Iraq after 2003 occupation

CIA Interrogator Reveals Saddam Hussein Predicted Rise of ISIS & U.S. Failure in Iraq

Published on Jan 15, 2017
Ten years ago, on December 30, 2006, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed. Hussein was toppled soon after the U.S. invasion began in 2003. Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez continue their conversation with former CIA analyst John Nixon, author of the new book, "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein."
This is part-2 of the interview - originally aired on Democracy Now! 12/28/2016

Noam Chomsky on Iraq, Saddam Hussein, & Aggression

Published on May 7, 2013
Talks from 2002-2008 on the invasion and aftermath.

Inside Iraq - Iraq's Education System

Published on May 7, 2013
Talks from 2002-2008 on the invasion and aftermath.

تقرير: واشنطن لفقت أدلة لشرعنة غزو العراق

Published on Oct 2, 2016

نشرت صحيفةُ الصنداي تايمز البريطانية تحقيقاً أجراهُ مكتبُ الصحافةِ الإستقصائيةِ يكشف عن صفقةٍ أبرمها البنتاغون الأمريكي وشركةِ بيل بوتينغر للعلاقاتِ العامةِ بقيمةِ نصفِ مليارِ دولارٍ لتلفيقِ فيديوهاتٍ بهدف استغلال دور تنظيمِ القاعدةِ في شرعنةِ الغزو الأمريكي للعراق. فصل جديد من فصول الأسباب الملفقة للغزو الأميركي للعراق قبل أزيد من ثلاثة عشر عاما ينكشف للعموم، وعندما تقتبس وسائل الإعلام عن صحيفة بريطانية تقفز إلى الأذهان تلقائيا صورة توني بلير، رئيس الوزراء الأسبق وهو يبدي ما لديه من أسف بعد إدانته في تقرير جون تشيلكوت الشهير بحر هذه السنة.
يتساءل البعض عن مدلولات الكشف عن الخدائع الأمريكية في هذا التوقيت، توقيت الدم الذي يُغرق الشرق الأوسط حتى الأذنين.. وهل يمكن أن نجد بعد عقد قادم أدلة مشابهة عن تورط أمريكي أو غربي في ما يجري اليوم في الشرق الأوسط.. ثم إنه وبعد أن أسف بلير ونشرت الصحف سبل التلفيق، من يعزي ذوي مليون عراقي سقطوا في الغزو؟ هل تكفيهم ملامح بلير الواجمة على الطريقة الإنجليزية؟ أم أن إسقاط نظام صدام حسين يكفي عذرا للغزو؟

Fuel on the Fire: oil and politics in Iraq

Published on May 15, 2012

Speaker(s): Greg Muttitt

Chair: Kristian Ulrichsen

Recorded on 8 May 2012 in New Theatre, East Building.

The author of Fuel on the Fire will talk about lessons from Iraq on oil, war and democracy. Greg Muttitt is campaigns and policy director at War on Want and the author of Fuel on the Fire: oil and politics in occupied Iraq.

Occupying Iraq a history of the coalition provisional authority

As a practical matter, Bremer’s powers were much more limited than they appeared. He had no direct authority over 98 percent of official American personnel in Iraq. They were under military command. Most Iraqi officials had abandoned their offices, which had in turn been ransacked in rampant looting that had stripped most public facilities throughout the country to the bare walls, and beyond. The Iraqi army had deserted en masse, as had much of the police force. Several billion dollars in Iraqi funds were immediately available, but beyond this ready cash, the state was basically broke and producing no further revenue. Washington was still under the impression that the occupation would largely pay for itself and had made provision for only limited financial support to reconstruction. As a result, the CPA relied, throughout its lifespan, principally on Iraqi money to fund both reconstruction and Iraqi government operations. 

