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1,823 Days in Iraq

Monday, March 17, 2008

Wednesday marks the five-year anniversary of the war in Iraq. We take a look at recent developments with James Glanz, Iraq bureau chief for the New York Times, and Bobby Ghosh, world editor for Time Magazine.

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Bobby Ghosh and James Glanz

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Comments [16]

Tony Bruguier from San Jose, CA

Side note: Shouldn't it be 1825 days, since this year was a leap year, so was 2004?

[Producer's Note: Yes. Leap day makes it 1825. Good eye!]

Mar. 17 2008 12:36 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

" Defeat" is a new book by British Journalist Jonathan Steele. I recommend the book to all who are fed up with Bush- Cheney-Petraeus propaganda machine

Mar. 17 2008 12:06 PM
eric from brooklyn

I just heard one of the commentators say, regarding Mr. McCain that he, as others' main concern is making sure Irag does not become an Al Qaida permanent place.

I find this statement and this line of thought to be just another excuse to be in a 'war' there, as there is a very very large area called the Middle East where they can and do operate, and certainly one of Al Qaida's key strengths is that it does not have an address.

Mar. 17 2008 12:03 PM
Susan from Kingston, New York

This may sound cynical, but I suspect Cheney is checking on his investments--Halliburton, etc. and what is going on on the ground. McCain is probably getting an update as far as the big investments that many of the corporations that the officials of this administration are involved in. Why don't the American people understand that these guys are fleecing us. They started war for profit! American troops are just low paid security guards for Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, etc. etc.

Mar. 17 2008 11:56 AM
ArkAy from new york city

How is McCain paying for his Iraq visit? Are the american taxpayers paying for it or is his campaign? And if it is an official visit why arent there other congressional members?

Mar. 17 2008 11:54 AM
Jim Haddad from NYC

How come President of Iran can visit Iraq in a pre-announced visit, no problem, and our leaders are always making "surprise" and "unannounced" visits? Who is really winning this war?

Mar. 17 2008 11:53 AM
Robert from NYC

McCain said that and he's running for President!!! These guys are "in-bed-with" reporters, they sound too much like the administration. Couldn't you find others?

Mar. 17 2008 11:52 AM
Jill from Brooklyn

Excuse me, Michael Winslow, I was merely quoting Carlin who was mocking. It's not my thinking at all and I am in full support of getting every last one of our men and women out of there.

Mar. 17 2008 11:51 AM
michael winslow from INWOOD

Jill Comment #3

You want to get the job "done" then go over there and do it.

It is your thinking that is the problem.

It is your thinking that has resulted in over a million Iraqis DEAD.

It is your thinking that will cost this country over 3,000 american soldiers dead.

It is your thinking that will cost the American Tax payer 3 Trillion dollars.

It is your thinking that will make the world more unsafe.

It is your thinking which brings disgrace the the American reputation what is left.

Viet Nam was a mistake from day 1.

Pulling out is the only answer.

Mar. 17 2008 11:45 AM
rick from brooklyn

Jill- is that a joke? I remember before the Gulf War in 1991 one of the chants at teh DC protest was - "george pull out- we wish your father had", some obviously goes for this Bush and his father etc. (we should have never been in Vietnam or Iraq, of course).

the media easily bought into the idea that the "surge is working" (what a shock!), and the dems largely stayed silent....the politics of the country haven't improved much and the government is very corrupt.

Mar. 17 2008 11:41 AM
Alex from New Jersey

I'm not sure how a surge can be seen as a success. If you put cops on every corner you will surely lower crime in the short term but it does nothing to resolve the bigger issues and once the cops leave crime will return.

Mar. 17 2008 11:39 AM
Chris O from New York

FIASCO - by all accounts, including the top military leadership, this war is in vain.

Our goal (Bush's and Gates and Petraeus' that is) now is an Iraq that is secure and can govern itself and is not a base for al-Qaeda type operatives. Well, that's what we had BEFORE the war. Except, Saddam was an enemy of Iran and now our puppet regime is ironically very close to Iran.

Iran won the war, we can not even break even. George Bush may be an Iranian agent, or agent of another hostile power considering the grave harm he has done to this country militarily and economically.

Mar. 17 2008 11:38 AM
Robert from NYC

Thank you Jen, I wrote CNN to notify them that they missed this story this morning after seeing the coverage on Winter Soldier on Democracy Now. There Amy Goodman mentioned that the "corporate media" had not been present to cover the Soldiers. I fear that Public Radio is becoming more and more "corporate". Just take note of Inskeep's views on Morning Edition lately.
So, where is the coverage of Winter Soldier?

Mar. 17 2008 11:38 AM
Jill from Brooklyn

Real men don't pull out. As George Carlin said on one of his classic albums of the 1970s, with regard to "pulling out" of Vietnam:

"Pull out? Doesn't sound manly to me, Bob! I say keep it in there, let's get the job done!"

Mar. 17 2008 11:33 AM
michael winslow from INWOOD

Pull out!

Pull out!

Pull out!

We have sacrificed too much for these people who never threatened us or asked us to invade their country.

It's time to leave!

Mar. 17 2008 10:45 AM
Jenn from South Bound Brook NJ

Why haven't we heard more about "Winter Soldier" that took place over the past four days in D.C.?

Mar. 17 2008 10:29 AM

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