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  • Bush To Mark Anniversary of Iraq War with Series of Speeches

    03/11/2006 8:45:36 AM PST · by mdittmar · 12 replies · 275+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | 11 March 2006 | President Bush
    for=search>border=0> Advanced Search/Archive   Español | Français | Pycckuú |   |   |     You Are In: USINFO > Products >Washfile   11 March 2006 Bush To Mark Anniversary of Iraq War with Series of Speeches Says, despite difficulties, U.S. better off with Saddam Hussein out of powerPresident Bush plans to give a series of speeches on Iraq to update the American people on the U.S. strategy for victory, and to mark the three-year anniversary of the beginning of the coalition military operation that overthrew Saddam Hussein’s regime.Speaking March 11 in his weekly radio address, Bush said that beginning with his March 13 speech on the...
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom -- the year in review...

    05/01/2004 2:10:50 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 135+ views ^ | 5/01/04 | Mark Alexander
    On May 1, 2003, all hands on deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln cheered their Commander-in-Chief, George W. Bush, as he declared, "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed, and now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country." In the year since the cessation of major hostilities, America's resolve in our war against Jihadistan has been under relentless assault -- not so much by the Jihadis themselves, but by the political ambitions of Demo-presidential contenders and their Leftmedia minions. Though our national resolve has...
  • Why We Invaded Iraq

    04/14/2004 8:03:33 AM PDT · by Americathy · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | 04/14/2004 | John Hawkins
    Given that we're more than a year out from the start of the war in Iraq, fighting has flared up recently, and opponents of the war have been trying rewrite history to take advantage of the fact that our intelligence estimates about WMD in Iraq have proven to be inaccurate, it's important to remind people why we went to Iraq. To begin with, it's important to put the war in context. We must remember that we have been trying to remove Saddam Hussein from power since the Gulf War. Here's David Frum on that subject, "In the 2000 election, both...
  • "Protesters dishonor those who sacrificed their lives"-Belated Springfield, MO Freep Report

    03/31/2004 2:08:28 PM PST · by swmopatriot · 37 replies · 518+ views
    Springfield News-Leader ^ | 3/31/04 | Mary Ann Bullock
    <p>On March 20, I drove along East Sunshine past a small group of peace activists on one side of Sunshine holding up a piece of tarp with sheets of 8?-by-11-inch paper attached supposedly telling the stories of American soldiers killed in Iraq ("Wall bridges feelings of loss," March 21 News-Leader). Directly across the street were two 18-year-olds, Jason Highley holding up a sign reading "Terrorists are the enemy, not George W. Bush" and Matt Simpson was holding up another sign that said "Freedom's not free." Those two boys have learned more in 18 years than those across the street, such as Ed Janosik, have in 75 or 80 years. Yes, we grieve for those who have given their lives, and also for their families. And yes, each of those who have given their lives deserve to be honored to the highest degree. Those brave men volunteered to do what they were doing when they lost their lives because they knew that if the terrorists are not stopped, a lot more Americans will lose their lives as a result. After they have fallen, to use their stories in that manner dishonors them rather than honors them, because protest demonstrations such as that only give encouragement to the terrorists.</p>
  • U.S. Military Gets Home Comforts in Iraq

    03/30/2004 11:29:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 235+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 30, 2004 at 23:10:53 PST | DENIS D. GRAY
    BAQUBAH, Iraq (AP) - Fresh strawberries from California. Stationary biking to the beat of rap music. Free Internet. And within gunsights, indoor basketball courts and maybe some cappuccino bars. What a difference a year makes. During the Iraq war and the ensuing months, U.S. troops invariably ate MREs - packaged military rations - showered with bottled water and slept in packed, sweltering tents or on the cold desert floor. Now, settling in for the long haul, the lifestyles of American soldiers are getting major upgrades. The world beyond the concertina wires may be just as dangerous as last year, but...
  • The Transition Has Begun

    03/29/2004 1:55:36 PM PST · by stylin_geek · 18 replies · 130+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 29, 2004 | Robert Alt
    One by one, Iraqis regain control of their own government operations. BAGHDAD — Much debate has swirled from Washington to Baghdad over the June 30, 2004, Coalition-pullout deadline: Will it be too soon to formally transfer power over key governmental operations from Coalition authority to the Iraqi people? At least one agency has demonstrated that June 30 is not soon enough: In a formal ceremony on Sunday, Ambassador Paul Bremer, surrounded by Iraqi doctors, announced that authority over the Ministry of Health is now officially in the hands of the Iraqi people. That the Ministry of Health should be the...
  • U.S.-Funded Projects to Propel Iraqi Economic Renaissance

