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Do What It Takes in Iraq

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...ice gave an important speech a couple of weeks ago, in which she called on the United States to make a “generational commitment” to bringing political... ...a “generational commitment” to bringing political and eco- nomic reform to the long-neglected Middle East—a com- mitment not unlike that which we made... ...ent’s own vision. President Bush recognizes that, as is so often the case, American ideals and American interests converge in such a project, that a m... ... often the case, American ideals and American interests converge in such a project, that a more democratic Middle East will both improve the lives of ... ...e lives of long-suffering peoples and enhance America’s national security. For all our admiration for this bold, long-term vision, however, there is r... ...an even this vision of a bet- ter, safer Middle East. The future course of American for- eign policy, American world leadership, and American security... ...his vision of a bet- ter, safer Middle East. The future course of American for- eign policy, American world leadership, and American security is at st... ...rs to prevent the infiltration of international terrorists trying to open a new front against the United States in Iraq. There are too few forces to pr... ...rther in coming months. Their hope is that U.S. forces will be replaced by new Iraqi forces and by an influx of allied troops from around the world. We...

...Excerpt: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice gave an important speech a couple of weeks ago, in which she called on the United States to make a ?generational commitment? to bringing political and economic reform to the long-neglected Middle East - a commitment not unlike that which we made to rebuild Europe after the Second World War. It w...

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A National Humiliation

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...01 T he profound national humiliation that President Bush has brought upon the United States may be forgotten temporarily when the American aircrew, h... ...h has brought upon the United States may be forgotten temporarily when the American aircrew, held captive in China as this magazine goes to press, ret... ...ess, return home. But when we finish celebrating, it will be time to assess the damage done, and the dangers invited, by the administration’s behavior.... ... to review what has happened. On April 1, a Chinese fighter intercepted an American surveillance aircraft flying a routine mission over interna- tional... ...so close to the American aircraft as to increase substantially the chances for a collision. There are common sense rules of the road for how the game ... ...r. In circumstances such as these, it doesn’t matter who bumps whom. Blame for the accident falls on the one who deliberately created such a dangerous... ...dent also occurred despite repeated warnings by the United States that the new Chinese policy was dan- gerous. In December and January, after a number... ...ter a number of close calls, top Pentagon officials formally protested the new Chinese tactics. The United States, they made clear, did not intend to ...

...Excerpt: The profound national humiliation that President Bush has brought upon the United States may be forgotten temporarily when the American aircrew, held captive in China as this magazine goes to press, return home. But when we f...

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The Coalition Trap

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 11 OCTOBER 15, 2001 C an the United States win a war on terrorism while winking at some terrorists a... ...inking at some terrorists and cozying up to nations that support them? Can the United States effectively fight terrorism and reward terrorism at the sa... ...g Iran. Now Iran has been the world’s leading state spon- sor of terrorism for over two decades. It supports the Hezbollah terror organization, with a... ...ion, with a long and bloody record of terrorist actions against Israel and Americans. Whatever openings may come in Iran under the more moderate Presi... ... tember 11 attack was related to lack of progress in the peace process are American college professors and Euro- pean intellectuals. As the New Y ork ... ...ocess are American college professors and Euro- pean intellectuals. As the New Y ork Times’s Thomas Fried- man and others have pointed out, Osama bin ... ...stinian state was designed to firm up wavering Arab support, such as it is, for the war on terrorism. We doubt it will have much effect on Arab leaders... ...f talks, despite the continuation of Palestinian terrorism. T o do so, the New York Times reported, would “risk the appearance of undermining Mr. Bush...

...Excerpt: Can the United States win a war on terrorism while winking at some terrorists and cozying up to nations that support them? Can the United States effectively fight terrorism and reward terrorism at the same time? You shouldn?t hav...

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The Bucks Stop Here

By: Robert Kagan

...months ago, House majority whip T om DeLay gave a powerful speech decrying the Clin- ton administration’s appeasement of China, and making a strong ca... ... Clin- ton administration’s appeasement of China, and making a strong case for a much tougher policy toward Beijing. Now, the same T om DeLay is worki... ...a, and making a strong case for a much tougher policy toward Beijing. Now, the same T om DeLay is working night and day to help Clinton cement his “le... ...ay to help Clinton cement his “legacy” by passing per- manent trade status for China. DeLay, of course, insists there is no contradiction. Borrowing t... ...ut it is incoherent national security policy. If China is the challenge to American interests that DeLay rightly claims it is, then how can it make se... ... status? Would it not be wiser to adopt a more skeptical approach, to keep American options open, to take things one year at a time? Shouldn’t Republi...

