June 8, 2007 |
The man chosen by President Bush to become his new "war czar" told Congress on Thursday that national security advisor Stephen Hadley would no longer be responsible for Iraq policy, indicating the administration has quietly engineered a significant change in foreign policy leadership that could directly affect U.S. war strategy. Army Lt. Gen. Douglas E.
November 29, 2007 |
Despite the show at Annapolis, this week's main diplomatic initiative has concerned Iraq, not Israel. Without any fanfare, the Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced that the United States and Iraq will begin negotiating a long-term agreement that will set the terms of Washington's Iraq policy for "coming generations." President Bush is again in legacy mode. His White House "czar" on Iraq, Army Lt. Gen.
September 27, 2010 |
The essential outline of the story journalist and political historian Bob Woodward sets out to tell in "Obama's Wars" actually is fairly well known. President Obama's agonized march to a decision on how to move forward in what he has called "a war of necessity" in Afghanistan has been widely reported and analyzed. It's well known, for example, that the lack of good options bitterly divided the president's advisors and that the chief executive immersed himself in the details of the decision that ultimately produced a modified version of the "surge" strategy that the Bush administration used to stabilize — temporarily, at least — Iraq.
February 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Gen. John Allen, who was top commander in Afghanistan until Feb. 10, announced Tuesday that he is retiring from the Marine Corps due to his wife's chronic illness, turning down a White House offer to nominate him to be the supreme allied commander at NATO. Allen, who was cleared last month by the Pentagon inspector general of misconduct in connection with hundreds of emails he exchanged with a Florida socialite, said he was retiring after 38 years in uniform for personal reasons that included the need to care for his wife, Kathy Allen, who has an autoimmune disorder.
August 28, 2011 |
Al Qaeda's second-in-command has been killed in Pakistan, U.S. officials reported Saturday, in what was described as a major blow to an organization still reeling from the death of Osama bin Laden nearly four months ago. Atiyah Abdul Rahman was killed Monday in the Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, a U.S. official said. A suspected U.S. drone strike was reported that day, but the official would not say how Rahman died. "Atiyah was at the top of Al Qaeda's trusted core," said the official, who would not be identified discussing sensitive intelligence matters.
December 1, 2005 |
Much of the rhetoric was familiar. But in his U.S. Naval Academy speech Wednesday, President Bush seemed to accept the hard realities both on the ground in Iraq and politically in the United States by pledging a smaller American force. After months of a lingering disconnect between the White House and senior military commanders, Bush's comments at the academy in Annapolis, Md., seemed to bring him into line not just with America's military but with much of his administration.