" No matter what happens now
the Islamists will have beaten both of the superpowers -- first the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, and now the United States in the heart of Islam
. The impact of that in Islamic civilization is going to be enormous. We have made bin Laden a prophet: His organizing concept for Al Qaeda was "The Russians are a lot tougher than the Americans. If we can beat the Russians, then we can eventually beat the Americans." "
Rolling Stone assembles a panel of military and history experts on the state, and future, of Iraq.
of the Bush war in Iraq
by a soldier with a digital minicam.
"We need to be the benevolent, dominant tribe."
The United States enacts tough love in the aftermath
of fighting in Fallujah
. "Bellon asserted that previous attempts to win trust from Iraqis suspicious of US intentions had telegraphed weakness by asking, " 'What are your needs? What are your emotional needs?' All this Oprah shit," he said. "They want to figure out who the dominant tribe is and say, 'I'm with you.'""
The United States has lost Iraq.
"Even Secretary of State Colin Powell, a former general who stays in touch with the Joint Chiefs, has acknowledged [the insurgents winning] privately to friends in recent weeks. The insurgents have effectively created a reign of terror throughout the country, killing thousands, driving Iraqi elites and technocrats into exile and scaring foreigners out."
A decision has been made
to attack Fallujah after the first Tuesday in November, after the election: The violent political albatross
of a secret Iraq
with canceled elections
Stip Naked and Walk, Thief.
On the chests of the men had been scrawled an Arabic phrase that translates as "Ali Baba - Thief."
"U.S. troops killed seven Iraqi women and children
at a checkpoint Monday when the Iraqis' van would not stop as ordered, a military official said."