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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

The Road to Illegitimacy

The New York Review of Books     |    February 22, 2001     |    ESSAY

022201cover After you have spent some days searching for the secret of political legitimacy in Miami and West Palm Beach, you want to go further.
Tags: american politics

Scandal and the Road to Deadlock

The New York Review of Books     |    December 21, 2000     |    ESSAY

122100cover Gaze upward, through the gaseous clouds of rhetoric littering the sky from the campaign that would not end—"I will never let you down," "I will restore honor and dignity to the White House"—and you can spy, casting a shadow on the land like Barthelme's Dead Father, an enormous pair of lips, belonging not to the Vice President or the Texas governor but to a young woman from Beverly Hills who one fateful day delivered a slice of pizza to the President of the United States.
Tags: american politics

The Lost Olympics

The New York Review of Books     |    November 02, 2000     |    ESSAY

110200cover Few of our predilections seem more distinctly modern than the compulsion to name "our era" and thereby claim it.
Tags: Media | Olympics

Clinton & Colombia: The Privilege of Folly

The New York Review of Books     |    October 05, 2000     |    ESSAY

100500cover In foreign affairs, folly is the privilege of great powers, for they alone can be certain to survive it. Last month Americans embarked on a policy of exquisite folly: funding both sides of Colombia's civil war.
Tags: Latin America | Clinton | Colombia

The Shame of Political TV

The New York Review of Books     |    September 02, 2000     |    ESSAY

092100cover Like ill-matched partners in a bad marriage, American politics and American television seem bound inextricably together, unable to escape a relationship that increasingly degrades both partners.
Tags: Media | politics

Long Memories: Srebrenica, A Cry From the Grave

PBS     |    January 2000     |    ESSAY

Detainees Striding triumphantly down the streets of conquered Srebrenica, General Ratko Mladic announced to a television interviewer that "on this great Serb holy day," commemorating "the uprising against the Turks, the time
Tags: Balkans | Srebrenica | PBS

Kosovo: The Meaning of Victory

The New York Review of Books     |    July 15, 1999     |    REPORT

Carried forward amid an ocean of cheering refugees in the Stankovic refugee camp, Madeleine Albright could hardly contain her excitement. "We have been victorious," the secretary of state shouted triumphantly to the roaring crowds, "and Milosevic has lost!"
Tags: Kosovo | Balkans | Clinton

Endgame in Kosovo

The New York Review of Books     |    May 06, 1999     |    ESSAY

050699cover Across this near-exhausted century, imagery recurs. The knock at the door, the forced march, the mass evacuation - expressions now impossible to hear without their attendant echoes.
Tags: Clinton | Balkans | Kosovo

Members of the Club

The New York Times     |    April 04, 1999     |    BOOK REVIEW

Color1 Six decades ago, in a classroom at Groton, a young man rose slowly to his feet, gazed down at a sheaf of papers in his hand, and began to read.
Tags: Vietnam | Foreign Affairs

Operation Storm

The New York Review of Books     |    October 22, 1998     |    ESSAY

102298cover Standing motionless among their hulking war machines like statues in the dark, 200,000 Croat soldiers dropped their cigarettes, then clambered into tanks and trucks and armored personnel carriers and, in a sudden earsplitting eruption of grating gears, pushed forward into Serb-held Krajina.
Tags: Balkans | Croatia

Bosnien: Warum Der Westen Zuschaute

Das Magazin/ Tages-Anzeiger (Zurich)     |    September 26, 1998     |    ESSAY

Dasmagazin Im Juli 1995, während die Menschen in Europa und Amerika Fe- rien machten, wurden in einer kleinen Stadt in Ostbosnien Hunderte von Muslimen mit verbundenen Augen auf Lastwagen und in Busse geladen.
Tags: Balkans | Bosnia

In the Killing Fields of Bosnia

The New York Review of Books     |    September 09, 1998     |    ESSAY

Only now, more than three years after he recorded the interview with CNN's World Report, can one see subtle signs of Richard Holbrooke's discomfort and unease.
Tags: Srebrenica | Balkans | Bosnia

Slouching Towards Dayton

The New York Review of Books     |    April 23, 1998     |    ESSAY

042398cover Near the lovely North Portico of the White House, on a mild and breezy evening in mid-June 1995, the President and First Lady danced alone.
Tags: Balkans | Bosnia | Clinton
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