NEO-CONS: DIMMER THAN YOU THINK
Or: Didn't you see this coming?
As it becomes all the more evident that the invasion
and occupation of Iraq was a catastrophic miscalculation with extremely
long-term consequences and no relief in sight from our allies abroad,
we at the American Assembler thought it would be instructive to
revisit the months preceding the Iraq war to see if there were any
warnings the Bush administration could have drawn upon to foresee
the potential for what can now only be described as the Iraq disaster.
Gen. to Iraq: Stop Attacks
Fallujah, Iraq -- America's top general in the Middle East has
warned community leaders the U.S. military will use stern measures
unless they curb attacks against coalition forces, an Iraqi who
attended the meeting said Monday.
By ERIC SCHMITT and JOEL BRINKLEY
"The period immediately after regime change might offer these
criminals the opportunity to engage in acts of killing, plunder
and looting," the report warned, urging American officials
to "organize military patrols by coalition forces in all major
cities to prevent lawlessness, especially against vital utilities
and key government facilities."
FRONTLINE EXPOSES THE DECEPTION,
ARROGANCE AND INCOMPETENCE THAT LED TO THE IRAQ DISASTER
IT ONLINE NOW
As the Bush administration faces continuing
questions about its failure to secure peace in Iraq,
FRONTLINE takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look
at what some government officials say is the underlying
cause of America's current problems in Iraq:
Risky Strain on an Overstretched Army
Apparently, over 60% of the public still thinks George Bush
is doing a good job fighting terrorism. As recent polls suggest,
this is about the only thing people think Bush&Co are doing
But in their article for the WP,
retired Marine Gen. Joseph Hoar, a former commander of U.S. Central
Command, and retired Air Force Col. Richard Klass have laid out
precisely why George Bush's war on Iraq and his foreign policy in
general have made Americans much less safe.
by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
Donald Rumsfeld has his own special sources. Are they reliable?
SPIES WHO PUSHED FOR WAR
Julian Borger reports on the shadow right wing intelligence
network set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver
a justification for toppling Saddam Hussein by force.
Deals Greater Than Thought
Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President
Cheney, has won contracts worth more than $1.7 billion under Operation
Iraqi Freedom and stands to make hundreds of millions more dollars
under a no-bid contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
according to newly available documents.
is still paid by Haliburton
The payments, which appear on Mr Cheney's 2001 financial disclosure
statement, are in the form of "deferred compensation"
of up to $1m a year.
Crude Oil Documents
All through the Iraq buildup, war, and occupation,
the U.S. government has insisted that oil had nothing to do with
A collection of articles which demonstrate
incontrovertibly that the Bushies should have known the invading
and occupying Iraq would be a bad mistake