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Its the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. For comment and analysis well feature VICTOR NAVASKY his new book is MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, Or How We Won the War in Iraq: The Experts Speak. Samples: Military Action will not last more than a week Bill OReilly, Jan. 23, 2003. I couldnt imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukah George W. Bush, at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, Dec 10, 2001. Victor of course is publisher emeritus of The Nation.
READ Victor Navasky in today’s LA Times op-ed page
Also: TOM ENGELHARDT talks about what well be saying a year from now, when the war will still be going strong even if Obama is elected, Tom points out, he will have been in office only two months in March 2009, and is unlikely to have removed significant numbers of troops by that point. Tom edits the indispensable TomDispatch.com.
Plus: LOUISE STEINMANs memoir begins with the fundamental rule of her childhood in the 1950s: never mention the war to your father. Then, after his death, she discovered nearly 500 letters he wrote during the Pacific War and a mysterious Japanese flag. She set out to uncover his story and the story of the flag. Her book is THE SOUVENIR: A Daughter Discovers Her Fathers War. Louise is curator of the ALOUD series at the LA Public Library and co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USC, and she writes for the LA Times, the LA Weekly, and other publications.