Chairman of Joint Chiefs: U.S. Action in Libya Isn’t About Forcing Gadhafi Out; ‘Can’t Say’ Outcome

  Washington, D.C. – The U.S.-led international military assault on Libya could achieve its stated goals without forcing Moammar Gadhafi from power, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday as the bombing campaign continued. After a barrage of attacks by sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles Saturday, an array of U.S. warplanes including several Air force B-2 […]

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Back to the Shores of Tripoli?

by Daniel Pipes National Review Online March 10, 2011 The official hymn of the U.S. Marine Corps famously begins with “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles on the land as on the sea.” The reference to Tripoli alludes to the Battle of Derna of 1805, the […]

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Democratic Iraq?

by Daniel Pipes March 4, 2011 updated Mar 6, 2011 While Middle Easterners from Morocco to Iran are agitating for more say in the governance of their countries, guess where the leadership is acquiring more power? Michael S. Schmidt and Jack Healy report for the New York Times that “Maliki’s Broadened Powers Seen as a […]

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The Fairy Tale Stops in Tripoli

The fairy tale stopped in Tripoli. At first it appeared that Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi would succumb in short order as did the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.  His support appeared to be unraveling as diplomats and high-ranking officers and even Cabinet members scurried to disassociate themselves from the regime that they had long served. It […]

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Are Centrist Democrats an Endangered Species?

Political fashions may enjoy slightly more longevity than clothing fashions but they too are evanescent. During the 1990s, “3rd Way politics” was the rage and its most successful practitioners were President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair. The recent decision by the Democratic Leadership Council to close shop together with the disappearance of Blair’s […]

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