Zeyad offers news of what is happening to the Iraqi capital: Baghdadis are reporting that radical Islamists have taken control over the Dora, Amiriya and Ghazaliya districts of Baghdad, where they operate in broad daylight. They have near full control of Saidiya, Jihad, Jami‚Äôa, Khadhraa‚Äô and Adil. And their area of influence has spread over … Continue reading Iraq’s Resurgent Taliban
Mickey Kaus opines that Peggy Noonan “has done the Democrats a big favor by coming up with [a winning message for Kerry]. The message is that America wants a respite from all the headstrong history-making of the past four years.” Noonan argues in her recent WSJ column that The American people may come to feel … Continue reading MICKEY, PEGGY AND ME
Here’s another version of the case for optimism in Iraq. And, on the scene, a great new blog is gathering steam, called “Healing in Iraq.” There’s a very helpful discussion of what exactly American casualties are being caused by: [T]his resistance the Americans are facing is not ascribed to one group. There are already about … Continue reading IT’S GETTING BETTER
An exhausting six and a half hour technical run-through of the play tonight has me writing here at 3am. Basically, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I guess these kinds of things happen in the theater all the time. I must have blocked all those experiences from my brain. But my favorite moment … Continue reading FOR MAN IS A GIDDY THING
One of the most welcome cultural shifts after September 11 may well be the re-emergence of traditional masculinity as something no-one need apologize for. I wrote last Spring about how Dick Cheney and Dubya were turning back the clock on the Clinton/Gore “new” men. I’ve also written in the past about the idiocy of some … Continue reading THE NEW MASCULINITY
BEGALA AWARD WINNER 2001: “Perhaps it’s eerie serendipity, perhaps it’s my paranoia, but an acid thought keeps plaguing me. Isn’t it odd that on the day – the DAY – that the Democrats launched their most blistering attack on “the absolute lunacy” of Bush’s unproven missile-defense system, which “threatens to pull the trigger on the … Continue reading 2001 – AN ANDREWSULLIVAN.COM ODYSSEY
The saddest fact of this war so far is how luke-warm the Arab states have been. In the Gulf War, many Arab states were terrified by Saddam’s belligerence and fully backed the military alliance over a period of months. This time, there is no real unanimity and only token support after only a few days. … Continue reading WHAT ARAB COALITION?