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  • Iraq, 3 years later

    06/13/2006 6:14:54 PM PDT · by strategofr · 3 replies · 457+ views
    Iraq: Three Years Later March 20, 2006 marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq. American forces quickly toppled Saddam's regime but, three years later, the war continues – as the U.S. faces a dire terrorist enemy that seeks to prevent democracy from coming to Iraq and to impose a tyrannical Sharia state on the Iraqi people. To mark the third anniversary of this center of conflict in our war on terror, we have assembled a distinguished panel to assess: how are we doing and where are we headewd? Our guests today are: Captain Chuck Nash,...
  • Early OIF Planner Sees 'Phenomenal' Progress Three Years Later

    04/13/2006 4:28:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 353+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 13, 2006 – Three years after Saddam Hussein's statue, along with his regime, was toppled in Baghdad, an Army planner who served there at the time said he's optimistic about Iraq's progress in forming its government, repairing its infrastructure and establishing its security forces. Army Lt. Col. E.J. Degen works with 6th Iraqi Army Division before their validation exercise during his recent deployment to Iraq. About a month later, the Iraqi division assumed battlespace inside Baghdad. Courtesy photo    Army Lt. Col. E.J. Degen brings unique insights into Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was chief of plans for...
  • Country on 'Cusp of Greatness' Three Years After Saddam's Fall

    04/11/2006 4:19:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 652+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2006 – Three years after his brigade seized control of Baghdad's international airport from Iraqi forces' control, Army Col. William Grimsley said he believes that country is taking the critical first steps toward reclaiming its past greatness. Grimsley, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Combat Brigade Team during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, said history - not current events - will tell the true story of Iraq's metamorphosis. And that story will show how Iraq ultimately emerged from almost 40 years of a regime that ignored the people's needs and undermined its potential, Grimsley,...
  • Shiites remember Saddam's fall

    04/09/2006 5:06:22 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 423+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 April 2006
    IRAQ today marked the third anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, with hundreds of Shiites expressing joy at the ouster of the former dictator while the former Sunni elite denounced the presence of US-led foreign troops in the country. Shiites rallying in the capital took a huge poster of Saddam emblazoned with the words "fall of the tyrant" and trampled on it repeatedly, in memory of the toppling of the former ruler's statue in a Baghdad square on April 9, 2003. Chanting slogans in favour of embattled Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the demonstrators also marked the anniversary of...
  • Powell: U.S. made 'serious mistakes' in Iraq

    04/09/2006 1:16:00 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 128 replies · 5,061+ views
    AP ^ | April 9 2006 | MONIFA THOMAS
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday said the United States has made "serious mistakes" during the Iraq war that have led to the rising violence the country now faces. "We made some serious mistakes in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Baghdad," Powell told a crowd of thousands at the McCormick Place conference. "We didn't have enough troops on the ground. We didn't impose our will. And as a result, an insurgency got started, and . . . it got out of control." Now, American troops must "stick with the people of Iraq" until order is...
  • 2003: Saddam statue topples with regime

    04/08/2006 9:41:55 AM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 14 replies · 886+ views
    BBC On This Day ^ | April 9, 2003
    There have been scenes of jubilation in Baghdad as US tanks rolled into the very heart of the Iraqi capital, confirming that the government of Saddam Hussein has been ousted from power. In the main square in Baghdad, a group of Iraqi men attempted to pull down a massive statue of Saddam Hussein in an unprecedented show of contempt for the Iraqi leader. The metal plaque at the base of the statue was torn off and the statue's marble plinth attacked with a sledgehammer. The men scaled the statue to secure a noose around its neck but were unable to...
  • Three Years After Baghdad's Fall, Troops Note Progress

    04/07/2006 7:31:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 948+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 7, 2006 – Three years ago April 9, the world looked on, captivated by compelling television images of Iraqis ripping down a towering statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, and burning images of the Iraqi dictator on the streets. The statue of Saddam Hussein topples in Baghdad's Firdos Square on April 9, 2003. Three years later, Iraqi forces increasingly are taking the lead in securing their country.   Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lauded it as an important sign of things to come. "We're seeing history unfold and events that will shape the course of a country, the fate...
  • Official Cites Progress as 'Iraqi Freedom Day' Approaches

