The 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq began with more bloodshed, as more than 15 car bombs exploded throughout Baghdad, killing nearly 60 people. But as the New York Times’ Peter Baker noted, “on one topic, there was a conspiracy of silence: Republicans and Democrats agreed that they did not really want to talk about the Iraq war.”
The List Project has been busy this week, though, as we reflect on the legacy of the past decade: millions of refugees, over 100,000 dead Iraqis, nearly 4,500 dead Americans, and an unknown number of wounded. In discussing the plight of the Iraqis who stepped forward to help the U.S.,
- Last Saturday, a close friend of the List Project’s and one of the first names on the list appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
- On Sunday, List Project Deputy Director Basma Zaiber appeared on MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes to discuss the war.
- On Monday, we debated #’s with a State Department official on KCRW’s To the Point with Warren Olney.
- On Tuesday, NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro profiled a U.S.-affiliated Iraqi for All Things Considered.
Today, the Wall Street Journal has an op-ed by Kirk W. Johnson about the fate of the Special Immigrant Visa program, as it applies to both Iraqis and Afghans who worked for the U.S. (note: article is behind a WSJ paywall, so pick up a print edition if you’re not a subscriber).