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A few months ago, novelist Alan Furst, in one of those New York
Times
"Writers on Writing" pieces, told how, on a magazine
assignment to the Soviet Union back in 1983, he suddenly discov

President Bush's recently announced strategic global doctrine, which for the first time justifies a preemptive US strike against any regime thought to possess weapons of mass destruction, makes a

As Sung to Saddam Hussein by George W. Bush

(With apologies to Eddy Howard, and anybody who becomes collateral damage)

I suppose I can just about bear to watch the "inspections" pantomime a
second time.

Would-be intelligence watchdogs often lack the knowledge or the will to be effective.

Extremist forces are making a comeback as American attention turns to Iraq.

When several soldiers killed their wives, an old problem was suddenly news.

A recent anniversary passed by without receiving much notice in
the mainstream media.

On the eve of the October 2002 vote to authorize the overthrow the government of Iraq by military force, a plea to members of Congress to reject Bush's pre-emptive war went unheeded.

Blogs

In Europe, Russia was the major victor—and it paid a heavy price in casualties.

May 6, 2015

Forty years later, we still haven’t confronted the true lesson of Vietnam.

May 5, 2015

"These are really historic times, and the epicenter is Ukraine."

May 1, 2015

The French satirical publication takes aim at fundamentalism—in all its forms.

April 30, 2015

How Bolivian protesters and global activists exposed the dark side of global trade pacts and paved the way for the battles to come.

April 29, 2015

No matter if it’s classified, it’s clear that the TPP is not what the American people need.

April 28, 2015

A controversial exiled Iranian opposition figure’s testimony shows how wacky the MEK is—and why Congress loves them so much.

April 28, 2015

But hey, we’re sure someone will be held accountable for the thousands of civilian deaths at some point...right?

April 28, 2015

You can’t squeeze clean water out of dirty business.

April 27, 2015

Neocons will lose the Iran fight because their bankrupt ideology is too partisan, but they’re winning the war of ideas in the GOP.

April 24, 2015