What are our priorities in Iraq?

  1. All our congressmen need to read this:

    From Independent.co.uk:

    Dying of neglect: the state of Iraq's children's hospitals
    The wards are filthy, the sanitation shocking, the infections lethal. Sewage drips from the roof above cots of premature babies. This is the state of Baghdad's top children's hospital, 10 months after the fall of Saddam, reveals Justin Huggler
    21 February 2004

    In Iraq's hospitals, children are dying because of shockingly poor sanitation and a shortage of medical equipment. In Baghdad's premier children's hospital, Al-Iskan, sewage drips from the roof of the premature babies' ward, leaking from waste pipes above.

    In the leukaemia ward, the lavatories overflow at times, spreading filthy water across the floor that carries potentially lethal infection.

    Rubbish is piled on the stairs and in the corridors: old broken bits of machinery, discarded toilet cisterns, babies' cots filled with mountains of unwanted paperwork. The fire escape is blocked with discarded razor wire.

    Nearby lie blankets still black with the blood of Iraqi soldiers wounded during the war - for months, they must have been fetid breeding grounds for disease.

    More: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/...p?story=493560
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   nekhismom
    sick, sick, sick. I don't know what to say. I certainly hope this article is not true.
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Iraq timeline: July 16 1979 to January 31 2004 (above)

    Iraq timeline: February 1 2004 to present

    February 23 2004
    At least 13 people are killed when a suicide bomber rams an explosives-laden car into a police station in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, in the Kurdish district of the city.
    Suicide bomb kills 10 in Kirkuk

    February 19 2004
    Two US soldiers and one Iraqi are killed by a roadside bomb attack on a military convoy in Khalidiyah, which is 60km (38 miles) west of Baghdad.
    Meanwhile, the UN endorses Washington's timetable for the transfer of power, saying that elections should wait until after the handover on June 30.
    Three killed in Iraqi roadside bombing
    United Nations backs US date for handover in Baghdad

    February 18 2004
    Thirteen Iraqis are killed, and many civilians and coalition troops injured, in an apparent suicide attack when two explosive-laden trucks drive towards a Polish military camp in Hilla, a town south of Baghdad.
    13 killed in Hilla military camp blast

    February 16 2004
    Saddam Hussein is unlikely to stand trial for another two years, the Guardian reports. Salem Chalabi, a senior Iraqi official involved in setting up the court which will try the former dictator, claims that a need to guarantee "due process of law" will delay the beginning of any trial.
    Two-year wait for Saddam trial

    February 15 2004
    Two US soldiers are killed during a late night raid in Baghdad, hours after troops arrest a senior member of Saddam Hussein's former Ba'ath party regime at his home in western Baghdad. Mohammed Zimam Abdul Razaq was number 41 on the US most wanted list.
    Two US soldiers killed in Iraq

    February 14 2004
    Iraqi insurgents launch an organised raid on a police station in Fallujah, killing 23 fellow Iraqis seen as collaborators with the US occupation. The police compound comes under attack by around 25 heavily-armed Iraqi fighters but provoked little immediate response from US troops.
    23 killed as Iraqi rebels overrun police station

    February 13 2004
    Following the talks with Iraq's leading Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, the UN indicates its support in principle for early elections but concedes that they are unlikely to happen in the current climate.
    UN says early elections unlikely

    February 12 2004
    Insurgents in Fallujah open fire on a convoy carrying the US senior commander in Iraq, General John Abizaid. The attack comes as Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani holds talks with senior UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi at his home in Najaf.
    Grenade attack on US general as UN consults Iraqis on elections

    February 11 2004
    At least 36 Iraqis are killed in a suicide car bomb attack on an army recruitment centre in Baghdad.
    36 dead in Baghdad suicide bombing

    February 10 2004
    A car bomb by a police station in the central Iraqi town of Iskandariya kills around 50 people and injures dozens more.
    50 die as bombers target police

    February 9 2004
    The US releases a letter it says is from an anti-US fighter to al-Qaida's leadership asking for help in launching attacks against the Shia Muslims to undermine the future Iraqi government.
    US claims to uncover war plot

