Have you seen the latest reports and photographs of al Qaeda's brutality and savagery in Iraq? In view of these, how can any reasonable person still maintain our own policies and actions are making them do it?
"All we are saying is give peace a chance," says John Lennon's antiwar protest song.
So much of what passes for news — "the ordeal of Paris Hilton," for example — will never make the history books of this era. But a May 10 letter from Gen. David Petraeus — to "Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen" in his Multi-National Force in Iraq — merits far more attention than it has received during the 24-hour news cycle.
The word Iraq seems to derange the minds of almost all who contemplate it.Like other famous vexations in history — Carthage for the Romans, Germany for the French, the Irish for the English (and, of course, the English for the Irish) — Iraq induces in the current American mind the full range of mentalities except reason.
MANILA, Philippines. -- There was a time when American military leaders worried whether wobbly allies would rally to us when it came time to stand up to the Soviets. Now it's our allies who worry about us.
Last week this space included an upbeat report on the situation in Afghanistan based on a memorandum written by retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey after his visit to the region.
The director of the FBI's Washington Field Office has rebuked former CIA analyst Robert Sutter for his recent refusal to help the FBI better understand China's intelligence activities.