Neocons Seek Vindication in Escalation

"The United States of America will not permit the world’s most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world’s most destructive weapons." This is the heart of the Bush Doctrine from the president’s "axis of evil" address to Congress. And the nations that constituted that axis were Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Under this doctrine, … Continue reading “Neocons Seek Vindication in Escalation”

Wanted: An Honest Election

By morning of the day John Kerry accepted his nomination, it was clear the Kerry Party at the FleetCenter was perpetrating a fraud on the delegates and on the nation. And many in the Big Media were going along. Consider. Among the more than 4,000 delegates, two passions were predominant: detestation of Bush and hostility … Continue reading “Wanted: An Honest Election”

The Committee on the Present Confusion

With full-page ads in The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Washington Times trumpeting its slide down the spillways, The Committee on the Present Danger has been relaunched. The 1970s committee of Republican hawks and neoconservatives denounced d├ętente and called for clarity, courage and perseverance in the Cold War against a Soviet empire … Continue reading “The Committee on the Present Confusion”

Old Europe AWOL in Iraq

In Istanbul, Jacques Chirac, in fine French style, gave the wet mitten to the face of the president of the United States. After President Bush had carried out the transfer of sovereignty to Iraq, as demanded by Old Europe, Chirac gave the “Non!” to French or NATO troops to help train the new army. Chirac … Continue reading “Old Europe AWOL in Iraq”

Three Steps to Sanity

June 28, the day in 2004 that the Americans transferred sovereignty to Iraqis and proconsul Paul Bremer hastily departed Baghdad, is a day freighted with historic significance. On June 28, 1914, 90 years before, Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired the shots that killed the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and led, five weeks later, to World … Continue reading “Three Steps to Sanity”

The Wrong War

There exists “no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States.” There were contacts between al-Qaeda and Iraq, but “they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship.” In 1994, Baghdad rebuffed approaches from bin Laden to establish terrorist training camps inside Iraq. So the 9-11 commission has … Continue reading “The Wrong War”

Was Reagan the First Neoconservative?

Would Ronald Reagan have invaded Iraq? Would he have declared a doctrine of preventive war to keep any rival nation from rising to where it might challenge us? Would he have crusaded for “world democratic revolution”? Was Reagan the first neoconservative? This claim has been entered in the wake of his death. Yet, it seems … Continue reading “Was Reagan the First Neoconservative?”

The Dog Days of the War Party

Fourteen months ago, after the 3rd Infantry Division and Marines swept into Baghdad, Washington was at the feet of the neoconservatives who had been plotting and propagandizing for an invasion for years. A celebratory breakfast was held at the American Enterprise Institute think tank, where William Kristol, Richard Perle and Michael Ledeen held forth in … Continue reading “The Dog Days of the War Party”

Has Bush Become a Realist?

America may be heading home from Iraq sooner than many of us realize. For the implied message of the president’s address at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., is that America wants out of Iraq. Rereading that speech, one finds in it little of Churchill’s “We-shall-fight-them-on-the-beaches” defiance. Rather, the president laid out a five-step … Continue reading “Has Bush Become a Realist?”

Escalation vs. Exit: The Costs of Both

“Nitwit pundits and Sunday morning television sages, with that faked look of thoughtfulness which is their trademark, talk about an exit strategy – as if it were just one more Mapquest printout. But any such exit strategy will lead us only on a short path to hell.” So writes Tony Blankley, editorial editor at The … Continue reading “Escalation vs. Exit: The Costs of Both”