...Excerpt: A couple of months ago, House majority whip Tom DeLay gave a powerful speech decrying the Clinton administration?s appeasement of China, and making a strong case for a much tougher policy toward Beijing. Now, the same Tom DeLay is working night and day to help Clinton cement his ?legacy? by passing permanent t...

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The National Interest

By: Robert Kagan

...T he war in Kosovo is going badly. The Clinton administration has compounded its initial dis- astrous misjudgm... ...inadequate military strategy driven more by fear of negative polls than by the imperative of victory. THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that General Wes... ... usefully illuminated the fault- lines in elite opinion about the goals of American for- eign policy and the purposes of American power in the post-Co... ... illuminated the fault- lines in elite opinion about the goals of American for- eign policy and the purposes of American power in the post-Cold War wo... ...uld much concern itself with overseas matters not directly threatening the American homeland; of Clinton despisers who don’t trust the administration ... ...idiculous position, but one that implies an utterly passive foreign policy for the next two years); and of ultra-sophisticated “realist” intellectuals... ...ands that the principles of Truman and Reagan remain the best guide in our new and increasingly perilous post-Cold War world. —Robert Kagan and Willia...

...Excerpt: The war in Kosovo is going badly. The Clinton administration has compounded its initial disastrous misjudgment of Slobodan Milosevic with an inadequate military strategy driven more by fear of negative polls than by the imper...

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The Coming War with Saddam

By: Stephen F. Hayes

...EKLY STANDARD / 21 JULY 29, 2002 A curious thing seems to have happened on the way to the war against Saddam Hussein. Despite President Bush’s oft-sta... ...een rife with speculation that military action is unlikely, maybe even off the table. These reports continued to appear last week even as the second-r... ...as military press officers are discussing with some reporters arrangements for coverage of the coming war. Nor did they cease after President Bush pla... ...” The article further asserted that the Bush team is thus “raising the bar for an invasion, though by no means has ruled it out.” And three days after... ...f solid reporting, his article spawned several copycats and helped define a new conventional wisdom on Iraq, one that persists to this day. But several... ... Paul Wolfowitz last week, Ecevit told a T urkish television network, “The American administration is not hiding that it is determined on a military i... ...ountries that have lost their sovereign- ty.” This recent history acquired new relevance when, shortly after the September 11 attacks, Czech intellige... ...es to a Saddam-al Qaeda connection. According to sources familiar with the project, the findings thus far are “solid,” and the ties are significantly de... ...aken in late June found 61 According to sources familiar with the Pentagon project, ties between bin Laden and al Qaeda are deeper than public reports...

...Excerpt: A curious thing seems to have happened on the way to the war against Saddam Hussein. Despite President Bush?s oft-stated commitment to ?regime change? in Iraq, media reports have been rife with speculation that military action is unlikely, maybe even off the table. T...

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The Axis of Appeasement

By: William Kristol

...DARD / 7 AUGUST 26 / SEPTEMBER 2, 2002 “Leading Republicans from Congress, the State Department and past administrations have begun to break ranks wit... ...k ranks with President Bush over his administration’s high-profile planning for war with Iraq.” New York Times, August 16, 2002 W ait a minute. “Leadin... ...nt Bush over his administration’s high-profile planning for war with Iraq.” New York Times, August 16, 2002 W ait a minute. “Leading Republicans from .... ...ork Times, August 16, 2002 W ait a minute. “Leading Republicans from . . . the State Department . . . have begun to break ranks with President Bush”? ... ...nd his deputy, Richard Armitage—“break ranks” with the president they work for? Let’s be clear. President Bush’s policy is regime change in Iraq. Pres... ...ded foreign policy that seeks aggressively and unapologetically to advance American principles around the world. Some, mostly abroad and on the domest... ...stly abroad and on the domestic left, hate it because they’re queasy about American principles. Some, mostly foreign policy “realists,” hate it becaus... ...ked more viciously in 1938 and 1939 than earlier in the decade. So now the New York Times shamelessly mischaracterizes Henry Kissinger’s endorse- ment... ... hand, and overwhelming power on the other.” At the beginning of this new century, the United States is again called by history to use our overwhelmi...

...Excerpt: Wait a minute. ?Leading Republicans from the State Department have begun to break ranks with President Bush?? Isn?t the State Department part of the Bush administration? How can its ?leading Republicans? - Colin Powell and his deputy, Richard Armitage - ?break ranks...

