With each passing day, the ill-fated war in Iraq looks more and more like the quagmire of Vietnam. Now, a dimming outlook for significant U.S. troop cuts in Iraq means the Pentagon may soon face a difficult and politically sensitive decision: either make more frequent call-ups of some National Guard and Reserve troops or expand still further the size of the active-duty Army, defense officials say.
When you sweep away the hype, the lies and the politics of George W. Bush’s so-called "war on terror," you are left with one inescapable conclusion: The President of the United States is at war with freedom.
By LAURIE KELLMAN
Faltering under Republican infighting, President Bush’s embattled anti-terrorism agenda has some new momentum from a House member who has rewritten her warrantless wiretapping bill more to his liking and from maverick GOP senators open to talks on how to handle detainees.
By MARTIN SCHRAM
There was no sudden explosion, no siren, no news bulletin, no screams for help.
Just people, one by one, quietly calling the doctor or going to the hospital, suffering intestinal distress. So it took a while before officials realized this was something bigger: All who were sick had recently eaten fresh leafy greens. This was food poisoning. But it would be one full year before public health officials would finally understand that it was a bio-terror attack.
By PAUL C. CAMPOS
I’m flying for the first time since the arrest last month in London of a dozen people accused of planning to blow up several airliners, with bombs assembled onboard out of various ordinary liquids. The more I read about this plot the more amateurish and improbable it sounds, but that hasn’t discouraged the authorities from implementing a new set of rules and rituals, which will supposedly help keep us safe from terror.
By MICHAEL DOYLE
The contaminated spinach that’s sickening consumers is emboldening lawmakers who want to strengthen federal defenses against future outbreaks of food-borne illness.
By MARGARET TALEV
With time running out before Congress recesses next week, the White House appeared Tuesday to be offering dissident Republican senators a compromise on detainee legislation that would leave the language of the Geneva Conventions untouched if lawmakers preserve the CIA’s terrorist-interrogation program.