Happy Andrew Natsios Day

With Congress and the White House in tense negotiations over the next $100 billion for the next six months in Iraq, we take time out today to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Andrew Natsios' appearance on ABC's Nightline. On April 23, 2003, host Ted Koppel invited Natsios, then the director of the U.S. Agency for [Read More...]

Back to the Philippines

I'm not at all pleased to be linking to The American Spectator, but they've published a piece by William Tucker that's worth reading: "Iraq and Counterinsurgency." Tucker isn't optimistic about America's prospects in Iraq: What we have in Iraq is a series of American fortifications where soldiers live a life that reasonably mirrors conditions back [Read More...]

Road to Damascus

March 30, 2007. White House Press Briefing by Dana Perino: Q So specifically on this one — this will be the highest-ranking U.S. official to go to Syria since the Hariri assassination, even before that, and apparently she's going to meet with President Assad. Would you have a specific message to the Speaker of the [Read More...]

Worst-case scenarios

Since before the American-led invasion of Iraq four years ago, I have written more than once about possible bad outcomes from this adventure. "Gaza on the Tigris" has come to seem the most apt of these possibilities, but it was not the worst-case scenario. The worst-case scenario is something more like Rwanda in 1994, about [Read More...]

Dulce et decorum est

Last month, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., spoke at a rally in Ames, Iowa, and said: We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized, and should have never been waged, and on which we've now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted. Sen. Obama [Read More...]

His master’s voice

So here's an editorial in today's paper. Odd. I hadn't heard of this secret plan they're on about. NPR, the BBC and KYW Newsradio hadn't mentioned it. Nor had The Washington Post or the Times from either coast, or the rest of the paper I get paid to read. And the usual couple of dozen [Read More...]

Blame Canada

"Retired Generals Criticize Bush’s Plan for Iraq," The New York Times reports on a Senate committee hearing last Thursday: The American effort in Iraq has gone badly because the United States did not understand the consequences of deposing Saddam Hussein, said Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, a former director of the National Security Agency. He [Read More...]

The record, for the record

Avedon Carol takes issue with: Jonathan Chait's dopey article in which he again babbles about how the people who were right about the war were right for the wrong reasons, and that's why we should still listen to all the people who were wrong (for, I guess, the right reasons). Chait imagines that those of [Read More...]