War Stories

The War in Iraq

A roundup of Slate coverage.

If Only …: The lessons of our Iraqi bungles,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted March 20, 2006.

My Ideal War: How the international community should have responded to Bush’s September 2002 U.N. speech,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted March 20, 2006.

Mystery Solved: So, that’s what was going on in Powell’s intercepts,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted March 13, 2006.

Rumsfeld’s Free Pass on Iraq: Senators didn’t ask, weren’t told,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted March 9, 2006.

Western Targets: The Iraqi insurgency is still primarily an anti-occupation effort,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted Feb. 9, 2006.

How To Withdraw: Three plans for leaving Iraq: Which is best?” by Fred Kaplan. Posted Dec. 8, 2005.

Secrets and Lies: The DoD’s disgraceful plot to plant rosy stories in the Iraqi press,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Dec. 5, 2005.

Bush’s Can’t-Lose Reversal: Wednesday’s speech will set the agenda for withdrawal from Iraq,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted Nov. 28, 2005.

Return to Fallujah: Why it costs $70,000 to do a $5,000 road-repair job in Ramadi,” by Bing West. Posted Sept. 26, 2005.

How Do We Win in Iraq? The real question is how we keep a pullout from looking like a surrender,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted Sept. 9, 2005.

We Can Leave Iraq by 2007: Here’s how,” by Fred Kaplan. Updated July 29, 2005.

Who’s in the Army Now? Why we can’t send more troops to Iraq,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted June 30, 2005.

Reading the Downing Street Tea Leaves: When did Bush decide to invade Iraq?” by Fred Kaplan. Posted June 23, 2005.

Scenes from Everyday Life in Iraq,” by Wendell Steavenson. Posted Feb. 14, 2005.

Iraq 2004 Looks Like Vietnam 1966: Adjusting body counts for medical and military changes,” by Phillip Carter and Owen West. Posted Dec. 27, 2004.

Fallujah, the Morning After: The torture house and the merry-go-round,” by Bing West. Posted Dec. 8, 2004.

What the Marine Did: The shooting of an unarmed Iraqi was a tragedy. But was it a war crime?” by Owen West and Phillip Carter. Posted Nov. 18, 2004.

The Watchdogs of Fallujah,” by Bing West. Posted Nov. 12, 2004.

A Thin Blue Line: Why Iraqi cops are struggling,” by Bing West and Owen West. Posted Oct. 7, 2004.

Dispatches From Fallujah: Why would anyone volunteer to be an infantryman?” by Owen West. Posted July 30, 2004.

Liberal Hawks Reconsider the Iraq War,” roundtable by Christopher Hitchens, Paul Berman, Thomas Friedman, Fred Kaplan, George Packer, Kenneth Pollack, Jacob Weisberg, and Fareed Zakaria. Posted Jan. 16, 2004.

Guerillas in the Mist: Why the war in Iraq is nothing like The Battle of Algiers,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Jan. 2, 2004.

Dispatches From Iraq,” by Wendell Steavenson. Posted December 2003 through May 2004.

Dispatches from Northern Iraq,” by Wendell Steavenson. Posted March and April, 2003.

Smart Bombs, Dumb Targets: Did overconfidence in precision targeting cause civilian deaths in Iraq?” by Fred Kaplan. Posted Dec. 16, 2003.

Final Offer: Why Iraq’s last-minute peace overture was a sham,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Nov. 10, 2003.

Giving Peace a Chance: The war critics were right—not in the way they expected,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted April 9, 2003.

The Quiet Americans: Why CEOs are afraid to support the war,” by Daniel Gross. Posted April 1, 2003.

The Flaw in Shock and Awe: Rumsfeld’s theory of warfare isn’t working, at least so far,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted March 26, 2003.

The Hawks Were Wrong: The Iraqi opposition could never have toppled Saddam,” by Gideon Rose. Posted March 25, 2003.

Are We Winning Yet? Speed bumps on the road to Baghdad,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted March 25, 2003.

Patriot Games: The missile didn’t really work in 1991. Is it working now?” by Fred Kaplan. Posted March 24, 2003.

Reality War: The battle of Umm Qasr—live and in color,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted March 23, 2003.

A Live Report From Baghdad,” by Nate Thayer. Posted March 19, 2003.

(Un)Intended Consequences: What’s the future if we don’t act?” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted March 17, 2003.

Recruitment: Will an Iraq war make our al-Qaida problem worse? Not likely,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Feb. 5, 2003.

Machiavelli in Mesopotamia: The case against the case against ‘regime change’ in Iraq,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Nov. 7, 2002.

 ”Would War in Iraq Hurt the War Against Al-Qaida?” by Timothy Noah. Posted Oct. 1, 2002.

Legalizing War Against Iraq,” by Robert Wright. Posted Feb. 7, 2002.