Iraq war: How US campuses became militarised and forgot the war on terror, by Nazia Kazi

Higher education has become an arm of the military-industrial complex. From Nazia Kazi at

Two decades after the Iraq war, universities in the US are awash with defence and intelligence funding and uninformed about US war crimes

Local residents flee Basra in southern Iraq, following the US-led invasion, on 28 March 2003 (AFP)

The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 made several things about the American political system abundantly clear.

First, there was a remarkable consensus between the two political parties. While Americans, eager to individualise the follies of empire, typically blame George W Bush for the devastation visited upon Iraq, it was Democrat Joe Biden who, as then head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agitated for the invasion and Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker who refused to bring articles of impeachment against Bush for falsifying reasons for the invasion.

It was also Democratic President Bill Clinton who, before Bush, had enforced genocidal sanctions on Iraq that led to the deaths of countless children. 

The invasion also exposed the culture of repression that defines wartime in the US. The American media was banned from showing images of fallen soldiers’ flag-draped coffins returning from war, effectively downplaying the losses suffered during the insurgency.

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