Our sordid tendencies toward rage and bloodlust are fed and nurtured by neoconservative prescriptions in foreign policy. Knowing this, I was still shocked to see Joshua Muravchik’s November 19th opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times.
(From the Dec 6, issue) One way to understand Moqtada al-Sadr is to think of him as a young Mafia don. He aims for respectability, and is willing to kill for it. Yet the extent of his power isn't obvious to the untrained eye.
The innocuously titled Iraq Study Group, which has evolved into a parallel policy establishment over the past 8 months, is also unique in the way it operates. For one thing, it's even more secretive than the Bush adminstration. 40 experts
Thousands of British soldiers will leave Iraq over the next year, significantly downgrading the country's commitment in the region, the defense secretary said. Poland and Italy also announced the withdrawal of their troops.
But in the aftermath of the midterm elections, the calls for "phased withdrawal" - coming out of Congress, the Pentagon and the leaky Iraq Study Group - evoke errors of the Nixon years.
Except when the survival of the nation is at stake, all military missions must be judged according to a cost-benefit calculation. Iraq has never come close to being a war for America's survival. It was an elective war -- a war of choice, and a ba
NATO commanders in Afghanistan say the battle against Taliban insurgents is being held back by restrictions placed by alliance nations on what their troops can do on the ground. A NATO summit will aim to do away with such restrictions, known as
ONE year before the invasion of Iraq, Australia's then ambassador to the UN, John Dauth, stated the Howard Government would participate in military action with the US to overthrow Saddam Hussein, new AWB documents reveal.
The insurgency in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons have been larg
A top US military commander says the most disciplined, intense attacks from insurgency forces in Iraq to date are being masterminded by an Iraqi Canadian. Abu Abdul Rahman, who reportedly left Canada in 1995 after marrying an Iraqi woman
John Roberts, CNN host of "This Week at War", spent a month there,and describes the situation in detail. Finally, a major news outlet is reporting what Dahr Jamail has been reporting for years
A draft report on strategies for Iraq, which will be debated here by a bipartisan commission, urges an aggressive regional diplomatic initiative that includes direct talks with Iran and Syria but sets no timetables for a military withdrawal, accordin
Incidents of civilian deaths in airstrikes and other military action by international forces in Afghanistan: _Oct. 26: Between 30 and 80 civilians are killed during NATO airstrikes in Panjwayi, a volatile district in southern Afghanistan, according
The US involvement in Iraq will pass another sad milestone on Sunday, when it overtakes the length of America's engagement in World War II.
New tactics favored by US commanders in Iraq borrow heavily from the end of another war: Vietnam. The tactics — an influx of military advisors and a speeded-up handover to indigenous forces followed by a gradual U.S. withdrawal — resemble Vietnam at
Militiamen grabbed 6 Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive as Iraqi soldiers stood by, and 7 Sunni mosques came under attack as Shiites took revenge for the slaughter of at least 215 peopl
President Bush has said many dumb things in defense of his Iraq policy. Citing the Vietnam War as a model, however, is perhaps his most ludicrous yet. This past week found the president sitting before a bust of the victorious Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam,
Commentators and columnists are agreed. Pierre Gemayel's assassination must have been the handiwork of Syria because his Christian Phalangists have been long-time allies of Israel and he was one of the leading anti-Syria faction.
After 3 1/2 years of occupation, Iraq's medical system has sunk to levels lower than seen during the economic sanctions imposed after the first Gulf war in 1990. The World Health Organization said Iraqis are now extremely vulnerable in their heal
US troops opened fire on a civilian car on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, causing a traffic accident that killed an Afghan doctor and wounded four other people, officials said.
We would appear to be trapped between Iraq and a hard place. The Baker commission's options are hardly likely to differ much from Gen. Pace's: Go Strong, Go Long or Go Home.
It is a shame and it is embarrassing to us all when President Bush travels 8,000 miles only to wind up avoiding reality again. And it is pathetic to listen to a man talk unrealistically about Vietnam,
Democrats have seized on a mandate from the public to alter the strategy in Iraq, mixing tough talk with promises of action. But if voters think a real change in policy is imminent, signs suggest Democrats won't be delivering very much soon.
Iraq's ramshackle institutions inched closer to collapse last week when militiamen raided the Ministry of Higher Education and kidnapped as many as 140 people who happened to be inside. The Sunni Arab Higher Education minister threatened to close
Sunni Muslim insurgents blew up 5 car bombs and fired mortars into Baghdad's largest Shiite district, killing at least 161 people and wounding 257 in a dramatic attack that sent the US ambassador racing to meet with Iraqi leaders in an effort to
I could, of course, be proven wrong but my hunch is that the United States will be trapped in Iraq for the indefinite future. Despite the recent election results and increasing demand among the American people for a withdrawal, I believe that there i
A bomb intended to kill the contentious speaker of the Iraqi Parliament exploded inside one of his armored cars today while the car was rolling through the fortified Green Zone, trapping members of Parliament inside the legislative building as the Am
Whether troop levels increase in coming months, or decrease, or stay the same, one aspect of the US military effort in Iraq is unlikely to change: It will be expensive.
More troops and sophisticated equipment are needed to bolster Afghanistan's security forces, but it is not clear whether more U.S. troops will be deployed there, U.S. and Afghan defense officials said.
The sniper team left friendly lines hours ahead of the sun. They were a group of marines walking through the chill, hoping to be in hiding before the mullahs’ predawn call to prayer would urge this city awake.