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Iraq One Year Later

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 9 MARCH 22, 2004 A year has passed since the invasion of Iraq, and while no sensible person would claim that Iraqis ... ...m that Iraqis are safely and irrevocably on a course to liberal democracy, the honest and rather remarkable truth is that they have made enormous stri... ... fracture into feuding clans and unleash a bloodbath. The perpetually sour American media focus on the tensions between Shiites and Kurds that delayed... ...e of the majority Shiites to be fairly represented in the Iraqi government—for the first time in a century—and the equally legitimate desire of Kurds a... ... culture and religion of Islam really is an encouraging and feasible model for others in the Islamic world. A share of the credit for Iraq’s achieveme... ...been more persistent in urging free and democratic elections than some top American officials, who for months put off elections out of fear of their p... ....” “We should not be opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them down in New York City.” T o be sure, he has uttered these complaints in the context... ...xtremists in the Arab and Islam- ic world that while the United States can project power, we have no staying power, and that all they have to do is wa... ...s to refer to the event as “Spain’s September 11.” No European who mourned New York’s dead after September 11—nor any grateful American—will need to b...

...Excerpt: A year has passed since the invasion of Iraq, and while no sensible person would claim that Iraqis are safely and irrevocably on a course to liberal democracy, the honest and rather remarkable truth is that they have made enormous strides in that di...

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The U.N. Trap

By: Robert Kagan

...tions was, among other things, a remarkable expression of national support for the course the president has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of c... ...s was, among other things, a remarkable expression of national support for the course the president has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of cours... ...esident has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of course, that includes the president’s Iraq policy. Time and again as he toured the nation providi... ...as won congres- sional authorization. He has received as much of a mandate for the use of force as any president could expect in a midterm election. A... ...is on Friday, the French are congratulating them- selves for directing the new Security Council resolution toward disarma- ment rather than “regime ch... ...ns. As the Finan- cial Times reports, the French complained that the early American drafts of the resolution “seemed intentionally provocative,” desig... ...features of the current process is the extent to which it takes control of American foreign policy out of President Bush’s hands and puts it in the ha... ...critical point. At France’s insistence, the resolution now states that any new breach “will be reported to the Coun- cil for assessment.” If Blix enco...

...Excerpt: President Bush?s resounding victory in last week?s midterm elections was, among other things, a remarkable expression of national support for the course the president has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of course, that includes the president?s Iraq policy. Time and again as he toured the nation providing invaluable support to Republican candidates, Presid...

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Getting Serious

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 7 NOVEMBER 19, 2001 I s the Bush administration really getting serious about fighting the war on ter... ...ministration really getting serious about fighting the war on terrorism? On the one hand, there was still plenty of happy-talk flying fast and furious t... ...ident Bush’s speech Thursday night was upbeat and spared him media attacks for not addressing the nation on homeland security. But the American people... ... media attacks for not addressing the nation on homeland security. But the American people don’t really need to be told how to lead their lives. They ... ...y of Defense Rumsfeld’s efforts to increase the pace and vio- lence of the American offensive in Afghanistan are begin- ning to bear fruit on the grou... ...en slow to escalate and have been resisting the call by civilian officials for a wider ground war. The commander in the region, General T om- my Frank... ...d be greater urgency in planning for a military campaign against Iraq. The New York Times reported this past week that Saddam Hussein maintained a sec... ...he war on terrorism. But more troops cost money. As Thomas Donnelly of the Project for the New American Century has noted, recruiting, training, and e... ...ism. But more troops cost money. As Thomas Donnelly of the Project for the New American Century has noted, recruiting, training, and equipping an addi...

...Excerpt: Is the Bush administration really getting serious about fighting the war on terrorism? On the one hand, there was still plenty of happy-talk flying fast and furious this past week. President Bush?s speech Thursday night was upbe...

