Covering The Withdrawal From Iraq

Friday, October 28, 2011


Covering the run-up to the Iraq War was not the American press's finest moment. There won't be nearly as much attention to the withdrawal as there was to the invasion, but covering the withdrawal well might give the public a better sense of Iraq's future without American soldiers and what lessons to draw from the war. Bob spoke with Liz Sly, Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post who has covered Iraq for the better part of eight years.

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Chris Stone from New York

Bob Garfield says that The Obama administration wants to keep troops in Iraq to "help stabilize the country." He is not quoting Obama here but rather providing free propaganda. Would Bob Garfield ever say that Syrian troops stayed in Lebanon so long to help stabilize that country? What about Soviet troops in Afghanistan? Garfield goes on to say that the US media "fell down on the job in the run up to the war." It appears as if it has yet to get up.

Oct. 30 2011 02:21 PM
Robert from NYC

Oh god, please, Donald Rumsfeld brought "long hard slog" into the public discussion and we (you) can't seem to let go of the phrase. Please let's move on.

Oct. 30 2011 10:15 AM
David from Brooklyn, NY

Listener suggests that history will record a new era beginning in 2003. I dare say the Arabs will have a different view. American and Western prestige are at the lowest ebb in history in the region.

What took place in Iraq is an example of dynastic politics. A dauphin used war as an instrument to conduct a personal vendetta under false pretenses. Then the dauphin and his courtiers sanction torture that contradicts his nation's values. The dauphin's friends and the associated economic vultures rush in and try to make the killing the dauphin promised. Then we have the gall to ask why they hate us?

A new President finally decides hears that the elites in Iraq wants us to go home. He finally orders the troops home. I suppose its better late than never. We will see if what an Iraqi refugee once told me will come to pass; that over history the people of Iraq have adequately dealt with the meddlers in Iran.

What is inspirational in the Middle East and North Africa is what happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and what is trying to happen in Syria. It is the uprising of people who are mad as hell and won't take it anymore.

The connection to the fall of Saddam Hussein and what happened afterward is tenuous if not non-existent.

Oct. 29 2011 06:28 PM

Since the start of that long.....hard.....slog.....
in Iraq in the wake of 9/11, the fetid status quo in the Middle-East and North Africa has been shattered while being cheered by the same media that sneered at the toppling of an Iraqi tyrant.
Wasn't the Obama administration policy in Iraq just a seamless continuation of the Bush administration policies complete with the same Secretary of Defense?

Instead of images of the Fall of Saigon which many in the media were hoping for in Iraq we are seeing images of the fall of the Berlin Wall around the region and all the opportunities and dangers a new era brings.
History will record that new era began in 2003.

Oct. 29 2011 11:53 AM

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