What a difference a war makes!

by Ellen Ratner -- What a difference a war makes! In the wake of the (mercifully) quick U.S. victory in Iraq, some of what's happened since has been completely predictable. For example, more…

In defense of Tim Robbins

by Ellen Ratner -- "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." – Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis,Olmstead vs. United States Today I more…

Immigrant bashers

by Ellen Ratner -- On March 21, near the Iraqi port town of Umm Qasr, 28-year-old Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez was one of several U.S. soldiers who, as required by more…

Embed or in bed?

by Ellen Ratner -- Having spent several days as an embedded reporter aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, as well as having placed three other reporters in the field (two with the Marines more…

Politics and war

by Ellen Ratner -- "War is not merely a political act, but also a political instrument, a continuation of political relations, a carrying out of the same by other means."– Karl von more…

Making peace

by Ellen Ratner -- By the time this column appears, the war may have already begun. As I have said many times in this space, it is a war I oppose. But more…

From somewhere in the Persian Gulf ...

by Ellen Ratner -- This week's column is coming from the USS Kitty Hawk, the only permanently deployed aircraft carrier in the United States Navy. Last week, some of you may remember more…

Come embed with me

by Ellen Ratner -- I've generated a fair amount of controversy in this column by my position against the looming war in Iraq. It hasn't been a popular position, as my mail more…

The cost of the maybe-war

by Ellen Ratner -- An air of mystery, cloak and dagger, guys wearing fedoras and trench coats, tight-lipped officials, mum as can be, nobody's talking. So what's the big secret? Is it more…

Saddam's defense

by Ellen Ratner -- In March 2003, American and British forces entered Iraq from the south through Kuwait, from the north through Turkey and the west from Jordan. Preceded by 72 hours more…