    04/07/2006 5:40:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 327+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 7, 2006 – Insurgents may still be working to derail the democratic process in Iraq. But it's important to look at the bigger picture as a three-year milestone approaches, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesperson said during a briefing from Baghdad yesterday. "On the 9th of April (2003) ... the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square was toppled," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters. "Sometimes we get so caught up in the event of the day ... we forget progress has been made over the last three years." Saddam's regime was toppled and now Saddam is being...
  • Entering year four: Failures and hope in Iraq

    03/26/2006 4:36:41 AM PST · by billorites · 7 replies · 215+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | March 26, 2006 | Editorial
    WHEN GEORGE Washington took command of the Continental Army in June of 1775, he wrote to his wife that he expected to be home by fall. He returned eight years later. Union and Confederate soldiers rushing off to fight the Civil War feared they wouldn’t reach the battlefields before the war was over. Americans have a habit of underestimating the length and horror of war. The difference between now and then is that Americans no longer are a patient people. The war is different, too, but that does not mean it is incapable of being won. As the Iraq war...
  • Rough Draft The gross unfairness of an all-volunteer Army.

    03/24/2006 7:29:27 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 246 replies · 3,309+ views
    Slate ^ | March 22, 2006 | Jacob Weisberg
    Three years after the invasion of Iraq, the United States does not feel much like a country at war. Nearly 20,000 American soldiers have been killed or injured to date, but the more comfortable among us find it shockingly easy to forget about the conflict for weeks at a time. Most middle-class professionals, academics, and journalists don't have relatives or friends serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. We have not been called upon to make any sacrifices, financial or otherwise. We hear less and less about the occupation on the evening news, and even in big cities it is unusual to...
  • "Something I hold so dear" - After Action Report Tucson, Arizona March 18th, 2006 Moonbat March

    03/23/2006 11:49:55 AM PST · by \/\/ayne · 19 replies · 2,216+ views
    AmericanProtest.net ^ | 03/23/2006 | Wayne Boettcher
    "Something I hold so dear" by Wayne Boettcher Posted: 03/24/2006 It was a cool day in the desert on March 18, 2006, happy grey clouds scudded across the sky. The brisk wind rocked my truck, promising a sand-filled day as I ricocheted through the crazy Tucson streets toward the Military Recruiting Center at 2302 E. Speedway. In this town, many citizens seem to have replaced the gas and brake pedals of their vehicles with a simple toggle switch where up is full power, down is full brake. When I arrived at the Center at 8:00 am, at least ten...
  • Fmr. Saddam General Georges Sada On The Daily Show; Says WMDS Existed, Were Moved (VIDEO)

    03/22/2006 2:07:30 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 37 replies · 6,066+ views
    Free Republic's member Ian Schwartz's website 'Expose The Left' ^ | Wednesday March 22nd, 2006 | Ian Schwartz
    March 22, 2006 Fmr. Saddam General Georges Sada On The Daily Show; Says WMDS Existed, Were Moved (VIDEO) (Hat Tip: Instapundit) General Georges Sada, who served under the command of Saddam Hussein, appeared on The Daily Show last night to discuss his new book “Saddam’s Secrets“: In his book and on The Daily Show, Sada says that Weapons of Mass Destruction existed, however they were moved to Syria prior to the American invasion in 2003. Stewart asks how he knows this; was it by documents or video, Sada responds: “I was the number two man in the air force”....
  • The third anniversary...sacrifice, fear and hope.

    03/21/2006 6:21:58 PM PST · by bad company · 133+ views
    http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/ ^ | Monday, March 20, 2006 | Mohammed
    It has been three years since 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' began and for three years we debated whether the decision was right or wrong and until this moment we have different feelings and opinions about where this operation brought us and where its aftermaths are going to lead us. This disputed operation no doubt had-and will continue to have-major effects on the future of the region and the rest of the world and it's not limited to the boundaries of Iraq; a fact that makes rational debate legitimate by all standards. To me, each anniversary brings emotions, thoughts and expectations; some...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush - photos - 3.21.06

    03/21/2006 4:51:06 PM PST · by ohioWfan · 333 replies · 3,678+ views
    Whitehouse.gov, Yahoo.com; Reuters | 3.21.06 | ohioWfan
    Today was a busy day for President Bush. This morning he gave a press conference at the White House and answered reporters' questions with fire and passion (including a priceless exchange with Helen Thomas). He then welcomed Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Oval Office at the White House, and accompanied her to a social luncheon in her honor, where they enjoyed entertainment by the dance group, Moving in the Spirit, and vocal star, Denyce Graves. Later he met with Iraq and Afghanistan non-governmental organizations (with First Lady Laura in attendance as well).Lots and lots of expressive pictures of...
  • Bush: Iraq Reaches Historic Moment With Help From U.S. Forces