    03/29/2004 10:22:56 AM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 230+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 29, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    After enduring decades under a corrupt state-run economy, the Iraqi people are poised for an economic renaissance through reconstruction projects funded by an $18.4 billion American grant, senior U.S. and Iraqi officials announced today in Baghdad. "The waiting is all but over. The partnership between the American and Iraqi people for the reconstruction of Iraq is on the move," Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, Coalition Provisional Authority administrator, told reporters during a news briefing. This "Partnership for Prosperity," Bremer noted, will benefit all Iraqis and "is based on the commitment of the American people to provide substantial support" to transform...
  • Editorial: Anti-War Movement Needs to Reinvigorate Supporters (Berkeley editorial)

    03/29/2004 7:18:25 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 8 replies · 133+ views
    Editorial: Anti-War Movement Needs to Reinvigorate Supporters This week is critical for the movement opposing the U.S.-Iraq War. The one year anniversary of the invasion presents the opportunity to see whether the same groups that coordinated last year’s demonstrations still have the influence to do it again. A year ago, as bombs were beginning to fall in Iraq, millions of people filled the streets of the world’s major cities condemning the military’s action. In San Francisco more than a hundred thousand people marched through downtown. There was a palpable anger in the air. It was an unmistakable conflagration of...
  • Mark Steyn: One Year On, and Iraq's Better Off

    03/28/2004 9:09:27 AM PST · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 102+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 27, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Just under a year ago, Baghdad fell. A great day, or so you'd think — especially after the idiotic predictions of how the city would be a new Stalingrad, with coalition troops fighting street to street for months on end. But, instead of even a moment of sheepish embarrassment, all the experts — the U.N., the French, the world's media, the nongovernmental organizations and the left in general — simply galloped on to even more idiotic predictions of doom. On April 12 last year, I wrote a column mocking the global naysayers' latest Top Ten Quagmires Of The Week. If...
  • Mark Steyn: Iraq has never had it so good

    03/25/2004 6:21:36 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 61 replies · 867+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 03/27/04 | Mark Steyn
    One year after the war began, Mark Steyn believes that anyone who looks honestly at liberated Iraq must see it as a success story New Hampshire Before we get on to the breezy assertions and specious arguments, here are ten facts about Iraq today: 1) Saddam Hussein is in jail, his sons are in ‘paradise’, and of the 52 faces on the Pentagon’s deck of cards all but nine are now in one or the other of those locations. 2) The coalition casualties in February were the lowest since the war began. 3) Attacks on the Iraqi oil pipelines have...
  • Yes I believe it was a Just War

    03/24/2004 4:27:24 AM PST · by LadyDoc · 14 replies · 225+ views
    The (London) Evening Standard ^ | March 19,2004 | Andrew Gilligan
    Yes, I believe it was a just war By Andrew Gilligan, Evening Standard 19 March 2004 Tonight, exactly a year ago, was the night that people all over the world went to bed, but couldn't get to sleep. The politicians had voted. The UN inspectors had left. The invasion force, or at least the American part of it, was ready. As the sands ran out on the final deadline of the final US ultimatum, I was lying on my "executive mattress" at the Palestine Hotel, Baghdad, biting my nails and wondering if I was going to die. I wasn't the...
  • Andrew "sexed up" Gilligan on the Iraq war

    03/23/2004 9:06:13 PM PST · by chauvelin01 · 5 replies · 667+ views
    The Evening Standard (London) | March 19, 2004 | Andrew Gilligan
    Yes, I believe itTONIGHT, exactly a year ago, was the night that people all over the world went to bed, but couldn't get to sleep. The politicians had voted. The UN inspectors had left. The invasion force, or at least the American part of it, was ready. As the sands ran out on the final deadline of the final US ultimatum, I was lying on my "executive mattress" at the Palestine Hotel, Baghdad, biting my nails and wondering if I was going to die. I wasn't the only one. Even at 3am, the lights in the flats opposite were on,...
  • Iraqis Say “War Was the ANSWER”: But protesters were yelling too loudly to hear them

