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Post-war Iraq

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Post-war Iraq, i.e. U.S. Occupied Iraq; see also New Iraq.

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  • 2 Apr. 2003 "Weapons of Mass Salvation", Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Enterprise at WorldBank.org: "The heart of Sachs' discussion focused on the cost of the war and its impact on development. He said his efforts to get the US to spend money on fighting diseases and road building in the developing world has been met with responses that said no money was available for such requests. The Administration's request to Congress is for $75 billion for troop movement and logistical support for the first six months, and Sachs estimated $100 to $200 billion will be spent over the next 36 months.
  • 10 Apr 2003 "U.S. to Recruit Iraqi Civilians to Interim Posts", Eric Schmitt and Steven R. Weisman, The New York Times.
  • 11 Apr. 2003, "Post-War Iraq: Asking the Right Questions", Col. Dan Smith (Ret.).
  • 12 Apr. 2003, "Weighing the Price of Rebuilding Iraq," Thomas R. Pickering and James R. Schlesinger, The New York Times.
  • 16 Apr. 2003: "Middle East: U.S. Hopes to Pry Open Region's Economies. US Can't wait to get greedy hands on new markets - equates economic liberalization with democracy" by James Sterngold, San Francisco Chronicle.
  • 17 Apr. 2003, "Jostling in the rebuilding queue" by David Isenberg, Asia Times.
  • 18 Apr. 2003: "Iraq: Privatization in Disguise" by Naomi Klein, The Nation.
  • 22 April 2003: "War Profiteers, in Africa, as Well as Iraq" by Dena Montague, World Policy Institute: "As Bush creates a corporate protectorate in Iraq, many companies who stand to benefit from reconstruction and oil exploration there are familiar to Africans. Shell, Bechtel and Fluor Corporation are all associated with massacres and crimes against humanity in Africa."
  • 23 May 2003: "Wolfowitz Rejects Postwar Iraq Criticism" by Ken Guggenheim, AP: "Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Dundes Wolfowitz lauded his government's achievements in postwar Iraq, justified its shortcomings and promised to better inform senators who peppered him with sharp, critical questions ... Democrats could not pry out of Wolfowitz what they wanted during a 3 1/2-hour appearance Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: an admission that the U.S. role in Iraq will last longer and be costlier than Americans had been led to believe."
  • 23 May 2003: "Senators Sharply Criticize Iraq Rebuilding Efforts" by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times.
  • 23 May 2003: "Ending Sanctions Should Boost Iraqi Reconstruction" from CNN.com.
  • 23 May 2003: CNN Special Report: "The New Iraq" (Main Page).
  • 28 May 2003: "Iraq: A Quick Exodus Is in America's Best Interests" by Charles V. Peña, Cato Institute.
  • .PDF: Reconstructing Iraq: A Guide to the Issues from the United Nations Foundation and Open Society Institute, provides concise background information on post-war reconstruction, on the unique challenges presented by Iraq, and on the implications of the new Security Council Resolution.
  • Douglas Jehl, 18 July 2003: "U.S. Considers Private Iraqi Force to Guard Sites," The New York Times: "Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and private American companies, including Kroll, Inc., a well-known private security consulting concern, were discussing how members of the proposed force could be screened and approved."
  • 25 September 2003: "Paying for War's Aftermath, New York Times Op-Ed: "How about forcing the Iraqi people to take out a mortgage on their newfound freedom, using their nation's future oil revenue as collateral? A proposal to do that ‹ making a loan out of the $20 billion the Bush administration is seeking to cover the first round of reconstruction costs ‹ is gaining support in Congress. Of all the bad ideas that have been floated recently about Iraq's future, this is one of the worst."
