Newspapers Look At Fifth Year Iraq War Anniversary Coverage

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By: Emily Vaughan

This week we will be reviewing coverage in major newspapers related to the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

McClatchy’s Washington Bureau analyzes how the Iraq war has changed the military in the last five years from a 20th century model to ‘the military of the future.’ Nancy A. Youssef describes how the traditional tactics and preparation with things such as artillery and airpower have been replaced and reconfigured into smaller units that can work at a local level to fight terrorist groups, guerillas, and militias that blend into the population, not organized armies of nation-states.

The Chicago Tribune tells the story of a small town south of Champaign, Ill., that lost five soldiers in the Iraq war since it started in March 2003. E.A. Torriero talks to friends and families of the deceased ad injured about how they and the town can deal with their losses and move on without forgetting their loved ones and the conflict that took their lives.

The editorial board at USA Today wrote an op-ed piece citing the faults of ‘one of the greatest foreign policy blunders in American history’ and pointed out the flaws in each presidential candidate’s Iraq policy plans.
They argue that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?s plans are based on pre-surge timetable withdrawals that are ‘blindly disconnected’ from the current situation and would leave Iraq unstable and weaken U.S. credibility abroad. They take fault with McCain?s attitude to continue involvement until the United States is victorious, instead of finding ways to ?disengage? from the conflict.

The Washington Post reports on a slew of anti-war protests aimed at drawing attention to the fifth anniversary that will take place all over the capital starting this afternoon and continuing through tomorrow. Michael E. Ruane reports that protestors will demonstrate at government agencies, media outlets, and corporations. The Internal Revenue Service and other corporations will see protestors outside, as will CNN, The Washington Post, and United Press International. A die-in, knit-in, and a torture simulation are also planned at the Department of Veteran Affairs, the American Petroleum Institute, Democratic National Committee headquarters, Capitol Hill, and other sites around the city.

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