Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – End in sight

December 13, 2011

President Obama didn’t bite when asked by a White House reporter today if he still thought the U.S. war in Iraq was “a dumb war.” Back in 2002, he could get away with such a blunt statement. As president, and with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at his side, he needed to be more subtle.

Iraqi political haggling a big headache for American spies

August 31, 2010

What keeps U.S. spies awake at night? Iran. Al Qaeda. The bickering of Iraqi politicians.

The First Draft: Sovereignty Day

June 30, 2009

IRAQWashington is a town of euphemisms, where “mistakes were made” but nobody takes responsibility, where lawmakers routinely refer to each other as “my good friend” before questioning their buddies’ sanity or moral character.