Newspapers Look at Fifth Year Iraq War Anniversary Coverage

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This week we will be reviewing coverage in major newspapers related to the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

McClatchy's Washington Bureau analyzes how the Iraq war has changed the military in the last five years from a 20th century model to 'the military of the future.' Nancy A. Youssef describes how the traditional tactics and preparation with things such as artillery and airpower have been replaced and reconfigured into smaller units that can work at a local level to fight terrorist groups, guerillas, and militias that blend into the population, not organized armies of nation-states. The Chicago Tribune tells the story of a small town south of Champaign, Ill., that lost five soldiers in the Iraq war since it started in March 2003. E.A. Torriero talks to friends and families of the deceased ad injured about how they and the town can deal with their losses and move on without forgetting their loved ones and the conflict that took their lives. The editorial board at USA Today wrote an op-ed piece citing the faults of 'one of the greatest foreign policy blunders in American history' and pointed out the flaws in each presidential candidate's Iraq policy plans. …