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Democracy Now

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 7 MAY 17, 2004 W e do not know how close the American effort in Iraq may be to irrecoverable failure. We are incline... ...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 7 MAY 17, 2004 W e do not know how close the American effort in Iraq may be to irrecoverable failure. We are inclined to... ...may be to irrecoverable failure. We are inclined to believe, however, that the current Washington wisdom—that the United States has already failed and... ... let Iraq go to hell. We wonder how those who, rightly, complain about the American mis- treatment of Iraqi prisoners, can blithely consign the entire... ...n the Democratic party who are fighting against that party’s growing clamor for withdrawal. But loss of confidence that the war is winnable goes well be... ...ic and too pessimistic. The perception, if it lingers, may destroy support for the war before events on the ground have a chance to prove it wrong. So... ...e been ade- quate a couple of months ago. But it is inadequate to meet the new challenge. Among the biggest mistakes made by the Bush admin- istratio... ...ext prime min- ister will be. We strongly doubt that the announcement of a new interim government—three to four weeks from now, to take office almost ...

...Excerpt: We do not know how close the American effort in Iraq may be to irrecoverable failure. We are inclined to believe, however, that the current Washington wisdom - that the United States has already failed and there is nothing to do now but find a not-to...

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Congress Versus Iraq

By: John R. Bolton

...16 / THE WEEKLY STANDARD JANUARY 19, 1998 D URING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, Iraq all but slipped from public view—doubtless to quie... ...all but slipped from public view—doubtless to quiet prayers of thanks from the Clinton adminis- tration. Since Saddam Hussein effectively barred Unite... ...e October, the administra- tion’s strategy has been to strike a macho pose for domestic consumption but do next to nothing diplo- matically, and as li... ...ints. Surprisingly, the president has escaped damaging criticism, not only for five years of waning attention to the Iraq problem, but even for his slo... ... alarming lack of response. John R. Bolton is senior vice president of the American Enterprise Institute. He was assistant secretary of state for inte...

...Excerpt: During The Holiday Season, Iraq all but slipped from public view - doubtless to quiet prayers of thanks from the Clinton administration. Since Saddam Hussein effectively barred United Nations weapons inspectors from carrying out the...

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Less Central, More Intelligent

By: Gary Schmitt

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 13 JULY 26, 2004 W HEN THE SENATE Intelli- gence Committee released its report on prewar assess- m... ...nd political debate— as it should have. Even in its heavily redacted form, the report is well worth reading, provid- ing a rare and detailed depiction... ...ew that the United Nations was not satisfied with Iraq’s efforts to account for its destruction of all its pre-Gulf War weapons, precursors, and equipm... ...eform the CIA. BY GARY SCHMITT Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project for the New American Century and former executive director of the P... ...e CIA. BY GARY SCHMITT Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project for the New American Century and former executive director of the President... ... BY GARY SCHMITT Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project for the New American Century and former executive director of the President’s Forei... ...GARY SCHMITT Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project for the New American Century and former executive director of the President’s Foreign I... ...ITT Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project for the New American Century and former executive director of the President’s Foreign Intelligen... ...oal. T his is a remarkable finding. Per- haps the most sacred cow in all of American intelligence is the idea that a central intelligence agency is an ...

...Excerpt: When The Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on prewar assessments of Iraq?s WMD programs and Iraq?s ties to terrorism, it generated a host of front-page stories, news commentaries, and political debate - as it shoul...

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Foreign Policy and the Republican Future

By: New American Century

...go beyond criticizing Clinton? Can they articulate a coherent alternative to his policies? It so happens that their political interests coincide with the interests of the nation. Foreign policy represents a huge opportunity for Republicans over the next two years, if they have the wit to seize it. They will have to realize, though, that taking advantage of this opportunity...

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Testing Time in Bosnia

By: New American Century

...F or the first time in more than a year, the prospects for a successful, lasting, and even a rel- atively just peace... ...F or the first time in more than a year, the prospects for a successful, lasting, and even a rel- atively just peace in Bosnia hav... ...y NATO troops, and another was killed trying to resist capture. Meanwhile, the Bosnian Serbs, hitherto united in their opposition to the Dayton peace ... ...part in the Dayton process, and isolating those who do not. It’s too early for celebration, but it is worth noting what can be accomplished with just ... ...t toe-to-toe with Cohen in an intra- administration battle and won; to the new presidential envoy, Robert S. Gelbard, a tough career diplomat who devi... ...n set about knocking heads both in Washington and in the Bal- kans; to the new NATO commander, Gen. Wesley Clark, who gave approval for NATO troops to... ...ant to take a moment from his millennial bridge-building to explain to the American people, in a serious and sus- tained way, why it’s vital that the ... ...ther Bill Clinton is willing to take seriously his responsibility to shape American foreign policy. Is it too much to expect of the commander in chief...

