May 27, 2004
THE PENTAGON has confirmed that traces of the nerve agent sarin were detected in an Iraqi artillery shell that was found and detonated in Baghdad on May 15. To suggest that this discovery proves the Bush administration was right to go to war against Saddam Hussein is close to ludicrous. Yet it would be equally foolhardy simply to dismiss this find. Chemical weapons are serious business -- and where there was one shell, there may be more. Some background: No one disputes that Iraq produced nerve agents, and used them, during the 1980s.
October 17, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Waves of killing engulfed the capital and surrounding areas yesterday as bombings, shootings and sectarian executions left more than 100 Iraqis dead. The death toll, high even by Baghdad standards, included 20 killed by two synchronized car bombs in east Baghdad, and 64 men whose mutilated bodies were found on roadsides, empty lots and drainage ditches in and around the capital. The U.S. military also reported yesterday that seven U.S. military personnel had died in combat Sunday, boosting to at least 58 the number of troops killed during the first 15 days of the month - a rate higher than any time since January 2005, when U.S. forces battled insurgents before the country's elections.
August 17, 2003
SOME NEW YORKERS made a party of it after the power failed Thursday night, eating and drinking by candlelight and camping out on the sidewalks. Many seemed exceptionally pleased with themselves and with their sense of resilience -- though, not to take anything away from them, there also seemed to be a general sense that one day of this, in 90-plus temperatures, was quite enough. Any more, and they might have cracked. Last week it was 114 degrees in the capital of Iraq, and 120 degrees down toward Basra.
November 30, 2003
"IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL moment to walk in that room; the energy level was beyond belief. I've been in front of some excited crowds before, but this ... the place truly erupted and I could see the, first, look of amazement, and then look of appreciation on the kids' faces." By his own account, that moment of connection put to rest any last doubts of the commander in chief that his lightning-fast trip halfway around the world to visit U.S. troops in Baghdad on Thanksgiving was the right thing to do. What a morale booster!
March 22, 2006
President Bush was going on again yesterday about success in Iraq; three years into the war, it is, no doubt, a little unrealistic to expect him to suddenly start coming to terms with reality. Polls suggest that most Americans have learned to tune him out, which may be a healthy reaction for the individual but doesn't bode well for the nation. For three years, the president has talked about progress, and yet the future of Iraq looks darker now than ever before. And it's not just Iraq; it seems the obliviousness is spreading.
November 21, 2006
Army doctors have been administering to badly wounded soldiers a powerful drug that they believe saves lives, because it stops bleeding. Yet the after-effects may include unexpected clots, which when they break free days or even weeks later can end up killing some of those same soldiers. Reporter Robert Little's three-part series in The Sun, which concludes today, raises two crucial questions about the drug, Recombinant Activated Factor VII: What's its benefit in terms of lives saved? And what's the cost, in later strokes and heart attacks?