March 24, 2004 |
The White House is trying to discredit charges by Richard Clarke, its former counterterrorism chief, that President Bush has done "a terrible job in the war against terrorism. " The counterattacks are mounting: Clarke just wanted a better job, he was out of the loop, he's a Democratic partisan. But why would a noted terrorism expert who served under Presidents Reagan, Bush p?re, Bill Clinton and George W., and who was a registered Republican in 2000, make such a charge? Read his book, Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror, and you'll understand why he's so angry.
February 4, 2003
Count me among those Americans with mixed views on whether war with Iraq is appropriate. I disagree with those who say President Bush and his supporters have not effectively articulated the case for action. To the contrary, the arguments in favor of attacking Saddam Hussein are strong. Inaction in the face of Iraq's disregard of the terms of its 1991 surrender amounts to appeasement, undermines the credibility of the United Nations and would create a dangerous precedent for other rogue nations.
April 10, 2008 |
He possesses the lean face and enigmatic smile of actor Ryan Gosling, not to mention the comparable star quality. When Pvt. Tomas Young rolls down the corridors of the U.S. Senate with cane-carrying lawmaker Robert Byrd (D., W.Va.), who's 90 and a little wobbly on his feet, Young patiently steadies the senator's hand and jokes, "Both of us have kind of a hard time getting around. " Five days into his tour of duty in Iraq, the private sustained rounds from an AK-47 in his knee and shoulder, leaving him a paraplegic.
January 29, 2007 |
Imagine former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger teaching a course on the Vietnam War - while the conflict was ongoing. Students in Douglas J. Feith's Georgetown University seminar may have that feeling as they listen to the controversial former Pentagon official's account of Iraq war planning. Feith, 53, the former undersecretary of defense for policy, headed a group that, among other things, was charged with developing prewar intelligence about Saddam Hussein's regime. Critics, including Sens.
December 27, 2005 |
Basim Alwan, 50, still walks the orange groves that surround the small house where he grew up. He still looks past the dark green leaves, searching for the fruit that has defined his life. But these days, he finds that fruit less often, and he is worried about what that means for his future, his community's future, and even his nation's future. "Without the orange trees, we'd be fish out of water - we'd die," he said. "We don't have any other jobs here. But since the war, the trees have been bare.
July 14, 2007 |
A Pennsauken-born Army nurse was killed this week during a mortar attack in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, the Department of Defense said yesterday. Capt. Maria I. Ortiz, 40, was the 79th New Jersey service member and third woman with ties to the state to die in Iraq. More than 3,600 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to the Defense Department. Ortiz had been assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland before heading to Iraq.
July 31, 2008
GOV. RENDELL underscored the cost of the war in Iraq - and the urgency for ending it soon - when he announced the price tag for rebuilding our country's dangerously deficient bridges. Earlier this week, he released a study by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials that put the cost of national infrastructure repair at $140 billion. That represents a little over a year's worth of Iraq war costs to the United States. It also represents a serious problem for an economy that's been hit hard by mortgage foreclosures, layoffs and food-price jumps.
February 26, 2006 |
Antiwar activist and congressional candidate Michael Berg last night denounced the Iraq war as "the greatest immediate threat to human life on this planet" and President Bush as a "man possessed with vengeance. " Berg, 60, who spoke to the Pennsylvania Green Party's nominating convention here, is the father of Nicholas Berg of West Chester, who was taken hostage in Iraq and beheaded by Islamic insurgents in 2004. The beheading, which was broadcast on the Internet, fueled Berg's outspoken views, including that his son "died for the sins of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.
September 17, 2005 |
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan yesterday laid some of the blame for the death and destruction associated with Hurricane Katrina on President Bush's Iraq war. Sheehan, a Californian who became an international figure when she camped out next to Bush's vacation ranch in Crawford, Texas, last month, said Katrina was not only a natural disaster, but "a man-made tragedy and a criminal negligence disaster. " The hurricane's victims, she said, are "collateral damage of George Bush's insane and moronic policies in Iraq.
December 30, 2007 |
It's hard to think of a grimmer, gorier year at the movies. And I'm not talking about the documentaries from Iraq, such as the profoundly unsettling No End in Sight . Nor do I mean the earnest but flawed war-zone dramas A Mighty Heart , The Bubble , In the Valley of Elah , The Kite Runner , Redacted , Rendition , and The Situation . And I'm certainly not talking about the over-hyped hack-'em-ups ...