A Brief History of US Intervention in Iraq Over the Past Half Century

in view of the 15th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of iraq, here is an excellent synopsis/short film by jeremy scahill, one of the few investigative journalists in this country worth their salt.

Jeremy Scahill: ‘To understand Iraq’s current reality, we must confront not just 15 years of US policy, but a history that spans the administrations of 11 US presidents. It’s a 55-year history that is filled with constant interventions and bombings, economic sanctions and covert CIA activity, and regime change. And in this history — a history you never hear discussed on cable news — the main victims are, as they’ve always been: ordinary Iraqis.

This is a classic case study in US imperial crimes that began in 1958 when the British-installed monarchy was overthrown by a popular Iraqi army general who set about to nationalize oil, normalize relations with the Soviet Union, and implement sweeping agrarian and social reforms.

This short film is by no means an exhaustive history, but rather an overview of the role the US has played in destabilizing Iraq and the region.’

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