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State Department may fire Blackwater

The State Department may phase out or limit the use of private security guards in Iraq, which could mean canceling Blackwater USA's contract or awarding it to another company in…

Truth is no longer an option

I was at an academic conference recently, dedicated to the proposition that black is white. I had been invited to present the alternative viewpoint that black is really black, or…

Hiring gun slingers to fight our wars

It is difficult to believe that trying to return a two-bit country like Iraq to some sort of normalcy would so deplete this nation's military and civilian security capabilities that…

Joining the mean mom school

There are times when I tell my kids that they can't have or do something that they tell me I'm "as mean as 200 moms!" That's when I like to…

Retreating into isolationism

Polls are indicating that many Americans are yearning for another retreat into isolationism. The relentlessly grim news from Iraq, the antagonism abroad toward U.S. foreign policy, the stirrings of antipathy against…

Unmasking phony heroes

The unmasking of a half-dozen phony heroes in recent months is spurring support for the creation of a national database that contains the names of those who have received the…

Prosecutor quits over Gitmo debacle

The top Pentagon prosecutor in President George W. Bush’s troubled “war on terror” is leaving is post immediately. Sources say she is “fed up” with the administration’s continued attempts to…

Whitewashing the work of killers

Public relations giant Burson-Marsteller has vast experience steering companies through tough times. But there's a limit to how much it can help Blackwater USA, a new client that's been battered…

Blackwater goons murdered Iraqis

U.S. military reports from the scene of a shooting incident in Baghdad involving security contractor Blackwater indicates its guards opened fire without provocation and used excessive force, The Washington Post…

Blackwater killed more than reported

Seventeen people were killed and 24 injured in the September 16 Baghdad shootout involving security teams from private firm Blackwater USA. That death toll is significantly higher than the 10 originally…