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Decision 2008: The Strategies for Iraq

Decision 2008: The Strategies for Iraq

As the election is almost upon us, this is the best time to become more informed about the issues.  My goal with this post is to display the facts, and let you judge for yourself.  The only thing that I will tell you to do is register and VOTE (if you didn't know, many states […]

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Weekend Roundup: China-Iraq Oil Deal, Sadr Ceasefire, Lawsuit Against US Company, and More

The International Herald Tribune reported last week that the US is turning security control over the Anbar Province to Iraqi security forces.  As you may remember, Anbar has been a violent area in the past, once serving as a stronghold for Sunni insurgents.  This is a big development for the both countries, as Anbar is […]

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The Latest "Plan" for Iraq

Stephen Biddle, Michael E. O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack have a plan for withdrawing from Iraq.  Their article, published in the September/October 2008 Issue of Foreign Affairs states that Democratic and Republican goals can both be met through a withdrawal timeline.  They argue that serious draw downs should not occur until after the Iraqi national election, set […]

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Roundup: Iraq War Creating Problems for US Taxpayers

Roundup: Iraq War Creating Problems for US Taxpayers

  A picture of an Iraqi psychiatric hospital, now in disrepair. (NYTimes.com) (Note: we know that US troops are suffering from psychiatric disorders upon returning to the US, but what about the Iraqi people?) It seems that the US is bearing the brunt of reconstruction expenses in Iraq, even though the Iraqi government is projected to […]

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Bush Speaks on Iraq War

In a morning speech Thursday outside the Oval Office, George W addressed the Iraq war, political and military advances made by the Iraqi government and shorter tours of duty.  The International Herald Tribune published the full text of his speech.  “This has been a month of encouraging news from Iraq.  Violence is down to its […]

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Roundup: Iraq Allowed in Olympics; Bush Accepts Timeline; Negotiations over Kirkuk

Good news!  Iraq will be going to China next month, and sending four athletes: a men's rowing double, a discus thrower and their sprinter, Dana Hussain (their archer may also have the chance to compete, as long as his spot is still available after entries are completed by other countries.)  USA Today reports that the IOC […]

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Iraq Banned from Competing in Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has banned Iraq from competing in China next month.  However, as usual, there are two completely different versions of the story and I still don't fully understand what happened.  Adding to the confusion is the fact that many major media outlets are not reporting on these events.  CNN (with the most […]

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The Surge Ends

The Surge Ends

It seems that the Bush Administration has given up its rigidity when it comes to troop numbers in Iraq (maybe they read my last post!).  As Time and CNN.com reported this week, the US is withdrawing troops from Iraq.  But don't get excited yet; this only means that levels are returning to their original number […]

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Withdrawing from Iraq: The Question isn't "If," it's "When"

The latest news this week is Iraq's demand for a withdrawal timetable from US officials.  The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Iraqi National Security Adviser, Muwaffak al-Rubaie, demanded the timetable, saying that Iraq is “impatiently waiting” for the withdrawal of US troops.  This comes after Prime Minister al-Maliki's same request, and was “the strongest demand […]

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Signs of Reconstruction in Iraq Continue with the Rebuilding of the Golden Dome Mosque

February, 2006: Shi’a Iraqis sift through the rubble of the al-Askariyya, or Golden Dome Mosque in Samarra, Iraq in order to find remnants of their religious texts.  The city lies in rubble from the supposed al-Qaeda bombing (although no one actually claimed responsibility for the attack).  One of the most internationally important Shi’a mosques is […]

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Friend or Foe? Oil Companies strike deals with Iraq

The latest news involving Iraqi reconstruction revolves around just one word: oil.  (Reported on Informed Comment) Both UK newspapers, The Independent and The Guardian, published stories today about recent foreign oil company deals with Iraq.  The articles discuss the new contracts negotiated by Exxon Mobil, Total, Shell and BP (amongst others) for “repair and technical support.”  The contracts […]

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McCain attacked for saying US troop withdrawal from Iraq "Not important"

McCain attacked for saying US troop withdrawal from Iraq "Not important"

  John McCain's Interview on NBC's The Today Show (YouTube excerpt) If you’ve had any contact with the media this week, I’m sure you haven't been able to escape comments made about John McCain's interview on NBC's The Today Show.  As I’m sure you all can tell by now, I have no plan on voting republican in the next […]

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US v. Iran: Round 347

The biggest news story at the beginning of the week involving Iraq is that of Iraqi-Iranian talks over the weekend.  BBC reported that Nuri al-Maliki (Iraqi PM) discussed security issues with Iranian President, Ahmadinejad.  This included Iraqi desire to stop Iranian backing for Iraqi Shi’a groups and Iran's concern over Iraq's constant chaos.  Also on […]

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A Lucrative War?

It seems that talk of Blackwater and other mercenary organizations in Iraq has subsided over the past year (while searching the New York Times, the most recent articles I found on the subject were Mike Nizza's “The Lede” blogs from 2007).  At least that's what has happened in the US; abroad it's a different story.  The […]

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About the Author

Jennifer Bushaw

Jennifer Bushaw holds an MA from the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern Studies with an emphasis on policy. She focused her research, including her Thesis, on modern Iraq and the Iraq war. She also has a Bachelor's in History from the University of Michigan. Jennifer is currently working as an Investigative Research Associate for a security advisory and management firm in Chicago, Illinois.

Areas of Focus:
Iraq-US Policy; Security; Coalition Operations;

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