Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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The Deadliest Day for U.S. Forces...

In Iraq since the March 2003 invasion was Jan. 26, 2005. A helicopter crash in Iraq's western desert killed 30 Marines and one sailor; four more Marines were killed in an ambush in Iraq's Anbar province, and another soldier was killed in Duluiyah. More than 1,408 U.S. military personnel have died and another 10,372 have been wounded in Iraq. Soldiers and their families are paying a high price for this war.

Every Day Is Deadly for Iraqis.

A bombing campaign to derail the Jan. 30 Iraqi elections killed dozens of Iraqis the preceding week. Bombs went off on one of Islam's holiest days, Bid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, as worshippers left a Shi'i mosque in Baghdad on Jan. 21. It was the second bombing of a mosque that week.

Iraqis Pay a High Cost for "Freedom."

In order to provide a safe environment for voters in the Iraqi elections, the interim government imposed 8 p.m. curfews, a nationwide ban on traffic for three days, and placed boat patrols on the Euphrates River, tanks on strategic routes and warplanes flying overhead. Many Iraqis, Sunnis and Shi'i alike, decided to boycott the elections because of the presence of U.S. and other foreign troops. If there is one thing every Iraqi can agree on, it is that U.S. troops should leave.

The President's $40 Million Party ...

Rubbed many Americans the wrong way. Despite being in a state of war, the lavish festivities celebrating the president's second inauguration broke all records. Anti-war demonstrators braved frigid temperatures (see photos of the ANSWER inaugural protest-one of many-on facing page). But the tab for closing down half the nation's capital, imposing massive security, and throwing 22 balls was nothing compared to the week's...

Other Presidential Bills.

On Jan. 25 President Bush asked for more than $80 billion in new funding this year for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pushing the total for both conflicts to nearly $300 billion so far. The new money will be in addition to the Pentagon budget, already at more than $400 billion. The additional war spending will push the federal deficit to a record $427 billion for fiscal 2005. Then, unbelievably, as if the U.S. military...

Weren't Overextended Enough...

Bush said on Jan. 17 that he could not rule out using force if Tehran failed to rein in its nuclear plans. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Tehran "an outpost of tyranny." Only hours before the president gave his upbeat inaugural address about promoting freedom around the world, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney warned "Imus in the Morning" listeners that Iran was "right at the top of the list" of global trouble spots. seeming to give Israel a green light, Chejiey declared that Israel "might well decide to act" independently of the U.S. to take out Iran's nuclear capabilities. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami responded that...

"America Is at the Top of the List...

Of countries that are endangering world peace and security, and we hope that one day they come to their senses." Adding that he thought a change in U.S. policy was very unlikely, Khatami was quick to stress that Tehran would respond vigorously to any attack by the United States or Israel.

Revelations of Rumsfeld's Own CIA...

Surfaced in the Jan. 24-31 issue of The New Yorker, in an article by Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who broke the Abu Ghraib story. …

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