Archive for May, 2007


For cozying up to Syrian President Bashar al-Asad with public handshakes and declarations that her delegation had come “in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to …

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For blatantly circumventing the Senate confirmation process and unnecessarily inflaming Democrats at a time when the focus should be on the war debate. While lawmakers were on spring break, Bush used “emergency” …

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Numbers game

AS WE HAVE SEEN, ANY ARGUMENT BASED ON STATISTICS naturally subjects itself to opposition using another set of statistics [“The GDP argument,” Inside the Beltway, March]. Tying defense spending to gross domestic …

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A failure in generalship

For the second time in a generation, the United States faces the prospect of defeat at the hands of an insurgency. In April 1975, the U.S. fled the Republic of Vietnam, abandoning …

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Confirmation bias

An investigative journalist’s ‘exposé’ of Rumsfeld is one-sided fallacy

Donald Rumsfeld’s tenure as secretary of defense (2001-2006) will forever be judged through the prism of the war in Iraq. What if the …

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Essay: Leader, transform thyself!

Good leadership requires both vision and communication skills

Leaders tell us that we have to change. Every senior leader in Washington is proclaiming that we are in a time of unprecedented change. …

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Occupation doctrine

THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER DYNAMITE ISSUE OF AFJ. I was particularly interested in how the articles by Joseph J. Collins, Frank Hoffman, Christopher Griffin, Ralph Peters and Maj. Timothy T. Tenne tied …

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See no evil

Countering WMD proliferation is a job the Pentagon doesn’t want

The Bush administration launched the war in Iraq ostensibly to secure weapons of mass destruction and prevent al-Qaida from acquiring them. The …

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