Category Archive: Iraq

Iraq and the Elephant

For me, the current Iraq fiasco is tied to an incident in northern Togo on August 2, 1990, though through a connection of media and coincidence, nothing more. The two events become a… Continue reading

No End in Sight

I just got back from seeing No End in Sight, the new movie about the occupation in Iraq. Though it won’t tell anything new to any of us who have been appalled by… Continue reading

Whaddya Think We Are, Stupid?

Yesterday, The New York Times published a piece by ‘guest columnist’ Roger Cohen of The International Herald Tribune entitled “The Long View in Iraq.” If I were inclined towards paranoia, I might believe… Continue reading

Memorial Day, Confederate Ancestors, and Shot Doors

It’s Memorial Day tomorrow, and I want to stop for a moment and remember. We are all the children of survivors of some sort… and we often remember them. But the ones who… Continue reading

For the Troops

‘Bush would veto anything with limits. What else could we do?’ Wrong question, Democrats. What could Bush do, if you refused to fund this occupation? Why not look at it this way: By… Continue reading

Things We Have All Known

Three things, this week—a television show, a newspaper article, and a book—have brought home to me once again just how appalling the U.S. failure in Iraq has been, how duplicitous, how poorly planned,… Continue reading

Advice to Americans on Iraq

Black fool, why winter here? These frozen skies,Worn by your wings and deafen’d by your cries,Should warn you hence, where milder suns invite,And day alternates with his mother night. These words were written… Continue reading

Warrior Culture

In his book A History of Warfare (New York: Knopf, 1993), John Keegan writes of the position of Carl von Clauswitz, whose On War remains a key work to many of the thinkers… Continue reading

The Question They Should Have Asked

Many of those who supported the invasion of Iraq, such as Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute who made the statement today on Public Radio’s Radio Times, say it was a ‘close call.’… Continue reading

"We Simply Cannot Afford to Fail"

So says Robert Gates, speaking on Iraq his first day as Secretary of Defense. Thing is, failure is no longer an option, a possibility, or any other part of the future.Failure has happened.… Continue reading