The Psychological War at Home and Abroad

As the Bush administration abandoned the psychology of diplomacy and war with Iraq became certain, the U.S. public was repeatedly assured that the battle plan would produce rosy results. This pro-war psychology was occasionally tempered by warnings that, inevitably,...

We’re all Americans: Why the Europeans Are Against This War

The continent has witnessed an unprecedented political attack on the authority of the United Nations, committed by a clan that–in the opinion of a predominant majority of Europeans–occupies the White House illegally. Regardless, if the majority of...

Is North Korea Next?

A serial invader is always looking over the horizon for the next target. The new U.S. rationale for invasion–the doctrine of “preventive war” that flies in the face of international law–justifies invasion anywhere, anytime. With the war...

Authority for War IS an Issue

“We come as liberators, not as conquerors.” That was not George Bush on March 17, 2003. Rather, it was Britain’s Lt. General Sir Stanley Maude who, after an initially botched military campaign during World War I, finally succeeded in wresting Baghdad...

Multilateralism Under Siege

As the war proceeds in Iraq, debates have already begun over the impact that the war will have on the economy. Perhaps lost amidst this debate is the key question raised by Business Week this week in a lead article headlined “The High Price of Bad...

Scarred and Battered, UN Charts Course in Post-War Iraq

There is a clear consensus across the world that neither logic nor legality permit the “Coalition” invading Iraq to enforce alleged UN Security Council decisions against the will of the majority of its members. However, in a backhanded compliment to the...

Lessons from Qaddafi

In April 1986 American pilots bombed multiple targets in Libya. One of the targets, the residence of Libyan leader Mohammar Qaddafi, was destroyed and his two-year-old adopted daughter was killed. The “collateral damage” included the French embassy, a...

The Federal Budget Debate: Infernal Symbiosis

The cacophony of the coming war threatens to drown out any reflective debate on President Bush’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2004. The distraction may extend to the point where Congress does not take the time to consider the President’s proposals, much...

A Militarily Limited Coalition

For weeks, the Bush administration has claimed it has many partners in its anti-Iraq “coalition of the willing.” But until recently it repeatedly declined to name those on the list or to indicate the contribution each is making to the effort. This...

High Noon: Dueling Resolutions at the UN

High Noon: Dueling Resolutions at the UN By Col. Dan Smith (Ret.) March 14, 2003 Editor s: John Gershman, Interhemispheric Resource Center ( IRC ) Editor’s Note: This piece was commissioned under the auspices of the Project Against the Present Danger ....

Crunch Time for the Security Council

In his March 6th prime time news conference, President Bush made his case for why, with or without UN authorization and support, the United States remains adamant that Saddam Hussein and his regime will be removed from power. The reasons proffered were not new: a...

Two Futures, and a Choice

Whether to invade Iraq, and whether to act aggressively to prevent catastrophic climate change may seem to be two separate decisions, but in fact they represent a single fateful choice about the future. The war, it seems, is now all but inevitable. The Bush people are...

The Dis-Integration of U.S. Global AIDS Funding

In his proposed “Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief” announced during last month’s State of the Union Address, President Bush promised, among other things, “a comprehensive plan [to] prevent seven million new HIV infections.” International...