    03/21/2006 4:02:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 332+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 21, 2006 – Sectarian violence that erupted after the Feb. 22 bombing of a mosque in Samarra, Iraq, could have led to civil war. But Iraqis stayed united and are working to build a united government, President Bush said here today. When violence broke out, the Iraqi army didn't break apart into sectarian divisions, and religious and political leaders stood up to the violence and committed themselves to progress, Bush said at a White House news conference. The efforts of the Iraqis, along with continued coalition support, are what kept the country out of civil war, he said....
  • Blair to 'take on' Iraq critics

    03/21/2006 5:57:29 AM PST · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 405+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 21, 2006 | Staff
    Britain's involvement in the invasion of Iraq is to be defended by the prime minister, in the first of three speeches on foreign policy. Tony Blair is expected to say extremism in the world needs to be confronted and criticise those who argue otherwise. He will restate his conviction that the UK faces threats and must prevent terrorism, not merely react to it. The PM will tell an audience that foreign policy should be "strongly activist" and "justified by values". The speech comes three years after bombs started falling on Baghdad at the start of the US-led campaign that resulted...
  • WEEK 12 - Olney, MD., 03-18-06: Operation Infinite FReep, LOCAL SUPPORTERS OUT NUMBER FREEPERS

    03/21/2006 7:12:42 AM PST · by trooprally · 18 replies · 1,851+ views
    The number of locals out numbered the stretched thin FReepers this week!!! FReepers from the D.C. area were in Richmond and Fayetteville representing us down thereSeven FReepers/Lurkers were in attendance: Spiff, Jimmy Valentine's Brother, [Mrs] Trooprally, myself, Lurker Lloyd, and locals Lurker Bill & Cindy-True-Supporter.Seven locals in attendance were Steve (with crutch, just moved to Nevada and was in town briefly), Stu, and five kids who stopped by for about an hour. The kids plan on being back next week with reinforcements and will be dressed for the weather. They only had on light clothing since they didn't plan on...
  • Allawi says strong security forces can save Iraq

    03/21/2006 8:39:44 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 293+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 21 2006 | Mariam Karouny
    Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, tipped to be security supremo in a new administration, called on Tuesday for Iraq's forces to be reinforced to prevent sectarian conflict exploding into all-out civil war. Since talks on forming a national unity government were dragging on, leaders should consider a quick, temporary deal to install a crisis cabinet and review its line-up in a year or so, the secular, Shi'ite politician told Reuters in an interview. "We are in the early stages of a civil war. We hope we don't get to the point of no return," he said at the headquarters of...
  • Bush Defends Decisions on Iraq War

    03/21/2006 8:30:32 AM PST · by robowombat · 13 replies · 542+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 21 | TERENCE HUNT
    Mar 21, 11:09 AM EST Bush Defends Decisions on Iraq War By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent AP Photo/RON EDMONDS Other U.S. Video WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Tuesday the decision about when to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq will fall to future presidents and Iraqi leaders, suggesting that U.S. involvement will continue at least through 2008. Acknowledging the public's growing unease with the war - and election-year skittishness among fellow Republicans - the president nonetheless vowed to keep U.S. soliders in the fight. "If I didn't believe we could suceeed, I wouldn't be there. I wouldn't...
  • Transcript of Bush's Press Conference

    03/21/2006 8:27:36 AM PST · by YaYa123 · 4 replies · 872+ views
    AP ^ | March 21, 2006 | AP unattributed
    Here is a partial text of President Bush's news conference on Tuesday, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions: --- BUSH: Yesterday, I delivered the second in a series of speeches on the situation in Iraq. I spoke about the violence that the Iraqi people had faced since last month's bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra. I also said that for every act of violence, there is encouraging progress in Iraq that's hard to capture on the evening news. Yesterday, I spoke about an important example of the gains we and the Iraqis have made, and that is in the northern...
  • Europeans should beware of wishing for US failure in Iraq

    03/21/2006 10:08:20 AM PST · by aculeus · 27 replies · 1,419+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 21, 2006 | by Francis Fukuyama
    Many opponents of the Iraq war both in the US and Europe have felt a not-so-secret sense of schadenfreude at the developing chaos in Iraq. While many might intellectually support the emergence of a stable, democratic, pro-western government in Baghdad, "success" in this matter would be seen as a vindication of all of the baggage that the Bush administration loaded on to this project, including its unilateralism, use of force and incompetent execution of the war's aftermath. Many would therefore be happy seeing Washington suffer a setback, to deter such interventions in the future. But people should be careful what...
  • Why was the anti-War Turnout so Low at this Year’s Rally in the Valley?

