Archive: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Getting Realistic About Iraq

Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, is no shrinking violet. Like his boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, he has worked hard over the past several months to demonstrate that he takes an independent, fact-based approach to the problems of the day, whether the issue is...

By Phillip Carter | July 3, 2008; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stupid Is As Hitchens Does

Columnist Christopher Hitchens decided to try out for a Darwin Award (or whatever the equivalent honor is when you survive an incredibly dumb act) by recruiting a team of special operations troops to waterboard him. He then wrote an article about what it felt like for Vanity Fair. Hitch's verdict?...

By Phillip Carter | July 2, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (73)

The Law and the War

In an important Guantanamo Bay habeas corpus case last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a stunning blow to the federal government, ordering it to release, transfer or hold a new hearing for a detainee whose case had been percolating through the courts for years. Huzaifa Parhat, a...

By Phillip Carter | July 1, 2008; 6:20 AM ET | Comments (26)

Taps for Chief Hammett

I was saddened yesterday to read a press release from the Pentagon announcing the death of Chief Warrant Officer Robert Hammett, who was killed in action on Tuesday in Sadr City along with Maj. Dwayne Kelley of the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion. I knew Chief Hammett and served with him...

By Phillip Carter | June 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

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