Foreign Policy

Barack Obama and Pentagon split on Afghanistan pullout

Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins and Patrick Wintour The Guardian 22.06.2011
Barack Obama and Pentagon split on Afghanistan pullout

Barack Obama is set to reject the advice of the Pentagon by announcing on Wednesday night the withdrawal of up to 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by November next year, in time for the US presidential election.

Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball's WMD lies

Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time of the Iraq invasion, has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain why they failed to alert him to the unreliability of a key source behind claims of Saddam Hussein's bio-weapons capability.


Poll: Only 7% Support Taking Military Action Against Iran

According to a new poll from Public Agenda, nearly 50 percent of those who follow the situation in Iran say “the one” best way to deal with Iran is through using diplomacy “to establish better relations.” Only five percent favor threatening milita...

U.S. could intervene as Chavez prepares for war on Colombia

WILLIAM LOWTHER The Daily Mail 04.03.2008
President Hugo Chavez: Venezuela has mobilised its military forces and threatened to declare war on neighbouring Colombia

Venezuela threatened to declare war on neighbouring Colombia last night, raising the prospect of the U.S. being drawn into conflict in South America. Venezuela's Left-wing president Hugo Chavez ordered ten tank battalions to the Colombian border a...


Condoleezza Rice: US has 'no permanent enemies'

MATTHEW LEE Yahoo! News 23.12.2007
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gestures during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2007.

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday held out the prospect of improved relations with the remaining two members of President Bush's "axis of evil," Iran and North Korea, as long as they meet international demands over their n...

100,000 U.S. troops could leave soon: Iraq president

WASHINGTON - At least 100,000 U.S. troops could return home from Iraq by the end of 2008, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in an interview aired on Sunday although he proposed that several American military bases stay in Iraq.


War on Iran cannot be ruled out: Albright

Prague - Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright does not rule out a war against Iran in the nuclear dispute between Tehran and the international community. 'This last resort can never be given up completely,' the Czech-born Albright who a...

Neocons seek to justify action against Teheran

American diplomats have been ordered to compile a dossier detailing Iran's violations of international law that some fear could be used to justify military strikes against the Islamic republic's nuclear programme. Members of the US secretariat in ...