    03/21/2006 12:19:45 PM PST · by rface · 38 replies · 1,291+ views
    SF IndyMedia ^ | Monday, Mar. 20, 2006 at 2:33 PM | Mike Rhodes
    Attendance was down at the (anti-war) Rally in the Valley, which marked the third year of war in Iraq. Last year about 600 people attended the event in Courthouse Park in downtown Fresno. Last Saturday about 300 participants held a rally which started on the corner of Shaw and Cedar, they marched to the Free Speech Area at CSU-Fresno, and listened as several speakers call for an end to the war. There were also musicians on stage and many community groups set up literature tables. Photos and a story about the Rally in the Valley are available here: http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/03/1808674.php Fresno...
  • Exposing the Socialist Agenda of Antiwar Protestors in Fayetteville, NC (After Action Report)

    03/20/2006 11:20:02 AM PST · by Huber · 56 replies · 5,589+ views
    Old North State Chapter | March 20, 2006 | Huber, et al.
    Preparing to greet the commies - Early Saturday Morning DStarr chooses a sign from her arsenal as she prepares to confront the leftist march. This past Saturday, March 18, 2006 we conducted our third annual FReep in commemoration of the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As in past years, leftists marched through the streets of Fayetteville, NC (home of Fort Bragg and Pope Airforce Base) and congregated in Rowan Park for their day of music and speeches, coordinated by NC Peace and Justice Coalition. The support the troops rally was conducted on the hillside overlooking Rowan Park. Wolfpat's sound...
  • Bush Challenges Nation to Promote Freedom by Supporting Troops

    03/21/2006 3:22:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 378+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 21, 2006 – The best way for the American people to promote freedom and liberty around the world is to stand behind the U.S. armed forces, President Bush told a group yesterday at the City Club of Cleveland. Bush said it's his responsibility as president to ensure the public understands why the United States is waging the war on terror and why it's important to stay the course. "And so I will continue making the case. ... But the best way you can help is to support our troops," he told a questioner in the audience at the...
  • Update 28: Bush: Troops to Stay in Iraq Through '08

    03/21/2006 2:32:17 PM PST · by jamesm51 · 11 replies · 434+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 3 21 06 | Terence Hunt
    President Bush said Tuesday that American forces will remain in Iraq for years and it will be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, he declared, "I'm optimistic we'll succeed. If not, I'd pull our troops out." The president rejected calls for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, chief architect of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Listen, every war plan looks good on paper until you meet the enemy," Bush said, acknowledging mistakes as the United States was forced to switch tactics and change a reconstruction strategy...
  • President Bush to Hold 10 a.m. News Conference

    03/21/2006 5:56:45 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 928 replies · 42,740+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/22/06
    President Bush to Hold 10 a.m. News Conference (Just Breaking No Info Yet!)
  • Bush tumbling

    03/21/2006 3:11:59 AM PST · by Clive · 36 replies · 2,102+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | March 21, 2006 | Paul Jackson
    Bush tumblingPresident was hanging in there until he tripped on tactical errors By Paul Jackson SALT LAKE CITY -- U.S. President George W. Bush's ratings now appear in freefall and Republican strategists are looking at mid-term November elections with little speckles of perspiration showing up on their brows. If the GOP loses control of the Senate or House of Representatives this fall, the Democrats will hammer and hogtie the president at every artificial opportunity they can muster. Filibuster and even impeachment will be in the arsenals of tools they will use to thwart Bush's every move. It looks bleak right...
  • The third anniversary...sacrifice, fear and hope (by an Iraqi living in Iraq)

