The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it will rotate 20,000 troops into Iraq at the end of this year but denied the troops would extend President Bush's troop "surge" through next spring. The AP reported Tuesday. CNN Pentagon correspond
Among the bits of lore of the US Senate is a story that dates back to before I arrived there in 1973 as a staffer to Sen. Robert Taft Jr. of Ohio. A senator - from New York, perhaps - known for depending wholly on his staff while treating it with con
Gordon Brown has paved the way for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by telling George Bush he would not delay their exit in order to show unity with the US. After four hours of one-to-one talks with the US president at his Camp David
The morass in Iraq and deepening difficulties in Afghanistan have not deterred the Bush adminstration from taking on a dangerous and questionable new secret operation. At a high level, US officials are working with the Turkish counterparts
Michael Gerson’s notion that the U.S. mount cross-border raids into Syria — in part because Iran was just too tough for the moment – was followed up not only by Max Boot’s suggestion that the U.S. forces hold the Damascus International Airport hostag
First they tried lines of empty boots, then ribbons bearing the names of the more than 3,000 dead U.S. soldiers. Now anti-war protesters are trying a fresh tactic: appealing to American worries about their wallets.
Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz wrote on ThinkProgress about Pat Tillman: “Was the man the White House used to promote the war ordered to be killed because he was becoming increasingly critical of the war in Iraq?” Last night on MSNBC’s Countdown, host Ke
An Army document says a Hawaii-based soldier charged with murdering a detainee in Iraq shot the man under orders from a higher-ranking Army sergeant.
A SENIOR Downing Street aide has sounded out Washington on the possibility of an early British military withdrawal from Iraq.The prime minister’s chief foreign policy adviser, left the impression that he was “doing the groundwork” for Brown, accordin
AT LEAST 30 former prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been killed or recaptured after taking up arms against US and allied forces following their release, the US military says. They have been discovered in Afghanistan and Pakistan but not in Iraq
President Bush's speech last week arguing that the US must stay in Iraq to defeat the Al Qaeda leadership reassembling there ranks as one of his most vacuous. It drew on intelligence that was conveniently (and perhaps selectively) declassified i
The White House Friday called relations with Saudi Arabia in the US war on terror on "very strong" despite a report saying Washington is deeply frustrated with Riyadh over its role in Iraq. The Saudis are trying to undermine the Baghdad gov
Joshua Frank, co-editor of DissidentVoice.org and author of "Left-Out!: How Liberals Helped Re-elect George W. Bush", discusses the impending global tyranny of a Hillary Clinton administration, her association with war criminals, the sad fa
At least I think she was coming out against U.S. military intervention. Asked if U.S. troops should be sent to Darfur, the New York senator made a valiant effort to dodge the question by declaiming about sanctions, divestment and UN peacekeepers. But
I know that being a lame duck can make presidents act strangely, and this president has never had anything more than a nodding relationship with reality itself, let alone a deep-seated concern for truth. But it seems to me that President Bush has bec
Its support for Israel derives from the belief that Jesus will return to Jerusalem after the battle of Armageddon and cleanse the earth of evil. In the end, all non-believers–Jews, Muslims, Hindus, mainline Christians–must convert or suffer the tortu
Relations between the top US general in Iraq and Nouri al-Maliki, the country's prime minister, are so bad that the Iraqi leader made a direct appeal for his removal to President George W Bush. Although the call was rejected, aides to both men a
What has cost the US taxpayers almost half a trillion dollars, and now costs $275 million every day, $11 million each hour, $191,000 every minute, and $3,180 each second? If you answered, "The war in Iraq," then you are right.
We're hard upon the dog days of August. The US Congress and the Iraqi parliament will soon slither away to the shade of cooler rocks, and President Bush will no doubt head off to Crawford to take his frustrations out on some brush with a chainsaw
Recently, FBI Director Robert Mueller, in an interview with NewsMax, confirmed Williams' main claim. Mueller said al-Qaida's paramount goal is clear: to detonate a nuclear device that would kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Gen. Wesley Clark with Keith Olbermann about Defense Secretary Robert Gates’. Pentagon playing games with Congress’s attempts of oversight, ostensibly on the say-so of the White House and the tragic story unfolding surrounding Pat Tillman’s death.
As President Bush continues to stress al Qaeda as the chief threat to Iraq's stability, U.S. military forces on the ground in Iraq are fighting a complex war in regions with vast networks of overlapping loyalties—and few foreign fighters.
The White House hints at military action as the terror organization regroups in northern Pakistan and the Musharraf government begins to wobble.
US national intelligence chief and other intelligence spokesmen confirmed strikes against "terrorist targets" in Pakistan’s tribal belt are increasingly possible. These warnings were designed to further pressure Pakistan’s President Musharr
Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of 3 bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime. "The medi
The U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber would be able to attack and destroy an expanded set of hardened, deeply buried military targets using a new 30,000 pound-class penetrator weapon that Northrop Grumman has begun integrating on the aircraft.
Over the years our Viewpoints section has featured some interesting essays by artists of various sorts, including Monty Python’s Terry Jones and chef-turned-author Anthony Bourdain. One piece I wish we had excerpted was this bit by English musician R
Just when it appears that Israel and Syria may be slowly inching their way towards peace talks with the help of Turkey and Qatar (although Israel’s new president, Shimon Peres, called for direct talks Friday), two hawks at the otherwise realist Counc
Republican Ron Paul has co-sponsored a bill with another presidential contender, Democrat Dennis Kucinich, that would repeal President Bush's authority to use force in Iraq within the next six months. Besides Kucinich, 18 other Democrats have sig
The US military command in Iraq has drafted a plan that envisages US troops staying in the country for another two years, US military officials confirmed. [Coincidentally, just after Bush leaves office.]