The Bush administration seems headed toward committing the same mistakes of its Vietnam-era predecessors--plus a number of its own.
UFPJ Talking Points #8: Mosts Iraqis are relieved at the fall of Saddam but the current chaos and lack of authority are worse.
Though force may be the only language that Afghanistan's spoiler groups understand, they can only survive as long as they have a fountain of discontent to draw support from. Remove this support base, and these groups will succumb to pressure and fade away
With Baghdad having fallen and the territorial consolidation of Iraq near at hand, discussion of the postwar period has intensified dramatically.
UFPJ Talking Points #7: It threatens our Constitution, isolates our country, threatens Americans, and will be devastating for Iraq and Iraqis.
UFPJ Talking Points #6: The US has abandoned diplomacy in favor of choosing an elective war.
We can do all the things that need to be done within the defense budget without increasing spending, thus relieving pressure on other federal initiatives, provided that we are willing to make the necessary choices.
In 2003 U.S. policy toward Africa will be driven almost exclusively by geopolitical considerations related to Washington's war plans against Iraq, and by its geostrategic interests in African oil.
The internationally supported reconstruction and nation-building effort in Afghanistan can boast many successes in the period since the Taliban's collapse in November 2001.
UFPJ Talking Points #5: Colin Powell's presentation at the UN Security Council on Wednesday is likely to be strong on quantity and weak on quality.