    February 8 2004
    Prince Charles makes a surprise visit to British troops stationed in Basra, meeting 200 soldiers at one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces, now a coalition headquarters.In London, it is revealed that British intelligence staff 'spied' on members of the UN security council in the run-up to the crucial vote on a second resolution last spring.
    Prince Charles seeks to boost troop morale in Basra
    Britain spied on UN allies over war vote

    February 5 2004
    Iraq's leading Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, survives an assassination attempt near his office in the central Iraqi city of Najaf. In London, Tory leader Michael Howard calls for Tony Blair to resign over his admission that he did not know whether the controversial '45-minute' claim publicised in September 2002 referred to battlefield weapons or long-range missiles.
    Cleric 'survives assassination bid'
    Blair should resign over WMD claim: Howard

    February 4 2004
    Dr Brian Jones, a former branch head at the Defence Intelligence Staff, admits that intelligence chiefs ignored warnings that they could not be certain whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to war.
    Intelligence chiefs 'ignored WMD warnings'

    February 3 2004
    Tony Blair bows to intense pressure to agree to set up an inquiry to establish why Iraq appears to be devoid of weapons of mass destruction
    Iraq's missing weapons: an inquiry is forced upon Blair

    February 2 2004
    The failure to find WMDs in Iraq has damaged the credibility of Britain and the US in their battle against terrorism, a committee of MPs warn.
    MPs say credibility of war on terror has been damaged

    February 1 2004
    At least 67 are killed and 247 wounded when two suicide bombers blow themselves up at the offices in Irbil of the two main Kurdish factions in northern Iraq. In Washington, the White House announces an inquiry into the use of intelligence before the war.
    They came to celebrate. Minutes later, 70 were dead
    Bush yields to pressure for independent WMD inquiry
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    I heard from reporters in Iraq who went to hospitals where there is no clean water. No medicines. Doctors say it is worse than during sanctions.
    Teachers report windows broken, no books because the US took all that mentioned SH, and parents afraid for their childrens safety.
    The corporations such as bechtel have not done as promised.
    The people report that the bombing seemed terrible but the looting after and continued violence are making another generation of terror victims.

    Since we started a war what should we do now?

    Bush 'wanted war in 2002'

    Julian Borger in Washington
    Tuesday February 24, 2004
    The Guardian

    George Bush set the US on the path to war in Iraq with a formal order signed in February 2002, more than a year before the invasion, according to a book published yesterday.
    The revelation casts doubt on the public insistence by US and British officials throughout 2002 that no decision had been taken to go to war, pending negotiations at the United Nations.
    Rumsfeld's War is by Rowan Scarborough, the Pentagon correspondent for the conservative Washington Times newspaper, which is known for its contacts in the defence department's civilian leadership.
    "On February 16 2002, Bush signed a secret national security council directive establishing the goals and objectives for going to war with Iraq, according to classified documents I obtained," Mr Scarborough wrote, in an account of the "global war on terrorism" as seen from the office of Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary.
    The next month, he writes, the head of central command, General Tommy Franks, conducted a "major Iraq war exercise code-named "Prominent Hammer", and in April he briefed the joint chiefs of staff on the invasion plan.
    "Franks's plan called for 200,000 to 250,000 troops and a two-front land war... striking from Kuwait and from Turkey," the book says.
    The national security council refused to comment on the book's claims about the February directive. "I don't do book reviews," a White House official said.
    Ivo Daalder, an official in Bill Clinton's national security council, said a national security presidential directive was "the most formal way that decisions by the president and others are communicated to the rest of the government."
    Rumsfeld's War reproduces excerpts from a secret Defence Intelligence Agency briefing document in July 1999 about future threats to the US.
    It portrays Saddam Hussein's Iraq as a threat only if sanctions were lifted. But the administration decided that neither inspections nor sanctions were working, partly as a result of later discredited reports that Saddam had stockpiled WMDs.
  6. by   gwenith
    Here is an overview of news stories of Iraq and where we are going