Five Years In, Bush Is Losing Terror War

To consider whether U.S. President George W. Bush is winning his “global war on terror” (GWOT) five years after al-Qaeda’s devastating 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon, one has only to look at the news of the past few days. In Afghanistan, where the war began, NATO and U.S. forces are struggling to … Continue reading “Five Years In, Bush Is Losing Terror War”

Bully Bolton

Last year, President Bush’s nomination of John Bolton to be Ambassador to the United Nations never even made it out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Opposition to Bolton’s confirmation was expressed formally to the Committee – by former Assistant Secretary of State Carl Ford, former Chief of Staff to Secretary Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson, former … Continue reading “Bully Bolton”

Iraq: Media Dead Zone

with Salam TalibIn Iraq, the Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars is accusing the US military of carrying out a massacre during a pre-dawn raid in a small village Northeast of Baghdad. The Association said the raid, which was carried out on Monday in Muqtadadiya, left five dead including an elderly man, a young man, and … Continue reading “Iraq: Media Dead Zone”

Bush the Pitiful

People are beginning to feel sorry for President George W. Bush. And with good reason. A new poll by Harris Interactive published in the Financial Times reveals that our traditional European allies regard the United States as a much greater threat to world stability than Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In European opinion, the axis … Continue reading “Bush the Pitiful”

The World’s View of the US ‘War on Terror’

The USA’s mass media constantly tell us how Americans see the “war on terror.” But the same outlets rarely tell us much about how the rest of the world sees it. Five years after 9/11, the gap between perceptions is enormous. Countless polls confirm the overall chasm. Yet, day to day, the media messages that … Continue reading “The World’s View of the US ‘War on Terror’”

The Law of Opposites

Everyone is aware of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Most members of Congress understand that government actions can have unintended consequences, yet few quit voting for government “solutions” – always hoping there won’t be any particular unintended consequences this time. They keep hoping there will be less harmful complications from the “solution” that they currently … Continue reading “The Law of Opposites”