Yes, but the schools are open

Let's try to remember, first of all, that the schools in Iraq have been reopened. Don't forget about the schools — that's what this war has always been about, the centers of mass instruction. And the Good News is that the schools are open. Mission Accomplished, schools-wise. And but so, keeping said schools always at [Read More...]


In an op-ed column in today's New York Times, David Brooks offers a preemptive defense of American resolve in the face of atrocities yet to be committed by Americans. Brooks argues that such atrocities will be a necessary and vital component of America winning the war in Iraq, which is also, he says, "the Battle [Read More...]

Half a bridge

A few weeks back, as the famous Iraqi schools were reopening, NPR ran a story in which U.S. soldiers spoke with pride of the extra efforts they had put into repairing and painting the classrooms of one school. This was a "good news" story, although I paid it no special note then, since it came [Read More...]

Asking Questions

As the security situation in Iraq becomes more (to use the Bush administration's preferred term) desperate, many have questioned whether more American troops will be needed for the mission. During his press conference Tuesday, President Bush said the current size of the force was sufficient to the task — although, true to his character, he [Read More...]


"Sforzian" is Elisabeth Bumiller's term to describe the handiwork of: Scott Sforza, a former ABC producer who was hired by the Bush campaign in Austin, Tex., and who now works for Dan Bartlett, the White House communications director. Mr. Sforza created the White House "message of the day" backdrops and helped design the $250,000 set [Read More...]

Down the Tubes

"They were rockets. The tubes were used for rockets." That's from "Australian Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Meekin, who commands the Joint Captured Enemy Materiel Exploitation Center, the largest of a half-dozen units that report to [David] Kay [head of the Iraq Survey Group]." Meekin is quoted by Barton Gellman in today's Washington Post in an [Read More...]

Thrilla in Manila

Harper's, James Pinkerton and Slate's Fred Kaplan all noted the disturbing historical precedent that President Bush cited in his speech in the Philippines. From Harper's "Weekly Review": President George W. Bush traveled to Asia and gave a speech in Manila comparing Iraq to the Philippines, a former U.S. colony that was "liberated" from Spain in [Read More...]

A Dangerous Man

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern is, like Joseph Wilson, both in a position to know the whole truth and brave enough to tell it to anybody who'll listen. On Sunday, McGovern spoke to a community group in Rochester, N.Y.: The Bush administration lied to Congress to pave the way for war with Iraq, alleged a [Read More...]