only alternative to Talibanization. " Her honesty revealed the plain truth, without official pieties and doublespeak: The United States is quitting Afghanistan, and the morning after it does, the Taliban will begin the reconquest of that tragic land. After 11 years, more than 2,000 Americans killed and 18,000 wounded, and $600 billion spent, what is perhaps the longest U.S. war is winding down.
October 24, 2012
Karen Heller @kheller First lie: Mr. President, it's good to be with you again Matt Katz @mattkatz00 Romney's flag pin is bigger than Obama's. Discuss. Trudy Rubin @trudyrubin We don't want another Iraq, says Romney. But several of his advisors brought us the Iraq war! Kevin Riordan @Inqkriordan Romney hearts teachers twice Kevin Ferris @ferrisk3 Romney picking up steam after a slow start. More differences emerging.
October 11, 2012
France holds 12, finds bomb parts PARIS - French police discovered bomb-making materials in an underground parking lot near Paris as part of a probe of an "extremely dangerous terrorist cell" linked to an attack on a kosher grocery, a state prosecutor said Wednesday. Interior Minister Manuel Valls said some of the 12 suspected cell members arrested over the weekend appeared to have plans to go to Syria to fight in its civil war. Valls, quoted in an interview posted Wednesday on the website of Paris Match magazine, said some had "unquestionably" spent time in Tunisia and Egypt.
September 10, 2012 |
Grading President Obama's foreign-policy record is not as easy as the Democrats - or the Republicans - want you to believe. Republicans rail that Obama has abandoned our role as leader of "the free world. " The Dems believe they have an edge over Republicans on national security, and recent polls say the public backs them. That's why, unlike Mitt Romney, Obama stressed foreign policy in his convention speech. Obama's message: The Iraq war is over, the Afghan war is ending, al-Qaeda is on the run, and we can turn to nation-building at home.
September 1, 2012 |
FORT BLISS, Texas - Two years after announcing the end of the war in Iraq, President Obama vowed Friday to help soldiers, veterans, and their families overcome economic and health-care struggles as they return to the nation they have served. Surrounded by a sea of men and women in fatigues, Obama saluted their service but cautioned that a "tough fight" remains in Afghanistan even as the United States works to transfer security control to Afghan forces. He said the troops' return home now presents different challenges.
August 28, 2012
By James Carroll President Obama last week addressed the growing problem of "green on blue" attacks in Afghanistan, in which members of Afghan security forces turn their guns on their Western partners. "We are concerned about this, from top to bottom," the president said. In the two weeks before he spoke, there were seven such attacks, killing nine Americans, and about 40 coalition troops have been killed by Afghan allies this year. The president went on to say, "We've got what's called the 'Guardian Angels' program," stationing armed NATO soldiers to monitor Afghans and protect Westerners.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. The toll represents an aspect of the Iraq war that is rarely brought to public attention, overshadowed by the much higher number killed in combat as well as the billions of taxpayer dollars squandered on reconstruction. There is no confirmed total number of Iraq war deaths.