    03/21/2006 2:31:18 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 8 replies · 588+ views
    Iraq The Model ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Mohammed
    Monday, March 20, 2006 The third anniversary...sacrifice, fear and hopeIt has been three years since 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' began and for three years we debated whether the decision was right or wrong and until this moment we have different feelings and opinions about where this operation brought us and where its aftermaths are going to lead us. This disputed operation no doubt had-and will continue to have-major effects on the future of the region and the rest of the world and it's not limited to the boundaries of Iraq; a fact that makes rational debate legitimate by all standards....
  • (VIDEO) Kristinn Taylor Of Free Republic Discuss Pro-War Message (MSNBC Hardball, Mon Mar 20th)

    03/20/2006 8:02:22 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 53 replies · 4,688+ views
    Free Republic member 'ianschwartz' site, Expose The Left ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Ian Schwartz
    <p>Kristinn Taylor of Free Republic and Stephen Cleghorn of Military Families Speak Out appeared on Hardball this evening to discuss the pro-War and anti-War message. Free Republic supports the War, while Military Families Speak Out is against the war and wants to pull our troops out of Iraq immediately. Both guests have family members serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan.</p>
  • Full Transcript: President Discusses War on Terror and Operation Iraqi Freedom

    03/20/2006 7:04:05 PM PST · by IntelliQuark · 9 replies · 881+ views
    White House ^ | March 20, 20006 | President George W. Bush
    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Thank you all. Please be seated. Sanjiv, thanks for the introduction. He called me on the phone and said, listen, we believe in free speech, so you're going to come and give us a speech for free. (Laughter.) Thanks for the invitation, thanks for the warm welcome. It's good to be here at the City Club of Cleveland. For almost a century, you have provided an important forum for debate and discussion on the issues of the day. And I have come to discuss a vital issue of the day, which is the safety...
  • Bush: Success in Tal Afar Shows Evidence Iraqi Strategy Working

    03/20/2006 3:29:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 451+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2006 – President Bush today pointed to the dramatic turnaround in Tal Afar, Iraq -- a city once gripped by terrorist oppression that's now undergoing a vibrant revitalization -- as concrete evidence that the national strategy for victory in Iraq is working. Speaking at the City Club of Cleveland, a free speech forum, the president said developments in Tal Afar show clear progress on the political, security and economic fronts and proof that the Iraqi people want to live in freedom. Calling the northern Iraqi city with its diverse population "a microcosm of Iraq," the president said...
  • Operation Phantom Fury--Day 499 - Now Operations River Blitz; Matador--Day 394

    03/20/2006 3:54:55 PM PST · by Gucho · 36 replies · 623+ views
    Various Media Outlets | 3/21/06
    President Bush listens as he is introduced before speaking about the war on terror in Cleveland, Monday, March 20, 2006. Bush sought Monday to emphasize progress over disillusionment after three years in Iraq, urging Americans to see a developing democracy beyond the frequent images of violence. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • President Speaks Anew on Iraq (Live Thread)

    03/20/2006 9:23:12 AM PST · by txrangerette · 377 replies · 9,796+ views
    Fox News Channel | 3-20-06 | txrangerette
    The President is speaking from Cleveland OH...comments welcome.
  • IRAQ THREE YEARS ON, AND CONTEMPLATING JOHN MURTHA

    03/20/2006 8:30:41 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 8 replies · 190+ views
    NRO ^ | 20 Mar 2006 | Jim Geraghty
    So we’re at the three year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. I like it when political issues get resolved. Welfare reform is a good example. It’s hard to believe from the perspective of today, but this was a hugely divisive political issue throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Many, many Democrats (and a few Republicans) opposed efforts to change a system that many, many Americans believed had fostered dependency and a culture of failure among our poorest citizens. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, one of the chamber’s brightest members, who had spent much of his career studying the issue, predicted it...
  • Bush Shares His Optimism on Iraq

    03/20/2006 10:48:45 AM PST · by mathprof · 9 replies · 425+ views
    ap ^ | NEDRA PICKLER
    President Bush on Monday cited progress in stabilizing an insurgent stronghold in northern Iraq, saying he has "confidence in our strategy" and critics should look beyond the images of violence to see clear signs of progress. Bush tried a new tactic to boost sagging support for the war, relating to his audience in Cleveland a lengthy story about a campaign to rid the northern city of Tal Afar of terrorism against civilians. Success there "gives reason for hope for a free Iraq," he said. Bush described how the insurgents who have been using murder and intimidation to run roughshod over...
  • INVASION IRAQ: Three Years Later - Where are they now? ["Baghdad Bob," Hans Blix, et al]