America's unlearned lesson: the forgotten truth about why we invaded Iraq

A movement of high-minded ideologues had, throughout the 1990s, become obsessed with deposing Saddam Hussein. When they assumed positions of power under Bush in 2001, they did not seek to trick America into that war, but rather tricked themselves. In 9/11, and in fragments of intelligence that more objective minds would have rejected, they could see only validation for their abstract and untested theories about the world — theories whose inevitable and obvious conclusion was an American invasion of Iraq.
This is perhaps not as satisfying as the "Bush lied, people died" bumper sticker history that has since taken hold on much of the left and elements of the Tea Party right. Nor is it as convenient as the Republican establishment's polite fiction that Bush was misled by "faulty intelligence."
If the problem were merely that Bush lied, then the solution would be straightforward: Check the administration's facts. But how do you fact-check an ideology, particularly when that ideology is partially concealed from the public view? How do you guard against that ideology, which still dominates much of the GOP, and some of whose ideas are shared by more hawkish Democrats, from leading us astray again

Operation Iraqi Freedom - NBC News Documentary - 2003

Published on Mar 7, 2012
Operation Iraqi Freedom - NBC News Documentary - 2003. Featuring Tom Brokraw, David Bloom, and the Today Show hosts Matt Lauer and Katie Couric

Iraq at a Crossroads

Published on Dec 3, 2015
Casa Árabe presented “Iraq at a Crossroads,” co-published with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, as a result of the seminar held in late 2014 on this subject. 
The presentation included speeches by Hayder al-Khoei, an associate member of the Middle East and North Africa program at Chatham House; Mohammad Ali Shabani, editor of the Iran section at the portal Al-Monitor, and Yahya al-Kubaisi, a consultant at the Iraqi Center for Strategic Studies. The event was presented by Karim Hauser, who is responsible for the Governance Area at Casa Árabe and the book’s editor.
As a result of a seminar organized by Casa Árabe and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation which brought together several experts on Iraq, a volume has been published in English with the title Iraq at a Crossroads, in which the internal (Sunni, Shia an Kurdish), regional (Syria, Iran and Turkey) and international (US, EU and the humanitarian drama) factors contributing to a worsening of the Iraqi crisis are analyzed in nine chapters. The Sunnis’ situation, the role of Shia militancy and Iran’s role are a few of the angles discussed by the speakers.

CNN: Long Road to Hell - America in Iraq

President George W. Bush had a dream that Iraq would become a beacon of hope in the Middle East. Now, with the region wracked by chaos, civil war, and violence, some U.S. presidential candidates are pledging to order American “boots on the ground” again in Iraq – this time to fight ISIS. The crucial question is: do we understand the Iraq we would be going back to? CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will take a timely look at the reality of what is left of Iraq in Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq.
 
Zakaria asks tough questions of many of the key architects of America’s military intervention in Iraq over the last dozen years: Who is responsible for the unraveling of Iraq? Do those who want to send American troops to Iraq again understand the mistakes of the past? And, is Iraq even a country anymore?
 
Zakaria was himself an early supporter of the 2003 military intervention in Iraq. Explaining how his views evolved over time, Zakaria points out the consequences of the major strategic choices. He argues there were too few troops sent to maintain post-war order once the American-led coalition had conquered Saddam’s army. And, greater inclusion of the sectarian groups in Iraq could have meant more regional support for the nation-building efforts that followed the collapse of the Baathist regime.
 
In Long Road to Hell, Zakaria examines these vital pivot points and mistakes – some previously unknown until now. Offering answers and exploring the challenges are: Tony Blair, U.K. Prime Minister (1997 – 2007), Quartet Representative for the Middle East (2007 – 2015); Antony Blinken, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (2014 – present); Paul Bremer, Presidential Envoy to Iraq (2003 – 2004); Richard Clarke, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace (2001 – 2003); National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism Czar (1998 – 2003); Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence (Ronald Reagan Administration); Douglas Feith, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (2001 – 2005); Peter Galbraith, former U.S. diplomat; Richard Haass, PhD, president, Council on Foreign Relations (2003 – present); former lead U.S. official on Afghanistan and Northern Ireland (2001 – 2003); and Gen. David Petraeus (ret.), Commander, Multi-National Force in Iraq (2007 – 2008); Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (2010 – 2011); Commander, U.S. Central Command (2008 – 2010)