Sunday, March 22, 2009
Blog #9 - The Iraq War
Coming into its 7th year, the Iraq War may be winding down based upon President Obama's plan to shift the front of the war on terror to Afghanistan and take it to the Taliban and Al- Qaeda. Out of the 130,000 soldiers in Iraq, Obama wants to leave around 50,000 in Iraq though Congressional Democrats want to leave only 15,000 in the country.
When the history of the war will be written, historians will have to consider several questions (2 of which you'll answer below):
1. What should future generations be taught about the war?
2. What do you think we will remember about the war after it's all over?
200 words total - Answer due by Wednesday, March 25
Washington Post military correspondent Thomas E. Ricks stated at the conclusion of his latest book on the war, The Gamble, that the events for which the war will be most remembered have not yet happened. Maybe that's true. Maybe not. I believe most people will remember the prison torture scandal of Abu Ghraib. They'll remember the statue of Saddam toppeling over, and they'll probably won't forget the haphazard reconstruction efforts in the first few months of the occupation in the spring and summer of 2003.
Fox News' coverage of the war: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,79630,00.html
CNN's War in Iraq: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/
The Nation's coverage of the war: http://www.thenation.com/sections/iraq_war