    03/20/2006 10:22:27 AM PST · by XR7 · 14 replies · 1,661+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/20/06
    Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf ('Baghdad Bob') THEN ...Al-Sahaf’s daily press briefings in the lead-up to the war and in its first weeks led to him being nicknamed Baghdad Bob or Comical Ali (an allusion to “Chemical Ali,” the nickname of former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid.) He gained a considerable cult following, with several Web sites devoted to his outrageous claims...as coalition troops stormed the capital, al-Sahaf declared, "The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad."... NOW On 25 June 2003, the London newspaper The Daily Mirror reported that al-Sahaf had been captured by coalition...
  • Media Spinning of Operation Swarmer

    03/20/2006 8:19:42 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 4 replies · 791+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3.20.2006 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    The latest criticism of the war in Iraq has become so politically manipulative, so disingenuous, so over-the-top that it is undermining a critical cause that we cannot, for a variety of global security reasons, afford to lose... Let’s look at last Thursday, March 16, the day the Iraqi National Assembly opened in Baghdad and a high-profile "air assault" northeast of Samarra, as an example:
  • The Real Reasons behind the Peace Movement

    03/20/2006 5:25:16 AM PST · by Quilla · 50 replies · 3,034+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 20, 2006 | Vasko Kohlmayer
    The third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was marked over the weekend by a wave of protests around the world. Most of the marches in America were spearheaded by United for Peace and Justice, the nation’s largest anti-war coalition. United for Peace and Justice is a large umbrella association of more than thirteen hundred local and national groups who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government’s policy of permanent warfare and empire-building. The organization’s recent press release tells us of a massive effort planned for the week of March 15...
  • Iraqis Increasingly Take Lead in Anti-Terrorist Operations

    03/19/2006 5:19:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 321+ views
    DoD ^ | March 19, 2006 | American Forces Press Service
    Iraqi and coalition forces continued in recent days to detain terrorist suspects and search, find and destroy weapons caches through a series of patrols and operations designed to bring stability to that country, officials in Iraq reported today. Back-to-back cordon-and-search missions of six houses in Kirkuk on March 16 by Iraqi police, for instance, netted nine terrorist suspects. The police moved into the city's Qadiysiahya neighborhood and systematically checked every room in the houses, while detaining the men inside. All nine terrorist suspects were questioned by the police; four were released; and five were transferred into U.S. custody for additional...
  • Quiet disapproval in US marks war's anniversary

    03/19/2006 4:14:54 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 36 replies · 1,040+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 19, 2006 | Christopher Swann
    On the third anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, the US capital’s historic protest venues were surprisingly serene on Sunday. Outside the White House tourists had their pictures taken next to a cardboard cut-out of the president, families enjoyed the sun on the Mall and several bored-looking policemen stood guard outside the vice-president’s DC home. Not a placard in sight or a chant to be heard. Americans may have turned decisively against the war in Iraq in recent months, but their change of heart has been largely expressed quietly to pollsters rather than in loud public protests. The micro-protests...
  • 1,000 Chants "Out of Iraq" [LA Moonbat-Glitterati Rally]

    03/19/2006 2:13:56 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 33 replies · 746+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/19/06 | Lisa Sodders
    By Lisa M. Sodders, Staff Writer HOLLYWOOD - Actor Martin Sheen and other Hollywood figures called for an immediate end to war in Iraq, addressing some 1,000 anti-war activists who marched through Hollywood Saturday on the war's third anniversary. From a stage erected in the street near Grauman's Chinese Theater, speakers condemned President George W. Bush as a liar and criticized his administration for the Iraq war, its record on the environment, the handling of Hurricane Katrina relief and other issues. "Your voices are the only ones worth listening to, and lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for,"...
  • Join Protest Warrior's Operation Yellow Ribbon Sat. and Sun, Mar 18-19 in Times Square

    03/17/2006 5:54:17 PM PST · by Rona58 · 34 replies · 1,147+ views
    It's the third anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The moonbats plan to march on the Times Square recruiting office. We plan to support our military by counter-protesting the lefties. Join us for Operation Yellow Ribbon When: March 18th AND March 19th (Saturday AND Sunday) Where: New York City *March 18th (Saturday): The Leftist's Plan that day: At 1pm, the Lefties plan to converge at the Military Recruitment Center in Times Square "for a massive rally to shut down the recruiting station and the entire area." From there, they plan on marching East on 43rd Street to the UN. Our Plan:...
  • Operation Phantom Fury--Day 498 - Now Operations River Blitz; Matador--Day 393

