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May 13, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Ever since the Vietnam era, Democrats have struggled to overcome a notion the party is not just antiwar but antimilitary. Now, sensing a chance to shed that image, Democrats are wrapping themselves in khaki and embracing the nation's fighting men and women. Even as they press for withdrawal from Iraq, congressional Democrats have proposed more money for armored vehicles, shorter tours of duty for Reserve soldiers and expanded programs to care for veterans.
April 16, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Persian script laces and flows across the walls of Najaf's seminaries. Shiite Muslim religious scholars in the ancient city's turquoise-tiled edifices bury their noses in Koranic texts illustrated with Persian calligraphy, in scenes that evoke Mesopotamia's rich history. For centuries, Najaf has been a key shrine city and center of worship for much of Iraq's people. But for centuries, Iraq's Ottoman and Arab rulers rarely considered Najaf part of their own history.
February 21, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
The Democrats seeking the White House may be united in opposing the war in Iraq. But that hasn't stopped them from fighting over the conflict. It is a skirmish over judgment, character and political mettle. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois stresses his opposition to the invasion from the start and says those who voted to authorize the war, only to come around later, are at least partly to blame for today's problems.
January 14, 2007 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
By the time the Vietnam war ended in 1975, it had become America's longest war, shadowed the legacies of four presidents, killed 58,000 Americans along with many thousands more Vietnamese, and cost the U.S. more than $660 billion in today's dollars.
November 12, 2006
Regarding "Lower pump prices fuel political conspiracy theories," Nov. 6: Thirty percent of those polled, you report, suspect that there were phone calls from the White House to oil company headquarters some months back, in which administration officials asked that gasoline prices be eased before the election. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow posed a question: If the president could control gas prices, "why on Earth did we raise them to $3.50 before?" They probably didn't, but neither would President Bush have been unhappy to see ExxonMobil Corp.
May 28, 2006 | Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press Writer
The silhouettes that roar through the Baghdad twilight are sleeker than the helicopters of an earlier time. The wind brings dust, not drenching monsoons. The river snaking seaward is called Tigris, not Mekong. And this war's not fought to the wail of Jimi Hendrix's guitar. But half a world away and half a lifetime later, a long shadow from a long-ago conflict hangs over the U.S.
March 26, 2006
Re "No shortcuts," Opinion, March 22 Max Boot is wrong. We cannot win this war. No matter how much patience we have, we cannot "outlast [those] who want to drive us out." He suggests more troops be sent, "perhaps another division or two." That was one of our continual mistakes in Vietnam: It was unwinnable, and we kept increasing the troop strength. There is no scenario in which continued military occupation will yield results that we will like. When we leave, Iraq will be a disaster, whether it's this month, next year or in 20 years.
March 5, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein, Ronald Brownstein's column appears every Sunday. See current and past Brownstein columns on The Times website at
President Bush barreled straight ahead with old answers when ABC's Elizabeth Vargas asked him a new question about Iraq last week. And like any driver who missed a turn in the road, the president quickly found himself in a ditch. Vargas sensibly asked Bush how the growing civil strife in Iraq between the majority Shiites and the Sunnis who dominated the country under Saddam Hussein might change the U.S. mission there.
September 25, 2005 | Alina Tugend, Special to The Times
IT'S hard, Steve Mumford says, drawing with a flak jacket and Kevlar helmet on. It's hard drawing when sniper bullets are flying. But it's also hard to capture the quiet moments -- a woman lying dead on the side of the road, a soldier saluting at the memorial service for a fallen comrade.
June 17, 2005 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. Army staff sergeant has been charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of two soldiers -- including the suspect's commanding officer -- this month at their base outside the city of Tikrit, military officials said Thursday. The two suffered fatal wounds in a series of June 7 explosions that struck as they conferred in a room on a base, situated on the compound of a former palace of Saddam Hussein. The two officers died the next day.
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