Robert Kagan, author, essayist, former diplomat, pre-eminent thinker of what is called ''neoconservatism'' -- and now foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential nominee John McCain -- would like it to be known that there are many things that he is not.
It seems so very long ago. On April 6 2003, the day the city of Basra was finally occupied by British troops, there was a febrile, uncertain sense of excitement. On Monday, the British soldiers followed the same route, as they retreated from Basra Palace in the city centre to relocate to the air base outside the city.
A fierce battle is under way this weekend to rescue a proposed global climate agreement in time for the Group of Eight (G8) summit in a fortnight's time in Germany, after sources close to the talks said Washington appeared to be edging away from outright rejection of moves to halt rising world temperatures.
Baghdad resounds to the tales of the dead. Not the distant, dry accounting of news wires, but terrifying close-up accounts. Six beheaded corpses are dumped with their heads between their knees in Muhammad's street in Ghazaliya, a largely Sunni suburb of Baghdad. United States soldiers ask him to search the bodies for IDs, fearful the corpses may be booby-trapped..