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Opinions Aired on NPR About the War in Iraq

Panel One Part of Answer
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that presidentially appointed commissions, like the one President Bush is establishing to investigate pre-war intelligence failures, are a time-tested tool for taking the heat off of an administration. But they don't always work. Feb. 2, 2004

Iraq's Imaginary WMDs
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that former weapons inspector David Kay's assertion that Iraq's weapons program was largely imaginary will be fodder for the political struggle over the justification for the war. Jan. 26, 2004

Humility Needed in Iraq
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that asking the United Nations to help broker a compromise in Iraq between U.S. administrators and Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah al-Sistani will require the Bush administration to display a degree of humility. Jan. 19, 2004

Pakistan and Nuclear Arms
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that the acquisition of nuclear know-how by rogue nations like North Korea, Iran, and Libya, can be traced to one Pakistani scientist, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. Jan. 5, 2004

Libya's Growth Arc
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that the decision by Libya to scrap its own weapons program seems to have come overnight, but was actually a long time in the making. Dec. 22, 2003 Jan. 5, 2004

Iraq Bait-and-Switch
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that barring non-coalition countries from seeking reconstruction contracts in Iraq may have been intended to sway those countries in favor of debt reduction for Iraq. Dec. 17, 2003

Capturing Saddam
Commentator Diana Abu-Jaber says Arab Americans aren't all overjoyed by the news of Saddam Hussein's capture. Dec. 16, 2003

Trying Saddam
NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with commentator Connie Rice about the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the options the United States has to weigh in deciding whether Saddam should be tried by the Iraqi government or an international court. Dec. 16, 2003

Turning Points in U.S. Policy
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the Bush administration is facing two critical decisions in Iraq: Ceding authority to the Iraqi Governing Council, and deciding what level of force U.S. troops should maintain. Nov. 12, 2003

Senate Took Easy Road to $87 Billion Package
News Analyst Daniel Schorr is critical of the U.S. Senate for deciding to pass the $87 billion Iraq appropriations bill by taking a voice vote. The vote, instead of the roll-call tally usually used for major legislation, leaves no record of how individual senators stood on the issue. Nov. 5, 2003

Iraq Exit Strategy
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that with the presidential election one year away, the Bush administration is training new Iraqi soldiers so that American troops can pull out of Iraq gracefully. Nov. 3, 2003

War's Role in Elections
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the war in Iraq is already distracting Congress from taking action on several important measures, and if the situation continues to deteriorate there, it could be the most important issue in the 2004 election. Oct. 26, 2003

Remaking Iraq
Commentator Russell Roberts explains how -- at best -- rebuilding Iraq is a difficult mess. Oct. 27, 2003

Bush's New Attitude
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says President Bush has begun to put aside his go-it-alone instincts in favor of a new "we're all in this together" attitude. Oct. 26, 2003

Lying in the White House
News Analyst Daniel Schorr examines the history of lying in various administrations. He says the American public remains unconvinced by the Bush administration's pre-war claims of the necessity of war with Iraq. Oct. 19, 2003

Pre-Emptive Strikes a Must
Commentator Ken Adelman argues that regardless of the evidence of banned weapons in Iraq, the Bush administration should continue its policy of pre-emptive military strikes. Ken Adelman is a member of the Defense Policy Board in Washington. Oct. 16, 2003

No Rationale for War
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that six months after the invasion of Iraq, the war still lacks a rationale. Sept. 21, 2003

Bush's Speech on Postwar Iraq
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says President Bush's speech to the nation -- about the postwar climate in Iraq -- sounded like an attempt to deflect criticisms before they appear. Sept. 8, 2003

Islam and Democracy
As Iraq moves toward self-government, conversations about the interplay between Islam and democracy continue in the United States and in the Muslim world. Commentator Murad Kalam recently returned from a trip to Egypt that changed his views about how democracy can work in Muslim countries. Sept. 2, 2003

An Insurrection in Iraq?
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the recent series of deadly bombings in Iraq is causing some to question whether America is facing not just scattered remnants of Saddam Hussein's supporters, but an organized insurrection. Sept. 2, 2003

The Cost of War
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the flap with the Saudi government over "sources and methods" had the intended effect of diverting attention from the cost of the war in Iraq. July 30, 2003

Internationalism in Iraq
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that the British-American coalition in Iraq is quickly becoming internationalized, with manpower and troop contributions from a growing list of other countries. July 28, 2003

Intelligence on Iraq
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says weeks after the Africa-uranium story hit the headlines, the Bush administration is still struggling to get its story straight. July 23, 2003

