In the Darkness of Dick Cheney
The New York Review of Books | Published: 02/14/14
No turning back would be a good slogan for Dick Cheney. His memoirs are remarkable—and he shares this with Rumsfeld—for an almost perfect lack of second-guessing, regret, or even the mildest reconsideration. Decisions are now as they were then. If the Mission Accomplished moment in 2003 seemed at the time to be the height of American power and authority, then so it will remain—unquestioned, unaltered, uninflected by subsequent public events that show it quite clearly to have been nothing of the kind. “If I had to do it over again,” says Cheney, “I’d do it in a minute.”
Rumsfeld: Why We Live in His Ruins
The New York Review of Books | Published: 02/06/14
On a lovely morning in May 2004, as occupied Iraq slipped deeper into a chaos of suicide bombings, improvised explosive attacks, and sectarian warfare, the American commander in Baghdad, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, together with his superior, General John Abizaid of Central Command, arrived at the White House for an appointment with the president.
Donald Rumsfeld Revealed
The New York Review of Books | Published: 01/09/14
It is a striking thought: night after night, the secretary of defense of the world’s most powerful country retires to his bed haunted not by some threatening, well-armed foe but by “a failure of imagining what might happen in the world.”
Rumsfeld's War and Its Consequences Now
The New York Review of Books | Published: 12/19/13
Trust brings trust, confidence builds on confidence: the young inexperienced president, days before American bombs begin falling on Afghanistan, wants a “creative” plan to invade Iraq, developed “outside the normal channels”; the old veteran defense secretary, in a rare moment of weakness, craves human comfort and understanding. And yet they’d hardly known one another, these two, before George W. Bush chose him for his secretary of defense nine months before.
Original Version: The Struggle for a Democratic Haiti
The New York Times Magazine | Published: 06/01/87
This is the first draft of Mark Danner's first feature article about Haiti, written in 1987 for The New York Times Magazine.
The Best American Magazine Writing 2012
Columbia Journalism Review | Published: 01/13/13
Q&A with Errol Morris: The Unknown Known
Mark Danner speaks with Errol Morris after the screening of his film, The Unknown Known, at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. The film explores the years that Donald Rumsfeld influenced American policy, from the Vietnam War to the Iraq War.
Danner, DeLillo, and Morris on the Kennedy Assassination
Mark Danner in conversation with Don DeLillo and Errol Morris at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. DeLillo reads an excerpt from his novel, Underworld, and screens the iconic 26-second Zapruder film. Danner, DeLillo, and Morris discuss the film as well as Errol Morris' The Umbrella Man, a short video that explores the story behind the man standing under an open umbrella at the scene of the assassination.
A Tribute to Mohammad Rasoulof
Mark Danner leads a tribute to Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Rasoulof's films present a bold critique, often at his own risk, of Iran's systematic oppression of individuals. Listen to Danner's introduction to Rasoulof's work and watch a video of the Q&A following the screening. Translation by Mishana Hosseinioun.