...Excerpt: For the first time in more than a year, the prospects for a successful, lasting and even a relatively just peace in Bosnia have improved. In recent weeks, one indicted war criminal was captured by NATO troops, and another was...

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Message Destructions

By: New American Century

Excerpt: The Department of State does not clear on the reference & editorial.

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Out of Kosovo

By: New American Century
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Newt Gingrichs Last Boondoggle

By: Thomas Donnelly

...28 / THE WEEKLY STANDARD MAY 29, 2000 Newt Gingrich’s Last Boondoggle The Hart-Rudman national security commission shows every sign of being an ... ... security commission shows every sign of being an expensive flop. D uring the decade since the Cold War end- ed, the United States has searched in va... ... decade since the Cold War end- ed, the United States has searched in vain for a new national strategy. The Pentagon has undergone a Base Force review... ...e since the Cold War end- ed, the United States has searched in vain for a new national strategy. The Pentagon has undergone a Base Force review, a Bo... ...pendent National Defense Panel review. At the moment it is readying itself for a second Quadrennial Defense Review, whose main virtue appears to be th... ...been some- thing of a joke on the taxpayer almost since its inception. The project was the pet rock of former House speaker Newt Gingrich—now himself ... ... over the panel’s first report. Cheney was unhappy with the suggestion that American power was bound to decline: “Emerging powers will increasingly con... ...ted,” concludes one national security scholar who signed up to work on the project. “There is no organizing mind,” says another who contributed severa... ...DONNELLY T om Donnelly is deputy executive director of the Project for the New American Century. Iss35/May29 well 8/11/01 3:50 PM Page 4 THE WEEKLY...

...Excerpt: During the decade since the Cold War ended, the United States has searched in vain for a new national strategy. The Pentagon has undergone a Base Force review, a Bottom- Up review, a review of service roles and missions, and an inde...

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Iraq One Year Later

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 9 MARCH 22, 2004 A year has passed since the invasion of Iraq, and while no sensible person would claim that Iraqis ... ...m that Iraqis are safely and irrevocably on a course to liberal democracy, the honest and rather remarkable truth is that they have made enormous stri... ... fracture into feuding clans and unleash a bloodbath. The perpetually sour American media focus on the tensions between Shiites and Kurds that delayed... ...e of the majority Shiites to be fairly represented in the Iraqi government—for the first time in a century—and the equally legitimate desire of Kurds a... ... culture and religion of Islam really is an encouraging and feasible model for others in the Islamic world. A share of the credit for Iraq’s achieveme... ...been more persistent in urging free and democratic elections than some top American officials, who for months put off elections out of fear of their p... ....” “We should not be opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them down in New York City.” T o be sure, he has uttered these complaints in the context... ...xtremists in the Arab and Islam- ic world that while the United States can project power, we have no staying power, and that all they have to do is wa... ...s to refer to the event as “Spain’s September 11.” No European who mourned New York’s dead after September 11—nor any grateful American—will need to b...

...Excerpt: A year has passed since the invasion of Iraq, and while no sensible person would claim that Iraqis are safely and irrevocably on a course to liberal democracy, the honest and rather remarkable truth is that they have made enormous strides in that di...

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The U.N. Trap

By: Robert Kagan

...tions was, among other things, a remarkable expression of national support for the course the president has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of c... ...s was, among other things, a remarkable expression of national support for the course the president has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of cours... ...esident has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of course, that includes the president’s Iraq policy. Time and again as he toured the nation providi... ...as won congres- sional authorization. He has received as much of a mandate for the use of force as any president could expect in a midterm election. A... ...is on Friday, the French are congratulating them- selves for directing the new Security Council resolution toward disarma- ment rather than “regime ch... ...ns. As the Finan- cial Times reports, the French complained that the early American drafts of the resolution “seemed intentionally provocative,” desig... ...features of the current process is the extent to which it takes control of American foreign policy out of President Bush’s hands and puts it in the ha... ...critical point. At France’s insistence, the resolution now states that any new breach “will be reported to the Coun- cil for assessment.” If Blix enco...

...Excerpt: President Bush?s resounding victory in last week?s midterm elections was, among other things, a remarkable expression of national support for the course the president has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of course, that includes the president?s Iraq policy. Time and again as he toured the nation providing invaluable support to Republican candidates, Presid...

