Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bush Was Right About Iraq If By 'Right' You Actually Mean 'Completely Wrong'

Over 100,000 Iraqi Deaths

"A massive cache of secret U.S. field reports from the Iraq war provides grim new details about the toll of that conflict, indicating that more than 100,000 Iraqis were killed during a six-year stretch and that American forces often failed to intervene as the U.S.-backed government brutalized detainees, according to news organizations given access to the documents by the WikiLeaks Web site."

As Maliki Clings to Power, Iraq's Fissures Deepen ...

"Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, all but assured of a second term, must now overcome Iraq's divisions."

Reversal by Sadrists Puts Maliki Closer to Returning to Power

"The compound of the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr, whose movement is backing Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki..."

Contractors Added To War's Chaos

"Contractors often shot with little discrimination — and few if any consequences — at unarmed Iraqi civilians, Iraqi security forces, American troops and even other contractors, stirring public outrage and undermining much of what the coalition forces were sent to accomplish."

Mix of Trust and Despair Helped Turn Tide in Iraq

"If Afghanistan is a war of small cuts, Iraq was a gash. In the war’s bloodiest months, according to the archive’s reports, more than 3,000 Iraqi civilians were dying, more than 10 times the current civilian casualty rate in Afghanistan, a country with a larger population."

Grim Picture of Civilian Casualties in Iraq

"76,939 Iraqi civilians and members of the security forces killed between January 2004 and August 2008" [official U.S. tally]

Detainees Fared Worse In Iraqi Hands

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