The general overthrew the old guard, but will the revolution stand? John Barry on Fred Kaplan’s 'The Insurgents.'
John Barry joined Newsweek's Washington bureau as national-security correspondent in 1985. He has reported extensively on American intervention in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Haiti, Bosnia, Iraq, and Somalia and on efforts for peace in the Middle East. In 2002 he co-wrote The War Crimes of Afghanistan, which won a National Headliner Award. He won the 1993 Investigative Reporters & Editors Gold Medal for his investigation of the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by the USS Vincennes, as well as a 1983 British Press Award—the British equivalent of a Pulitzer—for his reconstruction of the U.S.-Soviet negotiations to ban intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe.
News that the CIA chief was having an affair did not shock those close to him during his final tours of battle. John Barry on the lonely life of the general—and the early hints of impropriety.
The Endgame, the latest book from Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor, argues that in his haste to extricate the U.S. from Bush’s war of choice in Iraq, Obama may have done al Qaeda a huge favor, writes John Barry.
A new book on Gen. David Petraeus tries to understand what drives America’s most famous officer.
Pakistan’s Ambassador Husain Haqqani is the diplomat who must get America and Pakistan to see eye-to-eye.
A Taliban ally keeps staging bloody “spectaculars” in Kabul—with backing from Pakistan’s ISI. John Barry lays out America’s options.
The Security Council vote could be a chance to make up for decades of foreign-policy missteps in the Middle East. John Barry on the showdown.
John Barry writes that there are important lessons to be found in Israel’s history.
Did senior Obama administration's skip Gen. David Petraeus's retirement ceremony on purpose? By John Barry.