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  • Obama vs. 70 Years of Postwar Global Order

    06/02/2015 4:38:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/2/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Where previous presidents fostered American strength, Obama revels in weakness. Director Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, set during the Depression, was a divine counterfactual thought experiment designed to remind a suicidal George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) that his hometown, Bedford Falls, would have turned out to be a pretty miserable place called Pottersville without his seemingly ordinary presence. Consider the Obama administration’s first six years as a prolonged counterfactual take on what the world might have been like for the last 70 years without a traditionally engaged American president dedicating our country to preserving the postwar Western-inspired global order. The...
  • The Postwar Election (With Iraq Receding Obama and Huckabee Have A Chance)

    12/11/2007 9:45:06 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 8 replies · 50+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11 December 2007 | David Brooks
    The first obvious feature of a postwar election is that domestic issues matter more. The two candidates who have been surging, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee, have almost no foreign policy experience between them. But the more comprehensive difference between a wartime election and a postwar election is that there is a shift in values. In wartime, leadership traits like courage, steadfastness and ruthlessness are prized. Voters are willing to vote for candidates they distrust so long as they seem tough and effective (Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani). In a postwar election things are different. When Wall Street Journal/NBC...
  • Correcting The Record (Planning Post-War Iraq, GITMO, Iran Policy)

    10/12/2006 10:03:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 286+ views
    Defense News ^ | Oct 2, 2006
    Corrections:                                                                                                            1. SUBJECT: Deptartment Of Defense Iran Policy Office                FALSE CLAIM: A report drafted by "a Pentagon unit ... appears to be a gambit by some officials in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office and elsewhere to gain sway over television and radio broadcasts into Iran." (E.g. "Pentagon Study Claims U.S. Broadcasts To Iran Aren't Tough Enough," Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau, 9/26/2006)                FACT: The claim that a "Pentagon Unit has drafted a report" on U.S. radio broadcasts into Iran is incorrect in every respect.  An individual DoD employee -- because of specific language skills -- was...
  • Saddam Hussein's Ties to Terrorism-Part Two: Osama bin Laden

    09/18/2006 5:00:16 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 163+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 09/18/06 | vanity
    What WAS the relationship between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden ? This article outlines media perceptions THEN - which are in sharp contrast to what is bruited about NOW.

    10/12/2005 7:52:17 PM PDT · by dangus · 28 replies · 2,605+ views
    World Fact Book ^ | 10/12/05 | Dangus
    My lefty pastor and all those social-justice types are always so concerned about the "devestating effects of the war" on Iraqis. All those poor innocent people getting killed! But is the war really creating more death and destruction? There's no arguing with a liberal; I've learned that long ago. Saddam Hussein starved hundreds of thousands of his own people, but my lefty pastor always blames it on the sanctions. Well, while the Saddamites were living it up in the sort of preposterous luxury which would embarrass a media mogul, laundering food aid for cash and weapons, those poor people weren't...
  • Web special spotlights end of WWII, post-war Japan

    09/02/2005 5:32:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 347+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sep 2, 2005 | Gary Sheftick
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 2, 2005) – The Army has launched a special online presentation, focusing on its role in post-war Japan, in time for the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. On Sept 2, 1945, Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender and signed documents aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, officially ending the war. The online presentation highlights the last year of the war in the Pacific and the ensuing seven-year occupation of Japan with a series of video vignettes. The entire presentation lasts about 20 minutes, said Robbie Thompson, a multimedia producer...
  • Bush faulted on postwar planning (task force headed by Sandy Berger & Brent Scowcroft)

    07/31/2005 10:49:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 940+ views
    Bush faulted on postwar planning REUTERS WASHINGTON - An independent assessment of the tumult in Iraq led by two top former presidential advisers found that the Bush administration was unprepared for postwar Iraq and underestimated the number of troops needed in a miscalculation that helped fuel the insurgency. The report by a Council on Foreign Relations task force, released Wednesday, concluded that the failure to prepare properly for the period after the war had given "early impetus for the insurgency" now gripping the country. The task force was headed by two former national security advisers, Democrat Samuel "Sandy" Berger and...
  • U.K. Memo Said to Question Postwar Plan

