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December

28 December
Ford: Iraq Was A "Mistake"
Former President Gerald Ford criticizes the Bush Administration -- including Cheney and Rumsfeld, his former aides -- from the grave. The Washington Post released the July 2004 interview, which was embargoed until Ford's death.

8 December
Iraq Inspector General Office Gets Second Life
With little fanfare, Congress is reversing a pre-election decision to close down the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

November

30 November
Iraq Study Group To Recommend "Pullback"
According to the New York Times, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group chaired by James Baker and Lee Hamilton will recommend "a gradual pullback of the 15 American combat brigades now in Iraq but stop short of setting a firm timetable for their withdrawal."

28 November
Iran Counsels Iraq; Rhetorical War Continues
The American ouster of Saddam Hussein as the leader of Iraq has created a classic unintended consequence: Iran is offering Iraq assistance in quelling its civil violence.

6 November
Rumsfeld At Center of Iraq Criticism
The Administration has positioned Iraq as a central issue in Tuesday's elections. And as Americans head to the polls (if they haven't already voted), they're being treated to a unusual show of public discord between the professional military and its civilian oversight.

October

29 October
Audit: Weapons In Iraq MIA, Ditto Plan?
AP reports that a government audit shows that nearly 1-in-25 (4 percent) of the $133 million in weapons that US taxpayers have given to Iraqi national security forces are missing.

September

28 September
War Costs Surge, Army Stretched Thin
The CRA reports that the Iraq war is costing American taxpayers $2 billion a week -- that's about twice as much as in 2003. Afghanistan is costing $370 million a week, up 20 percent from 2005.

12 September
Bush Speech: Little New Ground
n his 17 minute address to the nation on the fifth anniversary of 9-11, President Bush told us that we are in "the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century, and the calling of our generation."

8 September
Declassified Report: No Al Qaeda Link In Pre-War Iraq
A newly-declassified (but redacted) 400-page Senate Intelligence Committee analysis of pre-war Iraq reports no evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

2 September
Civil War in Iraq: Yes or No?
The President is firm: "Our commanders and diplomats on the ground believe that Iraq has not descended into a civil war." At almost the same time, in its Congressionally-mandated quarterly report, the Pentagon reports that "a cesspool of sectarian violence ... has skyrocketed since the formation of the country's unity government."

August

22 August
Bush Admits WMD "Main Reason" for Iraq; Press Ignores Admission
In a press conference Monday, President Bush said that the "main reason" America "went into Iraq" was that "we thought he had weapons of mass destruction."

18 August
Vietnam and Iraq: The Tragedy of Unlearned Lessons
Comparisons between the US involvement with Iraq and US involvement in Vietnam were fairly common back in 2004. Perhaps the most famous comparison came in January 2004, when Robert McNamara -- US Defense Secretary in the 1960s -- did so in an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail.

June

9 June
Zarqawi Killed; Back Story Ignored
You can't miss the news -- the US military killed terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi yesterday. But what you will probably not see in mainstream media is this: the Bush Administration consciously chose not to attack Zarqawi in 2002, long before the US invaded Iraq.

22 June
Servicemen Charged With Murder In Civilian Death
Seven Marines and one sailor reportedly will be have been charged with the premeditated murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania.

1 June
Haditha, Part 2: Ishaqi?
The abuses at Abu Ghraib, disclosed in early 2005 and characterized as abberations by Administration and Pentagon officials -- and some conservative commentators -- may pale compared to recent allegations of the murder of civilians by US armed forces.

May

29 May
CBS Newsmen Killed in Iraq
US Liberals Guide Deborah White reports that two British CBS newsmen were killed and CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier was seriously injured "when a roadside bomb blast destroyed a U.S. military Humvee as their convoy passed through Baghdad." 28 May
Iraq’s My Lai?
US Marines from Camp Pendleton (1st Marine Division, Third Batallion) will face charges in connection with with the "execution style" murder of up to 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, according to Gen. Michael W. Hagee.

11 May
Iraq Reconstruction: Fraud-Filled Program To Be Exempt From Iraq Auditor Oversight?
From the lightly (or almost not) reported news department: Last month, an audit by the special inspector general for Iraqi reconstruction noted even more problems with how we've spent $20.9 billion to rebuild the country.

March

19 March
3rd Anniversary

March 7
Troops Think Saddam Was Part of 9-11
Headlines from a recent Zogby poll focused on the fact that about three-quarters of the troops in Iraq believe we should exit within a year.

February

23 February
"Iraq Heads Toward Civil War"
The New Zealand Herald writes that "Iraq is edging closer to outright civil war as furious mobs attack Sunni mosques in retaliation for the bombing of one of the country's most revered Shiite shrines."

17 February
World Opinion Turns Against the US: Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib
A British Judge denounces the US position on torture as "not the same as ours" and states it "does not appear to coincide with that of most civilised nations" as the US dismisses a UN report calling for the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a "rehash of allegations."

6 February
Female Soliders Die of Dehydration to Avoid Rape?
Former Col. Janis Karpinski testified in New York that she was briefed that female soldiers feared "getting up in the hours of darkness to go out to the port-a-lets or the latrines ... [and] they were dying from dehydration in their sleep."

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