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Mon, Mar 18, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

The Iraq Invasion, 10 Years Later


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Courtesy U.S. Army
American soldiers on patrol in Iraq.
Courtesy U.S. Army
American soldiers on patrol in Iraq.

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq. Former president George W. Bush justified the 2003 invasion on the grounds that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. That assertion proved to be incorrect, as did the administration's initial prediction of a brief conflict. The third-longest war in U.S. history has claimed the lives of at least 190,000 people -- including 4,488 U.S. service members and 134,000 Iraqi civilians -- and has cost more than $2 trillion, according to a new Brown University study. We look back at the Iraq invasion and discuss the legacy of the war.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of books including "Ending the U.S. War in Afghanistan: A Primer"
  • Rajiv Chandrasekaran, senior correspondent for The Washington Post and author of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone" and "Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan"
  • Thomas Donnelly, director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and author of books including "Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Strategic Assessment"

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