Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Iraq Still in a Terrible Mess

By Amitabh Pal,  The Progressive, September 2, 2011



Just because U.S. soldiers aren’t dying in Iraq doesn’t mean all is well there.

The New York Times had as a recent headline “Iraq War Marks First Month With No U.S. Military Deaths,” with a certain Colonel Douglas Crissman saying, “If you had thought about a month without a death back during the surge in 2007, it would have been pretty hard to imagine…” The paper does report that this “has occurred amid a frightening campaign of suicide bombings and assassinations from Sunni insurgents that killed hundreds of Iraqis, resurrecting the specter of the worst days of sectarian fighting.”

The American media in general has been content to ignore Iraq once U.S. casualties leveled off. The Iraq War received just 1 percent of national coverage in 2010, according to the Pew Research Center.

But Iraq is still suffering eight years after an illegal invasion, and nothing will change this reality. Do try telling Dick Cheney that, though.

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