February 22, 2008
Re "Political surge in Iraq," editorial, Feb. 18 You mention that the additional 30,000 troops made "tangible steps toward a genuine political reconciliation." You failed to mention that on Jan. 21, The Times reported: "In the last 10 days, the military has dropped nearly 100,000 pounds of explosives on the area, which has been a gateway for Sunni militants into Baghdad." This area includes the village of Arab Jabour. During the Spanish Civil War, the German military dropped 100,000 pounds of bombs on Guernica, Spain, a tragedy that outraged the world.
October 14, 2007 |
Last month, one of the more mysterious episodes in the history of the Arab-Israel conflict began to leak slowly into the news. Although the facts are still unconfirmed, what seems to have happened has major implications not only for the region but even more for the laws of war and preemption that President Bush has been trying to redefine ever since his 2002 national security strategy paper. First, Syrian spokesmen complained that Israeli planes had violated their country's airspace on Sept.
May 26, 2006 |
LAST WEEK, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced resumption of full U.S. diplomatic relations with Libya, citing Tripoli's renunciation of terrorism and intelligence cooperation. This ends a quarter-century diplomatic freeze. It also marks an effective end to the Bush doctrine. At his second inauguration, President Bush declared: "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands.
November 20, 2005
Did President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney lie? Before the war, I remember reading about the evidence they said proved that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear program and ties to Al Qaeda. I thought at the time that if that's the best they could come up with, with all their access to spy planes, satellites and the CIA, they actually had no real proof. Bush and Cheney either deliberately exaggerated shaky evidence to stampede the public and Congress, which is the same as lying, or they actually believed their own Chicken Little hype, which shows they do not have the good judgment that should be required to send troops into danger.
September 19, 2005
Re "The Bush Doctrine, unpacked," Opinion, Sept. 16 According to David Gelernter, the end of the Cold War freed us from the need to prop up U.S.-friendly tyrants and presented a perfect opportunity to topple (selected) others opposed to free markets and democracy. I suggest the end of the Cold War dried up our market for military machinery and threatened to put us out of the "lord and protector" business. In one way or another, we had to redivide the world so there would always be conflict and need.
July 5, 2005 |
President Bush pledged Monday to keep U.S. forces in Iraq "until the fight is won," telling a Fourth of July crowd that he had "a comprehensive strategy" to win the struggle in Iraq and prevail in the global war on terrorism. Making his third Independence Day visit to West Virginia in four years, the president asked Americans to remain patient, saying: "We know that the freedom we defend is meant for all men and women, and for all times.