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Articles from Vol. 275, No. 13, October 21

After Torricelli. (Comment)
Democrats in Washington and New Jersey sighed with relief when scandal-plagued Senator Robert Torricelli ended a doomed run for a second term. Torricelli's re-election campaign was sinking in an ethics scandal fast taking on the appearance of an...
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Al Gore, Democrat
Something about Al Gore brings out the worst in people, and nowhere is this truer than in the so-called "liberal media." Journalists' "default" position on Gore, Joe Klein notes, is "ridicule. He opens his mouth and is immediately assumed cynical,...
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Blair, the Go-Between. (Comment)
London When Tony Blair rose to address a packed House of Commons on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, Albert Finney had just won an Emmy for his performance as Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm. The coincidence was certainly...
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But Fear Itself
It's a scary little world right now. Such wars of careless words. Such panic on every breeze. If Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, we have let bloom a thousand words for fear. What bitter tests between power and the ideal, what varied options...
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Fighting Terrorism with Democracy. (Articles)
A year after 9/11, the United States is still not facing up to the hardest questions that that disaster posed. Nobody has yet explained how the government might hope to take effective precautions against, for example, the arrival of nuclear or biochemical...
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Guns, No Butter
Democrats have rightly gone ballistic over the cynical White House efforts to use Iraq to change the subject of the fall elections. But the incessant beating of the war drums does more than distract voters from the sick economy: It makes the economy...
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Inspections: The Record. (Articles)
Scott Ritter spent seven years, 1991-98, as a UN weapons inspector in Iraq. With the war debate centering on Iraq's capabilities to produce and use weapons of mass destruction, and at a time when the United States is questioning the value of renewed...
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October Surprises
October surprises are built into our system, since elections come in November. Cliffhanger movies in Hollywood's old days could not have staged it better. Leaving aside hurricanes roaring out of the Gulf of Mexico, we now have, aside from the thump...
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Opening to Cuba. (Comment)
"I am here in the hope that we can do business," Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told a Cuban audience after cutting the ceremonial ribbon with Fidel Castro to open the recent US Food and Agribusiness Exhibition in Havana. Ventura was perhaps the...
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Operation Endless Deployment: The War with Iraq Is Part of a Larger Plan for Global Military Dominance. (Articles)
The Bush Administration's march toward war in Iraq is dangerous in its own right, and should be opposed as such. But the preparations for "Gulf War II" are also part of a larger plan to promote the most significant expansion of US global military...
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The First Casualty of War
* Our thanks to Michael Kelly, who recently used his Washington Post column to associate this magazine with Representatives David Bonior, Jim McDermott and Michael Thompson, Democrats who traveled to Baghdad to assess the possibility of reinstituting...
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The Generals Speak. (Articles)
Recent remarks on Iraq by retired military officers, most with combat experience in the Persian Gulf. "There are people in this city that believe that the military campaign against Iraq will not be difficult, especially because of the enormous...
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War Plans and Pitfalls: The Arrangements Are in Place. What's Missing Is Any Sense They Could Go Awry. (Articles)
After months of internal wrangling over tactics and strategy, it now appears that the White House has settled on the basic design for the US invasion of Iraq. President Bush was given a detailed plan for the assault on September 10, and it appears...
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