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The Gathering Storm

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...ARD / 13 OCTOBER 29, 2001 H ere’s a prediction. When all is said and done, the conflict in Afghanistan will be to the war on ter- rorism what the North... ...t the North Africa campaign was to World War II: an essential beginning on the path to victo- ry. But compared with what looms over the horizon—a wide... ... the United States—Afghanistan will prove but an opening battle. We do not for an instant minimize the difficulties and the dangers to our forces of t... ... accelerate the mil- itary campaign to unseat the Taliban, without waiting for the State Department to name the cabinet and sub-cabinet officials in a... ...untries in conflicts of varying intensity. It could well require the use of American military power in multiple places simultaneously. It is going to r... ... will be able to persuade T ony Blair and other European allies to support American action against Saddam. But the Arab world will be a different mat... ...ortunity Saddam Hussein has been waiting for to “lead” the Arab world in a new war against Israel. What form this war would take is hard to predict. A... ...ogical or chemical warfare and other forms of terrorism. With or without a new Arab-Israeli war, it is possible that the demise of some “moderate” Ara...

...Excerpt: Here?s a prediction. When all is said and done, the conflict in Afghanistan will be to the war on terrorism what the North Africa campaign was to World War II: an essential beginning on the path to victory. But compared with what looms over the horizon - a wide-ranging war...

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A War to Win

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...STANDARD / 7 SEPTEMBER 24, 2001 T he first thing that must be said is this: The nation has reacted magnificently to the horrific events of September 11. ... ...cently to the horrific events of September 11. True, there has been some of the usual hand-wringing, on editorial pages and in Congress. To listen to s... ... spraying bombs in all direc- tions without rhyme or reason, save the lust for vengeance. Retired general Charles G. Boyd, for example, expressed his ... ... “put us on the same moral footing” as the men who killed several thousand Americans this past T uesday. Some in Congress were reluctant this week to ... ...in Congress were reluctant this week to give President Bush full authority for the use of force, lest he abuse the privi- lege and do something unthin... ...th the passage of time, and perhaps after a few, bloody skirmishes in this new war, the nation and its political leaders will gradually lose interest.... ...ually lose interest. This may seem inconceivable at the moment. Right now, Americans and their political leaders seem prepared for the difficult strug... ...ongress have a job to do, too. Whether they remain intently focused on the new war against terror will send a clear signal to the American people—not ...

...Excerpt: The first thing that must be said is this: The nation has reacted magnificently to the horrific events of September 11. True, there has been some of the usual hand-wringing, on editorial pages and in Congress. To listen to so...

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Permanent Normal Appeasement

By: Robert Kagan

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 11 SEPTEMBER 18, 2000 T his week the Senate will vote on granting China permanent most-favored-nation trade ... ...te will vote on granting China permanent most-favored-nation trade status. The vote comes a lot later than the Clinton administra- tion and China’s fr... ...o be infect- ed by election-year “politics,” i.e., the actual views of the American people. In poll after poll, Americans express keen distrust of Chi... ...o Beijing’s stance. But there is no guarantee that Clinton, or Al Gore, or for that matter George W . Bush will hold out against Chinese pressure when... ...ng China a free pass have been squashed. Jesse Helms and Paul Well- stone, for instance, offered an amendment to the trade bill requiring the presiden... ...is is hardly a controversial pro- posal: Does anyone think it shouldn’t be American policy to punish China for such violations? Nevertheless, the Chin...

...Excerpt: This week the Senate will vote on granting China permanent most-favored-nation trade status. The vote comes a lot later than the Clinton administration and China?s friends in the Senate wanted. Too close to the elections, you see, and ...

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The Senate Republicans Finest Hour

By: Robert Kagan

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 11 OCTOBER 25, 1999 L ast week’s rejection by the Senate of the Comprehen- sive Test Ban Treaty was the most responsible ... ...n Treaty was the most responsible and courageous action by that body since the 1991 vote authorizing the Gulf War. In the face of a hostile media, a w... ...ed international “arms con- trol” industry, polls showing majority support for the treaty, and explicit threats by Democrats and the White House to us... ... elec- tions, Republican senators cast a decisive vote in favor of serious American global leadership. With this one vote, Republicans proved that the... ...g nuclear weapons. That claim, which was manifestly absurd, was only cover for what really ani- mated the push for the treaty. As Thomas Graham, presi... ...curity, told the Washington Post, the Test Ban Treaty was part of a larger project: for the United States “to pursue disarmament negotiations aimed at... .... They are right to reject it now. The accounts of last week’s vote in the New Y ork Times and Washington Post were comical. According to the jour- na... ... T uesday of this week, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged American ratification, arguing that it would ‘serve as an example and promot... ...Richard Lugar and John McCain, Henry Kissinger and Jeane Kirkpatrick—of “a new isolationism.” Which leads us to the question of partisanship. Who was ...