    06/11/2005 8:29:27 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 408+ views
    AP ^ | 6/11/05 | AP
    A staff paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair eight months before the invasion of Iraq concluded that U.S. military officials were not planning adequately for a postwar occupation, The Washington Post reported. "A post-war occupation of Iraq could lead to a protracted and costly nation-building exercise," authorities of the briefing memo wrote, according to the Post. "As already made clear, the U.S. military plans are virtually silent on this point. Washington could look to us to share a disproportionate share of the burden." The eight-page memo was written in advance of a July 23, 2002, meeting at Blair's...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Grim Numbers: U.S.-sponsored poll shows Iraqis have lost confidence

    06/16/2004 8:51:53 AM PDT · by Registered · 60 replies · 299+ views
    MSNBC-Newsweak ^ | 06.15.04 | Michael Hirsh
    A U.S.-sponsored poll shows Iraqis have lost confidence in the occupying authorities--and that the majority of Iraqis want Coalition troops out of the country ‘immediately’"The first survey of Iraqis sponsored by the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal shows that most say they would feel safer if Coalition forces left immediately, without even waiting for elections scheduled for next year. An overwhelming majority, about 80 percent, also say they have “no confidence” in either the U.S. civilian authorities or coalition forces ..."For full article CLICK HERECLICK HERE TO DIRECTLY DOWNLOAD THE  IRAQI POLL PDF FILE
  • Garner: U.S. Made Postwar Iraq Mistakes

    11/26/2003 5:57:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 808+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/26/03 | Michael McDonough - AP
    LONDON - The retired American general who headed the first occupation government in Iraq (news - web sites) says the decision to disband the Iraqi army was one of several major mistakes Washington has made in Iraq. AP Photo Latest headlines: · Pentagon Sending More Marines to Iraq AP - 51 minutes ago · US readies extra marines for IraqAFP - 56 minutes ago · Iraq's Shiites Oppose U.S. Election Plan AP - 1 hour, 47 minutes ago Special Coverage   The United States should also have put more more troops into Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein (news...
  • Why They Won?t Help Us

    09/30/2003 1:48:10 PM PDT · by atc · 15 replies · 191+ views
    The Washington Dispatch ^ | Egbert F. Bhatty
    In a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, President Bush asked the world to "contribute greatly to the cause of Iraq [sic] self-government." But, the world just shrugged its shoulders and walked away. Why won't they help us? Europe, especially France, Germany, and Russia, won't help because Europe has not felt threatened by Iraq. Nor, does Europe foresee any future threat from Iraq or the international Islamic militants. The reason: they have maintained good relations with not only all the Arab/Muslim nations, but, unlike President Bush, have actively supported the Palestinian cause and Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian President. This...
  • Artist aims to rebuild Berlin Wall

    08/13/2003 11:16:24 PM PDT · by ppaul · 2 replies · 247+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 8/14/03 | Ben Aris in Berlin
    They spent 40 years trying to tear it it down, but a German artist now wants to rebuild the entire Berlin Wall for its 45th anniversary in 2006, coinciding with the city holding the football World Cup. Christof Blaesius, an events manager based in Cologne, has been working for three years to raise the €25m (£18m) he says it will take to rebuild a 29-mile plastic copy of the Berlin Wall across the city. Mr Blaesius said: "The World Cup shows all nations can communicate and cooperate with each other while the wall separates. Today there are still several divided...
  • The Real Intelligence Failure: What if it turns out Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction?

