Peace Not Near on Middle East’s “Time Horizon”
By Leon Hadar
The Bush administration’s symbolic concessions on Iran may be a smokescreen for plausible deniability, and recent diplomatic steps taken by various Middle Eastern players should not be confused with a search for peace. The Middle East is a place where nothing is what it seems to be, where yesterday’s enemy is tomorrow’s ally, where commitments are made to be broken, and where “peace” is nothing more than a long cease-fire. Read full story.
North Korea: Hand-Wringing over Success
By John Isaacs
President Bush’s announcement in late June that the United States was taking North Korea off the sponsors of terrorism list thanks to Pyongyang’s progress in dismantling its nuclear weapons program was the culmination of a shift in administration policies that has astonished the world. The shift toward diplomacy has also infuriated many of the administration’s erstwhile supporters who, in John Bolton’s words, have begun to bemoan the “final collapse of Bush’s foreign policy.” Read full story.
Global Governance Watch
A joint initiative of the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society, Global Governance Watch aims to be an "expanded and revamped version of NGOWatch," the much-maligned initiative accused of being a McCarthyite blacklist.
After reaping millions in government contracts, the CEO of Blackwater claims his private military company is getting out of the security business, in part because he says it has been “unfairly” targeted by those who oppose the Iraq War.
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Scowcroft, Brzezinski Urge Bush to Drop Iran Preconditions
By Jim Lobe
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