Bush’s Two-Man Song and Dance
By Ali Gharib
Last week David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker were trotted out before Congress and television talk shows to give a progress report on “the surge.” They defended the high troop levels as necessary if things go well—and if they don’t. What Petraeus and Crocker—as well as any of the like-minded war supporters in and out of the administration—failed to do was clearly define U.S. goals in Iraq, which makes sense because Washington has consistently failed to accomplish any of its goals since the war began. Clearly, solutions to fixing the mess in Iraq are not to be found in the hands of those who made it.
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The recent release of his Justice Department “torture” memos has placed a harsh spotlight on this American Enterprise Institute scholar who worked under former Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Devon Gaffney Cross
A one-time member of the Defense Policy Board, Cross works for groups that promote a positive image of U.S. foreign policies abroad and, like her brother Frank Gaffney, is an associate of many neoconservative advocacy outfits.
Known for his strident anti-immigration stance, Pete Wilson has served on two influential advisory boards to the Bush administration—the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the Defense Policy Board.
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Rethinking Unconditional Commitment in Iraq
By Jim Lobe
Even if the United States makes progress in Iraq, it might not be worth the high price, according to a new U.S. Institute of Peace report. Read full story.
Islam’s Positive Influence
By John Feffer
Central Asia has been viewed as potential flashpoint for the “war on terror” because of its supposed instability and militant Islamic groups, but scholars say that reputation is unwarranted and that the region’s Islamic revival is having a positive effect. Read full story.
With Friends Like These
By William Fisher
A respected Middle Eastern human rights organization reports that some two dozen Arab countries systematically abuse civil rights. Most of the countries are U.S. allies in the “war on terror.” Read full story.
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