Roger Bacon, whose son Major Matthew Bacon was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra in 2005, said: "This was an illegal war, and there is still a great deal of anger. It showed today.
"The anger was directed at Tony Blair for taking us into this mess."
His sentiments were echoed by Deirdre Gover, the mother of 30-year-old Kristian, who died in a helicopter accident in 2004.
She said: "Tony Blair deceived us on weapons of mass destruction. He should be held responsible for the conflict. He lied to his cabinet, to his government, to parliament and to us".
Striking a Balance: A New American Security was an all-day CNAS conference highlighting the major foreign policy and national security challenges facing our nation in the critical time ahead.
AFTER THE FIRE: SHAPING THE U.S. RELATIONSHIP WITH IRAQ
Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Dr. John A. Nagl (PRESENTER)
President, Center for a New American Security
General John (Jack) Keane, USA (Ret.)
Senior Managing Director and Co-founder, Keane Advisors, LLC
Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Next Generation Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Ambassador Samir Sumaida'ie
Ambassador of Iraq to the United States of America
TRIAGE: THE NEXT 12 MONTHS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN
Lieutenant General David W. Barno, USA (Ret.) (PANEL CHAIR)
Director, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University
Andrew Exum (PRESENTER)
Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Nathaniel C. Fick (PRESENTER)
Chief Operating Officer, Center for a New American Security
Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich
Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University
Colonel Christopher G. Cavoli, USA
Military Professor of Security Studies, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
PUBLIC DIPLOMACY: A NATIONAL SECURITY IMPERATIVE
Dr. Kristin M. Lord (INTRODUCTION)
Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security
The Honorable Judith A. McHale
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
"My soldiers asked me whether we have succeeded in our mission and I told them flat out 'Yes, we did'," said Williams recalling a Sept. 16 meeting attended by the company's 135 soldiers just days before the first of its platoons left Iraq for home.
"We provided an umbrella of security for Hurriyah's 400,000 people, refurbished 10 schools, two clinics and built three soccer fields and a service station for municipality trucks," said Williams.
"But the most important thing is that we are taking everyone home alive and well."
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Mustapha al-Ani, a Dubai-based Iraq analyst, said fears of a return to power by the Baath are groundless.
"This is a carefully planned campaign to scare Shiites away from voting for anyone but traditional religious Shiite parties," he said.
"The problem with some, especially in the Shiite Islamic parties, is that they accuse every rival of being a Baathist," Hamid al-Kafaai, an Iraqi analyst, himself a Shiite, wrote in the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Friday.
"I cannot see where the problem is in belonging to the Baath. ... The Baathists are normal people, loyal and patriotic," he wrote.
But until December 2002, regime change by force was not the only option. Meyer said Rice had hoped "the pressure of coercive diplomacy" would force Saddam into exile, or prompt an internal coup.
He said Britain argued that attempts to increase pressure on Iraq through the United Nations was not "limp-wristed, pitiful, European lack of will," but rather a "cunning plan to get the guy."
BAGHDAD – Turning on their TVs during the long holiday weekend, Iraqis were greeted by a familiar if unexpected face from their brutal past:.
The late Iraqi dictator is lauded on a mysterious satellite channel that began broadcasting on the Islamic calendar's anniversary of his 2006 execution.
Others said they felt a nostalgic sorrow at the sight of their late leader, a Sunni Arab.
"All my family felt sad," said Samar Majid, a Sunni high school teacher in western Baghdad, mentioning images shown from Saddam's execution, and pictures of his two sons and grandson.
It is mostly a montage of flattering, still images of Saddam — some of him dressed in military uniform, others in a suit, even one astride a white horse. One image shows his sons Odai and Qusai smiling with their father, and another their bodies after they and Saddam's grandson, Mustafa, were killed in a July 2003 gunfight with U.S. troops.
One prominently displayed image is that of a man burning an American flag. Another shows graves covered with Iraqi flags.
One big reason oil majors haven't rushed back into Iraq are the terms that the government is offering.
Companies must accept 20-year service contracts and receive a flat fee per barrel produced for their services instead of production-sharing contracts, which are much more lucrative.
Iraq's first postwar international oil auction in June — billed as oil companies' first chance in over three decades to grab a share of Iraq's oil wealth — was an embarrassment.
"President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat "
Gen. Ray Odierno, the commanding general in Iraq, said he understood that people would be upset with the decision.
"Of course people are not going to like it, because they believe that these individuals conducted some violence and should be punished for it, but the bottom line is, using the rule of law, the evidence is not there," he said. "I worry about it because clearly there were innocent people killed in this attack."
Their employees were at the center of what is considered one of the key moments of the war. A vehicle with four Blackwater employees driving through the western city of Fallujah, a center of the Sunni insurgency, was hit by gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades in March 2004. Their charred, mutilated bodies were dragged through the streets and hung from a bridge over the Euphrates river.
The bloody incident was one of the key reasons the U.S. military attacked Fallujah in April 2004.