Dec 22, 2003

Cutting a deal with Hussein makes sense

WASHINGTON — The capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein should, in and of itself, make a major difference in the U.S.-led operation to bring peace and stability to Iraq. But it is also important to seize this opportunity and go even further. As ...

Nov 29, 2003

Sensible plan for South Korea

WASHINGTON — Even those who admire U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld rarely consider his diplomatic skills among his strongest suits. Capable of being charming and engaging in person, he tends to come across less well when sniping at allies across oceans over the ...

Oct 1, 2003

U.S. mission remains on track in Iraq

WASHINGTON — How can we really determine if the Iraq mission is going well? Pessimists worry about recent truck bombings and political assassinations, ongoing serious crime problems, sustained attacks against U.S. forces, and high unemployment together with slow progress at improving the Iraqi standard ...

Sep 3, 2003

U.S. must offer more, demand more

WASHINGTON — It was predictable that the six-nation talks last week in Beijing over how to handle the North Korean nuclear crisis would fail to achieve substantive results. Hardliners will argue this proves that diplomacy with the Stalinist North Korean regime can’t work. In ...

Aug 3, 2003

War notes for the leaders in Pyongyang

WASHINGTON — In recent weeks, as the heavy global workload and overcommitment of the U.S. armed forces has become apparent, some have asked if the United States could handle a major crisis or a war in Korea these days. Of course, the carnage to ...

Jun 19, 2003

History will credit Shinseki

WASHINGTON — As he stepped down from office this week as the U.S. Army chief of staff, Gen. Eric Shinseki probably breathed a big sigh of relief. He had been put through the meat grinder in his job, particularly during Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s ...

Jun 2, 2003

Enough with the France-bashing, please

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and some of his Pentagon associates appear to be on a private vendetta against France. The Pentagon has not denied, and may even have planted, false rumors that France helped some members of Saddam Hussein’s government ...

May 12, 2003

Time to push bigger deal with Pyongyang

WASHINGTON — When South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun visits Washington this week, what can he and President George W. Bush possibly talk about? The two presidents bring diametrically opposite instincts to the discussion. Bush feels that North Korea is engaged in a pitiful, ...

Mar 15, 2003

Panama's combat lessons apply to Iraq

WASHINGTON — Unless Iraq’s military capitulates quickly, the most difficult phase of a war to overthrow President Saddam Hussein will likely be the battle for Baghdad. American military triumphs since 1990 have taken place in the open desert of Arabia, the airspace over the ...

Jan 30, 2003

Forget about military draft

WASHINGTON — In recent weeks, motivated partly by a looming war in Iraq, a debate has again begun about whether the United States should adopt military conscription to replace its all-volunteer force. While the motivation behind this debate is understandable, it would be a ...