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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.
February 26, 2006 | Charles A. Kupchan and Ray Takeyh, CHARLES A. KUPCHAN is a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. RAY TAKEYH is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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.
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.
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?
September 6, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
Since President Obama has been having a rough time lately, let me belatedly congratulate him on his apparently successful policy of regime change in Libya. Initially, I favored a more robust and decisive intervention when Obama seemed to dither, and then I criticized how he ultimately committed the United States to a so-called leading-from-behind strategy. But fair is fair; whatever happens next — a big question — Obama has succeeded in toppling one of the most loathsome creatures on the international stage.
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