    08/04/2003 9:16:27 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 99 replies · 276+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 08/05/03 | FRANCIS FUKUYAMA
    <p>The media has been focusing obsessively on the relatively minor issue of how an incorrect assertion about Iraq's nuclear ambitions got into the president's State of the Union speech. In doing so, it has missed the much larger issue, which is that of Iraq's missing weapons of mass destruction. The inability to locate these weapons is vastly more consequential to American credibility than the fact that the White House staff failed to vet 16 words in a single speech. The missing weapons reflect a much more fundamental institutional intelligence failure.</p>
  • Iraqi Author Returns to a Country He Helped Expose to Find It Vexing, Complex

    07/28/2003 11:49:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 180+ views
    AP Breaking ^ | Jul 29, 2003 | Hamza Hendawi Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - "Republic of Fear," the chilling portrayal of Saddam Hussein's brutality, was a landmark in its exiled author's long intellectual journey of discovery. Now, Kanan Makiya has returned to an Iraq his words helped expose and says he finds it a vexing and complex landscape. Makiya returned to Baghdad on April 21 for the first time in 34 years. He said the return has been an exhilarating ride - meeting long-unseen relatives, old friends, reclaiming the family's Baghdad home on the Tigris River and negotiating access to government documents in now in U.S. hands. The 54-year old...
  • Lack of planning contributed to chaos in Iraq (No real planning for postwar Iraq)

    07/11/2003 6:56:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 164+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/11/03 | Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel - Knight Ridder
    <p>WASHINGTON - The small circle of senior civilians in the Defense Department who dominated planning for postwar Iraq failed to prepare for the setbacks that have erupted over the past two months.</p> <p>The officials didn't develop any real postwar plans because they believed that Iraqis would welcome U.S. troops with open arms and Washington could install a favored Iraqi exile leader as the country's leader. The Pentagon civilians ignored CIA and State Department experts who disputed them, resisted White House pressure to back off from their favored exile leader and when their scenario collapsed amid increasing violence and disorder, they had no backup plan.</p>
  • Minutemen of the Third Reich ("Werewolf" guerilla movement - postwar sabotage & terror not new)

    07/04/2003 1:47:18 AM PDT · by Stultis · 27 replies · 3,561+ views
    History Today (via ^ | October 2000 | Perry Biddiscombe
    History TodayOct, 2000Minutemen of the Third Reich.(history of the Nazi Werewolf guerilla movement) Author/s: Perry Biddiscombe AS WORRIES INCREASE about neo-Nazi and skinhead violence in Germany, it is worth remembering that this type of terrorism is a nasty constant in the history of the German radical-right. A case in point is the Nazi Werewolf guerrilla movement founded by Heinrich Himmler in 1044, which fought the occupying forces of Britain, America and Russia until at least 1047.The Werewolves were originally organised by the SS and the Hitler Youth as a diversionary operation on the fringes of the Third Reich, which...
  • Freshness of Data on Iraqi WMD Assessed

    07/02/2003 8:34:21 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 14 replies · 162+ views
    Guardian/AP ^ | 07/03/03 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN
    Freshness of Data on Iraqi WMD Assessed Thursday July 3, 2003 3:39 AM By JOHN J. LUMPKIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence analysts in some cases had little current, reliable information to go on when judging whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, according to a former analyst now heading the government's internal review of the matter. Despite pressure from Bush administration officials who were trying to build a case for war, the analysts cataloged some uncertainties about the data in internal intelligence reports and did not exaggerate their findings, Richard Kerr, a retired senior analyst and...
  • U.S. soldier killed in new Iraq attack

    06/27/2003 11:49:13 PM PDT · by Royal Guardsman · 57 replies · 333+ views | 6/28/03
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 28 ? One U.S. Army solider was killed and four soldiers were wounded on Friday night in an attack in the north of Baghdad, U.S. military officials said on Saturday.</p> <p>AN INTERPRETER WAS also was wounded in the attack on a regiment of the First Armored Division in the Sadr City district of Baghdad. U.S. troops in Iraq fell victim to more attacks Friday as armed resistance to U.S. and British military occupation appeared to be rising. Meanwhile, the hunt continued for two soldiers who went missing north of Baghdad. In one incident, a U.S. soldier reportedly was shot in the head while buying digital video discs at a shop in Baghdad, while in another, a soldier was killed in an ambush in southern Iraq. The U.S. military confirmed that another soldier had died after he was shot in the head in a Baghdad market. The shop owner, who refused to give his name, said the soldier came into the DVD shop in the Kazimiyah neighborhood in the northwest of the city about 11 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) and picked up two discs. ?He took out dollars from his pocket, and as I looked at the money, I heard a bang. He froze and then fell backwards,? the owner told Reuters Television. ?Two other soldiers came in, picked him up and took him away.? Other witnesses corroborated the owner?s version. One said he saw a young man shooting the soldier at close quarters in the lower head.</p>
  • Iraqi mobile labs nothing to do with germ warfare, report finds

