November 28, 2007 |
On a cold morning last winter, I arrived at the home of Richard Perle outside Washington for a scheduled interview. I was about 10 minutes early, so I chose to shiver a bit on the front porch. Perle, the point man for the neoconservatives' drive for regime change throughout the Middle East, had agreed to spend time me with for a book I was writing about his life and times. Just then, the front door opened and out stepped Perle and a robust young man who was obviously in a hurry.
July 27, 2012 |
Just about everyone who's paying attention agrees that the prospects for a negotiated settlement in Syria are dismal, a consensus that's both depressing and an understatement. Depressing because the killing continues without letup. Between 10,000 and 17,000 people are estimated to have been killed so far, about 200,000 have fled to neighboring countries and more than 1 million are internal refugees. An understatement because the only real peace plan, that of Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general and now U.N. special envoy to Syria, is in tatters because of incompatible preconditions attached by Bashar Assad's Alawite-minority government and the armed opposition.
October 16, 2006 |
A commission backed by President Bush that is exploring U.S. options in Iraq intends to propose significant changes in the administration's strategy by early next year, members say. Two options under consideration would represent reversals of U.S. policy: withdrawing American troops in phases, and bringing neighboring Iran and Syria into a joint effort to stop the fighting. While it weighs alternatives, the 10-member commission headed by former Secretary of State James A.
July 24, 2003 |
If you think you're not breaking NCAA rules, you must not be paying attention, new Kansas basketball Coach Bill Self says. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Illinois, um, self-reported 20 minor violations during Self's three seasons as coach there. In one case, a staff member gave players $7 for lunch instead of the $6.50 they were allowed. In another, a prospect had two meals at Self's home instead of the permissible one.
September 23, 2002
In "Crisis of '62 Calls to Bush" (Commentary, Sept. 19), Lawrence Korb compares the current Iraqi crisis to the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. But there is a big difference between these two events. In 1962 Fidel Castro was capable of and could fire ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads supplied by the Soviet Union into most of our cities. A subsequent all-out nuclear war with the Soviet Union was also a possibility. Today, even if the mad Saddam Hussein wants to commit suicide by attacking the U.S., he has not even developed a single nuclear bomb.
June 15, 2005 |
In March 2002, the Bush administration had just begun to publicly raise the possibility of confronting Iraq. But behind the scenes, officials already were deeply engaged in seeking ways to justify an invasion, newly revealed British memos indicate. Foreshadowing developments in the year before the war started, British officials emphasized the importance of U.N. diplomacy, which they said might force Saddam Hussein into a misstep.
March 21, 2008
Re "Protests mark Iraq war's 5th anniversary," March 20 With all the hoopla surrounding the fifth year of an unsuccessful war effort by the Bush administration, the president has stated the removal of Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do. But look back at Bush's stated reason for invading Iraq: to destroy weapons of mass destruction. The president emphatically stated on more than one occasion before the invasion that this was not about regime change. Well, no weapons of mass destruction have been found, Hussein is dead and we, the American taxpayers, are still paying for Bush's folly in lives, money, anger and political allies.
February 26, 2006 |
THE BUSH administration quietly orchestrated a major shift in U.S. policy toward Iran this month, requesting $85 million from Congress to help bring about regime change in Tehran. Washington is now seeking not just to contain Tehran's nuclear ambitions but also to topple the Iranian government. The war in Iraq has made all too clear the high cost of using military force to attain regime change.
December 12, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney exchanged furious personal criticisms Monday, each accusing the other of gaining financially at the expense of Americans — criticisms usually leveled at the Republican presidential contenders by Democratic opponents. Bristling at Romney's suggestion during a Fox News interview Monday that Gingrich should return $1.6 million in payments that his firm received for advising mortgage giant Freddie Mac, Gingrich slammed Romney's experience heading Bain Capital, a leveraged-buyout firm, for 15 years before becoming governor of Massachusetts.
July 20, 2003 |
No country in the world today is as ripe for democratic regime change as Iran. Societal discontent with the conservative clerics who rule the country has been building for years and now pervades the society. This broad disaffection has produced splits within the ruling regime. Periodic outbursts of public discontent, like the student protests last month, are putting extreme pressure on the government. The regime's legitimacy is spent. Still, the future is far from certain.