The U.S. Supreme Court signaled it may consider whether two military contractors can be sued for allegedly abusing inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in a case that could make companies more vulnerable to human rights suits.
Donald Rumsfeld is back. Four years after being ousted from his job as secretary of defense, he has produced a memoir, “ Known and Unknown ,” which covers a lot of ground, most notably his own backside.
Rarely in U.S. history has the end of a war been marked with less fanfare than the withdrawal of the last troops from Iraq in time for Christmas. Indeed, you could almost be forgiven for failing to notice it at all, so arbitrary does the timing seem.
Directors at the Sundance Film Festival often thank family members in the audience. It’s safe to say that Rory Kennedy -- the youngest child of Robert and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, born after her father’s assassination in 1968 -- had the longest list. For the premiere screening of “Ethel,” her new documentary, more than 20 Kennedys and in-laws showed up, including the subject.
In times of war, the law is not silent. War is not a moral wilderness: At the Second Lateran Council in 1139, the use of the crossbow was banned among European knights. Throughout history, there have been codes that even the hell of war could not override.
All U.S. ground troops will be out of Iraq by Dec. 31, and soon this sorry conflict will fade quietly into the past, the second-dumbest war in American history. Yet the Iraq War has been missing in action during the Republican presidential campaign.