    06/14/2003 8:22:01 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 30 replies · 213+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 06/15/03 | Peter Beaumont, Antony Barnett and Gaby Hinsliff
    An official British investigation into two trailers found in northern Iraq has concluded they are not mobile germ warfare labs, as was claimed by Tony Blair and President George Bush, but were for the production of hydrogen to fill artillery balloons, as the Iraqis have continued to insist. The conclusion by biological weapons experts working for the British Government is an embarrassment for the Prime Minister, who has claimed that the discovery of the labs proved that Iraq retained weapons of mass destruction and justified the case for going to war against Saddam Hussein. Instead, a British scientist and biological...
  • Iraq Today Through the Eyes of Rev. Ken Joseph Jr. (Dennis Prager show today).

    06/11/2003 9:53:22 PM PDT · by breakem · 40 replies · 310+ views
    Dennis Prager talk show ^ | 6-11-03 | Rev. Ken Joseph Jr.
    We Hope The Americans Stay Forever! By Ken Joseph, Jr. Baghdad, Iraq It is dusk in Baghdad and I am talking to the regular group of men who gather near the house I am staying in to talk about the days events. "What do you think about the Americans? How long do you think they should stay? Are they doing a good job?" The answer is very complicated while at the same time very, very simple. It is the "politically correct" thing to do to complain about the Americans, say they are not wanted and tell them to "go home"....
  • Continuing Iraqi Violence 'May Be On Saddam's Orders'

    06/09/2003 3:49:11 PM PDT · by blam · 169+ views
    Ananova ^ | 6-9-2003
    Continuing Iraqi violence 'may be on Saddam's orders' A secret wartime Iraqi intelligence document ordered agents to start an underground terror campaign if Saddam Hussein was ousted. The decree reportedly tells operatives to sabotage infrastructure, loot and assassinate religious leaders to help destabilise the occupying forces. According to the Washington Times, the document was found in Basra and indicates that the current mayhem is part of an organised plan by the toppled regime. A US soldier yesterday became the eighth victim of attacks by Saddam loyalists in the last two weeks when he was shot dead at a checkpoint in...
  • (Iraq) POW 'torture photos' investigated

    05/30/2003 2:03:46 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 10 replies · 430+ views
    BBC ^ | May 30, 03 | BBC
    Last Updated: Friday, 30 May, 2003, 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK POW 'torture photos' investigated Allegations Iraqi prisoners of war were mistreated by UK troops are being investigated, after photographs allegedly showing the abuse were discovered. A British soldier has been arrested on suspicion of taking the pictures, including one showing an Iraqi, bound and gagged, hanging from netting on a fork-lift truck. Police were called in after the photographs were handed into a store in Tamworth, Staffordshire, for developing. If the pictures are found to show real Iraqis, and have not been stage-managed, such treatment would be a breach of...
  • UN's Relevance May Be at Stake in Postwar Dispute With the U.S.

    05/08/2003 11:14:29 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 156+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | May 9, 2003 | Bill Varner
    <p>United Nations, May 9 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. argued with France, Russia and other members of the United Nations over starting the Iraq war. The conflict has ended; the U.S. debate with the UN hasn't.</p> <p>The UN wants a major say in the rebuilding of Iraq. The U.S. view, expressed by Vice President Dick Cheney last month, is that the UN isn't ``equipped'' for a central part. The U.S. has drafted a Security Council resolution that says the UN should play a ``vital'' postwar role yet specifies only a ``coordinating'' position for the agency.</p>
  • 'Arabian mights' that never were

