Congress has spent more than $500 billion on specific appropriations for Iraq. This sum is not reflected in official budget and deficit figures. If every American taxpayer had to submit an extra five or ten thousand dollars to the IRS this April...
Has the American reaction to the attacks in fact been a massive overreaction? Is the widespread belief that 9/11 plunged us into one of the deadliest struggles of our time simply wrong? If we did overreact, why did we do so? Does history provide any
Having made a mess of Iraq, continuing to refuse to play a constructive and even-handed role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and having gotten bored with democracy promotion, the Bush administration now appears to be fanning the flames of sectari
In Iraq, at least 452 Iraqis were killed today and another 182 were injured in various attacks during the festival of Ashura. 3 more American service members were killed in separate incidents, and a U.S. helicopter was shot down, killing 2 more soldi
Former US envoy to the UN John Bolton said in an interview published in France that the US has "no strategic interest" in a united Iraq. "We did a disservice to Iraqis by depriving them of political leaders," Bolton said.
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Corrupt police and tribal leaders are stealing vast quantities of reconstruction aid that is intended to improve the lives of ordinary Afghans and turn them away from the Taliban. Half of all aid is failing to reach the right people.
Some men around Bush and in the media saw their opportunity. They had been waiting and planning for years for a new war on Iraq, one that would “finish the job” they felt Bush’s father had left incomplete in 1991. All that remained was to connect Ira
Assad Abu Gilel, the governor of Najaf province, said US and Iraqi troops fought a day-long battle with up to 1000 fighters, including foreign fighters, holed up in orchards on the northern outskirts of the city.
[never happen] Iraqi officials say a hotly debated proposed oil law will not favor Americans but acknowledge that foreign companies will be allowed to take their profits out of the country an incentive to draw foreign investment.
This is how the 1975-90 conflict began in Lebanon. Outbreaks of sectarian hatred, appeals for restraint, promises of aid from Western and Arab nations and a total refusal to understand that this is how civil wars begin.
The "peaceful" general strike called by Hezbollah and its Christian allies has turned into a three-day violent sprawl that has left 10 dead and over 100 wounded. The latest four casualties being students caught up in Sunni-Shi'ite clash
The president relies on thousands of private soldiers with little oversight, a disturbing example of the military-industrial complex. The president mentioned a Civilian Reserve Corps. "Such a corps would function much like our military Reserve.
CBS's Senior Foreign Correspondent in Baghdad, Lara Logan pleaded for them to air this video report from Iraq, but they were only willing to place it online at the CBS website. When you watch it you will see why. It doesn't fit the Bush/Che
Will the critical mass of those on the left be willing to compromise their Anti-War positions for the sake of the “greater good”, that is their other agenda items?
You [Congress] have asked me to address primarily the military aspects of the war. Although I shall comply, I must emphasize that it makes no sense to separate them from the political aspects. Military actions are merely the most extreme form of poli
Rebuffing months of U.S. pressure, President Hamid Karzai has decided Afghanistan will not implement a Colombia-style program to spray the country's heroin-producing poppies, bowing to pressure from top Cabinet members who feared a popular backla
4 American soldiers were abducted during a sophisticated sneak attack in the Shiite holy city of Karbala and their bodies were found 25 miles away. The brazen assault was conducted by 9 to 12 militants posing as an American security team. They trave
Dramatic footage of mostly Shi'a Iraqi soldiers delivering a "brutal beating" to several local Sunnis. US soldiers assigned to train the Iraqi troops look on as the Iraqi soldiers push the beaten men into the rear compartment of an armo
When Col. Baker commanded an Army brigade combat team responsible for a volatile area of Baghdad, he found that one of his most effective weapons was the handbill. In Iraq, handbills are an important way to disseminate information.
4 of the 5 Americans killed when a US security company's helicopter crashed in a dangerous Sunni neighborhood in central Baghdad were shot execution style in the back the head, Iraqi and U.S. officials said. A machine gunner downed the helicopter
Iraqi and US forces have captured more than 600 fighters loyal to firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the US military said, following a day of carnage that left 100 dead in a string of bombings in and around Baghdad.
Blair chose not to attend a parliamentary debate dissecting Iraq policy, sidestepping the spotlight on the deeply unpopular war. But before the session began, he said an opposition Liberal Democrats proposal to pull troops out was irresponsible.
A U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship attacked suspected al Qaeda operatives in southern Somalia on Monday, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified U.S. officials.
US-led forces have battled fighters in what they said was an operation to regain control of a major street cutting through the heart of Baghdad. Lamb said Wednesday's operation involved US forces and the Iraqi police and army.
Four months ago, about 80 oil company executives and consultants packed an office on St. James's Square in London for a briefing on exploration prospects in Iraq's Kurdish region and a Kurdish draft of an Iraqi national petroleum law.
U.S. helicopters attacked gunmen holed up inside high-rise buildings in Baghdad in what the U.S. military said was an operation to regain control of a major street cutting through the heart of the city. [unoccupied of course ... oh, no?]
Burning barricades cast a black pall over Lebanon's deepening political crisis, as the Hizbullah-led opposition sharply escalated its campaign to topple the Western-backed government with a nationwide general strike.
The Bush administration actively supported Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia. It provided money, advisers, and, finally, U.S. warplanes. And there was no justification for Ethiopia's invasion. It was a clear violation of the U.N. charter. The ne
The news that NCIS has recommended murder charges be filed against four marines for killing 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2005 saddens and angers this Marine officer and, I am sure, other Marine combat veterans.