The war on terror's Singapore front.Mar 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 24 • By AUSTIN BAY
THE BUMBOAT FERRY from Changi Point to Pulau Ubin may be as close as modern Singapore gets to Joseph Conrad's tropic island of trade and empire. Instead of coconut copra the boat's smell is diesel, but the engine chugs at a steam-driven rhythm and the deckhouse is open to the humid air and high noon of the equatorial sun.
Just 60 miles above the Equator--astride the main sea lane between the Indian and Pacific Oceans--Singapore's location is still its raison d'etre.
Today Colin Powell will deliver evidence not only of Saddam's U.N. violations, but of Iraqi cooperation with al Qaeda.11:00 PM, Feb 4, 2003 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
COLIN POWELL travels to the United Nations today to "make the case" for war in Iraq. He will detail Saddam Hussein's possession, ongoing development, and continued concealment of weapons of mass destruction. It's a solid case, and most Americans buy it. As Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) told me last week, "There is no doubt in my mind that if Saddam Hussein were put on trial for having weapons of mass destruction, he would be found guilty." Those predisposed to agree with us will find it compelling. So will most of the fence-sitters, including Russia.
Bush's opportunity to redeem America's past failures in the Middle East.Feb 10, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 21 • By MAX BOOT
FOLLOWING HANS BLIX'S devastating report and President Bush's compelling State of the Union address, Saddam Hussein looks more and more like a dead man walking. In all likelihood, Baghdad will be liberated by April. This may turn out to be one of those hinge moments in history--events like the storming of the Bastille or the fall of the Berlin Wall--after which everything is different.
. . . and let slip the U.S. Special Operations Command.11:00 PM, Jan 22, 2003 • By CHRISTIAN LOWE
FOR MANY, it may seem like the news of the day is "All Iraq All The Time." But don't forget the United States is still waging a fierce war against al Qaeda and other terrorist groups around the globe. President George W. Bush reportedly still keeps a running tally of the 22 Most Wanted terrorists and their dispositions in his desk drawer.
The CIA's top counterterrorism official, Cofer Black, has been given the mandate to track these terrorists down and kill or capture them.
His administration's policies don't match the president's rhetoric.Dec 30, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 16 • By REUEL MARC GERECHT
IS THE UNITED STATES about to become midwife to democracy in the Muslim Middle East? President George W. Bush has certainly given unprecedented speeches on the inalienable right of Muslim men and women to be free, and on December 12, Secretary of State Colin Powell announced a new $29 million pro-democracy U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative. "America wants to align itself with the people of the Middle East," declared Powell, and the initiative places "the United States firmly on the side of change, on the side of reform, . . .
This week's terrorist arrests in Europe might open an unsettling new front in the war on terrorism.12:00 AM, Dec 19, 2002 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
ENOUGH TERRORISTS have been arrested in Europe in recent days--three in Edinburgh, four in London, four in Paris--to make this one of the bigger police weeks since September 11. The French arrests, which took place in the north Paris suburb of La Courneuve, are particularly unsettling for two reasons:
First, because early indications are that the group there was at an advanced stage of carrying out a chemical-weapons attack.
What Al Gore's departure from the 2004 field means for the Democratic party.11:00 PM, Dec 15, 2002 • By FRED BARNES
THE IMPORTANT THING about Al Gore's decision not to run for president in 2004--other than the decision itself--is the debate it will unleash inside the Democratic party, both during next year's run-up to the primaries, and in the 2004 primaries themselves. That debate will be about war: war against Iraq, the war on terrorism, indeed war itself as a tool of national security and a path to democratization. And it will be a lively, emotional, instructive, and perhaps even bitter debate, exactly the sort of debate the Democratic party needs.
With Gore gone, Sen.
The most powerful man in Saudi Arabia.Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By BILL TIERNEY
IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, the trappings of monarchy obscure the police state that keeps the Saud family in power. But beneath the veneer of gracious luxury, internal security has never been more important than it is today to a regime that constrains the press and commerce, struggles to provide the generous benefits promised its citizens, and has made the country a breeding ground for Islamic extremism. Enmeshed as we are in an alliance of necessity with the Saudis, Americans should be asking: Who runs Saudi internal security?
Today's Washington Post provides yet more evidence of something we've already known for months: Saddam Hussein's regime and al Qaeda are working together. A true war on terrorism requires taking on both.3:50 PM, Dec 12, 2002 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
THIS MORNING'S front page article in the Washington Post, "Report Cites Al Qaeda Deal For Iraqi Gas," should not come as a surprise. Over the past months, we have had several detailed reports of links between Iraq and al Qaeda.
One of the stranger phenomena of today's politics: The Left wallows in cynicism, while the Right is full of starry-eyed dreamers.11:00 PM, Dec 4, 2002 • By DAVID SKINNER
RECENT EVENTS--September 11, the war in Afghanistan, and the coming war in Iraq--have rigorously tested one of the perennial cliches of politics: that the Left is for idealists. Dreamers. People longing to change the world--and make it better. It's no longer true. Idealism has become a property of the Right, while the Left has been taken over by low partisan enmity.
Last week, Britain's Foreign Office released a brief report on human rights in Iraq.
From the December 9, 2002 issue: The real Saudi scandal.Dec 9, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 13 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
THERE IS NO MYSTERY, and there is no need for complicated theorizing, about the scandal that has struck the family of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abd al-Aziz, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington. U.S. authorities are investigating a financial link between Prince Bandar's wife, Princess Haifa, and two of the September 11 hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf Alhazmi.
To stay competitive the Democrats must do the unthinkable: Go right on the war on terror.11:00 PM, Nov 26, 2002 • By FRED BARNES
DEMOCRATS ARE HAVING a nervous breakdown--needlessly. Sure, they lost the 2002 election badly, but it wasn't a catastrophic defeat. They lost for a simple reason: Voters caught on that they weren't serious about the war on terrorism, including regime change in Iraq. So the one thing Democrats need to do is adopt a tough position on fighting terrorists. Then they'll be competitive again.
The Bush administration assembles an ever-larger coalition for war.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
NOT SURPRISINGLY, top Bush administration officials have no confidence that Saddam Hussein will cooperate with the latest U.N. resolution requiring him to disarm. Any foolish optimism in that regard was dispelled when Iraq continued its longstanding practice of firing on allied aircraft patrolling the no-fly zones and when it submitted a hostile, almost psychotic nine-page letter to the U.N. that left unclear whether Baghdad had accepted the terms of U.N. resolution 1441.
Woodward and Sammon on Bush as war president.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By FRED BARNES
Bush at War
by Bob Woodward
Simon & Schuster, 349 pp., $28
The War on Terrorism from Inside the Bush White House
by Bill Sammon
Regnery, 400 pp., $27.95
LET'S GET RIGHT to the scoreboard. The winners in Bob Woodward's account of President Bush's response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA director George Tenet, and, to a lesser extent, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and her deputy, Stephen Hadley. And Bush himself, who Woodward believes figured out quickly how to be an effective commander in chief.
The war on terror has created a new political climate in America.Nov 18, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 10 • By FRED BARNES
WE ARE NO LONGER an equally divided, 50-50 nation. America is now at least 51-49 Republican and right of center, more likely 52-48, maybe even 53-47. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, created a new political era, and the midterm election on November 5 confirmed it. Sure, a shift of 20,000 or 30,000 votes in a couple of states would have kept the Senate in Democratic hands.