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December 30, 2006 | Andrew Cockburn, ANDREW COCKBURN is the author of "Rumsfeld, His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy," to be published by Simon & Schuster in February.
AMONG THE MANY ironies of Saddam Hussein's execution is that, although his death seems certain to boost sectarian bloodletting between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, he always posed as an Iraqi and Arab nationalist who could unite the rivalrous sects in his country -- an attribute that initially recommended him to Washington. Other qualities of the Iraqi dictator that appealed to U.S.
December 10, 2006 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The report issued last week by the blue-ribbon Iraq Study Group provides fresh proof of Iran's strengthened hand in the Middle East since the U.S.-led invasion: It mentions the Islamic Republic more than 50 times and makes clear that the U.S. will have to seek Iran's help for any resolution. "The report told the Iranians, You are mighty now in the region and in Iraq.
July 30, 2006 | JUDITH S. YAPHE, JUDITH S. YAPHE is Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. For more than 20 years, she was a political analyst on the Middle East at the CIA. The views expressed here are her own.
WHEN THE Iraq war began in March 2003, the American plan was clear. We would eliminate Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction and punish him for refusing to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions and for supporting Al Qaeda. We would also reinvent Iraq in our image.
May 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Iran's top diplomat in Baghdad presented his credentials to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani as his nation's first ambassador to Iraq in more than 25 years, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
March 7, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
The top U.S. envoy to Iraq said Monday that the 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime had opened a "Pandora's box" of volatile ethnic and sectarian tensions that could engulf the region in all-out war if America pulled out of the country too soon. In remarks that were among the frankest and bleakest public assessments of the Iraq situation by a high-level American official, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the "potential is there" for sectarian violence to become full-blown civil war.
October 11, 2005
Re "Peace is not the answer," Current, Oct. 9 What is most striking is that the front page of Sunday's Times had a great article ("A Central Pillar of Iraq Policy Crumbling") that explains how William Shawcross' opinion is just so far from the truth. The article clearly explained how the insurgency is growing in Iraq in spite of the so-called democracy brought there by our proud American leaders at gunpoint. Shawcross says the peace movement should shut up because America brought this type of democracy to Iraq, and he is quick to speak on behalf of Iraqis when he says that they want America to help them.
July 31, 2005 | MICHAEL KINSLEY
So is it the same person or not? Several weeks have passed since newspapers ran side-by-side pictures of the new president of Iran and an unidentified student revolutionary with his paws on a blindfolded American during the 444-day occupation and hostage-taking at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran 25 years ago. The Iranian government insists that it's someone else in the embassy photo, but the United States has not yet made a final determination. We all know the answer, though, don't we?
December 10, 2004 | Reza Aslan, Reza Aslan is the author of the forthcoming book, "No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam," to be published by Random House.
About 15,000 people, most of them Iranian Americans or exiles, recently flocked to Washington to denounce the fundamentalist Islamic government of Iran. The crowd shouted slogans against Iran's reviled clerical regime and hoisted placards encouraging President Bush to take whatever action necessary -- including preemptive military strikes -- to ensure that Iran did not develop nuclear weapons.
January 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Even if banned weapons are never found in Iraq, the U.S.-led war was justified because it eliminated the threat that Saddam Hussein might use them, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said. Ashcroft, during a visit to Austria, was alluding to Baghdad's use of chemical arms against Iraqi Kurds in 1988 and during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. His comments came a day after David Kay, who resigned last week as top U.S. weapons inspector, said he believed Iraq had no large stockpiles of such weapons.
May 2, 2003 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
BASRA, Iraq -- The crude concrete floor in Bahaa Omani's bedroom is freckled with paint and the wall pocked with holes where he pinned canvases to work. At night, as his wife and child slept in the bed nearby, he painted portrait after portrait of Saddam Hussein -- more than 1,000 in all, many of them huge. It was a job that made Omani famous in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, as the president's main portrait artist here. But it required great tact and care.
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