    03/19/2006 3:53:49 PM PST · by Gucho · 51 replies · 2,067+ views
    Various Media Outlets | 3/20/06
    U.S. President George W. Bush adjusts his tie before speaking to the media upon his return from Camp David to the White House via helicopter in Washington, March 19, 2006. Bush on Sunday marked the third anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, in particular thanking members of the military for their service. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
  • A day in the life of President Bush (3/19/06): photos & news

    03/19/2006 2:39:18 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 189 replies · 13,061+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: The first couple arrived back at the White House from Camp David earlier today. The President then walked over to the White House press corps and made a brief statement about Iraq. Here is the full transcript: Remarks by President Bush Upon Arrival at the White HouseWASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The South Lawn 12:56 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: This morning I had a phone call with our ambassador to Iraq. And the ambassador informed me of the progress that the Iraqis are making in forming a unity government. I encouraged the Iraqi leaders to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 March 2006

    03/19/2006 5:23:26 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 1,247 replies · 21,760+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 19 March 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, March 19th, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Vice President Dick Cheney. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Olympic speed skater Joey Cheek. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Sens. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi; Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
  • Bush Marks Anniversary, Never Says 'War'

    03/19/2006 2:41:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 604+ views
    AP ^ | 3/19/6 | Nedra Pickler
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush marked the anniversary of the Iraq war Sunday by touting the efforts to build democracy there and avoiding any mention of the daily violence that rages three years after he ordered an invasion. The president didn't utter the word "war." "We are implementing a strategy that will lead to victory in Iraq," the president assured a public that is increasingly skeptical that he has a plan to end the fighting after the deaths of more than 2,300 U.S. troops. Administration officials repeated the mantra that progress continues toward building a unified Iraqi government and nation. "Now...
  • On 3rd Anniversary, Conservative 'Tribune-Review' Calls for Iraq Pullout

    03/19/2006 12:51:34 PM PST · by summer · 28 replies · 636+ views
    editorandpublisher.com ^ | March 19, 2006 | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK -- Several weeks ago, the reliably-conservative Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pa., startled many readers when it suddenly came out for the start of a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. It did so, however, with a reference to preparing to take on Iran if necessary, so some dismissed the editorial as merely hawkish-in-a-different-direction. What would it do on the thrid anniversary of the start of the conflict? In a Sunday editorial, the newspaper affirmed its pullout demand--few Democrat-leaning papers have joined it--while also making clear it was not in favor of pre-emptive war elsewhere. Here is the editorial. *...
  • THE IRAQ WAR: Three years -- White House no longer sees quick end to difficult war

    03/19/2006 8:18:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 183 replies · 2,197+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/19/6 | James Sterngold
    When the U.S.-led coalition attacked Iraq three years ago, the Bush administration was brimming with confidence that this would be a war only in the sense that a lot of bombs would be dropped and the military would seize, temporarily, a foreign capital. It was going to be swift, high-tech, clean. Six weeks later, President Bush spoke in the past tense about Operation Iraqi Freedom, thanking the Iraqis who welcomed the U.S. troops and promising that democratic change would sweep the region. Now, with sectarian violence roaring and casualties rising, the White House increasingly is talking, in the present tense,...
  • Rumsfeld: Three Years into OIF Time for Resolve, Not Retreat

    03/19/2006 9:16:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 176 replies · 1,455+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 19, 2006 – Three years after the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom, now's the time for resolve, not retreat, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wrote today in an editorial in The Washington Post. Rumsfeld called turning a back on postwar Iraq today "the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis." "It would be as great a disgrace as if we had asked the liberated nations of Eastern Europe to return to Soviet domination because it was too hard or too tough or we didn't have the patience to work with them as they built free countries,"...
  • Cheney: Success in Iraq Critical to Overall Terror War

    03/19/2006 9:21:53 AM PST · by SandRat · 35 replies · 549+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 19, 2006 – Vice President Dick Cheney said today the evidence that Iraqis and coalition will succeed in Iraq "is overwhelming" and that it's important, when assessing the situation there, to keep perspective of its impact on the global war on terror. Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," on the third anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the vice president said terrorists recognize what some others don't: that what ultimately happens in Iraq will impact the entire region. "There's a lot at stake here. It's not just about Iraq...[and] today's situation in Iraq," Cheney said. "It's about where we...