    05/02/2003 12:32:59 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 161+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Paul Greenberg
    <p>Some of my favorite things these days are the clips I've saved of various politicians and pundits predicting that the war in Iraq would be an unmitigated disaster for America, the world, the universe ... .</p> <p>Just to open the folder and watch the black prophecies spill out is a comfort. The Italians say there is nothing sadder in misery than recalling happy times. Just so, there's nothing cheerier than recalling dire forebodings when they have proven unfounded.</p>
  • Shiites in Iraq

    04/30/2003 10:30:26 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 168+ views ^ | Thursday, May 1, 2003 | by Amir Taheri
    Before the start of the campaign to liberate Iraq, pundits and exiles had cast the Shiite community as an almost unconditional ally of the United States. Iraqi Shiites were supposed to be as keen to rise against Saddam Hussein as the so-called "Arab street" was sizzling to explode in his support. In the event, however, there was little or no uprising of the Shiites. Terrorised by Saddam's machinery of fear, the community did not wish to repeat its tragic experience of 1991 when it rose and, abandoned by the US, was crushed by the regime. Less than two weeks after...
  • Postwar force could be 125,000 Size will depend on Iraq's stability

    04/28/2003 8:42:39 AM PDT · by bedolido · 91+ views
    USA Today ^ | 04/28/03 | Tom Squitieri
    WASHINGTON -- Pentagon planners say a U.S. force of 125,000 soldiers is likely to be needed for at least a year to stabilize Iraq until a new Iraqi government can take charge and provide security. But the size of the postwar force in Iraq remains under discussion, planners and military analysts say. Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of the Iraq operation, said Sunday that the number of troops needed in Iraq now has not been decided. The United States fielded a force of 260,000 for the Iraq war. That included ground, air and sea combat forces and tens of thousands of...
  • US pace on Iraq recovery criticized

    04/27/2003 12:04:36 PM PDT · by Radix · 12 replies · 176+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 4/27/2003 | Elizabeth A. Neuffer and Bryan Bender
    <p>BAGHDAD -- Day after day, an increasingly vocal Iraqi public is demanding that the United States apply the same skill and efficiency in building the peace that it used to defeat Saddam Hussein's army. But nearly three weeks after Baghdad fell, American control already appears to be fraying at the edges.</p>
  • Arab states can't accept US bases in Iraq

    04/27/2003 9:03:53 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 29 replies · 188+ views
    Arab states can't accept US bases in Iraq Regional-Iraq, Politics, 4/22/2003 Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said the Arab countries could not accept establishment of permanent American bases in Iraq. In a joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Masher, the Arab League chief said the Arab countries would discuss and consult on reports purporting that the United States intends to set up four permanent military bases in Iraq. He said consultations among the Arab countries must yield a unified Arab stance towards the American plan. Moussa called for withdrawal of American and British troops from Iraq and...
  • Dems plan a postwar campaign

    04/17/2003 11:21:20 AM PDT · by bedolido · 24 replies · 142+ views
    The Hill ^ | 04/16/03 | Hans Nichols
    With the war in Iraq winding down, House Democrats headed into the spring recess this week eager to turn voters’ attention to domestic topics by seeking to contrast the Bush administration’s success abroad with what they claim are its failures at home. Republicans, meanwhile, made it clear they will try to protect the president’s domestic flank by offering a “unified” message stressing that the “Republican economic plan will create 1.4 million jobs,” according to a memo distributed by the House Republican Conference. PATRICK RYAN Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Democrats appeared unintimidated by the president’s wartime popularity, drawing parallels to...
  • Have we just hit the tar baby? (Buchanan)

    04/16/2003 7:24:35 PM PDT · by optik_b · 103 replies · 237+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 16, 2003 | Patrick Buchanan
    Have we just hit the tar baby? Posted: April 16, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. No one knows how America's occupation of Iraq will play out. Optimists say this will be like Germany and Japan after World War II, which were converted into democratic allies for the duration of the Cold War. Pessimists point to Lebanon and Israel's invasion of 1982. Put me down among the pessimists. I think Brer Rabbit just hit the tar baby. In 1982, after a terror attack maimed an Israeli diplomat in London, Ariel Sharon sent his army crashing into Lebanon to expel a...
  • Moral hijinks over post-war Iraq

