No Turkey this Easter

Democracy in action is a wonderful thing. Until it gets in the way of American foreign policy. No doubt there is a good deal of chortling and huzzahs in the bowels of the liberal establishment today. The Bush Administration’s attempt to strong…

Embedding the Press

I give the Pentagon high marks for originality and low marks for practicality on their concept of press relations for the Iraq War. The idea of assigning ie “embedding” reporters in US forces has a certain surface appeal to military folks, who…

Talking of Turkey

The collapse of our planned northern axis of advance from Turkey represents some interesting challenges to war planners in the Gulf. But some key issues raise interesting questions. Assuming that “the plan” was to offload the 4th Infantry and ship them to…

Who’s in Charge?

McCaffrey said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had misjudged the nature of the conflict. Asked if Rumsfeld made a mistake by not sending more troops to start the offensive, McCaffrey replied: "Yes, sure. I think everybody told him that." Although there is no…

The Battle Continues Apace

What’s wrong with your strategy, General? Why hasn’t Saddam Hussein surrendered yet? Why are we taking causalities? You have to admit, being a model Major General these days is tough business. There would be a whole set of new skills applicable if…

Meeting the Conditions of Peace

It appears that many theologians do not accept Michael Novak’s arguments for Just War against Iraq. In at least one case, a theologian regards Novak’s claim — that he is not arguing for a new theory of preventative war — as incomprehensible.…