Issues / War & Peace
With less than a year before the next election, the recent scandal over a sweetheart deal to lease air tankers from the Boeing Corporation underlines the enormous and disturbing power the arms industry exerts on American politics.
The recent capture of Saddam Hussein serves as a distraction from the real issue: the lack of a viable exit strategy from Iraq.
The military maxim in Iraq might be summarized inelegantly as, "Do nothing that boosts or gives comfort to the guerrilla cause."
The capture of Saddam Hussein is an historic event by any standard. But aside from providing some dramatic footage for global TV audiences, what has really changed, for the people of Iraq, the Middle East, the United States, or the world?
The Bush administration has used this climate to challenge the independence of all U.S. aid organizations.
It remains to be seen whether a new marker has been set in al Qaeda's range.
In the aftermath of the bloodiest period of the occupation since the invasion, talk was rife that members of the U.S.-handpicked Iraqi Governing Council will soon be shown the door.
War and walls have demonstrably failed to make good neighbors in the Middle East. That leaves peace the "road less traveled."
Vice President Dick Cheney's office continues to grow as a homebase for prominent neoconservative foreign policy strategists.
The tug of war between the hawks and doves over North Korea policy continues within the Bush administration.