    04/15/2003 10:23:23 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 135+ views
    National Post ^ | April 15 2003 | Terence Corcoran
    So it has come to this. The future of the world now hinges on competition policy theory. A dictator has been overthrown, 24 million people have been liberated, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, the world seems poised for a global political transformation toward greater freedom, but that's not good enough. No, the future of the world is now apparently dependent on whether the United States is willing to subject post-war reconstruction in Iraq to the rigours of corporate competition. Yes, our global economic future is now dependent on the lamest of economic disciplines: competition policy. "Victory should...
  • Peace is Hell

    04/11/2003 2:00:52 PM PDT · by ddodd3329 · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | April 10, 2003 | Wendy McElroy
    While discussion buzzes about a post-Saddam Iraq, few people are talking about a post-Saddam United States even though we should be. Why? Because the political rifts in our society may be as difficult to deal with as the ones with the Arab world, and they hit closer to home. We need a better approach for dealing with dissent and diversity. The war in Iraq creates a sense of unity, with Gallup Polls showing that Bush's overall job approval rating rose to 71 percent after the conflict began, up 13 points from the pre-war level of 58 percent. Historically, however, support...
  • Iraqi hit list cards

    04/11/2003 12:26:46 PM PDT · by honeygrl · 53 replies · 170+ views
    This is London ^ | 4/11/03 | This is London
    The US military has issued a most-wanted list of 55 former leaders in Saddam Hussein's regime to be pursued, captured or killed. The list, in the form of a "deck of cards" with pictures of the wanted figures, was distributed to all US troops in the field to help them find the senior members of the government. It was also being put on posters and handbills for the Iraqi public, Brigadier General Vincent Brooks told a daily briefing at US Central Command headquarters in Qatar. "There are indications of regime-associated individuals attempting to escape by fleeing into other countries," he...
  • UN gives warning to US and Britain

    04/08/2003 11:34:11 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 163 replies · 1,102+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 8, 2003 | UK Telegraph
    United Nations chiefs have warned America and Britain today that Iraq is not a "treasure chest to be divvied up" after the war. UN under-secretary general Shashi Tharoor said the Allies had no rights under international law to engage in any kind of reconstruction or creation of government without the express consent of the Security Council. Secretary General Kofi Annan is expected to meet Tony Blair and other European leaders this week to hear what they will agree to on post-conflict Iraq. Mr Annan will be in "listening mode" but will not be advertising the UN's services for tackling Iraq,...
  • Missing Iraqi General in Kuwait after CIA aided Denmark escape

    04/06/2003 12:04:29 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 43 replies · 239+ views
    ABC News Online ^ | 04/06/03 | Unattributed
    Former Iraqi General Nizar al-Khazraji, touted as a possible successor to President Saddam Hussein, is now in Kuwait after escaping from Denmark last month with the help of the CIA, the Danish daily Politiken reported on Sunday. Citing a report by the former head of the CIA's counter-terrorism department, a copy of which was obtained by the paper, Politiken said the US security services see Khazraji as their preferred successor for Saddam in a post-war Iraq, a view that is not shared by the Pentagon. The ex-CIA official, who completed the confidential report on March 28, said the US intelligence...
  • Post-war Iraq and Palestinian Road Map Bracketed at Belfast Summit (Debka)(very interesting)

    04/06/2003 10:34:30 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 242+ views
    Dabka ^ | April 6, 2003 | Debka
    Even amid crucial battles in Iraq, US President George W. Bush has made the gesture of leaving his capital again this week for a second attempt to shore up his foremost war ally, British prime minister Tony Blair, in the fight for his political life at home. Although, according to the latest opinion polls, around 70 percent of Britons support their army’s participation in the Iraq war, Blair’s personal prestige is on the wane. Some diplomatic circles dubbed the Bush-Blair conference in Belfast this Tuesday, April 8, “the rescue Blair summit”, after last month’s Camp David encounter failed to turn...
  • U.S. to Start Installing Postwar Iraq Administration (within days)