    03/23/2004 8:49:52 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 13 replies · 198+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/23/2004 | Andrew Cline
    Being divorced from reality is what being an antiwar protester is all about. For a few hours each year you get to run around disrupting other people's lives, pretending you're doing something socially relevant, and saying things like "War doesn't solve anything" (said last weekend by New York City protester Matthew Stanton) and "If there aren't any soldiers there can't be war" (said by Alabama protester David Waters). Aside from being great philosophers, antiwar protesters also are adept at seeing the world the way it really is. Page Getz, press coordinator for the antiwar group ANSWER, said during a protest...
  • After Action Report: Lansing Freep 3/20/04

    03/23/2004 8:16:27 PM PST · by Zol03 · 18 replies · 237+ views
    Our Freep started at the Capitol, so we could prepare for the lefties march there. There were only a handful of us, but we made the most of it, and were quite loud. Two patriots, though not Freepers, led the Parade to the Capitol. One the sidewalk in front of the Capitol lefties pretended to be the dead. We were warned multiple times not to step on them! The usual suspects were there: ANSWER, Direct Action (aka the Dead), and some other people who wish we were still in the 60s. Once the peaceniks gathered they started beating their "war...
  • The Price of Freedom In Iraq

    03/23/2004 6:26:12 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 3 replies · 301+ views
    3/19/04 | Donald Rumsfield
    The Price of Freedom in Iraq By DONALD H. RUMSFELD ASHINGTON This week, as we mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, it is useful to recount why we have fought. Not long ago I visited South Korea, just as the Korean government was debating whether to send troops to Iraq. In Seoul, I was interviewed by a Korean journalist who was almost certainly too young to have firsthand recollection of the Korean War. She asked me, "Why should Koreans send their young people halfway around the globe to be killed or wounded in Iraq?" As...
  • Paratroopers remember the jump into Iraq

    03/23/2004 6:10:09 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 19 replies · 1,848+ views
    US Army Europe ^ | March 23, 2004 | Spc. Adrian Schulte, SETAF Public Affairs
     Public Affairs March 23, 2004 Paratroopers remember the jump into IraqStory by Spc. Adrian Schulte, SETAF Public Affairs Photo by Spc. C. Terrell Turner Last minute checks are accomplished before paratroopers board the plane bound for Iraq to participate in the historic jump. VICENZA, Italy -- It has almost been a year since about one thousand paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into war, opening up the northern front in the effort to liberate Iraq. The March 26, 2003 jump was recently classified as a combat jump and the paratroopers who participated in it will now be able to...
  • Got Any Gripes? Join The War Protest (everyone loves a parade!)

    03/23/2004 8:11:06 AM PST · by dead · 9 replies · 150+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2004 | Adam Buckman
    <p>Watching the TV news coverage of Saturday's protest march in midtown, I had the feeling the reporters and camera crews were not telling a complete story.</p> <p>And that's because I was there.</p> <p>Saturday's march was the lead story on virtually every newscast Saturday evening.</p>
  • Iraq: One Year Later (delivered on March 17, 2004, as part of the Heritage Foundation event Iraq)

    03/22/2004 4:53:48 PM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 1 replies · 80+ views ^ | by James Phillips
    (This speech was delivered on March 17, 2004, as part of the Heritage Foundation event Iraq: One Year Later.) One year after the onset of the war in Iraq, I think it is safe to say that the United States is better off than it was before the war. Moreover, our allies are better off and the Iraqi people are certainly better off. For the United States, the ouster of Saddam Hussein’s regime pays considerable strategic dividends that too often are glossed over or given short shrift by critics of the Bush Administration. True, these strategic gains have come at...
  • Zeeland Michigan Chapter of Protest Warrior storms anti-war freaks in two towns on same day!

    03/22/2004 3:06:11 PM PST · by cybersaint · 25 replies · 269+ views
  • James Lileks: "The Bleat" on Protestors and Traitors on the first anniversary of the Iraq War

    03/22/2004 7:46:25 AM PST · by jmcclain19 · 16 replies · 133+ views ^ | 03/22/04 | James Lileks
    Hi how are you I’m fine let’s get to the meat, the discussion of the weekend anti-war rallies. Or, if you dislike these things: matchbook 102! Imagine if you woke from an operation and discovered that your tumor was gone. You’d think: I suppose that’s a good thing. But. You learned that the hospital might profit from the operation. You learned that the doctor who made the diagnosis had decided to ignore all the other doctors who believed the tumor could be discouraged if everyone protested the tumor in the strongest possible terms, and urged the tumor to relent....