Aug 6, 2004

No rush on some 9/11 panel proposals

WASHINGTON — The recent 9/11 Commission report is without a doubt one of the most thorough, most important and best studies by any such independent group in recent decades in the United States. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and now President George W. ...

Jun 23, 2004

New approach needed in six-party talks

WASHINGTON — As the six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program resume late this month, the outlook for success remains as poor as ever. The Bush administration continues to take a firm stand, insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible North Korean nuclear disarmament before ...

Mar 3, 2004

Japanese troops might be of more benefit elsewhere

WASHINGTON — After much difficult deliberation and debate, the Koizumi government has decided to send several hundred Japanese troops to the U.S.-led stabilization operation in Iraq. They will be working alongside roughly another 25,000 foreign troops, including just over 10,000 Brits and 3,000 South ...

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 ...