Michael Hirsh

Stories by Michael Hirsh

  • Bhutto and Democracy

    As Pakistan threatens to fall into chaos, the martyred Benazir Bhutto may become in death what she never achieved in life
  • Hirsh: Will Israel Strike Iran?

    A unilateral military strike against Iran is much more likely following the latest intel report about Tehran's nuke program.
  • Poll: Huckabee Surges in Iowa

    The new NEWSWEEK poll shows the former Arkansas governor now has a two-to-one lead over Romney, while Barack improves against Hillary.
  • Hirsh: Forget War with Iran

    That's the main implication of the startling new intelligence estimate that Tehran isn't working on a bomb. But the long-term impact is just as significant. A look at the winners and losers.
  • Rice's Personal Mideast Plan

    The secretary of State draws on her personal history to push Israelis and Palestinians together.
  • U.S. Hands Tied on Pakistan

    How Bush's tight relationship with Pakistan's Musharraf has compromised the war on terror.
  • Hirsh: The Road to War, Part II

    With new unilateral U.S. sanctions announced Thursday, America and Iran may now be headed for unavoidable hostilities.
  • Would You Buy a Used Hawk From This Man?

    Neocons can't help but slink around Washington, D.C. The Iraq War has given the neoconservatives—who favor the assertive use of American power abroad to spread American values—something of a bad name, and several of the Republican candidates seem less than eager to hire them as advisers. But Rudy Giuliani apparently never got that memo. One of the top foreign-policy consultants to the leading GOP candidate is Norman Podhoretz, a founding father of the neocon movement.Podhoretz is in favor of bombing Iran because of the country's unwillingness to suspend its uranium-enrichment program. He also believes America is engaged in a "world war" with "Islamofascism" and that Giuliani is the only man who can win it. "I decided to join Giuliani's team because his view of the war—what I call World War IV—is very close to my own," Podhoretz tells NEWSWEEK. (World War III, in his view, was the cold war.) "And also because he has the qualities of a wartime leader, including a fighting spirit and a...
  • Reaching Across the Aisle On Iraq

    Donald Rumsfeld had little stomach for talking to members of Congress, Democrat or Republican. But his successor as Defense secretary, Robert Gates, can't seem to get enough of them—especially Democrats. This summer, Gates intervened in a nasty spat between his No. 3 deputy, Under Secretary Eric Edelman, a former adviser to Dick Cheney, and Sen. Hillary Clinton after the senator requested a briefing on a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Edelman accused her of aiding the enemy, and Cheney backed him up. But Gates wrote Clinton a conciliatory letter and ordered Edelman to brief her. Late last week Gates had lunch with the Senate Democratic Policy Committee—something Rumsfeld never did. And within days, administration sources tell NEWSWEEK, Gates is expected to appoint Bill Clinton's former deputy Defense secretary, John Hamre—a highly regarded technocrat—as chairman of his Defense Policy Board, an influential advisory body. (Hamre declined to comment on his imminent appointment...
  • Hirsh: Bob Gates Scores Quiet Victories

    To little notice, the Defense secretary  has gotten his way on Iraq, and possibly on Iran. Now, Gates is about to appoint a former top Clinton official to prove he means business.
  • Hirsh: Rating Petraeus’s Report to the Hill

    Not surprisingly, Petraeus performed smoothly in his testimony to Congress. But an internal Pentagon report is expected to 'differ substantially' from his recommendations on withdrawal from Iraq, NEWSWEEK has learned.
  • Bush’s History Problem

    Much was changing in Vietnam when I visited in December 1991, in the waning hours of the Soviet Union. The coziness between Moscow and Hanoi, once comrades, had curdled into mutual contempt. The Russians, aware their empire was imploding, had little interest in their former client-state and were looking to leave. The Vietnamese had come to despise the large Russian population for, among other things, its cheap spending habits. By contrast, they welcomed Americans—“Russians with dollars,” we were called. The day I visited the old U.S. Embassy in Saigon—where some of the iconic photos symbolizing American defeat were taken—government workmen were removing a discolored brass plaque that once commemorated the North’s victory over “U.S. imperialists.” At the time of my visit, propaganda against American involvement in Southeast Asia was no longer politically correct. Hanoi’s message: Yankees come back (and bring your investment dollars). The cold-war dominoes had fallen—just in America’s...