The War So Far

Does the president know what he's doing?

In an address to the Senate on February 12, chastising his colleagues for being "ominously, dreadfully silent," Senator Robert Byrd (D–W.Va.) stepped up and offered some ominous and dreadful words himself: "This coming battle...represents a turning point in U.S. foreign policy and possibly a turning point in the recent history of the world." It was the Bush administration’s policy of preemption that he was attacking—"the idea that the United States or any other nation...

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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.