    04/05/2003 11:42:13 AM PST · by PoisedWoman · 2 replies · 201+ views
    Reuters - Yahoo News ^ | 4/5/03 | By Mona Megalli
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States plans to install the first stages of a civil administration to run post-War Iraq (news - web sites) in the southern port of Umm Qasr within days, a U.S. official said on Saturday. Members of the Pentagon (news - web sites)'s Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) are scheduled to start operating in the port as early as Tuesday, the official said. "What we are going to start trying to do, even before the fighting is over in Iraq, is to move to the areas in Iraq that are relatively peaceful, places like...
  • The New Iraq - What is going to happen in Iraq after the war?

    04/02/2003 7:15:25 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 13 replies · 438+ views
    CBS ^ | 2 April, 2003
    CBS) What is going to happen in Iraq after the war? The Pentagon has an ambitious plan in the works to rebuild the country, and it has brought together an elite group of Iraqi exiles to plan and carry it out. Vicki Mabrey reports. The plan for post-war Iraq is being plotted by one of the architects of the war itself, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. His task, he says, is to write a blueprint for a free self-governing Iraq, with a functioning government as soon as possible. “And if anyone thinks you can write a blueprint for that, they've...
  • Rumsfeld 'resisting' Powell's Iraq team (U.N. Squeezing In Already)

    04/02/2003 5:21:19 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 49 replies · 246+ views
    Times Online ^ | 3 April, 2003
    April 03, 2003 Rumsfeld 'resisting' Powell's Iraq teamBy Elaine Monaghan in Washington A NEW chapter opened yesterday in the battle for control of US policy in postwar Iraq. A US official told The Times that Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, was resisting State Department appointments to the administration-in-waiting, at least one of whom is already in Kuwait. He said that the Pentagon had ruled that Mr Rumsfeld should personally approve appointments to the temporary US-British administration, “and there are many people who question his authority to take that decision, including, I assume, the Secretary of State”. Of Colin Powell’s...
  • Powell Flies Out With A Post-War Warning For Syria And Iran

    03/31/2003 5:48:06 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 148+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-1-2003 | Rupert Cornwell
    Powell flies out with a post-war warning for Syria and Iran By Rupert Cornwell in Washington 01 April 2003 On the eve of a fence-mending trip to Europe and Turkey, Colin Powell has ratcheted up pressure on Syria and Iran, hinting that if they did not change their ways, they too would come under intense pressure from Washington, after the war with Iraq was won. Mr Powell leaves today for Ankara, then EU and Nato headquarters in Brussels, in a personal bid to ease strains between the United States and some of its alliance partners over the Iraq campaign. He...
  • The Fix Is In (And how to get out of it)

    03/28/2003 9:04:56 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 6 replies · 268+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 28, 2003 | Jonah Goldberg
    The fix is in. "World opinion" — as defined by the United Nations, the AJWs (al-Jazeera-watchers), domestic antiwar types, the French and German streets, Hollywood, and certain segments of our own media — has decided that the United States and Great Britain will be held to an impossibly high standard during the duration of this war, while the peace-loving government of Saddam Hussein will be held to an outrageously low one. Kofi Annan has already made it clear he's more outraged by the possibility of an errant U.S. missile than he is by reports that Baath-party Brown Shirts are abducting...
  • How democracy can still flourish in the harshest climates

    03/22/2003 6:54:07 PM PST · by MadIvan · 4 replies · 186+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | March 23, 2003 | KENNETH POLLACK AND DANIEL BYMAN
    IT WOULD be foolish to expect democracy to sweep across the Middle East, transforming the political landscape in a matter of years. But it would be equally foolish to suggest democracy could never take hold in this arid land. The first cautionary note is that such claims made about other societies in other parts of the world have not fared well over time. In the 1960s and 1970s, the common wisdom was that the "Confucian societies" of East Asia were bred only to conformity and autocracy. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines have proved that wrong. If...
  • French defense minister says France willing to play a role in postwar reconstruction

