With up to 200,000 American and British combat troops already stationed
in or on their way to the Persian Gulf area, war with Iraq looks
(With apologies to Cole Porter, the master, who wrote "My Heart Belongs to Daddy")
So Laura Bush will not, after all, be discussing the works of Emily
Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes with a selected group of
American poets at the White House on February 12.
I was standing in line for Bowling for Columbine in Brussels not
long ago with two writer/editor friends, when a 15-or-so-year-old
Belgian boy in front of us turned around and inquired,
Europeans opposed to war in Iraq are united by a deep distrust, even fear, of America.
This essay will appear as an introduction in New York Review Books' new
edition of Prisoner of Love (February 2003).
We know in advance that Colin Powell's performance will be flawless.
Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation wasn't likely to win over anyone not already on his side.
Bush's Gulf of Credibility
The President's State of the Union address deepened the gulf between
word and deed. Poll-tested packaging hid the untruths within.
The long-awaited January 27 report of United Nations inspection chiefs
Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, as anticipated, did not include a
clear-cut finding of success and readiness to close the