...Excerpt: Last week?s rejection by the Senate of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was the most responsible and courageous action by that body since the 1991 vote authorizing the Gulf War. In the face of a hostile media, a well-organized and well-funded intern...

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Saddam Winsagain

By: Robert Kagan

...L AST WEEK, PENTAGON OFFICIALS provided dam- age assessments of the four-day missile strike against Iraq. But they focused their attention ... ... four-day missile strike against Iraq. But they focused their attention on the wrong country. The most significant damage was not to be found in Iraq, ... ...ow you can forget about it. Annan is working behind the scenes to create a new inspections regime that one of his advisers has dubbed “UNSCOM Lite.” N... ...weapons programs would be monitored by something called the Organi- zation for Prevention of Chemical Warfare at the Hague, no doubt a most stalwart b... ... would not be under so much pressure to bend to the international campaign for appeasement if it actually had a plan of its own. Indeed, if it did, th...

...Excerpt: Last Week, Pentagon Officials provided damage assessments of the four-day missile strike against Iraq. But they focused their attention on the wrong country. The most significant damage was not to be found in Iraq, where nearly half a billion dollars worth of U.S. missiles destroyed a ...

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Saddams Impending Victory

By: Robert Kagan

... it sounds. Hitler was referring to his own successful remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936. Before he moved into the Rhineland, Hitler was secur... .... Before he moved into the Rhineland, Hitler was securely “in his box,” as the Clinton administration would say. Pursuant to the Versailles Treaty and... ... “fair”; it violated German sovereignty. But it was the price Germany paid for invading France and the low countries in 1914. And it was the lid on th... ...ing in my life.” But, of course, the French did not respond militar- ily. For a variety of reasons, including a significant overestimation of Hitler’... ... only have to hold firm for a few weeks to demonstrate the impotence of the new, tougher sanctions. How long would it be before Rus- sia, France, and C... ...addam would have bought more time to work on his biologi- cal and chemical projects, bringing the day closer when, as British foreign secretary Robin ... ...the kind of military option that is needed. This has thoroughly undermined American strategy and diplo- macy. Nervous Arab states, not surprisingly, a... ...vous Arab states, not surprisingly, are unen- thusiastic about yet another American military action that neither kills Saddam nor destroys his capacit... ... forces can remove Saddam and his regime from power and open the way for a new post- Saddam Iraq whose intentions can safely be assumed to be benign. ...

...ucceeds like success. That observation, by Adolf Hitler, is not as trite as it sounds. Hitler was referring to his own successful remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936. Before he moved into the Rhineland, Hitler was securely ?in his box,? as the Clinton administration would say. Pursuant to the Versailles Treaty and the Locarno pact of 1926, Germany had been forced to ...

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Saddams Impending Victory

By: Robert Kagan

... it sounds. Hitler was referring to his own successful remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936. Before he moved into the Rhineland, Hitler was secur... .... Before he moved into the Rhineland, Hitler was securely “in his box,” as the Clinton administration would say. Pursuant to the Versailles Treaty and... ... “fair”; it violated German sovereignty. But it was the price Germany paid for invading France and the low countries in 1914. And it was the lid on th... ...ing in my life.” But, of course, the French did not respond militar- ily. For a variety of reasons, including a significant overestimation of Hitler’... ... only have to hold firm for a few weeks to demonstrate the impotence of the new, tougher sanctions. How long would it be before Rus- sia, France, and C... ...addam would have bought more time to work on his biologi- cal and chemical projects, bringing the day closer when, as British foreign secretary Robin ... ...the kind of military option that is needed. This has thoroughly undermined American strategy and diplo- macy. Nervous Arab states, not surprisingly, a... ...vous Arab states, not surprisingly, are unen- thusiastic about yet another American military action that neither kills Saddam nor destroys his capacit... ... forces can remove Saddam and his regime from power and open the way for a new post- Saddam Iraq whose intentions can safely be assumed to be benign. ...

