Issues / War & Peace
A letter purportedly written to senior al Qaeda leaders by a key associate, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, appears to undermine a major thesis of hard-core neoconservatives who led the U.S. drive to war in Iraq.
Pakistan's government on March 30 began pulling troops out of South Waziristan following a 12-day security sweep of the area to root out Taliban and al Qaeda militants.
The U.S. veto of a proposed UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel’s March 22 assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin has once again placed the United States both on the fringe of international public opinion and in opposition to international legal norms.
The push to replace soldiers with machines is impelled by an over-extended military searching for ways to limit U.S. casualties, a powerful circle of arms manufactures, and an empire-minded group of politicians addicted to campaign contributions by defense corporations.
Almost two years after the fall of the Taliban, peace and security in Afghanistan still remains elusive.
Condoleezza Rice’s testimony to the 9/11 commission supports Richard Clarke’s charges to the commission that the Bush administration reduced the urgency of the problem of counter-terrorism--and that the invasion of Iraq marked a major diversion from the “war against terrorism.”
The recent release on April 22 of Mordechai Vanunu from an Israeli prison provides an opportunity to challenge the U.S. policy of supporting Israel ’s development of nuclear weapons while threatening war against other Middle Eastern states for simply having the potential for developing such weaponry.
Defeating terrorism is directly dependent on the conversion of hearts and minds--to the winning over of the majority of Arab and Islamic individuals so terrorists will lose their base of support and source of future recruits.
At a time when the U.S. is desperate for an international bailout in Iraq, why would the White House go out of its way to alienate allies?
U.S. public diplomacy is "a disaster," according to former U.S. Information Agency (USIA) director Joseph Duffey.