On Message

Article by David Samuels

The day that the Secretary of Defense left for the Middle East and Central Asia, I spent a morning with John McWethy. One of the senior reporters on the Pentagon beat, McWethy, fifty-four, works out of a windowless cubicle that he shares with Barbara Starr, anABC News producer who does radio. The office measures approximately …

Res Publica

Article by Lewis H. Lapham

Throughout the month of October the fire continued to burn in the ruin of lower Manhattan, and the numerous politicians who came to look upon the face of apocalyptic destruction never failed to see, somewhere behind the veil of rancid and still-drifting smoke, an American phoenix rising from the ashes…. Almost as soon as they …

This War is Not Just

Article by James Carroll

In recent days, sage editorial writers, religious leaders, politicians, liberal pundits, and admired columnists have joined in the Donald Rumsfeld-Condoleezza Rice chorus praising the American war as “just." The Taliban are described as all but defeated. The "noose" around bin Laden grows ever tighter. Afghans are seen rejoicing in the streets, and the women among …

Wake Up, America

Article by Anthony Lewis

It is the broadest move in American history to sweep aside constitutional protections. Yet President Bush’s order creating military tribunals to try those suspected of links to terrorism has aroused little public uproar. Why? Because, I am convinced, people do not understand the order’s dangerous breadth — and its defenders have done their best to …

Welcome to Kabul

Article by Nicholas D. Kristof

KABUL The only foreigners not sweeping into Kabul so far are those from the American government. Diplomats from other key countries are in town to set up embassies, but American diplomats are conspicuously absent. The tardiness of the American diplomats is one of several signs that Washington risks repeating its mistake of a decade ago, …

World Opinion Opposes the Attack on Afghanistan

Article by David Miller

According to Tony Blair and George Bush respectively, ‘world opinion’ and the ‘collective will of the world’ supported the attack on Afghanistan. Yet analysis of international opinion polls shows that with only three exceptions majorities in all countries polled have opposed the policy of the US and UK governments. Furthermore there have been consistent majorities …