By George F. Will (THE WASHINGTON POST, 23/08/07):
Come September, America might slip closer toward a Weimar moment. It would be milder than the original but significantly disagreeable.
After the First World War, politics in Germany’s new Weimar Republic were poisoned by the belief that the army had been poised for victory in 1918 and that one more surge could have turned the tide. Many Germans bitterly concluded that the political class, having lost its nerve and will to win, capitulated. The fact that fanciful analysis fed this rancor did not diminish its power.
The Weimar Republic was fragile; America’s domestic tranquility is not.… Seguir leyendo »
By Carlos Pascual, former State Department coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization and vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and Brian Cullin, assistant White House press secretary in the Clinton administration, is director of communications of foreign policy studies at Brookings (THE WASHINGTON POST, 23/08/07):
When Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker report next month on the results of our «surge» in Iraq, the most important category, political progress, should receive an F. Even if our military forces have made real progress of late, their sacrifices will have been for naught because our diplomatic strategy has been disconnected, anemic and ineffective.… Seguir leyendo »
By Seumas Milne (THE GUARDIAN, 23/08/07):
Enthusiasts for the catastrophe that is the Iraq war may be hard to come by these days, but Afghanistan is another matter. The invasion and occupation that opened George Bush’s war on terror are still championed by powerful voices in the occupying states as – in the words of the New York Times this week – «the good war» that can still be won. While speculation intensifies about British withdrawal from Basra, there’s no such talk about a retreat from Kabul or Kandahar. On the contrary, the plan is to increase British troop numbers from the current 7,000, and ministers, commanders and officials have been hammering home the message all summer that Britain is in Afghanistan, as the foreign secretary, David Miliband, insisted, for the long haul.… Seguir leyendo »
By Lynne Olson, a former White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun (THE GUARDIAN, 23/08/07):
George Bush’s favourite role model is, famously, Jesus, but Winston Churchill is close behind. The US president – who was yesterday again comparing the struggle in Iraq with the allies’ efforts in the second world war – admires the wartime prime minister so much that he keeps what he calls «a stern-looking bust» of Churchill in the Oval Office. «He watches my every move,» Bush jokes. These days, Churchill would probably not care for much of what he sees.
I thought a great deal about Churchill while working on my book Troublesome Young Men, a history of the small group of Conservative MPs who defied Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasing Hitler, forced Chamberlain to resign in May 1940, and helped make Churchill his successor.… Seguir leyendo »