Monthly Archives: May 2007

Gunboat Diplomacy? Not This Time

The U.S.S. Nimitz is in the Persian Gulf So, Condi Rice failed to “bump into” her Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, in Egypt last week, meaning that despite the junior-high flirtation tactics employed by the Administration, there were no direct talks … Continue reading

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Iraq: The Trouble With ‘Benchmarks’

Or else what, George? From my new piece at Now that they each have registered their respective positions about tying Iraq war funding to a withdrawal timetable, congressional Democrats and President Bush are seeking a workable compromise. The most … Continue reading

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The Blind Spot in Israel’s War Probe

It is tempting to congratulate Israel, as my friend and colleague Scott MacLeod has done, for holding its own leadership to account for its blunders at war. The Winograd Commission, created by the Israeli government to assess the reasons for … Continue reading

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