Green Institute Publications - Papers by Roger Morris

In February of 2008, Roger Morris concluded four years as a Fellow for the Green Institute and moved on to other projects. It was a very productive and enlightening four years and we thank Roger for his great work and wish him the best on his future projects.


The Specialist

by Roger Morris
June, 2007
Green Institute Publications

The bombing attempt on Vice President Dick Cheney's life reminds us that Bagram has a long history in Afghanistan, one that US war-makers should not ignore.


Dispatches from the Front - In Memory of David Halberstam

by Roger Morris
April 24, 2007
Green Institute Publications

There will be an outpouring of tributes to David Halberstam, the renowned American writer who died at 73 Monday in an automobile accident near San Francisco. But no eulogy can match the sheer memorial of his work. Halberstam was, in every sense, a complete journalist -- truth-teller as artist -- and his legacy leaves a lasting chance of redemption for a media whose decay his standard always silhouetted so starkly.


Reflections on the Widening War

by Roger Morris
March, 2007
Green Institute Publications

It was 1969. My universe was the National Security Council staff under then-President Richard Nixon and his advisor Henry Kissinger. We were fresh from another election in which America voted to end a war. Yet in another abhorrence of defeat, the familiar lure of some redeeming if only cosmetic victory, we met in secret to plan another escalation. “I can’t believe,” Kissinger told us, “that a fourth-rate power like North Vietnam doesn’t have a breaking point.”


Bagram Ghosts

by Roger Morris
March 1, 2007
Green Institute Publications

It was a failed administration's ritual scapegoating, the ousting last winter of its ruinous secretary of defense. But in the sauve qui peut confirmation of his replacement -- "The only thing that mattered," said a Senate aide, "was that he was not Don Rumsfeld" -- there was inadvertent irony.


The Undertaker's Tally

by Roger Morris
January 22, 2007
Green Institute Publications

As he leaves the Pentagon and American foreign policy in unprecedented ruin, it is the reckoning on a long, portentous history that went typically unheeded.


The Source Beyond Rove - Condoleezza Rice at the Center of the Plame Scandal

by Roger Morris
July 27, 2005
Green Institute Publications - The Midnight Ride

The evidence of Rice’s complicity is increasingly damning as it gathers over a six-year twisting chronology of the Nigerien uranium-Wilson-Plame affair, particularly when set beside what we also know very well about the inside operations of the NSC and Rice’s unique closeness to Bush, her tight grip on her staff, and the power and reach that went with it all.


Strategic Demands of the 21st Century: A New Global Vision for a New World

by Roger Morris & Steven Schmidt
June 03, 2005
Green Institute Publications

Of America's Dunkirk, Napoleon's Winter, and FDR's Third Freedom. Roger Morris and Steven Schmidt evoke history, envision political alternatives and offer a provocative reappraisal of national security policy in a swiftly changing world.



Origins of the Species Neo-Con

by Roger Morris
April 19, 2005
Green Institute Publications - Midnight Ride

[When"Scoop"] Jackson died… he had spawned a cult following. With the lavishly financed and much-propagandized neo-conservatives first taking power under President Reagan, and then at the senior levels under a few and ignorant George W. Bush, their throwback foreign policy was, and is, "Scoop" Jackson warmed over -- the red, white and blue, bombs-away dawn of an old era.


War for the Future

by Roger Morris
Green Institute Publications - Midnight Ride

What a surreal moment—this faded end-of-summer 2005. We are locked in an evil lost war of staggering costs. Some flail at the atrocity in a cause that seems equally lost. Most play on in the ebbing season's sun, oblivious to reckonings. In Washington rules the worst regime in memory. Yet it falls to a fiercely bereaved 48-year-old mother, camping beside a dusty ditch in Texas, to embody the conscience of the culture, at least until the media move on . . .