Iraq

Iraqi Sanctions and American Intentions: Blameless Carnage? Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 While Pentagon officials bluntly admitted in 1991 that sanctions aimed to punish the Iraqi people, candor evaporated as the death toll rose. The State Department’s website announced in June 1999, Sanctions are not intended to harm the people of Iraq. That is why the sanctions regime has always specifically exempted food and medicine. This ... [click for more]

Iraqi Sanctions: Were They Worth It?

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In May 1996 Madeleine Albright, who was then the U.S. ambassador to the UN, was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, in reference to years of U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iraq, We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. And, ... [click for more]

Subjective Value Theory in Iraq

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Subjective value theory in economics holds that value is subjective — that is, that the value of any item, like beauty, lies in the eyes of the beholder. Moreover, value is comparative, rather than absolute: In response to the question, “Are diamonds valuable?” the proper answer is, “Compared with what?”For ... [click for more]

Iraq: Democratic or Free?

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The White House website has this to say about Iraq: “Under the leadership of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the new Iraqi Governing Council, major strides are being planned and made in three key areas: security, economic stability and growth, and democracy.” Let’s focus on that last ... [click for more]

U.S. Senators Are the Real Cowards

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The Pentagon has gracefully decided to reduce criminal charges brought against Army Sergeant Andreas Pogany from “cowardice” to “dereliction of duty.” That’s right — cowardice is a criminal offense under U.S. military law, punishable by death or incarceration and dishonorable discharge. What did the good sergeant do ... [click for more]

Albright “Apologizes”

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In 1996 then-UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, in reference to years of U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iraq, “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the ... [click for more]

Should the U.S. Military in Iraq Adopt Israeli Methods?

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The Associated Press reported on September 18 that an Israeli military official declared that the U.S. military “is showing interest in Israeli software instructing soldiers on how to behave in the West Bank and Gaza.” The United States is looking at the Israeli policies as examples of how American soldiers can better handle a hostile population in Iraq. That may ... [click for more]

Desperately Seeking WMDs

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The Bush administration wants $600 million to continue looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It’s already spent $300 million in search of the elusive weapons. This is beginning to look like an obsession. With chief weapons searcher David Kay now confirming to Congress that his massive team ... [click for more]

What’s Love of Democracy Got to Do With It?

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Is it possible that the “We’re here to establish democracy” rationale being used to justify the continued occupation of Iraq is just as false and deceptive as the rationale that Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” posed an imminent threat to the United States? After all, think about it: When ... [click for more]
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