Gen Colin Powell got played by Dick Cheney, turning sap for a vice-president he didn’t even care for. Photograph: Marcy Nighswander/AP Photo

If we could unlock the puzzle of Colin Powell, maybe we could understand why the US cracked up. Gen Powell was the best America had to offer. He was t(...)

US secretary of state Colin Powell speaks adresses the United Nations Security Council in 2003 ahead of the Iraq War. Photograph: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained when he went before t(...)

Former US president George W Bush at the 9/11 commemoration at the Flight 93 national memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

I’m not one of those people who think women make naturally better leaders than men, more collegial and collaborative. I’ve covered enough women in th(...)

US president Joe Biden: The enablers of the misbegotten occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq have been shrieking like banshees, trying to manacle him to their own past mistakes. Photograph: Sarahbeth Maney/New York Times

It isn’t a pretty picture. One coast is burning. The other is under water. In between, anti-abortion vigilantes may soon rampage across gunslinging te(...)

 Osama bin Laden hoped to lure the Americans into a long war in Afghanistan where they, too, would be defeated. Photograph: AP Photo

On September 11th, 2001, I was at my desk as usual, writing something for The Irish Times. I have no memory of what I was writing about because whatev(...)

US marines guide an evacuee during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Photograph: Isaiah Campbell/US Marine Corps/AFP via Getty Images

As President Joe Biden watched Kabul descend into hell, did he think of his beloved William Butler Yeats? He is the poet Biden recited as a teen to co(...)

Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld has passed away. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the man largely credited for masterminding the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has died. He was 88.(...)

Referee Luke Pearce gestures during the European Champions Cup final  between La Rochelle and Toulouse at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The US defence secretary under President George W Bush was Donald Rumsfeld. He famously informed us about his “known unknowns”, and also his “unknown (...)

Paddy Murray: “ I keep hearing of people who I think deserve their vaccination way ahead of me.”

No, I didn’t do a lap of honour. I didn’t celebrate with champagne. In fact, I pretty much kept it to myself, telling only family and close friends. (...)

The UK was the first to identify a ‘variant of concern’.

Any hope of the coronavirus pandemic coming to a slow but smooth end as more and more people are vaccinated against Sars-CoV-2 have been dashed in rec(...)

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