Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

John McCain made a careless slip during last night’s debate: he dared to hope for the safe, prosperous and free future of the Iraqi people. In the polemically-charged Post-Cold War era, such hopes are characterized as cultural narcissism. Subsequent actions, if undertaken by Americans, are deemed “imperialist.” It’s no wonder, then, that few politicians venture […]


The author’s son and friends share a laugh during basic training.


Okay, maybe “utter success” is a (big) stretch. But a funny thing happens when members of Congress actually craft a solution to the seemingly impossible: they earn the confidence of thier countrymen and women. (Nancy Pelosi are you listening?) A New York Times/CNN poll today found broad public support for Senate’s immigration bill, sponsored in […]


As part of an interview for US News and World Report, Thomas J. O’Halloran photographed Lt. Comdr. John S. McCain on April 24, 1973. The photo was taken one month after McCain’s release from a five-year stay at the “Hanoi Hilton.” Note how little his intensity has changed in the thirtysome years since. Photo Credit: […]


  “Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill Some may render the ideal obsolete or naively optimistic, but like […]


Last week, my husband returned home from Iraq for his two weeks R&R. Since then, family and friends have peppered him with questions about the war. “Are we trapped in a quagmire? Should we withdraw? Can we win? What do the Iraqis want? Can we trust what the media is telling us?” For each of […]


In a review of presidential hopefuls, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan writes how Sen. John McCain distinguishes himself from the peanut gallery: “You can agree or disagree with Mr. McCain, but where he stands is clear — and clarity these days, from our candidates, feels like a gift. As does certitude. He isn’t running […]