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In Iraq for the long term

How long will the U.S. be in Iraq? A very long time, according to Bush administration plans, on the order of the 60-plus years we've been in Germany and Japan…

Abandoning our friends

One of the great scandals -- maybe "disgraces" is a better word -- of the Iraqi war effort is our treatment of the Iraqis who risked their lives to work…

FUBAR at the FBI

Here's a science question for you. When does an ounce of lead differ from another ounce of lead? Answer: When it is being tested in an FBI laboratory. Oops, my mistake. When…

Another good reason to not bomb Iran

It's tempting to think of all Iranians in terms of the mob that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 or the intemperate remarks of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about…

Hurry up and wait for citizenship

A wave of citizenship applications has overwhelmed US officials, leading to waits of more than a year, potentially keeping immigrants out of the voting booth for the 2008 presidential election. The…

‘We’re on the wrong course’

Julie Murray says life is good. Yet gasoline prices are crimping her grocery budget, she can't afford a larger house, and she says President Bush is not focused enough on…

State finds enough suckers for Iraq posts

The State Department said on Monday it had now found enough volunteers to serve in Iraq and would not have to force diplomats to go there. Last month, in an announcement…

Contractors get rich off U.S. wars

US contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan more than doubled from 2004 to 2006 to over 25 billion dollars but government oversight of the firms involved has slackened, a watchdog group…

Hate crimes on the rise

Hate crime incidents rose nearly 8 percent last year, the FBI reported Monday, as civil rights advocates increasingly take to the streets to protest what they call official indifference to…

The new normal

Soon after 9/11, the term "new normal" came into use to describe activities that before that cataclysmic event would have seemed strange if not downright weird but are now…