It's strange that little of the news coverage of Iraq addresses this question. Doesn't it seem obvious that some groups are fomenting the chaos? Getting tribes to fight each other is often easy. Most of them have some past injustice to avenge
In many ways, the report is a microcosm of the administration's lost year in Iraq. The reams of details aimed at touting success belie the fact that few of the goals are being met. The report is often upbeat as it presents some of the most minusc
It began with all eyes on Osama bin Laden and ended with Osama bin Forgotten - as the White House turned its attention to Iraq. Bush's January 2003 State of the Union speech mentioned Saddam Hussein 17 times, but bin Laden not once.
Two years ago, foreign engineers built a new highway through the desert of western Afghanistan, past this ancient trading post and on to the outside world. Nearby, they strung a high-voltage power line and laid a fiber-optic cable, marked with red po
Neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol believes that any increase of U.S. troops in Iraq must be a permanent increase to achieve success. "There's no point having a short term surge," Kristol said on Fox News Channel.
The American military is holding at least 4 Iranians in Iraq, including men the Bush administration called senior military officials, who were seized in a pair of raids late last week aimed at people suspected of conducting attacks on Iraqi security
As the US debates what to do in Iraq, this country’s Shiite majority has been moving toward its own solution: making the capital its own. Large portions of Baghdad have become Shiite as militias displacing thousands of Sunni residents.
[What happens when the Generals go home for Christmas.] So extraordinary was the Christmas truce of 1914 [WW I] that some no longer believe it could have happened. But as a new film recreates those days, it was no myth.
[Christians safe under Saddam.] Baghdad's vicious sectarian war has claimed another victim; a Christmas tradition that used to bond the city's Christian community closer to their Muslim neighbours is dying.
The Pentagon wants the White House to seek an additional $99.7 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military's request, if embraced by President Bush and approved by Congress, would boost this year's budget for those wars
Bush is being urged to give up to $10 billion to Iraq as part of a “New Deal” that would create work for unemployed Iraqis, following the model of President Franklin Roosevelt during the 1930s depression. At the Pentagon, the joint chiefs of staff
A top former State Department expert explained to the Iraq Study Group's members why their preferred plan would most likely fail. They ignored his warning.
Could spreading his most spectacular failure to Iran and Syria make Iraq seem merely a "catastrophic success"? Are even Bush and Cheney stupid enough to think an air war against Iran will accomplish anything other than forcing their withdra
5 years since the start of the Bush administration's Afghan war, the "ousted" Taliban is back in full flower, and so is the notorious Afghan poppy. There's no doubt the two are intimately connected. The Taliban, which briefly banned
All of the young adults in my family didn't know this song was from my generation. Very good annimation adaptation. Is the Revolution near? I think the bad guys fear that it might be.
Iraq is a disaster, probably America's greatest strategic mistake since World War II. It will be years, if not decades, until we see, let alone overcome, all of the consequences of George W. Bush's misbegotten war.
Robert Gates has pledged to rely on the uniformed military's "clear-eyed advice," but after 6 years and 3 generations of 4 stars losing the Rumsfeld war, can the military step-up to the plate and tell the honest truth: We long ago faile
As pressure mounts for the United States to seek direct talks on Iraq with Iran and Syria, President Bush appeared to rule out any change in his administration's policy toward those Iraqi neighbors. By reaffirming a long-standing administratio
The plan, which was drafted hastily and presented to Bush last week – it currently exists only as a Power Point presentation – by its two main authors, AEI fellow Frederick Kagan and the former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Jack Keane,
Eight Marines were charged Thursday in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians last year during a bloody, door-to-door sweep in the town of Haditha that came after one of their comrades was killed by a roadside bomb.
The attacker triggered his bomb amid a crowd of cadets arriving near the Iraqi police academy as Sec. of Def. Gates met Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on a new security plan for the Iraqi capital.
A British soldier has been charged with passing secret information linked to the military campaign in Afghanistan to Iran. Corporal Daniel James, 44, appeared in Court, charged under Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act with communicating informatio
"We're going to win," President Bush told a guest at a party. Another guest, ingratiating himself with his host, urged him to ignore the report of the Iraq Study Group, which described the crisis in Iraq as "grave and deteriorating
A new report documents grim confirmation of the most pessimistic assessments we have made in these columns over the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq during the past 10 months. Copy here: http://tinyurl.com/yzrehn
Statistics provided separately by the Pentagon said weekly attacks had averaged 959 in the latest period.
President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and said he plans to expand the overall size of the "stressed" U.S. armed forces to meet the challenges of a long-term global
Of course, that didn’t end European wars of conquest. To the contrary, it led to the development of large standing armies supported by the power of central governments to tax their people, who were kept in line with large standing armies.
At this time last year, the Pentagon was hinting that troop levels in Iraq would be reduced. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff proclaimed, "...as more Iraqi units stand up, we'll be able to bring our troops down and turn over that te
Will Rogers said that the first thing you do when you find yourself in a hole is quit digging. All the signs out of the nation's capital indicate that President Bush–who's in a very deep hole of his own making in Iraq–wants a bigger shovel.
Sending 30,000 additional American troops to Iraq wouldn't stop the worsening violence, Rep. Ike Skelton, (D-MO), the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said. "I don't think it will change a thing," Skel