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The March to Iraq – MoJo tracks the spin

October 25th, 2006 · No Comments

liebylieIraq is such a mess these days. As the Bush administration appear to be trying to spin their way out of a quagmire, Mother Jones has published an interactive timeline of how they got there. The timeline highlights the ‘bad intelligence’, ‘misinformation’, ‘faulty intelligence’ and lies that made the Iraq invasion so hard to swallow. It’s a dense account, but a cursory click here or there is all you really need to be reminded that the ‘fog of war’ really stinks. more: lie by lie

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Cost of Australia’s ‘involvement’ in Iraq

March 29th, 2006 · 2 Comments

iraqwar.jpgIn the past I’ve talked about the cost of the Iraq war to Iraqis and today Crikey‘s daily newsletter today has calculated the financial (not moral or ethical) cost of the Iraq war to Australians:

“By June a Australia’s war in Iraq will have cost taxpayers $1.2 billion, according to defence think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute. That’s enough to buy:

Depending on your point of view, it’s the price we’re paying for a) securing Iraqi freedom or b) our subscription fee to the Australia-US alliance…”

If you want to see what $1.2 billion helps pay for, check out the photo gallery at Robert Fisk’s website. It’s hard to look at, but I’m sure it’s far more painful for the people in the photos.

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Iraq War: three years and counting…

March 19th, 2006 · No Comments

protest.jpgThousands marched around the world to protest a war that has been raging for three years.

Perhaps they’re upset that more than 33,000 Iraqi civilians have died in that time or they’re frustrated that the war was based on lies.

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Firecracker reasons for war in Iraq, or a box of fizzers?

May 6th, 2005 · No Comments

nocracker.jpgCRACKER: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction!
Oh, wait, um…
CRACKER: Iraq has ties to Al Qaeda!
Oh, wait, um…

CRACKER: Iraq can strike the US in 45 minutes!
Oh, wait, um…
CRACKER: Iraq is buying yellowcake from Niger!
Oh, wait, um…
CRACKER: Iraq wanted weapons of mass destruction!

Oh, wait, um…
CRACKER: Iraq must become a democracy and spread it through the Middle East!
Oh, wait, um…

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