September 9, 2010 |
Mexico's violent drug cartels increasingly resemble an insurgency with the power to challenge the government's control of wide swaths of its own soil, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday. Clinton's comments reflected a striking shift in the public comments of the Obama administration about the bloodshed that has cost 28,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006. They come as U.S. officials weigh a large increase in aid to the southern neighbor to help fight the cartels.
July 27, 2005
The July 25 Column One ("Shots to the Heart of Iraq") describing American soldiers' accidental harming of Iraqi civilians was a brilliant propaganda piece for the insurgency. By describing in prominent detail the failures of our soldiers over there (while ignoring their successes), The Times only encourages the terrorists to continue their efforts, knowing that the Americans, and not terrorists, will be blamed by the Western media for the continuing violence. If I didn't know better, I would think that The Times, at least based on this article, is a branch of Al Jazeera.
October 19, 2010 |
The first question was the obvious one. Why are you known as Mullah Tractor? "I read one or two Islamic books, so people call me Mullah. And then I bought a tractor. So I am Mullah Tractor. " Mullah Tractor wore an orange jumpsuit, signaling maximum security. He looked to be about 60 years old, with thin downturned lips, a contoured nose that might once have been broken and a short black-and-white beard. His real name is Gul Shah Wazir, and he is in U.S. detention in Afghanistan, accused of being a member of the Taliban.
February 21, 2006 |
"The Insurgency," a "Frontline" documentary set for Tuesday on PBS, is a detailed and brave piece of down-the-middle journalism that tackles the most important part of the most important news story in the world. With help from Time magazine Baghdad bureau chief Michael Ware, the Frontliners set out to find who is behind the Iraqi insurgency, what their goals are and how quickly the U.S. military is preparing Iraqi security forces to take over the fight. Ware has spent considerable time with U.S.
December 30, 2003 |
The boys at the Arabian Gulf Elementary School knew what they were supposed to say when a visitor asked about the American soldiers occupying Iraq. With their teachers looking on approvingly, they waved their hands in excitement and jumped to their feet when called upon. "Since the Americans arrived we have only had problems," declared 12-year-old Mahmoud Ali, a rail-thin child with buckteeth. "We must resist them!" "We must force them to leave, with bombs, with explosives.
September 20, 2010 |
Washington and Mexico City are unsure whether Mexico today resembles Colombia's insurgency of 20 years ago. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton thinks it does; some Mexicans and, maybe, President Obama think not ("The wrong solution in Mexico," Opinion, Sept. 10). As the American ambassador in Colombia when the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar was at riding high, and later when he was defeated, I side with Clinton in seeing many parallels. The parallels begin with the Colombia of the Escobar days being a large, progressive democracy with a vibrant economy.