Dueling Decisions: George W. Bush versus Gerhard Schröder

Posted by John Rosenthal

Here is an excerpt from my dual review of the memoirs of George W. Bush and Gerhard Schröder in the World Affairs Journal. Oddly enough, the two books have nearly identical titles: “Decision Points” and “Decisions” [Entscheidungen]. …Bush’s closeness to his father, George H. W. Bush, is legendary. In Decision Points, he describes the elder [...]

Wikileaks Unwittingly Debunks Iraq “Civil War” Meme

Posted by John Rosenthal

During the darkest days of al-Qaeda/Baathist terror and sectarian violence in Iraq in 2006-2007, the American and European media were replete with predictions that the country was sliding into a full-fledged civil war or indeed had already done so. Supposedly scientific studies, like the 2006 Lancet study estimating that some 650,000 Iraqis had died as [...]

16 Words, 500 Tons, 28 Kilograms

Posted by John Rosenthal

This is a picture of Jacques Chirac and Saddam Hussein visiting a nuclear facility in France in 1975.     Chirac was French Prime Minister at the time. Not long after this visit, the French government would cut a deal to provide Iraq the nuclear reactor that became known as "Osirak". What is less known [...]