As the senior American diplomat in Baghdad during Desert Shield, I
advocated a muscular US response to Saddam's brutal annexation of Kuwait
in flagrant violation of the United Nations charter.
NOTE: Because of an editorial error, last week's poem was
incorrectly printed. This is a corrected version. Our apologies to
Calvin Trillin (and to Cole Porter). --The Editors
The whole sad, messy world was on Code Orange alert on the day I left
Poor Endy Chávez, outfielder for the Navegantes del Magallanes,
one of Venezuela's big baseball teams. Every time he comes up to bat,
the local TV sportscasters start in with the jokes.
Events do rush by us in a blur, I know, but let's not abandon Secretary
of State Colin Powell's February 5 UN speech to the graveyard of history
without one last backward glance.
The revival of nuclear danger means we have already lost, whatever happens later.
A clever new wave of feminist antiwar activism manages to avoid old clichés.
Resigned to war, even government opponents say they'll fight their attackers.
Officers are raising serious questions about manpower, morale and
War for the wrong reasons will delegitimize the instrument itself.