Greg Grandin: How the Iraq War Began in Panama

By: Monday December 22, 2014 5:00 pm

So many years and wars later, it’s easy to forget what a total television hit the first Gulf War of 1991 was.  Just in case you no longer remember — and why should you? — that was the war that was to bury America’s defeat in Vietnam forever and signal the arrival of the greatest Great Power the planet had ever known, the soon-to-be-Soviet-Union-less United States.  That first partial invasion of Iraq, with its million or more uniformed extras, its vast sets, and its six-month preproduction schedule filled with logistical miracles, was something to behold.

 

Seven Things to Watch in Iraq

By: Monday October 6, 2014 2:40 pm

As events tumble forward in Iraq, here are some things to keep an eye on.

What Fidel Castro Told Me After JFK’s Assassination

By: Saturday November 23, 2013 3:45 pm

Taking advantage of my dual U.S./French citizenship, in the summer of 1963 I flew to Cuba on a dare from the French photo-weekly Paris-Match to do a ‘portrait’ of Fidel Castro. After the story was published, lavishly illustrated with photos of Fidel scuba-diving by the French photographer Roger Pic, I was invited back, having momentarily broken a Western anti-Cuba mold that began with the 1959 revolution and was exacerbated by the Missile Crisis the year before.

Preparing the American Invasion of Pakistan

By: Friday June 4, 2010 9:00 am

Are we preparing for an American invasion of Pakistan’s tribal regions? Actions by the Pakistani military, comments from the intelligence community, and even the White House response to new terror attacks seem to suggest these preparations are already under way. And no good can come of it.

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