Stories by Jason Vest

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Posted on: Apr 17, 2005, Source: Village Voice

John Bolton has left a trail of alienated colleagues and ridiculed ideas. He's a shoo-in for Senate confirmation.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2005, Source: Village Voice

He bungled Iraq, the Pentagon, and East Timor. Look out, World Bank – here he comes.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. counterinsurgency tactics used in El Salvador are at best a case study in how to prolong an insurgency, not end it. And it won't be any different in Iraq.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2004, Source: The American Prospect

An FBI investigation is uncovering links between an analyst in the office of Douglas Feith, the under secretary of defense for policy, and Israel.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2004, Source: Boston Phoenix

The identity of the CIA veteran whose book indicting the Bush administration is creating a media storm is finally unmasked.

Posted on: May 26, 2004, Source: Boston Phoenix

An Australian documentary contains shocking footage of U.S. military conduct in Iraq never seen on American TV -- even though it was easily available to major news outlets in the United States.

Posted on: May 23, 2004, Source: The American Prospect

Iraq's biggest con man has finally lost favor with his biggest victim -- the United States government.

Posted on: May 16, 2004, Source: The Nation

The Pentagon's Stephen Cambone claims he's out of the loop with regard to prisoner mistreatment at Abu Ghraib, leading some to believe that he's willfully obfuscating.

Posted on: May 12, 2004, Source: The American Prospect

How American moral authority died, who killed it, and why nincompoops like James Inhofe will never learn.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George Bush's speech did not explain why he should be rewarded for his failures in Iraq with either a $87 billion bailout or a UN mandate.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2003, Source: The American Prospect

With their Iraq plan in shambles, the neocons keep changing their facts to suit their theories.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2003, Source: The Nation

Soon to be new chief of the DEA Karen Tandy will be confirmed with little real examination of the dubious policy and prosecutions that she has been involved in.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Military intelligence reports have always been open to political interpretation and outright manipulation.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Almost a century ago, another army of Anglos underestimated its enemy in an invasion based on a hodge-podge of untenable rationales.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2003, Source: Village Voice

The United States' own Army War College studies conclude occupying troops will face ongoing violence during a long, treacherous transition.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2002, Source: The Nation

For an influential group of neoconservative hawks, overthrowing the governments of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Palestine is both urgent and neccesary.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2002, Source: deleted

While the Bush administration lays its plans for Iraq, military insiders are increasingly -- and desperately -- looking to Congress to help stave off what they fear will be a disaster.

Posted on: May 23, 2002, Source: deleted

For the Bush administration, the Cold War never ended -- so al-Qaeda had to get in line behind more serious enemies.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2001, Source: Village Voice

With Osama bin Laden still at large and no obvious ties between him and Saddam Hussein, taking the fight to Baghdad makes little sense. That hasn't stopped the hawks in D.C. from arguing it does, though.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Now that we've begun bombing Afghanistan to topple the Taliban, the unavoidable question is: How will we leave a country already destroyed and abandoned?

Posted on: Sep 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Joe Vallone, the U.S. Army's environmental technology chief, crossed the threshold of his office in Corridor 5 of the Pentagon's D ring a few minutes shy of 8 Monday morning...

Posted on: Jul 14, 2001, Source: The Nation

When Congress pushed Plan Colombia, it took into account concerns that the U.S. might find itself mired in another Vietnam. So it placed caps on the number of military specialists -- government and private -- that could operate in Colombia. No more.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2001, Source: The Nation

Is the U.S.'s $1.3 billion stake in Plan Columbia actually funding drug running? Perhaps, if the State Department's antidrug contractors are running a business on the side.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2001, Source: In These Times

The U.S. government has been waging a stealth counter-narcotics war in South America through private military contractors, including one tied to the recent downing of a missionary plane in Peru.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Back in 1994, a law was written to protect U.S. officials who supplied information to Peru about drug smuggling aircrafts, just in case Peru accidentally shot down a civilian plane. Or had Peru already done so?

Posted on: Jan 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

While offering a public prayer at the 1992 Republican National Convention, then-Missouri-governor John Ashcroft requested that "those in the media join us to spread the truth of His word." How will he affect the freedom of the press if he becomes the Attorney General?

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source:

With the constant buzz of police helicopters overhead, the alternating scents of irritant gas, pepper spray and vinegar, police barricades at intersection after intersection and throngs of protesters expressing themselves in every which way, downtown D.C. was quite a scene on Sunday, April 16. Jason Vest happened to be in all the right places at all the right times and filed this report on the major clashes of the day.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source:

In burnt-out Midwestern towns, private prisons are sprouting up among the shuttered steel mills that dot the landscape, intended to shore up the sagging local economies and create new jobs. But while the prisons have produced plenty of bounty for the politicians that cut the deals, the communities that got the jails are worse off than ever.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

What happened at the A16 protests was, to some extent, what progressives have always wanted: the mainstream media started taking them seriously.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source:

Since late March, a number of anti-IMF/World Bank activists and organizers (as well as a few journalists) have been confronted by the DC police force with numerous tactics -- from surveillance to implicit threats to bureaucratic intransigence -- apparently designed to marginalize the effectiveness of their mission.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source:

As activists gear up for protests against the IMF and World Bank in Washington, they are facing an abnormal hurdle in their planning -- DC cops. Washington's Metropolitan Police Department has been monitoring activists' e-mails and has dropped in on at least one meeting to intimidate protest organizers.