Operation Iraqi Freedom/External links: Year Three - Quagmire (June-August 2005)

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Year Three of Operation Iraqi Freedom commenced on March 19, 2005. The United States and the coalition of the willing long ago passed the point of what could be called the "Beginnings" of what is now more and more obviously a Quagmire.

Articles & Commentary

The following are articles & commentary for the months June through August 2005. For the months March through May 2005, see Operation Iraqi Freedom: Year Three: Quagmire and for September through December 2005, see Operation Iraqi Freedom: Year Three: Quagmire September-March 18, 2006.

June 2005

July 2005

August 2005

Flashback #1:
  • Ken Adelman, "Cakewalk In Iraq," Washington Post, February 13, 2002: "Even before President Bush had placed Iraq on his 'axis of evil,' dire warnings were being sounded about the danger of acting against Saddam Hussein's regime."
  • CBS News, November 15, 2002: "There will be no World War III starting with Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared Thursday, and rejected concerns that a war would be a quagmire. ... 'Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that,' he said. 'It won't be a World War III.'"
Flashback #2:
  • "Still No Evidence Iraq Has WMD," CBS News, May 4, 2003: "'I never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country,' Rumsfeld said ... weapons of mass destruction will not be easily found in Iraq because Saddam hid them from U.N. inspectors. ... 'We're going to find what we find as a result of talking to people, I believe, not simply by going to some site and hoping to discover it' ..."
  • Linda D. Kozaryn, "Bush, Rumsfeld Confident Iraq Had Weapons of Mass Destruction," American Forces Press Service, July 10, 2003: "Countering charges that he misled the public regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program, the president said he is confident the Iraqi dictator had a WMD program."
  • Jaimie McIntyre, "Rumsfeld: Al Qaeda comments 'misunderstood'. Also concedes WMD claims about Iraq were proved wrong," CNN, October 5, 2004: "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld conceded Monday that U.S. intelligence was wrong in its conclusions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and appeared to back off earlier statements suggesting former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had links to al Qaeda."

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