Tim Lynch – Stateside

After Bush author Timothy Lynch will be here in the US soon. Come hear him speak, tune in to KQED on July 15, or catch the archive at the Forum link below!

[Update] Listen to the Forum broadcast here >>

Please check each link for specifics about each event.

July 15

KQED San Francisco

World Affairs Council, San Francisco

July 22

The Hudson Institute, Washington DC

The World Affairs Council, Washington DC


Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh in today’s Wall Street Journal

Don’t Expect a Big Change in U.S. Foreign Policy

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In For the Long Haul: Petraeus and the War

The war in Iraq is ugly, ambiguous, and marred with incompetence. It leaves an awkward legacy for our next president. According to Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh, this is nothing unusual for the US, nor for fighting on such terms. More surprising: the policy patterns that led to the war will likely continue this way after Bush steps down.

Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh

The parallels between the ongoing US actions in Iraq since 2003 and US actions in Korea after 1950 were especially apparent at the Senate hearings on Tuesday. In both wars a charismatic general held the attention of the nation and the fate of his president. Indeed, of his future president too. The most important military official serving George W. Bush is Dan Petraeus. Ditto Harry S. Truman and Douglas MacArthur. Each general brought stunning success that was profoundly controversial back home. The wars they waged caused the popularity of their respective commander-in-chief to plummet. Importantly, their wars were not short, sharp, shocks. They entailed a massive military and economic subvention by the United States – at the request of the host government. America has ‘occupied’ South Korea since 1950; its troops are still there. Iraq, we were warned again yesterday, could be at least as long.

For those with sufficient patience, the legacy of Korea for Iraq is a positive one, as is the legacy of the cold war for the war on terror. If America can stand by its allies over the long haul, in a dangerous neighbourhood, in a global war against a diffuse but ideologically committed opponent it will succeed in this venture.

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After Bush: Iraq, Foreign Policy, and the Candidates

The New York Times’ recent article on McCain’s visit to Iraq highlights a sticking-point for the presidential candidates’ campaigns – the war factor. But will anything really change?

Our own Sadhika Salariya has been working with a couple of authors who have their own ideas about what the next president will bring.

“As commander-in-chief, I will always reserve the right to make sure that we are looking out for American interests. And if Al Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq, then we will have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad”.

-Senator Obama to Tim Russert of NBC News, February 2008

Ok! So the buzz is on, America’s excited, Obama and Hillary are head to head, and with McCain, all promise to reinvigorate the economy at home. Race, Immigration, Tax cuts, Health Care have all been central to the Presidential elections campaigning. However, amongst this entire bustle, it is very important to take a moment and reflect back. Are we moving away from something? Are there any loose ends emerging?

We all know George W. Bush’s exit is awaited; there is no question about it. We all have witnessed the enthusiasm on all sides. But remember: today is the Fifth Anniversary of the Invasion in Iraq. The war has been one of the key decisions in American political history that has won few admirers, with pundits and politicians eagerly bashing the tenets of the Bush Doctrine. This war exacerbated our Bush’s unpopularity towards the end of his second presidential term.

How much do you remember about how this war has unfolded?

It often comes to mind: why has foreign policy and Iraq diminished to become a yes-or-no issue?

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