November 17, 2007
Baghdad Diary gives us two men, two cameras and the beginning stages of the U.S. invasion of Iraq -- the hopeful days when Americans and some Iraqis thought toppling Saddam Hussein would swiftly transform Iraq and the world for the better. Craig White was a cameraman for NBC News teamed with David Bloom -- both professionals chasing the biggest news story in the world. On TV Baghdad Diary airs at 10 tonight on the History Channel.
October 3, 2007
Throughout a career that took him from hardscrabble wildcatter to wealthy oil tycoon, Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. hasn't been the type to back down from a fight. So Monday's guilty plea to a federal conspiracy charge by the 83-year-old founder and former chairman of Coastal Corp. surprised those familiar with his tenacity. "I am shocked by his decision to plead guilty," said David H. Berg, who represented Wyatt's brother-in-law, Houston clothier Robert T. Sakowitz, when the oilman sued him in the 1980s over some business deals.
January 1, 2007
The year ended yesterday with Saddam Hussein in the grave. Alive, he wielded a personal power that defied understanding - he terrified and galvanized the Iraqi people, and he transfixed President Bush and the neoconservatives who came to see him as the devil incarnate. In the face of death he showed neither remorse nor fear, but a disturbingly fierce and self-possessed defiance. He was the conjurer who whipped up the forces that are consuming Iraq today, and that have plunged Sunnis, Shiites, jihadists, Baathists, Americans into war. A conjurer: This was a man with no ties to al Qaida or 9/11, with no weapons of mass destruction.
December 31, 2006
Baghdad -- It was a moment many Iraqis dreamed of during the Saddam Hussein era, broadcast on national television yesterday afternoon: guards in black ski masks looping a rope around the former president's neck. By afternoon, smudgy footage had been released of his slightly bruised body, head bowed, wrapped in a white sheet. Later, on the Internet, a jerky video that appeared to have been captured on a cell phone showed the dictator swinging from the bulky noose. "Thank God a bloody chapter was ended," national security adviser Mowaffak Rubaie announced on U.S.-funded Al-Hurra television.
December 29, 2006
Even in war-torn Iraq, a crude form of justice can prevail. That's the main lesson to draw from the ruling Tuesday by Iraq's highest appeals court that upheld the death sentence for Saddam Hussein. The trial was hardly a model of jurisprudence. A series of delays and diversions by the former dictator and his lawyers kept the key defendant out of the courtroom for weeks at a time. Meddling by the fledgling government - which demanded both a quick trial and a guilty verdict - and the kidnapping and murder of one of Saddam's lawyers during the proceedings cast a pall over the process.
December 27, 2006
Hussein Iraq's highest court rejected Saddam Hussein's appeal yesterday and said the former dictator (right) must be hanged within 30 days for ordering the killing of scores of Shiite Muslims in 1982. Aref Shahin, chief judge of the appeals panel, said there was no further legal recourse for Hussein, and the Iraqi executive is free to send him to the gallows "any day." Pg 11A Deaths Three U.S. soldiers were killed, bringing the number of members of the U.S. military killed since the start of the Iraq war in March 2003 to at least 2,978 -- five more than the number killed in the Sept.