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Going Wobbly

By: Robert Kagan

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / ?? JUNE 3, 2002 I s the Bush administration going wobbly? Is the presi- dent preparing to back ... ...Bush administration going wobbly? Is the presi- dent preparing to back off the bold pledges he made to the American people four months ago in his Stat... ...? Is the presi- dent preparing to back off the bold pledges he made to the American people four months ago in his State of the Union address? The pres... ... he was determined to confront and eliminate this threat, and he called on Americans to gird themselves for the difficult struggle that lay ahead. And... ...t and eliminate this threat, and he called on Americans to gird themselves for the difficult struggle that lay ahead. And he told us time was not on o... ...containment plus covert operations against Sad- dam—attempted coups, hoped-for assassination by people close to Saddam, hoped-for spontaneous combusti... ... the sanctions against Iraq. Saddam will now grow richer, and he will have new cash to spend on his weapons programs. Did President Bush really not un...

...Excerpt: Is the Bush administration going wobbly? Is the president preparing to back off the bold pledges he made to the American people four months ago in his State of the Union address? The president warned us then that the clock was t...

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Getting Serious

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 7 NOVEMBER 19, 2001 I s the Bush administration really getting serious about fighting the war on ter... ...ministration really getting serious about fighting the war on terrorism? On the one hand, there was still plenty of happy-talk flying fast and furious t... ...ident Bush’s speech Thursday night was upbeat and spared him media attacks for not addressing the nation on homeland security. But the American people... ... media attacks for not addressing the nation on homeland security. But the American people don’t really need to be told how to lead their lives. They ... ...y of Defense Rumsfeld’s efforts to increase the pace and vio- lence of the American offensive in Afghanistan are begin- ning to bear fruit on the grou... ...en slow to escalate and have been resisting the call by civilian officials for a wider ground war. The commander in the region, General T om- my Frank... ...d be greater urgency in planning for a military campaign against Iraq. The New York Times reported this past week that Saddam Hussein maintained a sec... ...he war on terrorism. But more troops cost money. As Thomas Donnelly of the Project for the New American Century has noted, recruiting, training, and e... ...ism. But more troops cost money. As Thomas Donnelly of the Project for the New American Century has noted, recruiting, training, and equipping an addi...

...Excerpt: Is the Bush administration really getting serious about fighting the war on terrorism? On the one hand, there was still plenty of happy-talk flying fast and furious this past week. President Bush?s speech Thursday night was upbe...

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The Gathering Storm

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...ARD / 13 OCTOBER 29, 2001 H ere’s a prediction. When all is said and done, the conflict in Afghanistan will be to the war on ter- rorism what the North... ...t the North Africa campaign was to World War II: an essential beginning on the path to victo- ry. But compared with what looms over the horizon—a wide... ... the United States—Afghanistan will prove but an opening battle. We do not for an instant minimize the difficulties and the dangers to our forces of t... ... accelerate the mil- itary campaign to unseat the Taliban, without waiting for the State Department to name the cabinet and sub-cabinet officials in a... ...untries in conflicts of varying intensity. It could well require the use of American military power in multiple places simultaneously. It is going to r... ... will be able to persuade T ony Blair and other European allies to support American action against Saddam. But the Arab world will be a different mat... ...ortunity Saddam Hussein has been waiting for to “lead” the Arab world in a new war against Israel. What form this war would take is hard to predict. A... ...ogical or chemical warfare and other forms of terrorism. With or without a new Arab-Israeli war, it is possible that the demise of some “moderate” Ara...

...Excerpt: Here?s a prediction. When all is said and done, the conflict in Afghanistan will be to the war on terrorism what the North Africa campaign was to World War II: an essential beginning on the path to victory. But compared with what looms over the horizon - a wide-ranging war...

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A War to Win

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...STANDARD / 7 SEPTEMBER 24, 2001 T he first thing that must be said is this: The nation has reacted magnificently to the horrific events of September 11. ... ...cently to the horrific events of September 11. True, there has been some of the usual hand-wringing, on editorial pages and in Congress. To listen to s... ... spraying bombs in all direc- tions without rhyme or reason, save the lust for vengeance. Retired general Charles G. Boyd, for example, expressed his ... ... “put us on the same moral footing” as the men who killed several thousand Americans this past T uesday. Some in Congress were reluctant this week to ... ...in Congress were reluctant this week to give President Bush full authority for the use of force, lest he abuse the privi- lege and do something unthin... ...th the passage of time, and perhaps after a few, bloody skirmishes in this new war, the nation and its political leaders will gradually lose interest.... ...ually lose interest. This may seem inconceivable at the moment. Right now, Americans and their political leaders seem prepared for the difficult strug... ...ongress have a job to do, too. Whether they remain intently focused on the new war against terror will send a clear signal to the American people—not ...

...Excerpt: The first thing that must be said is this: The nation has reacted magnificently to the horrific events of September 11. True, there has been some of the usual hand-wringing, on editorial pages and in Congress. To listen to so...

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