Returning to Iraq
Commentator Nassir Almuhktar, in an audio diary, explains his return to Iraq after many years in America. July 22, 2003

War Was Justified
Commentator Deroy Murdock says African uranium or no, the war in Iraq was still a good idea. July 22, 2003

U.S.-Britain Relationship
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit to the United States, originally meant to celebrate the special relationship between America and Britain, is now fraught with tension. July 16, 2003

Presidential Responsibility
President Bush and the CIA are trading blame over intelligence that Iraq allgedly sought to buy uranium from Africa. News Analyst Daniel Schorr compares different presidents and their willingness to accept responsibility for mistakes, or shift the blame to others. July 14, 2003

Bribing Pvt. Lynch
Commentator John Ridley says the multimedia package CBS News offered former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch for an interview is a sorry example of the blurring of news and entertainment. July 10, 2003

Iraqi Weapons Intelligence
News Analyst Daniel Schorr says mounting questions about whether intelligence was manipulated in the lead up to the Iraq war may undermine the Bush administration's credibility. July 7, 2003

Iran and Iraq
The Bush administration's Iran policy seems to be the opposite of its stance on Iraq, NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says. June 23, 2003

Commentator Holly Rossi is the wife of an active-duty reservist who's been stationed in Kuwait. She reflects on her involuntary separation from her husband. June 23, 2003

Bush and Blair Under Fire
NPR's Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair must both defend against accusations that they exaggerated Iraq's weapons threat in the months leading up to the war. But Bush's constituency is more willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. June 18, 2003

The CIA and the White House
NPR's Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr examines a dispute between the CIA and the White House. The CIA knew that documents claiming Niger sold enriched uranium to Iraq were forgeries nearly a year before President Bush cited them in his State of the Union address. The White House claims not to have been told the documents weren't legitimate. June 15, 2003

WMDs and White House Credibility
NPR's Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the Bush administration's credibility could be damaged by insufficient evidence that Iraq's weapons program was truly a grave international threat. June 9, 2003

Got WMDs?
Public concern is growing that the justifications for a war in Iraq were exaggerated, as those searching for weapons of mass destruction have turned up empty-handed. Commentator Andrea Carlisle ponders the fate of lost weapons of mass destruction. June 5, 2003

Still Divided
Despite cooperation on issues such as terrorism, nuclear threats and trade, the United States and its newfound antagonists France, Germany, and Russia remain fundamentally divided, NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says. June 2, 2003

Scott Simon Essay: Weapons of Mass Destruction
NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the expanded search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. May 31, 2003

America, Defender of Islam?
Commentator Joe Loconte says that by pledging to rebuild Iraq, the United States is functioning as the world's largest defender of Islam. May 28, 2003

Cooperating with Europe on Iraq
As Iraq's reconstruction gets under way, commentator Ev Ehrlich says the Bush administration should cooperate with the Europeans. The success of any international economic policy depends on it, he warns. May 22, 2003

U.S. Relations with Iran
U.S.-Iran relations are becoming increasingly strained as suspicions rise about Tehran's connection with terrorism, NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says. May 21, 2003

Iraq and the U.S. Presidential Election
The postwar situation in Iraq could spill over into the 2004 presidential election, commentator Kevin Phillips says. May 20, 2003

Taking Control in Iraq
The role of the U.S. soldier in Iraq is shifting from "liberator" to "occupier," NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says. May 18, 2003

A New Tactic in Iraq
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the United States, having botched the first month of reconstruction in Iraq, is taking a new tactic with the appointment of Paul Bremer as the country's new civilian administrator and the invocation of the Hague and Geneva conventions. May 12, 2003

Turning to North Korea
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that with the war in Iraq over, an embargo against North Korea will likely be the next "battle" in President Bush's war on terror. May 5, 2003

As President Bush declares an end to major combat operations in Iraq and sailors, pilots and soldiers begin coming back from the region, NPR's Linda Wertheimer reflects on homecomings. May 3, 2003

Iraqi Cards: It's No Game
The Pentagon's decks of playing cards with photos of Iraq's 55 most-wanted leaders makes the operation in Iraq look like a game, but it shouldn't be cast as one, commentator Jake Tapper says. May 2, 2003

U.S. Withdrawal from Saudi Arabia
The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia may signify early trouble for the Bush administration's plans for a democratic transformation of the Middle East, NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says. April 30, 2003

Starting a Democratic Process
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says a meeting of political and religious leaders in Baghdad marks progress toward the birth of democracy in Iraq. But, there's a bumpy road ahead. April 28, 2003

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