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US tanks shell a Baghdad hotel, killing 3 journalists

Fall of Baghdad; Saddam Hussein flees
toppling of statue of Saddam
CBS photo of the toppling of Saddam's statue
overhead photo of Firdos Square
Overhead photo showing the staging of the photo shoot, and the empty plaza ringed by US tanks
(Photo courtesy of The Big Picture)

"Bush uses a volunteer army, filled -- in part -- with many young men and women who couldn't find decent paying jobs because of the shambles our Bush economy is in, to destroy a nation's infrastructure. The Bush Cartel conducts a secret contracting process, including a large no-bid contract for Dick Cheney's Halliburton, that dispenses million and billion dollar fees to Bush/GOP campaign contributors. The more of Iraq that is destroyed, the larger the contracts dispensed to corporate sponsors of the Bush royal dynasty. The larger the fees paid, the more that returns in the form of contributions to Bush and the GOP. It's a grand scam, ain't it? It's too bad our young men and women -- and thousands of Iraqis -- have to die in the process." -- Buzzflash, "A Perfect War"

"And there is, I am certain, among the Iraqi people a respect for the care and the precision that went into the bombing campaign." -- Donald Rumsfeld,, April 9, quoted by Brandi Mills

"Bush may be the smartest military president in history. First he gets Iraq to destroy all of their own weapons. Then he declares war." -- Jay Leno (International Herald Tribune)

"God likes the side with the most weapons, I've noticed." -- San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carl Nolte, quoted by Bill Katovsky and Timothy Carlson

"We defeated the Flintstones." -- Thomas Friedman (MSNBC/Newsweek)

GOP operative Katrina Leung exposed as a Chinese spy
Iraqi playing cards
Aces from the deck of playing cards created by Pentagon PR staff

Massive looting in Iraqi cities goes unchecked by US troops

"Well, the hot story of the week is victory. The Tommy Franks-Don Rumsfeld battle plan, war plan, worked brilliantly, a three-week war with mercifully few American deaths or Iraqi civilian deaths. There is a lot of work yet to do, but all the naysayers have been humiliated so far. The final word on this is hooray." -- Morton Kondracke, quoted by Dave Zweifel, April 12