This week marks ten years since United States forces invaded Iraq in March, 2003.
News outlets across the country have resurfaced their coverage of the American occupation, as well as produced new content about the repercussions of the decade-long conflict. Need to Know surveyed the media landscape and packaged together a roundup of thought-provoking pieces about the U.S-led war in Iraq.
The New York Times brings us the graphic and visceral stories of Iraqi veterans returned home through their own voices. The accounts of 16 veterans are featured in the New York Times “Home Fires” series. Roy Scranton, Iraqi vet and co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, initiated and led the selection of these stories.
Need to Know spoke with Scranton about developing his book as well as his time in war:
Arte TV, an arts and culture programming based TV station serving German and French audiences partnered with the Guardian, Le Monde and die Süddeutsche Zeitung in a multi-platform collaborative project. Entitled “Iraq: 10 years and 100 viewpoints,” this web-documentary offers a diverse array of perspectives from journalists to military personnel to Iraqi citizens. The stories of aspiring rappers and those of Guantanamo Bay prisoners are woven together through the website. The site will be updated with new photos, video and print articles daily until May 1st — exactly 10 years since George Bush declared “mission accomplished” in Iraq.
The CFR taps into the wealth of expertise in creating a look-back guide to the invasion and aftermath. Highlights include an interactive timeline and a CFR Expert Roundup: Was the Iraq War Worth It? Max Boot, Andrew J. Bacevich, Michael Ignatieff and Michael O’Hanlon debate whether the Iraq invasion and extended occupation merited the cost in blood, treasure, and U.S. credibility.
The Economist’s chief Middle East correspondent reflects on three decades of covering Iraq.
Understanding the Shiite-Sunni divide in Iraq is important to understand both the war and its aftermath. “James Steele: America’s mystery man in Iraq”, is a 15 month documentary project conducted by the Guardian and BBC Arabic. The film investigates the U.S’ role in the financing and training of militant Shiite groups who targeted Sunni Muslims that were sympathetic to Saddam Hussein’s regime. The controversial figure Colonel James Steele and his connections to para-military training in both El Salvador and Iraq are the centerpiece of the investigation.
Mother Jones aims to put in perspective how much the Iraq war is going to cost future generations and compares that amount to George W Bush’s initial estimates. (The cost was approximately 100 times undervalued by their numbers.) Mother Jones also highlights figures from the Costs of War initiative, a non-partisan project conducted by independent researchers who are developing a comprehensive analysis of the human, economic and civil liberty “costs” incurred by decades of U.S. military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The NewsHour and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show are just two of the media outlets requesting thoughts and memories from the public. Their collections already make for interesting reading and listening. The NewsHour is marking the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War with an online campaign: collecting experiences, impressions, and viewpoints on the war and all that came with it. The editors want to know “Where were you when you learned of the invasion into Iraq? How would you describe these past ten years to someone else?” Share your story and join the @NewsHour discussion on Twitter with #Iraq10.
The Brian Lehrer Show is targeting a more limited group: those for whom Iraq is their first and only war. Citing a Gallup study that found greater disapproval of troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan from the Vietnam generation than younger Americans, the producers are asking: “What lessons have you drawn about war, the US’s role in the world, our leaders, and more? And how do you think it compares to the way your parents (Vietnam) and grandparents (WWII) talk about the lessons of war?”