Israelis and Lebanese Are Still Talking — on the Net

Jul 23, 2006
Official diplomatic relations between the two countries may be at a nadir, but young citizens on both sides are finding common ground on Internet chat boards Says a blogger: "We have tons of things in common We come from two of the most liberal, educated countries in the Middle East" Also: Read the back story on that infamous picture of Israeli girls writing on rocket shells.
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Bush Shows Stunning Insights on Diplomacy

Jul 7, 2006
Speaking about the North Korean missile situation, Bush told reporters, "You know, the problem with diplomacy is it takes a while to get something done," while "acting alone, you can move quickly" Someone call John Foster Dulles, or better yet, Henry Kissinger: They've got some competition.

Revving Up for Airstrikes on Iran?

Apr 9, 2006
Contrary to the official "diplomatic solution" line, Seymour Hersh reports that Washington is stepping up plans for a possible airstrike on Iran. According to Reuters, Hersh's story in the April 17 issue of The New Yorker reports that a former senior defense official said the planning was, in Hersh's words, "based on the belief that a bombing campaign against Iran would humiliate the leadership and lead the Iranian public to overthrow it." The ex-official reportedly added that he was shocked to hear the strategy.

Burning Bridges in Asia

Mar 7, 2006
The N.Y. Times says that Bush, on his Asia trip, not only squandered a fine opportunity to shore up alliances and generate goodwill, but probably made things much worse by embarrassing Pakistan's leader.

Two Grim Assessments of Iraq’s Future

Mar 7, 2006
America's top envoy to Iraq: "The possibility is there" for sectarian violence to lead to civil war and all-out war in the region. A BBC reporter in Baghdad: "It gives me no pleasure today to forecast further doom and gloom here in Iraq. But, as in Iran in 1978, the facts on the street contradict the assertions of the generals, the politicians and the diplomats."