Iraq – United States Relations

Havel's light outshines Kim's darkness

In just a week, the world has witnessed the death of Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong-il. Could there be two state leaders who were less alike - one you might happily drink a beer with, whereas with the other you might not live long enough to finish it?

Thursday, 22 December, 2011, 12:00am

Iraq hero helps keep Asian Cup dream alive

Younis Mahmoud has a habit of popping up in the right place, at the right time for Iraq.

17 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

The Circuit

The Circuit by Bob Shepherd Pan, HK$114

9 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Unacceptable cost of a McCain presidency

John McCain's attempt to sell his US presidential candidacy on the basis that he backed the troop surge initiated last year is comical - or tragic. He supported an unnecessary and disastrous war. He backed the administration's misguided occupation policies for years. And he wants to keep troops in Iraq for 100 years or more.

6 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Overseas journey to the US heartland

Barack Obama wants three things out of his tour of the Middle East and Europe. He wants people everywhere to think he has the answers for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wants Jewish Americans to believe he is Israel's unquestioning supporter. And he wants Americans to notice that Europeans would choose him by a five-to-one majority, if they could vote in the election.

23 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

The valley of the shadow of Bush

Further depressing details of the disaster also known as the presidency of George W. Bush were unveiled this week. US forces commander in Iraq General David Petraeus and US ambassador Ryan Crocker went before Congress and made it plain that the US is getting very little for its US$3 trillion war in Iraq except for continuing grief, on a daily basis, in homes across Iraq and America.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

United effort the only hope for a brighter Iraq

The US, its staunch ally Britain and a rag-tag coalition of supporters went to war against Iraq in the name of terrorism. Five years later, the world is far more unsafe and the much-voiced challenge of bringing peace and stability to Iraq and the Middle East is as distant.

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Has Iraq's ordeal been worth it?

It is five years since US President George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq. Can the nation still emerge as a place where people lead reasonably safe and happy lives?

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Redacted

Redacted

Starring: Izzy Diaz, Patrick Carroll, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Rob Devaney

Director: Brian De Palma

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Australia stands beside the US (except in Iraq)

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed he will fulfil his election promise to withdraw all his nation's military personally from Iraq by the middle of the year.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Would elite vote for war if their family had to go?

War has long tested the patriotism of the privileged classes. Those with the most to lose are not always the most willing to risk sacrificing life and limb on active service. Prince Harry's presence among British troops fighting the Taleban in Afghanistan for the past two months is, therefore, a cause for reflection.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

A decade, a century or more for the US in Iraq?

How long will the American occupation of Iraq last? Friendly nations which expect it to pass with the Bush administration are in for a rude surprise. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton figures at least through her first term, if she is elected; President George W. Bush says a decade or more.

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Outdated mindsets cloud thinking on Iraq

American presidential elections do not always elucidate issues of outstanding interest to the rest of the world. They can often muddy, rather than clarify, raging waters. The current race for the White House, however, might just prove to be a great clarifier, especially on the issue of the Iraq war.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Living on the edge

The assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Thursday marked a horrific coda to the year.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

America's enduring fantasy about Iraq

The word 'enduring' crops up a lot in connection with the United States' adventure in Iraq. As soon as the US army occupied the country in 2003, it began work on 14 enduring (that is, permanent) military bases to turn it into an American bastion at the head of the Gulf.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

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