- April 04, 2011
In a SPIEGEL interview, former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 78, discusses the unclear goals for the international deployment in Libya, "terribly damaging" crimes committed by the US Army "kill team" in Afghanistan, inevitable comparisons to Abu Ghraib and the mistakes he made in the Bush administration. more... [ Comment ]
- February 17, 2011
In the second installment of his memoirs, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer describes his misgivings over Gerhard Schröder's absolute rejection of an invasion of Iraq, his fears that France might not oppose the move and how developments in the run-up to the war badly damaged his relationship with the chancellor. more... [ Comment ]
- January 07, 2011
Iraq finally has a new government after months of deadlock, but the cynical horsetrading has damaged the image of politics. Residents of Baghdad no longer trust their fellow citizens and have withdrawn into private life. They pray that a civil war will not break out. more... [ Comment ]
- December 05, 2010
Roughly 5,500 classified cables from the US Embassy in Baghdad paint a grim picture of why America's stunning military victory over Iraq devolved into disaster: The Americans allowed themselves to get entangled in the Sunni-Shiite conflict while being systematically outmaneuvered by the Iranians. more... [ Comment ]
- November 24, 2010
A classified document obtained by SPIEGEL shows notes from a meeting between a top German diplomat and Condoleezza Rice just weeks before the Iraq invasion. It indicates steps by the German government to prevent the war and undermines claims in George W. Bush's memoir that Gerhard Schröder indicated he would support the president should the US go to war. more... [ Comment ]
- November 14, 2010
George W. Bush has written his selective memoirs, in which he accuses Gerhard Schröder of breaking a promise. In truth, Bush strung along the then-German chancellor with unfounded promises, even as his administration was already preparing for the disastrous Iraq war. more...
- November 13, 2010
In the run-up to the Iraq war, US President George W. Bush made empty promises to German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder about consulting the international community before taking a decision on military action. In truth, he was already preparing an invasion. more...
- November 12, 2010
It has been eight months since the elections, but on Thursday, Iraqi leaders finally agreed on a power-sharing deal and established a government. But the coalition is shaky at best and German commentators are not optimistic about its staying power. more...
- November 11, 2010
Already having been branded a liar by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, ex-US President George W. Bush's intelligence has now been questioned by Schröder's former spokesman. Uwe-Karsten Heye said on Wednesday that Bush "had no idea about what was going on in the world." more...
- November 10, 2010
In the years following former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's rejection of ex-President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, it became clear that the two could barely stand each other. Now, Bush's memoirs take aim at Schröder -- a reply to the German leader's own tome four year ago. more...