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After the Shelling Stops: We Need More Than Missiles To Oust Saddam
By Frank Smyth, December 20, 1998, The Washington Post

Who doesn’t want a new government in Baghdad? The Clinton administration’s sustained airstrikes against Iraq will cripple some of Saddam Hussein’s military capabilities, but few believe that unilateral bombing will, by itself, compel lasting change in Iraq.

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Toppling Saddam: Clinton Wants a New Government in Baghdad, but He and the Iraqi Opposition Are Unlikely to Be Up to the Task
By Frank Smyth, November 18, 1998, Salon.com

President Clinton is committed to backing Iraqi opposition forces toward eventually forming a new government in Baghdad, say Clinton administration officials. But they acknowledge that risky strategy could take years to bear fruit.

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Culture Clash
By Frank Smyth, October 3, 1998, Jane's Intelligence Review

Although East Africa was the site of three out of the four major attacks exchanged since 7 August between US and apparently pan-Islamist forces, the region itself has been painted as merely being a battleground of opportunity for anti-US bombers. However, even before President…

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A New Game: The Clinton Administration on Africa
By Frank Smyth, June 3, 1998, World Policy Journal

The Clinton administration has focused American attention on sub-Saharan Africa like no other administration before it. Last December, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright visited Africa. This spring, President Bill Clinton went there as well. Besides…

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Fresh Approach Needed in Seeking Saddam’s Demise
By Frank Smyth, May 3, 1998, Jane's Intelligence Review

Modern military history will record Saddam Hussein uniquely. In the 1990-91 Gulf War, he cynically inverted the conventional concepts of tactical and strategic thinking. Saddam never planned on defeating US-led coalition forces…

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Africa’s New Block
By Dan Connell & Frank Smyth, March 3, 1998, Foreign Affairs

SUB-SAHARAN Africa is undergoing its most profound changes since the early years of independence. Forces that have long held sway over the region are now either waning or gone. For decades the United States, the Soviet Union, and France propped up dictators who served their interests — men like Ethiopia’s…

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Playing the Iran Card
By Frank Smyth, February 24, 1998, The Village Voice

It is one thing to fight and lose. It is another to lose and win. The former involves miscalculating your chances. The latter involves accepting your losses up front. The latter is the cynic’s move. Saddam Hussein sacrificed tens of thousands of largely inexperienced Iraqi troops in the Gulf War, while saving both tactical firepower…

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