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12th August 2004 - The Weekly Standard

A Bad Relationship

One of the key findings of the 9/11 Commission is that al Qaeda was a terrorism innovator. Al Qaeda's "new terrorism," as the commission calls it, is more than just using aircraft as weapons and turning hijackers into pilots, it's about transforming the relationship between terrorists and...

12th August 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

Taking Turkey for Granted - Unwise in the Past; Even More Foolish Now

Clifford D. May

Terrorists bombed two hotels in Istanbul this week. Neither happened to be the hotel in which I was staying. Still, considering that last November al Qaeda-linked terrorists bombed the British consulate, a bank and two synagogues killing more than 60 people, a little nervousness would not...

10th August 2004 - National Review Online

Clinton’s War; It Wasn’t With Terrorism

Clifford D. May

The revelation that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger walked off with classified documents bearing on the Clinton administration's response to terrorism raises questions. Some of those questions may be answered simply by thumbing through President Clinton's autobiography.

9th August 2004 - The Weekly Standard

An Oil-for-Food Connection?

If, as the 9/11 Commission concludes, our "failure of imagination" left America open to the attacks of September 11, then surely some imagination is called for in tackling one of the riddles that stumped the commission: Where exactly did Osama bin Laden get the funding to set up shop in...

5th August 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

Defending Sudan’s Black Muslims

Clifford D. May

We don't agree on many things. One of us is a Republican and one a Democrat. One believes Iraq is the front line in the War on Terrorism, the other thinks our decision to go to war there has distracted from our efforts to lay waste to Osama Bin Laden's network.

2nd August 2004 - National Review Online

Tashkent Terrorists

The terrorist attacks in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on Friday are a testament to the continued vitality of the al Qaeda movement. Three suicide-bomb blasts outside the embassies of Israel and the U.S. and the office of the Uzbek state prosecutor killed three terrorists and three...

2nd August 2004 - Duluth News Tribune

The Other Perspective

The International Court of Justice's recent decision to condemn Israel's security barrier has damaged the credibility of international law.

1st August 2004 - The Washington Times

Reform Strategy of Saudi Arabia

The Bush administration has a unique opportunity to promote peace in the Middle East and further the war against terrorism. That opportunity is based not on any intelligence finding or any summit meeting of leaders, but rather in the seemingly mundane negotiations over international trade....

30th July 2004 - Chicago Sun-Times

Prime Minister’s Coalition-Building Serves Iraqis Well

At a time when assassination attempts of Iraqi ministers and police officials are on the rise, and Iraqi insurgency has shifted most of its attacks to military and police institutions, veiled attempts to discredit Prime Minister Ayad Allawi have reached a fever pitch. Some self-described...

30th July 2004 -

Why Iraq is Part of our War Against Terror

With the Left and much of the mainstream media hell-bent on delegitimizing our war in Iraq; some Americans are questioning why we went to battle — and whether it was worth it. On December 23, 2002 -- three months before the opening salvo of Operation Iraqi Freedom -- I penned a Miami...

28th July 2004 - Providence Journal (Knight Ridder Syndication)

Al-Qaida and the Creativity of Murder

Now that the much-awaited Sept. 11 commission report has been published, there will be even more focus on the failings of politicians, intelligence officers, and the U.S. government generally.

28th July 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

Stupid Intelligence

Clifford D. May

Building a better mousetrap is hard. Building a better bureaucracy is harder.

28th July 2004 - Wall Street Journal

Burning Bridges

A Democratic foreign policy is what I was looking for when I switched on the TV Monday to watch the opening lineup at the Democratic Convention. I sat through Jimmy Carter ("Brezhnev lied to me"), Al Gore ("no controlling legal authority"), Hillary Clinton (the "woulda coulda shoulda"...

28th July 2004 - FrontPage Magazine

9/11: A Failure of Academia

A few months ago, when the 9/11 Commission released footage of the communications between several command centers and the transportation network during the dramatic minutes of September 11, one phrase chilled me to the bones. It summarized how unprepared America was to face to the Jihadist...

26th July 2004 - National Review Online

Clarke Tipped in the Wrong Direction: Is Warning Osama Associates “Taking Terrorism Seriously?”

In his apology to the families of the victims of 9/11, Richard Clarke said, "Your government failed you. Those entrusted with protecting you failed you, and I failed you."

23rd July 2004 - The Washington Times

The Next Strike: Will Al Qaida Attack the Conventions

One of the heaviest questions in the realm of homeland security these days centers on the possibility that al Qaeda cells are targeting the American political process, starting with the upcoming political conventions. This threat is accompanied with the deployment of tens of thousands of law...

22nd July 2004 - Scripps Howard News Service

Clear and Present Danger; American’s Enemies Target Democrats and Republicans Alike

Clifford D. May

Bipartisan alliances have become a rarity in Washington. But this week, in a small room in the Capitol, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Democrat from Connecticut, and Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, joined hands to create one.

21st July 2004 - The New York Post

Unfair Allegations

Clifford D. May

I was shocked and chagrined to see The Post's front page story on Friday ("Ingrate: Iraq diplo axed for dissing GIs," July 16) about Iraq's representative, Rend al Rahim.

19th July 2004 - National Review Online

A Court in the Service of Terrorism: Playing Arafat’s Propaganda Game

The decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to condemn the Israeli security barrier has dealt a serious blow to the credibility of international law. The ICJ decided that the barrier is illegal, that Israel should pull it down and that the U.N. General Assembly and Security...

16th July 2004 - New York Times

Rebuilding Iraq With Clean Hands

With Saddam Hussein finally in custody and the future of Iraq looking a little more secure, we're hearing calls for President Bush to rip up the list of countries that the United States has deemed eligible to bid on prime contracts for rebuilding Iraq. Mr. Bush should stick to his guns; that...


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