The growing--and dangerous--divide between scientists and the GOP.
Not long ago, President Bush asked a federal agency for evidence to support a course of action that many believe he had already chosen to take on a matter of grave national importance that had divided the country. When the government experts didn't provide the information the president was looking for, the White House sent them back to hunt for more. The agency returned with additional raw and highly qualified information, which the president ran with, announcing his historic decision on national television. Yet the evidence soon turned out to be illusory, and the entire policy was called into question.
Analysts Doubt U.S. Claim on Iraqi Drones
Huddled over a fleet of abandoned Iraqi drones, U.S. weapons experts in Baghdad came to one conclusion: Despite the Bush administration's public assertions, these unmanned aerial vehicles weren't designed to dispense biological or chemical weapons.
When an Identity Crisis Goes Global
WASHINGTON — When the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad was hit by a truck bomb Tuesday, killing the United Nations' top diplomat in the country, it was not just Iraq's reconstruction and the U.S. occupation that were put at greater risk. The terrorist attack also raised questions about who and what the United Nations stands for, and why anyone would blame it for U.S. foreign policy.[…]
Dust and Deception
Last week a quietly scathing report by the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed what some have long suspected: in the aftermath of the World Trade Center's collapse, the agency systematically misled New Yorkers about the risks the resulting air pollution posed to their health. And it did so under pressure from the White House.
US anti-war activists hit by secret airport ban
After more than a year of complaints by some US anti-war activists that they were being unfairly targeted by airport security, Washington has admitted the existence of a list, possibly hundreds or even thousands of names long, of people it deems worthy of special scrutiny at airports.
Bush Appoints Anti-Muslim To Peace Role/Bush Picks Controversial Scholar for Peace Think Tank
A Middle East expert who has written dismissively of diplomacy and holds views to the right of the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, was yesterday named to the board of the US Institute of Peace.
No Time to Lose in Iraq
I was stopped the other day at the U.S. Army checkpoint on the July 14 Bridge in the heart of Baghdad and told by the sergeant on duty that I didn't have the proper ID to enter the U.S. compound, which clogs the heart of the capital. So I called the U.S. Army officer I had an appointment with, and he offered to drive out to escort me in. To make certain he found me, I asked the sergeant who was running the checkpoint to take the phone and tell the officer exactly where we were standing. "Sir," the sergeant said, "we're on the enemy side of the July 14 bridge. . . ."
Bush Revises Views On 'Combat' in Iraq: 'Major Operations' Over, President Says/More Foreign Troops Likely, Bush Says
Aug 19: In an interview with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service given on Thursday and released by the White House August 19, Bush interrupted the questioner when asked about his announcement on May 1 of, as the journalist put it, "the end of combat operations."
Aug 23: BURBANK, Wash. — President Bush expressed optimism Friday about the prospects of persuading other nations to send troops to Iraq, even as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that if the U.S. wants more help in the volatile country, it must be more flexible about sharing authority.
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