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Exploring 'What We Left Behind' In Iraq

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins finds an increasingly authoritarian prime minister — Nouri al-Maliki — sectarian violence, and concern for the future. Iraq holds parliamentary elections Wednesday.

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James Walker

In light of this interview about the condition of present day Iraq, I would like to revisit The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. I believe the wording of this bill gave a rationale for Bush actions. And while the bill doesn't state invasion as a means to implement it, how could you really liberate Iraq without an invasion. Oh, that's right, we could have imposed sanctions.

Apr. 29 2014 05:04 PM
susan paul from asheville, nc

Dexter Filkins may be smart and courageous, but he needs remedial public speaking classes. I lost track of the numbers of CONSTANT "um", "like" and "you know", fill-ins for inarticulation...soooo totally boring to listen to. He should know better and speak better. I turned him off.

As I once suggested in the past, perhaps a quota of these three cop-out devices should be instituted. I always want to say.."No, I don't know. It's your job to explain it since you are the speaker on the radio. The burden is actually yours". After the quota idea, there is the possibility of a pre-test to see how well your guests can express themselves.

Apr. 29 2014 04:29 PM

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