Articles by Austin Bay

Iran's Latest Hostage Gamble

The sailors call them "RHIBs" -- rigid hull inflatable boats. Add powerful outboard motors, and the agile, shallow-draft RHIB becomes an ideal watercraft for scooting around the Tigris and Euphrates estuary or for slipping among suspicious dhows in Iraqi... Read More

Picture Perfect

On the surface, the African Union's critique of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe doesn't sound particularly damning. The AU's statement calls for "respect for human rights and democratic principles in Zimbabwe." It is rather mild for a scold, and perhaps... Read More

By the Way: We're Not Losing

The chattering class nostrum that Free Iraq and its coalition allies have "lost the Iraq war" is so blatantly wrong it would be a source of laughter were human life and hope-inspiring liberty not at such terrible risk. In... Read More

Maliki's Most Potent Weapon

Petroleum is the resource that dominates discussion of Iraq's economy. However, water and rich agricultural land make the country much more than a desert oil spigot. Combine water and productive land, and the product is history -- the history... Read More

Paging Hernando de Soto, Paging Hernando de Soto...

Call it an economic and political victory for "New Iraq" -- and an indication that we may see more in the future. This past Monday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's cabinet finally agreed to a reformed "oil law." The cabinet... Read More

The Real News Behind "The Surge"

"More troops" isn't the most significant aspect of the military "surge" in Iraq. Since at least fall 2003, an increase of 5,000 to 10,000 troops over a three-month window has been an option for coalition forces. For example, deploying... Read More

Not Unified, No Action

The Washington press corps has discovered the war -- the self-defeating tug of war between the Pentagon and virtually every other Washington government agency. Two recent articles in The New York Times portrayed the "interagency" struggle as primarily a... Read More

The Blood Will Flow This Spring

"As I've said in the past, it will be a bloody spring." With that sentence, Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, Said Jawad, acknowledged that the Afghan government believes the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies will launch a "new... Read More

Thwarting the Plot Against Sistani

Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is a most remarkable man. Consider these attributes: a Muslim theologian who promotes democracy, an Iraqi Shia leader who supports national reconciliation, an international Shia luminary who believes Sunnis and Shias and Chris Read More

Understanding the Iraq-Yugoslavia Analogy

After 16 years of war and peacekeeping, the Great Yugoslav War of Devolution has entered a new, promising phase. But don't call it finished, and don't call it peace -- at least not quite yet. A substantial slice of... Read More

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