...cceeds like success.? That observation, by Adolf Hitler, is not as trite as it sounds. Hitler was referring to his own successful remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936. Before he moved into the Rhineland, Hitler was securely ?in his box,? as the Clinton administration would say. Pursuant to the Versailles Treaty and the Locarno pact of 1926, Germany had been forced to ...

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No Defense

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD / 11 JULY 23, 2001 H ere’s some unsolicited advice for two old friends, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz: Resign. Right now ... ...friends, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz: Resign. Right now that may be the best service they could perform for their country, for it may be the on... ...lfowitz: Resign. Right now that may be the best service they could perform for their country, for it may be the only way to focus the attention of the... ... they could perform for their country, for it may be the only way to focus the attention of the American people— and the Bush administration—on the im... ...or their country, for it may be the only way to focus the attention of the American people— and the Bush administration—on the impending evis- ceratio... ...people— and the Bush administration—on the impending evis- ceration of the American military. If our suggestion sounds extreme, consider the following... ...rest of the year. Over the next four months Rumsfeld struggled to get some new money in an FY 2001 supplemental. Accord- ing to administration sources... ...4/01 3:06 PM Page 1 tary’s current readiness to perform its mission, not new weapons or military transformation. Only President Claude Rains could ... ...THE WEEKLY STANDARD Iss. 42 editorial 7/24/01 3:06 PM Page 2 ability to project force abroad continues to decline, the gradual construction of a mi...

...Excerpt: Here?s some unsolicited advice for two old friends, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz: Resign. Right now that may be the best service they could perform for their country, for it may be the only way to focus the attention of the American people - and the ...

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Now May We Please Defend Ourselves

By: Robert Kagan & Gary Scbmitt
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Carrot and Stick, Szechuan Style

By: Robert Kagan

...8 / THE WEEKLY STANDARD MARCH 26, 2001 W hy does the Chinese premier rush to announce that President Bush will visit Beijing... ...h to announce that President Bush will visit Beijing next fall—even before the White House is ready to make the news public? Why do senior Chinese off... ...se questions is that next month the Bush administration will announce what new arms systems it will approve for sale to T aiwan. The T aiwanese have a... ...he Bush administration will announce what new arms systems it will approve for sale to T aiwan. The T aiwanese have asked, for the umpteenth year in a... ...le to T aiwan. The T aiwanese have asked, for the umpteenth year in a row, for approval of the Aegis battle management system, which will help them ad... ...sell Aegis to T aiwan, all bets are off. The Chinese evidently believe the new American president is a jackass who can be prodded in the right directi... ... Aegis to T aiwan, all bets are off. The Chinese evidently believe the new American president is a jackass who can be prodded in the right direction b... ...mmit with Jiang next fall. There’s nothing wrong with a summit, so long as American policy remains firm. But there are some in the administration, pro...

...Excerpt: Why does the Chinese premier rush to announce that President Bush will visit Beijing next fall - even before the White House is ready to make the news public? Why do senior Chinese officials suddenly declare, after months of railing a...

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Guest Observer

By: Bruce P. Jackson
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Hinted States Senate

By: James Helms

Excerpt: We write to express our continuing concerns about s.1712 the export administration act.?

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Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction Report of a Committee of Privy Counselors

By: New American Century

...stbeidentifiedandthe copyrightstatusacknowledged. Any enquiries relating to the copyright in this report should be addressed to Her Majesty’sStationery... ...UseofIntelligence 113 TheGovernment’sDossiers 460-469 113 Intelligence and the Legality of the Use of 470-472 115 MilitaryForce ValidationoftheIntelli... ...81 vii viii TERMINOLOGY 1. Weusethefollowingtermsinthisreport: Munitions Projectiles,bombs,warheadsordispensingsystems. Weapons Munitionsandtheirdel... ...Iraq Tabun ACWnerveagent(sometimesreferredtoasGA) Taepo-Dong1 Western name for a North Korean medium-range ballistic missile, with a rangeof2,000!km T... ...m-range ballistic missile, with a rangeof2,000!km Taepo-Dong2 Western name for a NorthKorean inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) withanassessed... ...he chairmanship was combined with the post of Intelligence Co-ordinator. A new post of Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator was created in 2002, tak... ...to issue drafted papers which it has felt are not sufficiently supported by new intelligence or add nothing to the information already publicly availab... ...e some indications that Saddam Hussein might have authorised a development project on those lines. It also concluded, however, that those indications ... ...t imagined. The history of Saddam and weapons of mass destruction is not American or British propaganda. The history and the present threat are re...