    03/17/2003 9:33:32 AM PST · by Barney Gumble · 86 replies · 225+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/16/03 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    DOHA, Qatar - France won't participate in any unilateral war against Iraq but it will play a role in postwar peace-building in the country, French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Sunday. "Peace cannot be made except with the international community, and understandably in such a case, France will assume its role and all its responsibilities," Alliot-Marie said during a stop here on a Gulf tour. "After the war, we will see what are the needs," she said. Alliot-Marie said she was traveling to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia — which have been supportive of the hard-line U.S....
  • End of the postwar alliance pact

    03/16/2003 8:02:21 AM PST · by knighthawk · 14 replies · 261+ views
    The Daily Yomiuri ^ | March 16 2003 | Francis Fukuyama/The Yomiuri Shimbun
    The first shot of the second Gulf War has yet to be fired, but already the conflict is producing unanticipated consequences that will have a lasting impact long after the war is over. The most important result so far is the unraveling of the U.S. alliance structure, and the weakening of a series of key institutions, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union and the United Nations. In planning its strategy of forcibly disarming Iraq, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush assumed that the United States' European allies would complain and protest, but ultimately fall in...
  • Central Bank of Iraq Releases New Post War Dinar Currency Design *FR exclusive*

    03/14/2003 10:35:29 AM PST · by Registered · 70 replies · 5,735+ views
    Registered ^ | 03.14.2003 | Reg
  • So You Say It's About Oil?

    03/11/2003 8:54:41 PM PST · by Diddley · 13 replies · 218+ views ^ | March 11, 2003 | Carl Limbacher
    So You Say It's About Oil? The Bush administration, in preparation for the possible ouster of Saddam Hussein and any aftereffects that may entail, is soliciting bids for reconstruction and improvement projects in Iraq. "Sure," you say, "they're looking for companies to rebuild the oil production capacity after the war." Wrong. The huge contracts, worth almost a billion dollars initially, are for roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and even mosques that might be damaged. The U.S. is also soliciting emergency bids from some of the nation's biggest construction giants so that we can move fast and show the Iraqi people that...
  • A Woman to Replace Saddam

    03/11/2003 5:33:20 AM PST · by Frapster · 41 replies · 359+ views ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2003 | By Wendy McElroy
    <p>Reports are circulating that President Bush intends to divide a post-Saddam Iraq into three sectors: north, south and central. Two retired U.S. generals would separately administer the north and south while the central sector, including Baghdad, would be overseen by a woman: Barbara Bodine, a former ambassador to Yemen.</p>
  • US envoy's visit spell out Kurds' postwar fate

    02/25/2003 3:01:02 PM PST · by Sparta · 6 replies · 222+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Febuary 25, 2003 | Cameron W. Barr
    from the February 26, 2003 edition US envoy's visit may spell out Kurds' postwar fate The arrival of Zalmay Khalilzad in northern Iraq comes at a pivotal time for Kurdish leaders. By Cameron W. Barr | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor ARBIL, IRAQ – A senior US diplomat has entered the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq to discuss the shape of a future Iraqi administration with opponents of President Saddam Hussein. Zalmay Khalilzad, President Bush's envoy to the Iraqi opposition, was expected to arrive Tuesday in Salahuddin, the mountain resort headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which...
  • White House Outlines Postwar Aid for Iraq

    02/25/2003 5:44:14 AM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 1 replies · 179+ views
    AP ^ | 2/25/03 | Harry Dunphy
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration outlined plans Monday for more than $100 million in immediate humanitarian aid to a postwar Iraq, including stockpiling water and other relief supplies. U.N. aid workers are already leaving Iraq, but U.S. officials said they plan to minimize disruption to the U.N. oil-for-food distribution system, which provides rations for almost all Iraqis and is the sole source of food for 60 percent of the population. Elliott Abrams, director for the Middle East at the National Security Council, said that planning for a postwar Iraq was difficult because it was impossible to predict the severity...