Issues / War & Peace
A year after the attacks on New York and Washington, U.S. forces have failed to eliminate Al Qaeda's capacity to conduct terrorist operations. While this may be alarming enough, what is truly disturbing is that our failure is not caused by the deviousness
The fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in November 2001 presented the international community with an unprecedented opportunity to restore peace and security to a perennial trouble spot.
There are any number of regimes in the world todayChina, Russia, North Korea, and Iran, among othersthat one can think of worst-case scenarios similar to or worse than those being brought forward regarding Iraq.
What we have done since September 11 is not to make the hard choice of choosing which of our liberties we are willing to forego, but rather to sacrifice their libertiesthose of immigrants, and especially of Arab and Muslim immigrantsfor the purported security of the rest of us.
Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee J. William Fulbright's observations and warnings appear deeply relevant to the United States under George W. Bush, particularly in the wake of the publication last week of the administration's sweeping National Security Strategy of the United States of America and its request that Congress authorize a war resolution arguably as broad and as unilateral as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution approved in the early stages of the Vietnam War.
Afghanistan is beginning to look like a quagmire rather than a victory, with echoes of the confusion and uncertainty and persistent bloodshedding of Vietnam.
If we start this war with Iraq, we will be endangering our economic health.
Officials of the United Nations and the host South African government looking hard in the mirror this weekend will have to judge the World Summit on Sustainable Development a failure.
Do UNESCO membership and a shift in attitude toward Iran signal a change of heart for the U.S. government?
Powell's failure to obtain any assurances of further concessions by either side cannot therefore said to be a disappointment.