International Affairs

Shaun Randol

Last night at the venerable 92Y, Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass took a few questions from a smiley, curious, leggy Katie Couric. Haass has a new book out, War of Necessity, War of Choice, and The MANTLE would love a good progressive critique of it--so get crackin'!

Shaun Randol

As I write this, U.S. and Canadian warships and Coast Guard vessels are steaming up the Hudson River, right outside my window. It looks like a slow but well planned attack is converging on New York's Upper West Side (look out!).

I find the sight to be disconcerting. For one, seeing war machinery up close and personal in the peaceful waters of our free, and peaceful city (and country) is jarring. What must it be like to be on the receiving end of the guns of these behemoths? They are fearsome.

And JUST NOW the F-18 fighter jets have roared passed. Talk about fearsome!

Shaun Randol

"The United States pledged an additional $110 million in aid to Pakistan on Tuesday, reflecting both the deepening humanitarian crisis in the Swat Valley and what the administration says is its growing confidence in Pakistan's efforts to combat the Taliban."

Shaun Randol

It is peculiar that a book on the lessons to be gleaned from our foreign policy misadventure in Iraq was published while the conflict still raged. Even now the fighting and dying continues, albeit on a lesser scale. The Iraq War is "the subject of volumes of instant history," notes Arthur Schlesinger Jr. What sets Lessons from Iraq apart from contemporaneous Iraq War books, however, is its attempt not at commentary on the fiasco, but its intention to help avoid getting into this mess... again.

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