Polls in recent weeks show a full 59 percent of Americans are now in favor of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. But they’re not acting on this view, in part because they worry about the potential for even greater chaos following a U.S. exit.
Opinion Piece Dealing with the Powers in PyongyangJohn Feffer Ft. Worth Star-Telegram February 16, 2005
The World Bank, the planet’s largest lender to poor nations, will soon have a new leader. The Bush administration should support a candidate who will bring about changes within the mammoth institution necessary to make it more effective at its primary task: ending World poverty. Given that by tradition, the U.S. picks the World Bank president, this is a golden opportunity to help mend some fences and improve the nation’s standing internationally at a time when U.S. popularity is suffering.
Continuing to fund these big-ticket systems is one reason the Army is still scrambling to provide adequate body armor and well-protected Humvees to our troops in Iraq.
The news is leaking out that the Pentagon will be making deep cuts in its 2006 budget for weapons. The cuts appear headed in the right direction: toward scaling back weapons systems that were designed to fight the cold war and have little relevance to the wars we are actually fighting. Calling them “deep cuts,” however, is a stretch. It would be another stretch to believe that there will be anything left over to address important deficits in U.S. security.
Remember when we used to talk about how the war in Iraq was about oil?
Even as the Bush administration tries to assure Americans that the war in Iraq can still be won, a question hovers in the air like a ghost, even if it is not being explicitly debated: Is Iraq another Vietnam — a war the U.S. is doomed to lose?
The elections in Iraq are shaping up to be another “Bring ’em on” moment.
Elections in Iraq are only days away, and it’s clear that Iraq’s voters aren’t ready for them.
Is the United States the good St. Nicholas or an Ebenezer Scrooge?