Archive for the ‘Iraq war’ category

Throwing shoes

December 14, 2008

This morning’s news is full of consternation that a reporter threw two shoes at lame-duck President Bush at a news conference in Baghdad.  Apparently Bush flew  into Iraq still expecting to be greeted as a liberator — candy, flowers and dancing in the streets and all that — but that is not the attitude of the average Middle Easterner today, as evidenced by today’s incident.   The ‘Arab street’ understood instantly the significance of what was done — and quietly rejoiced and savored it. One fellow journalist on the scene described the shoe-throwing as “courageous.” (more…)


Is Riverbend OK?

July 12, 2008

Riverbend has not posted on her blog since October 22, 2007.  Writing from Syria she detailed life as a refugee in a foreign country.

Since then her Baghdad Burning blog has gone silent.  No more insightful commentary about the day-to-day struggles of an Iraqi family after the American invasion and occupation. (more…)

A SOFA that’s not so comfy

June 4, 2008

As the media frenzy focuses on the windup of the Democratic presidential primary and the beginning of the GE contest between McCain and Obama, an important issue is flying under the radar. It is called a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and many supporters of Obama will be dismayed by the limitations that it might place on a new president’s ability to end the war in Iraq. Why, you might ask? What has this SOFA got to do with bringing the troops home in 16 months, as Obama has promised? The answer, unfortunately, is everything.

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that has been negotiated between the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is a blueprint for continued American military presence in Iraq. Not a comfortable SOFA for those Americans hoping that a swift resolution of the Iraq occupation once a new American President is inaugurated on January 20, 2009. (more…)