...Introduction: Our Terms of Reference. On 3 February 2004, the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary announced in the House of Commons: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has decided to establish a committee to review intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. This committee will...

...TABLE OF CONTENTS Paragraphs Pages MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE i TABLE OF CONTENTS iii TERMINOLOGY AND GLOSSARY ix INTRODUCTION 1 Our Terms of Reference 1 1 Our Work 2-7 1 Our Approach 8-12 3 Definitions and Usage 13 3 WMD 14 3 CBW 15-16 4 CBRN 17 4 Our Thanks 18-19 4 Chapt...

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Silence of the Lambs

By: William Kristol

...9 F E B R UA R Y 7, 2000 I t is curious indeed when a president can review the state of our nation for nearly 90 minutes, propose dozens of new ways f... ... I t is curious indeed when a president can review the state of our nation for nearly 90 minutes, propose dozens of new ways for the government to spe... ...an review the state of our nation for nearly 90 minutes, propose dozens of new ways for the government to spend bil- lions of dollars, yet fail to utt... ... state of our nation for nearly 90 minutes, propose dozens of new ways for the government to spend bil- lions of dollars, yet fail to utter a single w... ...pend bil- lions of dollars, yet fail to utter a single word about the need for an increase in defense spending. Thursday night, the president again re... ...p the Delta in Mississippi and to dis- courage deadbeat dads in Minnesota. Americans in uni- form—just another interest group in the White House’s rec... ...res- sional Republicans have been complicit in the neglect that is sapping American military strength to the point where a majority of the Joint Chief... ... even more startling given the soaring federal budget surpluses. As we set new records for prosperity—as the president noted, next month will mark the... ...ly have American armed forces suffered from more than a decade of neglect; projected defense budgets are too low to maintain today’s military, let alo...

...Excerpt: It is curious indeed when a president can review the state of our nation for nearly 90 minutes, propose dozens of new ways for the government to spend billions of dollars, yet fail to utter a single word about the need for an increase in defense spending. Thursday night, th...

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A Distinctly American Internationalism

By: William Kristol

...A R D / 7 NO V E M B E R 29, 1999 G eorge W . Bush’s November 19 speech at the Rea- gan Library represents the strongest and clearest articulation of ... ... Library represents the strongest and clearest articulation of a policy of American global leader- ship by a major political figure since the collapse ... ... a policy of American global leader- ship by a major political figure since the collapse of the Soviet Empire. In his call for renewed American strengt... ...major political figure since the collapse of the Soviet Empire. In his call for renewed American strength, c o n fidence, and leadership, Bush stakes a ... ...cal figure since the collapse of the Soviet Empire. In his call for renewed American strength, c o n fidence, and leadership, Bush stakes a claim to the... ...iation of alleged Republican “ u n i l a t e r a l i s m” than Bush’s call for a reinvigoration of N AT O, closer ties with Asian allies, and his beli... ...T reaty and proposes no phony way of fix- ing that treaty’s fatal flaws. The New Y ork T i m e s e d i t o r i a l page and the arms control fraternity ...

...Excerpt: George W. Bush?s November 19 speech at the Reagan Library represents the strongest and clearest articulation of a policy of American global leadership by a major political figure since the collapse of the Soviet Empire. In his call for renewed American strength, c...

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Security Forum for Immediate Release New Isolationism Is a Bum Rap

By: William Kristol
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Where Do All the Supercomputers Gap

By: Lawrence F. Kaplan

...Excerpt: The house of representative it seems has been rethinking the wisdom of the laissez faire approach to national security policy favored by the white house....

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