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19 Jul 2005 description

Project on Defense Alternatives Briefing Memo #34 19 July 2005 Carl Conetta

Executive Summary

18 May 2005 description

Part One. Patterns of Popular Discontent

Project on Defense Alternatives Research Monograph -10

1. Introduction: Iraqi public sentiments regarding the occupation

The occupation of Iraq is today less about rolling back Iraqi military power, dislodging a tyrant, or building a stable democracy than it is about fighting an insurgency -- an insurgency that is now driven substantially by the occupation, its practices, and policies.

25 Jan 2005 description

1. Introduction

President Bush was correct when he asserted on 2 December 2004 that it was "time for the Iraqi citizens to go to the polls."1 Indeed, it is long past time. Elections should have occurred a year or so after the fall of the Hussein regime. But the fact that they are overdue does not mean that an adequate foundation for meaningfully democratic elections has been laid. It has not. Unfortunately, the balloting due to take place on 30 January will not fulfill the promise of democracy nor satisfy the Iraqi passion for self-determination.

18 Feb 2004 description


Weapons of mass destruction is not the only Iraq war-related subject clouded by misinformation. According to a new study, the Pentagon conducted "perception management" campaigns during the Afghan and Iraq wars that also obstructed the public’s awareness of civilian casualties.

28 Oct 2003 description
30 percent are non-combatants; Death toll hurts postwar stability efforts, damages US image abroad

PRESS RELEASE, 28 October 2003

The Wages of War: Iraqi Combatant and Noncombatant Fatalities in the 2003 Conflict. Project on Defense Alternatives Research Monograph #8. Carl Conetta. 28 October 2003.

20 Oct 2003 description

Project on Defense Alternatives Research Monograph #8
Carl Conetta

Executive Summary

Nations cannot wage war responsibly or intelligently without careful attention to its costs. An elementary part of coming to terms with these costs is an accounting of war fatalities. Among other things, this accounting is relevant to gauging the repercussions of a war, both locally and worldwide. With regard to the 2003 Iraq conflict: