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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 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
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.
October 6, 2012
Re "Obama's foreign policy follies," Opinion, Oct. 2 Pinning criticism of George W. Bush's foreign policy coattails on the Obama donkey is a new one for Jonah Goldberg. Iraq's detente with Iran was predestined when Bush enabled the Shiite majority to rule. President Obama failed to openly support the Green Revolution in Iran after its presidential election in 2009 because that regime insisted the CIA was seeking another case of regime change, so Obama did not want to confirm the role of the CIA, as that would encourage a massacre of the Iranian dissidents.
December 12, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
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 | Abbas Milani, Larry Diamond and Michael McFaul, Abbas Milani, Larry Diamond and Michael McFaul are fellows at Stanford's Hoover Institution.
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.
December 29, 2011 | By Richard Bonin
When Vice President Joe Biden slipped into Baghdad this month to commemorate the end of eight bloody years of war in Iraq, there was one face conspicuously absent from the host of solemn ceremonies and farewell meetings he attended: that of Ahmad Chalabi. The Iraqi politician, who lived in exile before Saddam Hussein's ouster, is shunned by Washington these days. But there has never been a foreigner more crucially involved in a decision by the United States to go to war than Ahmad Chalabi.
September 8, 2002
Re "Who Are All You People Who Support a War Against Iraq?" Sept. 4: Steve Lopez is the proverbial voice in the wilderness. I too have been mystified by the polls showing a majority of Americans favoring a ground war against Iraq. While I agree that Saddam Hussein is dangerous and needs to go, I think we can take care of him later. I am of the conviction that the United States' considerable influence and power need to be focused on resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
January 23, 2003
Re your Jan. 21 editorial and Patt Morrison's column on Roe vs. Wade: There is no mention, let alone seeming concern, about right or wrong in either article, only "practicality" and women's rights. When this country wakes up to a concern for the common good instead of the individualism (selfishness) it has developed legally and otherwise, our society will improve. Adoption is still available and in demand for unwanted children. Nor was any mention made of this option in either article.
August 12, 2008
Re "U.S. asks: How far will Russia go?," Aug. 11 Here we go again. The Russians are coming, blasting their way south through South Ossetia. According to Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili "must go" because he has become "an obstacle." "Regime change," Churkin says, is an "American expression." Why then doesn't the Russian government urge the residents of South Ossetia to undertake a nonviolent, mass effort to remove Saakashvili from office and elect a responsible leader?
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