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Discussions
  1. Iraq War Debate (University of Michigan - CLRT)
      "The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan offers the following guidelines to help faculty and graduate student instructors deal with class discussions of the war in Iraq." 10-09

Lesson Plans
  1. Iraq Conflict - Debating Iraq (PBS Newshour)
      Provides a variety of role play activities to help students understand different perspectives on the Iraq conflict. 2-03

  2. Iraq Conflict - Exploration for Students (PBS Newshour)
      Provides activities, such as role play and debate, for students to explore the issues of conflict with Iraq. Includes resource materials. 2-03

  3. War in Iraq (Constitutional Rights Foundation)
      Provides lessons, articles, and aids to assist teachers to teach students about issues related to war in Iraq. 3-03

  4. War in Iraq (Constitutional Rights Foundation)
      Provides lessons, articles, and aids to assist teachers to teach students about issues related to war in Iraq. 3-03

Lists
  1. How to Talk to Children About War and Terrorism (National Center for Children Exposed to Violence)
      Provides guides and articles to assist parents, teachers, and professionals with talking to children about exposure to warfare and violence. 4-03

News
  1. -04-07-09 Millitary Used Pigs in Blasts to Test Armor (USA Today)
      "The research on pigs has determined that body armor does not worsen brain injury, said Jan Walker, a spokeswoman for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which conducted the study. The military feared body armor would deflect the force of blasts toward the head and increase the risk of brain injury."

      "The research also shows that body armor protects troops' lungs and is critical to surviving blasts." 04-09

Papers
  1. -How to Talk to Children About War (National Center for Children Exposed to Violence)
      Provides a variety of guides for parents, teachers, and professionals to assist with talking to children about exposure to warfare and violence. 4-03

  2. -How to Talk to Children About War - Parent's Guide (National Center for Children Exposed to Violence)
      Provides a guide for parents to assist with talking to children about exposure to warfare and violence. Uses PDF format. 4-03

  3. -Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves? (Time.com)
      "Lawrence Kagawa retired last July after more than 20 years in uniform; he spent the latter half as a highly decorated recruiter, and his tenure included a stint in the Houston battalion from 2002 to 2005. 'There's one set of values for the Army, and when you go to Recruiting Command, you're basically forced to do things outside of what would normally be considered to be moral or ethical,' he says."

      "Because station commanders and their bosses are rated on how well their subordinates recruit, there is a strong incentive to cut corners to bring in enlistees. If recruiters can't make mission legitimately, their superiors will tell them to push the envelope." 04-09

  4. CIA: PreWar Iraq Was Not an 'Imminent Threat' (Bloomberg.com)
      "George Tenet, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said his agency's prewar assessments never cast Iraq as 'an imminent threat' and there was no pressure to manipulate the findings."

      "Tenet said his agency never said Hussein had nuclear weapons. 'We said that Saddam did not have a nuclear weapon and probably would have been unable to make one until 2007 to 2009,' he said." "Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who leads among Democrats vying to oppose Bush in the November election, used Tenet's speech to attack the president." "Tenet 'admitted that the intelligence agencies never told the White House that Iraq posed an imminent threat,' Kerry said in a statement. 'But that's not what the White House told the American people. They said Iraq posed a 'mortal threat,' an 'urgent threat,' an 'immediate threat,' a 'serious threat.' " " 'Americans should be able to trust that what the president tells them is true,' Kerry said." 2-04

  5. Fueling War - Oil and Iraq (TargetOil.com from Newsday - Royce)
      "Officially, the White House agrees that oil revenue would play an important role during an occupation period, but only for the benefit of Iraqis, according to a National Security Council spokesman."

      "Yet there are strong advocates inside the administration, including in the White House, for appropriating the oil funds as 'spoils of war,' according to a source who has been briefed by participants in the dialogue."

      "Using Iraqi oil to fund an occupation would reinforce a prevalent belief in the Mideast that the conflict is all about control of oil, not rooting out weapons of mass destruction, according to Halim Barakat, a recently retired professor of Arab studies at Georgetown University." 2-03

  6. Fueling War - Oil and Iraq (TargetOil.com from Washington Post - Morgan and Ottaway)
      "A U.S.-led ouster of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could open a bonanza for American oil companies long banished from Iraq, scuttling oil deals between Baghdad and Russia, France and other countries, and reshuffling world petroleum markets, according to industry officials and leaders of the Iraqi opposition."

      "The importance of Iraq's oil has made it potentially one of the administration's biggest bargaining chips in negotiations to win backing from the U.N. Security Council and Western allies for President Bush's call for tough international action against Hussein." 2-03

  7. Key Stories and Facts Related to War with Iraq (CBC News)
      Provides in-depth articles from a Canadian perspective. 10-02

  8. When the Gentle Are Required to Fight (Spirituality.com - Sharp)
      Linda Sharp describes the spiritual experiences of her brother, a "gentle giant," as he served as a soldier in Iraq. He was shot during combat, but recovered. 5-03

  9. Woodward Shares War Secrets (CBS News)
      "Journalist Bob Woodward calls his new book, 'Plan of Attack,' the first detailed, behind-the-scenes account of how and why the president decided to wage war in Iraq."

      "It’s an insider’s account written after Woodward spoke with 75 of the key decision makers, including President Bush himself."

      ”Rumsfeld and Franks work out a deal essentially where Franks can spend any money he needs. And so he starts building runways and pipelines and doing all the preparations in Kuwait, specifically to make war possible,” says Woodward."

      “Gets to a point where in July, the end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. …Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the Treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."

      ” 'A year before the war started, three things are going on. Franks is secretly developing this war plan that he's briefing the president in detail on,' says Woodward. 'Franks simultaneously is publicly denying that he's ever been asked to do any plan.' ”

      Woodward says that [Saudi Prince] Bandar understood that economic conditions were key before a presidential election: 'They’re [oil prices] high. And they could go down very quickly. That's the Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer, or as we get closer to the election, they could increase production several million barrels a day and the price would drop significantly.' ” 4-04

   
   


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