March 23, 2007 |
This is what all of Iraq was supposed to look like four years after Saddam Hussein's fall: a construction boom of apartment blocks and commercial buildings, universities full of students, an airport with direct flights to Europe and the Middle East and visitors pouring in. Outgoing U.S.
January 9, 2007 |
President Bush intends to nominate Zalmay Khalilzad as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the White House announced Monday, signaling that Washington plans to work with the U.N. in a high-profile way, with a high-flying troubleshooter. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made the official announcement, which had been anticipated since last week, saying Khalilzad performed "heroically and at great personal risk" as the U.S.
January 9, 2007
ZALMAY KHALILZAD is not the kind of soft-spoken diplomat who goes over well at the United Nations. President Bush's choice for U.S. ambassador to the U.N., dubbed "the viceroy" during his stint as ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005, is a neoconservative hawk known for his autocratic style. Yet he is also charismatic and can be charming; certainly compared to his predecessor, he's a breath of fresh air. Former Ambassador John R. Bolton was a spectacularly poor choice for the U.N.
January 5, 2007 |
The abrupt departure of John D. Negroponte as the nation's spy chief prompted angry responses from Capitol Hill and triggered new debate Thursday over whether a position created to fix the nation's intelligence problems is itself fundamentally flawed. President Bush is expected to announce today that Negroponte will become the top deputy at the State Department. Bush also is set to nominate retired Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell to be the next director of national intelligence.
December 10, 2006 |
A nephew of Saddam Hussein serving a life sentence in a northern Iraqi prison escaped Saturday in what authorities believe might have been an inside job. Ayman Sabawi, the son of Hussein's half-brother, was captured last year during a raid near Tikrit, Hussein's hometown. He was convicted of possessing illegal weapons and manufacturing explosives for Sunni insurgents.
October 28, 2006 |
Iraq's prime minister sharply criticized U.S. policy Friday during a private meeting with the American ambassador, pointing to the United States' failure to either reduce violence or give his government authority over security matters, aides to the Iraqi leader said. The criticism was the latest example of tension between the two governments and stood in contrast to a joint public statement issued after the meeting. Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and the U.S.