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14th October 2004 - National Interest

The Sunni Strategic Surprise

The debate over the continuing violence in Iraq is missing an important element: an appreciation of enemy strategy and tactics. The presidential campaigns, and the media, are focused on what the US has, or has not done. The strange assumption underlying this commentary is that the war will...

14th October 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Fog of War

Those calling Iraq a quagmire don't know what they're talking about.

14th October 2004 - FoxNews.com

Saddam, Syria Colluded Under U.N. Watch

For dirty deals done with Saddam Hussein, France and Russia may take the cake — but that's just the beginning.

13th October 2004 - ROA Magazine

Logic and Grammar of World War IV

The War on Terror or 'World War IV' is examined through the use of language defined by Clausewitz in On War.

13th October 2004 - National Review Online

Egypt and Militant Islam

Last week, three suicide bombings within an hour left at least 34 people dead and hundreds wounded at resorts frequented by Israeli tourists in the Taba region of the Sinai Peninsula. In the aftermath, counter-terrorism experts are searching for an explanation. One place they may want to...

11th October 2004 - National Review Online

Bad Press


This side of Dan Rather, no one has more cause for concern about fallout from CBS's scandalous document hoax than Seymour Hersh. For no journalist has benefited more from the decades-old jerry-rigged system of American news reporting now being razed before our eyes.

8th October 2004 - National Review Online

The U.N.‘s Greatest Failure; Saddam’s Iraq Evidently Passed Turtle Bay’s Global Test

Wednesday's report by Charles Duelfer demonstrated not only that United Nations weapons inspections in Iraq were a bust, but also the fundamental failure of the U.N. system. Consistently, the U.N. conceded and compromised, while Saddam Hussein corrupted and connived. Instead of containing...

8th October 2004 - The New York Post

Coalition of the Bribed

Wednesday's report by Charles Duelfer, the chief U.S. weapons inspector, is devastating not for the U.S.-led Coalition that liberated Iraq, but for the United Nations.

7th October 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

The New Anti-Semitism; Selling Genocide as a “Struggle For Equality”

Clifford D. May

In the early 1940s, genocidal anti-Semitism expressed itself in the Holocaust: 6 million Jews rounded up and exterminated.

7th October 2004 - American Values Newsletter

Weapons Report

The nightly network news gave major attention yesterday to a new report by chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer that concludes Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. Of course, the "findings" were used to criticize the president and his decision to go to war. But let's do a...

7th October 2004 - National Review Online

Saddam’s Sugar Daddy

CIA chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer may not have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but he sure found information enough to blow the lid off the simmering scandal of the United Nations Oil-for-Food program. As it turns out, Oil-for-Food pretty much was Saddam Hussein's...

6th October 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

Threat Assessment; Interpreting the Duelfer Report

Clifford D. May

I was just on the BBC World Service providing a minority view on Charles Duelfer's report – The Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD.

6th October 2004 - Wall Street Journal

America, Just Be Yourself

America addressed the earth: Do you love me as I love you?" - W.H. Auden, "In Time of War" Auden wrote those lines in 1938, on the eve of World War II, and in them he summed up one of the basic traits of the American character. More than most, we want to be liked. Maybe that's because...

5th October 2004 - National Review Online

Shoe Bomber 2.0; The Justice Department Indicts Richard Reid’s Accomplice

John Ashcroft reminded Americans Monday of how effective the government's post-9/11 effort to thwart Islamic militancy has been, announcing the indictment of a second conspirator in the most audacious plot for a second wave of aerial terror. Simultaneously, the attorney general underscored...

1st October 2004 - FrontPage Magazine

A Mid East American Revolution Is Coming

Since September 11, 2001, a major question crossed the minds of many U.S. citizens: What would make 19 men from the Middle East hate us so much that they would massacre 3,000 Americans? Every anchor in every media had this question on his or her lips for weeks and months. Intellectuals...

30th September 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

Roads Not Taken; Were Other Iraq Options Better?

Clifford D. May

We've come to believe we had just two choices in Iraq: (1) stay out and hope to keep Saddam Hussein “in his box”; or (2) proceed exactly as President Bush did – remove the dictator, occupy the country and attempt to bring peace, freedom, human rights and democracy to the Iraqis.

27th September 2004 - Wall Street Journal

Islamists vs. Democracy

When the media cover Bangladesh, they do so mainly as a Third World disaster story. That may soon change, because an Islamist war against democracy is starting to be fought there. A grenade attack on an opposition rally last month, which barely made the news in the U.S., warns of growing...

23rd September 2004 - National Review Online

Listening to Kerry; His Iraq-is-a-Diversion Claim Exploits a Real Weakness

We often tend to reject the message simply because of who the messenger is — especially if the messenger can't seem to keep his story straight from one day to the next. But it would be a mistake to disregard John Kerry's latest metamorphosis on Iraq. His speech Monday, arguing that...

23rd September 2004 - FrontPage Magazine

Lebanon Under Syria’s Boot

Although Syria has interfered in Lebanon's presidential elections throughout the country's modern history, Damascus' current manipulation of Lebanese elections has boiled down to an unprecedented disregard of that country's sovereignty.

22nd September 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

Safety First? Wars Can Only Be Won by Taking Risks

Clifford D. May

Are we safe? Are we safer now than we were before September 11, 2001? Are we safer than we would have been had we not toppled Saddam Hussein?

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