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Iraq: The Real Election

The New York Review of Books     |    April 28, 2005     |    ESSAY

042805cover Just past dawn on January 30, Iraq's Election Day — the fourth of the US occupation's "turning points," after the fall of Baghdad, the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the "handover of sovereignty" — I stood at the muddy gates of Muthana Air Base outside Baghdad watching the sun rise, pink and full, into a white-streaked sky; then, feeling a sudden tremor beneath my feet, I started abruptly: the explosion was loud and, judging by the vibrations, not far off.
 
Tags: middle east | Iraq

Bush's Victory: Second Thoughts

The New York Review of Books     |    March 10, 2005     |    EXCHANGE

031005 "Issues don't win elections, constituencies do." As this political chestnut suggests, issues serve politicians mainly as a way for them to consolidate constituencies—and "make a majority," as Andrew Hacker puts it.
 
Tags: american politics

Torture and Gonzales: An Exchange

The New York Review of Books     |    February 10, 2005     |    EXCHANGE

021005cover Between the publication of my article, "Abu Ghraib: The Hidden Story," and the receipt of these letters, and mainly thanks to the President's nomination of Alberto Gonzales to be attorney general and the hearings that followed, we have had a public discussion of the "outrageous memos authored by highly placed administration lawyers" to which Mr. Rivkin refers.
 
Tags: War on Terror | Torture | american politics

How Bush Really Won

The New York Review of Books     |    January 13, 2005     |    ESSAY

11305cover_pdf Driving north from Tampa on Florida's Route 75 on November 1, as the battle over who would hold political power in America was reaching a climax but the struggle over what that battle meant had yet to begin, I put down the top of my rented green convertible, turned the talk radio voices up to blaring, and commenced reading the roadside.
 
Tags: american politics

We Are All Torturers Now

The New York Times     |    January 06, 2005     |    OP-ED ESSAY

010605cover At least since Watergate, Americans have come to take for granted a certain story line of scandal, in which revelation is followed by investigation, adjudication and expiation.
 
Tags: War on Terror | Torture

Seeing the World: James Chace 1931-2004

The New York Times Magazine     |    December 26, 2004     |    REMEMBRANCE

122604cover "Go to Haiti!" James Chace leaned in close, left hand grasping my upper arm, fixed me with that incomparable stare, raised his right index finger and, like some unlikely fire-and-brimstone New England preacher reincarnated in blazer and khakis, intoned portentously: "Hear me well, young Danner: Go to Haiti!"
 
Tags: In Memoriam

A Doctrine Left Behind

The New York Times     |    November 21, 2004     |    OP-ED ESSAY

Powell It seemed somehow fitting, and fittingly sad, that Colin Powell saw his resignation accepted as secretary of state on the day marines completed their conquest of Falluja
 
Tags: politics | Foreign Affairs

James Clarke Chace—In Memoriam

November 14, 2004     |    REMEMBRANCE

C_7545 One of the last times I saw James Chace I was standing right here, at this very podium, and he was sitting right…there.
 
Tags: Elegies and Appreciations | James Chace

On Richard Wollheim, 1923-2003

November 04, 2004     |    REMEMBRANCE

Sad as I am not to be with you this day I take a bit of solace in thinking that Richard would have granted me a dispensation, once he learned that I had spent the last week among voters in the cities and towns of the great state of Florida - studying, as it were, abnormal mass psychology.
 
Tags: Elegies and Appreciations | Richard Wolheim

The Election and America's Future

The New York Review of Books     |    November 04, 2004     |    ESSAY

11305cover_pdf_(1) It has been clear for several months that the United States is losing its war in Iraq. What remains to be seen is whether Americans will come to realize this fact before the election or after it.
 
Tags: american politics

Abu Ghraib: The Hidden Story

The New York Review of Books     |    October 07, 2004     |    ESSAY

Us-cover10-7 They have long since taken their place in the gallery of branded images, as readily recognizable in much of the world as Marilyn struggling with her billowing dress or Michael dunking his basketball...
 
Tags: Iraq | Torture | middle east

The Logic of Torture

The New York Review of Books     |    June 24, 2004     |    ESSAY

6-24-us-cover What is difficult is separating what we now know from what we have long known but have mostly refused to admit.
 
Tags: Iraq | Torture | middle east

Torture and Truth

The New York Review of Books     |    June 10, 2004     |    ESSAY

6-10-us-cover Last November in Iraq, I traveled to Fallujah during the early days of what would become known as the "Ramadan Offensive"—when suicide bombers in the space of less than an hour destroyed the Red Cross headquarters and four police stations, and daily attacks by insurgents against US troops doubled, and the American adventure in Iraq entered a bleak tunnel from which it has yet to emerge.
 
Tags: middle east | Iraq | Torture

Campaigns

The New Yorker     |    April 05, 2004     |    COMMENT

040504_newyorker As the war in Iraq enters its second year, Americans find themselves trapped in an epistemological black hole: the war's end recedes into an indefinite future while its beginning grows daily more contentious and obscure.
 
Tags: american politics

Delusions in Baghdad: An Exchange

The New York Review of Books     |    February 12, 2004     |    EXCHANGE

I am glad that Ambassador Horan finds my article "interesting and accurate, as far as it goes." I must confess that I feel the same way about his letter—up to and including the implication that the writer does not, alas, go quite far enough.
 
Tags: Foreign Affairs | Iraq | middle east

Delusions in Baghdad

The New York Review of Books     |    December 18, 2003     |    ESSAY

December_cover Autumn in Baghdad is cloudy and gray. Trapped in rush-hour traffic one October morning, without warning my car bucked up and back, like a horse whose reins had been brutally pulled.
 
Tags: middle east | Iraq

Iraq: How Not to Win a War

The New York Review of Books     |    September 25, 2003     |    ESSAY

Cover_iraq_hownowin We see the world through the stories we tell, and until recently the story most Americans told themselves about the war in Iraq was a simple and dramatic narrative of imminent threat, daring triumph, and heroic liberation —a story neatly embodied in images of a dictator's toppling statue and a president in full flight gear swaggering across a carrier deck.
 
Tags: middle east | Iraq

The Erotic Pull of the Strange: An Introduction

Zoetrope All-Story     |    SUMMER 2003     |    ESSAY
 
Tags: Foreign Affairs | Writing

The Struggles of Democracy and Empire

The New York Times     |    October 08, 2002     |    OP-ED ESSAY

Democracy A year after a tiny band of religious zealots managed with stunning audacity to mutilate the face of America, the world's sole superpower trembles on the threshold of a new imperial season.
 
Tags: american politics | Foreign Affairs | War on Terror

The Battlefield in the American Mind

The New York Times     |    October 16, 2001     |    OP-ED ESSAY

101601image In Afghanistan, the targets are running out. Such are the frustrations of the powerful; Joseph Conrad, writing of an African "heart of darkness" a century ago, well understood: "Once, I remember, we came upon a man-of-war anchored off the coast...
 
Tags: War on Terror | american politics | Foreign Affairs
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