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Background Attack Aftermath Evidence Misinformation Analysis Memorial

The 2003 Invasion of Iraq

Post 9/11/01 Attacks on Nations

The 2003 U.S.-led attack on Iraq was inflicted on people already suffering from a decade of sanctions -- sanctions blamed for hundreds of thousands of infant deaths. Clinton's Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, defended the sanctions in a now infamous statement in the 60 Minutes interview aired on May 12, 1996:

Lesley Stahl:We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And - and you know, is the price worth it?

Madeleine Albright:I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it. 1  

The selling of the 2003 invasion of Iraq began as early as the day of 9/11/01 when Richard Clark says Donald Rumsfeld urged President Bush to consider bombing Iraq. 2   Attention would shift to Afghanistan until the operations there were mostly wrapped up in mid-2002.

The main push began in the fall of 2002, when George W. Bush and Tony Blair used fictitious evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction to garner some public support for attack on Iraq. The U.S. went to war with a new doctrine of pre-emptive first strike, in defiance of international law and in contempt of the vast, worldwide demonstrations against attacking Iraq. Establishing the occupation took only weeks:

  • March 20, 2003: U.S. begins attack, with "shock-and-awe" bombing of Baghdad targets.
  • April 3, 2003: U.S. forces capture Saddam Hussein international airport, 10 miles from Baghdad.
  • April 9, 2003: Baghdad falls.
  • May 1, 2003: President Bush declares the U.S. victorious.

Since the U.S. declaration of victory, the occupation has been characterized by a steadily rising death toll. The following table merges data about US service member casualties from GlobalSecurity.org with data about Iraqi civilian deaths from guardian.co.uk . 3   4  

month U.S. deaths Iraqi civilian deaths
03 May 37
03 June 30 412-443
03 July 47 375-398
03 August 35 379-405
03 September 30 522-533
03 October 44 469-501
03 November 82 469-484
03 December 40 423-439
04 January 47 466-482
04 February 20 647-663
04 March 50 675-693
04 April 135 338-345
04 May 80 187-206
04 June 42 311-342
04 July 54 245-254
04 August 65 180-203
04 September 76 233-256
04 October 63 292-311
04 November 137 265-300
04 December 66 287-302
05 January 110 428-456
05 February 58 484
05 March 36 240
05 April 84 340-371
05 May 83 652-739
05 June 78
05 July 54
05 August 72
05 September 99
5  
References

1. Counting Iraq's victims, Guardian, 10/10/01 [cached]
2. Adviser: Rumsfeld wanted Iraq attack after 9/11, Associated Press, 3/20/04 [cached]
3. Timeline, CBC.ca, 12/24/04 [cached]
4. U.S. Casualties in Iraq, GlobalSecurity.org,
5. 'We Think the Price Is Worth It', FAIR.org, 12/01 [cached]

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