On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, we look at a massive new report by a team of 30 economists, anthropologists, political scientists, legal experts and physicians about the Iraq War’s impact. "The Costs of War" report found the total number of people who have died from the Iraq War, including soldiers, militants, police, contractors, journalists, humanitarian workers and Iraqi civilians, has reached at least 189,000 people, including at least 123,000 civilians. Financially, the report estimates a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $2.2 trillion, a figure that could one day approach $4 trillion with the interest accrued on the borrowed money used to fund the war. We’re joined by the report’s co-author, Neta Crawford, professor of political science at Boston University. [includes rush transcript]
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AARON MATÉ: It was 10 years ago today that the U.S. invaded Iraq on the false pretext that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. The attack came despite worldwide protest and a lack of authorization from the U.N.—from the U.N. Security Council. This was how Democracy Now! began our broadcast on March 19th, 2003.
AMY GOODMAN: U.S. and British forces have moved into the demilitarized zone straddling the Iraq-Kuwait border in preparation for an attack on Iraq. Reuters is reporting convoys of U.S. and British tanks and fighting vehicles have been snaking through sandstorms in the Kuwaiti desert heading towards the Iraqi border. One Iraqi has already been shot dead off the coast of Kuwait. Less than 12 hours remain before the U.S. ultimatum to the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, to flee reaches its deadline at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time tonight. Baghdad has rejected it. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has proposed for the first time that President Saddam Hussein should go into exile as a last-ditch bid to avert war.AARON MATÉ: Well, later that evening, a Pentagon official reported cruise missiles had been fired in Iraq as part of a, quote, "decapitation attack" aimed at killing Saddam Hussein. Then, around 5:30 a.m. Baghdad time, 9:30 p.m. Eastern time, air raid sirens were heard after the U.S. deadline for Saddam to step down had passed. Within the hour, President George W. Bush gave a nationally televised speech from the Oval Office announcing the war had begun.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.AMY GOODMAN: Six weeks later, President Bush would stand under a banner reading "Mission Accomplished" and declared an end to major military combat operations in Iraq. But Operation Iraqi Freedom, as he called it, would lead to an almost nine-year U.S. military occupation of Iraq.
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Note 2: On the common use of the word anarchist.
This is the definition of "Anarchy" in the dictionary:
"Definition of ANARCHY1
a : absence of government
b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority
c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government" -
What I think the kids calling themselves "anarchists" are imagining is a sort of decentralized society. But they know nothing about society itself so they have no understanding of how it should be organized much less how to get there. However, they were sent to kill at 18 based on what they now know, to be a lie. Given that and their age you can understand how they would think complete Anarchy is the answer. To go from the authoritarian system that is necessary in raising kids in a family to the authoritarian structure of an army. So all authority must be challenged which in a way can be a good thing, but in another not so good. Especially given the state of the United States now. in fact, if I was paranoid I would say that now is that time the US would have to carry out a false flag attack on its people to launch a war for distraction or they will have to face one of two options. 1: A violent revolution OR 2. A release of the truth for the invasions of the last decade.
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