  • 27 September 2003: "Iraq Leaders Seek Greater Role Now in Running Nation" by Patrick E. Tyler, New York Times: "Impatience is beginning to grow here as Iraqi officials chafe at the strictures of an American occupation, which, they say, has in some cases slowed reconstruction because power is centralized in the hands of the military commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, and the civilian occupation administrator, L. Paul Bremer III.... But at the same time, the United States is convinced that the Iraqi Governing Council, an appointed rather than an elected body, is not ready to take control of an unstable and still violent country."
  • Carl Hulse, Once an Ally of Bush at Home, Kennedy Lashes Out on Iraq, New York Times, September 27, 2003: "At every turn, and with rising passion, he has blistered the White House for its calculation to go to war and for failing to adequately plan for the occupation." The "he" is Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
  • Paul Krugman, Who's Sordid Now?, New York Times, September 30, 2003: "Cronyism is an important factor in our Iraqi debacle. It's not just that reconstruction is much more expensive than it should be. The really important thing is that cronyism is warping policy: by treating contracts as prizes to be handed to their friends, administration officials are delaying Iraq's recovery, with potentially catastrophic consequences."
  • 1 October 2003: "The Iraq Reconstruction Bonanza," New York Times Op-Ed: "It is clear that the White House cannot be left to manage the process on its own. The Bush administration's promises of more competitive bidding and more use of Iraqi labor are welcome, but difficult to put much faith in. It is hard to enter the debate over postwar Iraq without tripping over a business associate or political ally of the White House."
  • 5 October 2003: "Funds paid to Jordan questioned, allegations of bribery."
  • 1 November 2003: "Calls to Jihad Are Said to Lure Hundreds of Militants Into Iraq" by Don Van Natta, Jr., and Desmond Butler, New York Times: "Across Europe and the Middle East, young militant Muslim men are answering a call issued by Osama bin Laden and other extremists, and leaving home to join the fight against the American-led occupation in Iraq, according to senior counterterrorism officials based in six countries. ... A senior British official ... said most of the foreign men captured there were from the Middle East -- Syria, Lebanon and Yemen -- or North Africa. He described them as 'young, angry men' motivated by the 'anti-British, anti-American rhetoric that fills their ears every day.'"
  • 1 November 2003: "Another fine mess, chaps" by Mike Carlton, smh.com.au: "As the Bushies lurch deeper into the horrors of a protracted guerilla war in Iraq, it is instructive to look back at the overweening hubris which got them into the morass."
  • 2 November 2003: "U.S. Considering Recalling Units of Old Iraq Army" by Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt, New York Times: "Some American military officers in Iraq are pressing to reconstitute entire units of the former Iraqi Army, which the top United States administrator in Baghdad disbanded in May. They say the change would speed the creation of a new army and stabilize the nation."
  • 2 November 2003: "Bush Losing Support on Iraq, Poll Says", AP: "A slim majority, 51 percent, disapprove of his Iraq policy, while 47 percent approve, according to the ABC News-Washington Post poll released Sunday. ... Most Americans, 54 percent, continue to believe the Iraq war was worth fighting, but that's down from 70 percent in April. A new high -- 62 percent -- say the level of U.S. casualties is unacceptable."
  • 3 November 2003: "New Attacks Intensify Pressure on Bush" by Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Times.
  • 10 November 2003: "Alternatives to Iraqi Council Eyed" by Robin Wright and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post: "Increasingly alarmed by the failure of Iraq's Governing Council to take decisive action, the Bush administration is developing possible alternatives to the council to ensure that the United States can turn over political power at the same time and pace that troops are withdrawn, according to senior U.S. officials here and in Baghdad."
  • 14 November 2003: "Op Chart" by Adriana Lins de Albuquerque, Michael O'Hanlon, and Jelly Associates, New York Times: "How are things really going in Iraq?"
  • 25 November 2003: "Carter calls Iraq war 'serious mistake'" by Carolyn Click, TheState: "Former President Jimmy Carter called the American invasion of Iraq one of the country's worst foreign policy blunders, and predicted it may take a dozen years to bring stability and democracy to the region."