"Doing Windows" in Iraq

Had Marla Ruzicka not died, she would be busy visiting survivors of the fifty people found dead in the Tigris River.

Ephemeral Ethics

The level of trust in the U.S. military seems to have crashed–big time.

August Around the World

An overview of recent developments in global security.

A Deluge of Bad Advice and Statistics

Conflict resolution will not occur until political and factional leaders re-absorb the lesson that each person’s humanity, while unique, is of equal value.

Thoughts On Cordesman’s “Post-Conflict” Lessons From Iraq

We have yet to pay the complete costs of the militarization of foreign policy under the Bush administration, and the bill will be high.

Fighting By the Rules, Not Against Them

The military maxim in Iraq might be summarized inelegantly as, “Do nothing that boosts or gives comfort to the guerrilla cause.”

A Wall by Any Other Name

War and walls have demonstrably failed to make good neighbors in the Middle East. That leaves peace the “road less traveled.”

The Proliferation Security Initiative: A Challenge Too Narrow

Look for the Bush administration to push its “Proliferation Security Initiative” (PSI) during the president’s October trip to Asia.

Truth In Spending

Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq is “under control,” particularly when it comes to monetary costs.

Why Saddam Didn’t Come Clean

Information emerging from the intelligence community indicates that the Iraq Survey Team looking for Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq is coming up empty.

Quagmire? What Quagmire?

The further the U.S. and the world move from the fall of Baghdad on April 9th, the more it seems that the administration is correct: Iraq is not a quagmire. It is really a black hole.

Time’s Up for Some Foreign Policy Straight Talk from White House

In the foreign policy arena, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is having about as much trouble making it to first base as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in their old-time comedy skit “Who’s on First.”

Update Iraq: Descending into the Quagmire

Between May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat in Iraq was over, and August 20, 131 U.S., nine UK, and one Danish military personnel have died in Iraq from all causes.

Iraq: Integrity and Ethics in Formulating and Interpreting Intelligence

In fact, with each passing day, it is becoming more painfully obvious that the main categorical accusations against the regime of Saddam Hussein used by U.S. President George W. Bush and other senior administration officials to justify the war on Iraq sim

Recycling Wars

Congress is set to give the Pentagon more than $400 billion to spend on war preparations and now, it seems, on the “non-wars.”

Iraq: Descending into the Quagmire

The Bush administration seems headed toward committing the same mistakes of its Vietnam-era predecessors–plus a number of its own.

Road Map to Nowhere

ccording to the Bush administration, settling Iraq was to be a prelude to settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict via the Bush “road map.”

From Baghdad, Turn Left: On the Road To Damascus?

But from all the attention it has received as the fighting in Iraq has diminished, one has the impression that Syria is a major threat to the United States.

Iraqis Tell the Bush Administration: “Thanks. Goodbye. Don’t Forget the Lights.”

While Iraqis want U.S. help, they do not want U.S. influence, particularly in the formation of their democracy and its supporting civil structure.

    Arms Control and Disarmament, Military Peacekeeping, Military Strategy, Military/Peace, National Security, NATO, UN Peacekeeping, United Nations