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Sun Jul 15, 2012, 06:53 PM

Iraq war will haunt west, says Briton who advised US military

A British woman who worked at the top of the US military during the most troubled periods of the Iraq war has said she fears the west has yet to see how some Muslims brought up in the last decade will seek revenge for the "war on terror".

Speaking for the first time about her experiences, Emma Sky also questioned why no officials on either side of the Atlantic have been held to account for the failures in planning before the invasion.

Sky, 44, was political adviser to America's most senior general in Iraq, and was part of the team that implemented the counterinsurgency strategy that helped to control the civil war that erupted in the country. The appointment of an English woman at the heart of the US military was a bold and unprecedented move, and it gave her unique access and insights into the conduct of one of the most controversial campaigns in modern history.

In all, the Oxford graduate spent more than four years in Iraq, including a spell as civilian governor of one of its most complex regions. She met Tony Blair and Barack Obama in Baghdad and earned the trust of senior Iraqi officials, as well as many of the country's leading politicians and community leaders, some of whom remain her friends.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/15/iraq-war-briton-us-military

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 06:55 PM

1. Telling it like it really is ,Courageous.

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 11:19 PM

13. I wouldn't call her "courageous" at all. She's telling us what we've known for years.

And she's a warmonger through and through.

She's part of the problem, not some saint.

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Response to The Stranger (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 06:23 AM

15. OK, in the sense of Greenspan telling us

I thought Wall street would police themselves , I agree she's no hero .

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 07:03 PM

2. Will?? Many of us live daily with the shame of what our tax dollars did to the people of Iraq &

shame for the LIES that our "leaders" so easily countenanced for Oil kings and political ascendency with Islamophobes and shame for what happened to our troops who believed the lies.

I'm a peace advocate, but if what happened to the Iraqis had happened to the U.S. instead, I would be something else entirely.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 07:23 PM

3. She's a genius w/o a clue!!!...in my estimation she pales in comparrison to...

....the Jersey Girls as well the other ladies that were Time magazines Women Of The Year yrs back.....

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Response to lostnote12 (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 07:35 PM

4. I believe you forgot your

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Response to Raster (Reply #4)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 09:24 PM

7. you are correct....thanks for pointing it out...

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Response to lostnote12 (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 07:51 PM

5. More explanation plez. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 09:44 PM

8. I feel that people of courage stood up against the invasion as well as the 9-11 inquiry....

.....the individual in this article appears to believe that post-sophistry will enlighten us as to the consequences our nations illegal war....as far as I'm concerned her participation at the time illustrates a moral weakness that should not be tolerated by a civilized culture....I believe the Doctor that was "suicided" in Britain attempted to reveal the propagandized BS package that was being to delivered to the world....the woman in question appears to me to have jumped on the bandwagon at that time.....sounds like she received a 'Badge" for her management skills at the time from the puppet govt in Iraq.....The Jersey girls/the Minnesota based FBI agent and I forget the other females name were named Time Magazines Women of the year for their dogged pursuit of the truth through the manufactored chaos post 9-11.....Its been a while and my memory is foggy as to the details however my contempt for that period of our history still burns bright....I hope this gives a more clear understanding....

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Response to lostnote12 (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 09:54 PM

9. One more thang!...her age currently is 44...that places her in her mid 30's at that time...that

...reminds me of the 21 yr appointed to run the Iraqi Stock Exchange......Get them
while they're young....

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Response to lostnote12 (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 08:45 AM

10. Have you read the long article, rather than just this short one?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/15/iraq-emma-sky-us-military

And also today's article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/16/briton-advised-us-iraq-tactics

I think there's a lot more to the woman than your posts here seem to grasp.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #10)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:33 PM

12. muriel...maybe I should have toned down my response a bit however

.....her role as a PR person does not impress me possibly as much as others.....its too late to humanize(glorify) the young supposedly British "peaceniks" elevated advisory role.....is she tormented enough by the slaughter to consider suicide as many of our young countrymen(military) are doing at an accelerated pace....dime to a dollar my DU friend she will eventually have a book out......I grasp that she is a gifted individual with a bright future in a well connected circle....I still place Time Magazines 3 women of the year light years ahead of this young lady because they fought the good fight when it was Not popular to stand up for decency however I'm certain that their plight will be forever minimized.....thank you for your opinion and best wishes

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Response to lostnote12 (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 11:20 PM

14. Yes . . . this.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 07:55 PM

6. Unlike Americans, people in other countries have LONG memories

Especially when you screw them over.

The Iraq war WILL be used as a rallying cry at some future point in Iraq. And it won't be kind to America.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 11:06 AM

11. People in areas that have been invaded have long memories. Vicksburg, MS surrendered to Union

forces on July 4, 1863.

"The city of Vicksburg would not celebrate Independence Day for about eighty years as a result of the siege and surrender."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Vicksburg

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