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  • Officials Shifting Focus to Iran

    04/11/2008 8:47:46 AM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 4 replies · 103+ views ^ | April 11, 2008 | Staff
    The hours of congressional testimony, the speeches and the press conferences this week were all, nominally, about Iraq. But another, equally explosive question - what to do about Iran - loomed over the presentations by Army Gen. David Petraeus, the American military commander in Iraq, over U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and over U.S. strategy for the Middle East. Petraeus and Crocker, arguing that there has been progress in stabilizing Iraq since President Bush ordered a troop build-up there last year, fingered Iran's support for Shiite militias in Iraq, which they called "special groups," as the No. 1 threat...
  • Petraeus, Crocker Finish Marathon of Testimony

    04/09/2008 4:37:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2008 – U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman has a gavel, and he’s not afraid to use it. At the fourth appearance in front of a congressional audience by the United States’ top military commander and envoy to Iraq, Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, cut to the chase. Already, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker had both seen more than 12 hours of combined testimony before the start of their final appearance on Capitol Hill this afternoon. Berman asked for only a summary of their previous testimony so the committee members...
  • Petraeus Patience

    04/09/2008 2:34:44 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 4 replies · 84+ views
    NRO ^ | 9 April 2008 | the Editors
    Petraeus Patience By the Editors If Gen. David Petraeus wasn’t denounced as a traitor upon his arrival on Capitol Hill Tuesday, his testimony was the occasion for the same dreary willful obtuseness on the part of congressional Democrats as in September. Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker again were cautious and understated, perhaps to a fault. Without over-promising, they explained how we have built on the tentative security gains that Democrats were so skeptical of six months ago, and that there has begun to be political movement. The progress we have won is “fragile and reversible” as they repeatedly said, dependent...
  • The Empire Strikes Back - at Schwalier (Khobar Towers 'scapegoat' General)

    04/10/2008 9:41:33 AM PDT · by baa39 · 4 replies · 338+ views
    Air Force Magazine Daily Report eNewsletter ^ | April 9, 2008 | USAF Magazine Staff
    The Empire Strikes Back--at Schwalier: Defense Chief Robert Gates, top Pentagon lawyer Daniel Dell'Orto, and unnamed Justice Department confreres have struck yet another blow at Terryl J. Schwalier, Washington's designated Khobar Towers scapegoat. They have forced USAF to halt and reverse its efforts to restore Schwalier's second star after a 10-year struggle. The new decision was elaborated in a March 28 letter from Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne to the Air Force Review Boards Agency, ordering it to halt implementation of its recent decision to correct "an injustice" and retroactively promote Schwalier to major general. That corrective...
  • Hamas Political Director Endorses Obama and Praises Carter's Visit [link to mp3 file of interview]

    05/12/2008 9:12:08 AM PDT · by indcons · 19 replies · 201+ views
    FNC ^ | April 16th, 2008 | Aaron Klein/John Batchelor/Carl Cameron
    “We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates. []
  • IRAQ: US army denies capture of Saddam's No. 2 - (Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri)

    04/24/2008 8:59:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 431+ views
    Gulf News ^ | April 24, 2008, 10:15 | Agencies
    Ezzat Ebrahim Al Douri served as vice president during Saddam Hussain's regime.Baghdad: The US military in Baghdad on Thursday denied that Ezzat Ebrahim Al Douri, Saddam Hussain's former vice president, had been arrested in Salaheddin.Iraqi army officers also denied the report, although Iraq's national security adviser Muwaffaq Al Rubaie said the army had arrested a group of terrorists and will conduct DNA tests."We can say at this stage that he is not under arrest for the coalition forces and we do not have any reports about the arrest by Iraqi security forces," the US military said in a statement.Al Douri...
  • Report: Pakistani president suspected of graft in submarine sale

    11/11/2009 9:51:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 604+ views
    Report: Pakistani president suspected of graft in submarine sale South Asia News Nov 10, 2009, 10:56 GMT Paris - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is suspected of having received millions of dollars in kickbacks from the 1994 sale of three French submarines to the Pakistani Navy, the daily Liberation reported Tuesday. In addition, investigators believe that the non-payment of the full amount of the agreed kickbacks may have led to the deaths of 11 French nationals in a 2002 terror attack in the city of Karachi. In the report, Liberation says it acquired documents that allegedly show that Zardari received...
  • Ex-NSA worker charged in classified leak case (likely Berger protege)

    04/15/2010 9:32:07 AM PDT · by SueRae · 41 replies · 1,268+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 4/15/2010 | Breitbart (via AP0)
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A former senior executive at the National Security Agency was charged Thursday with lying and obstruction of justice in an investigation of leaks of classified information to a newspaper. Federal prosecutors said Thomas Drake, 52, served as a source for many articles about the NSA in an unidentified newspaper, including articles that contained classified information.</p>
  • Saudi king urged US to attack Iran

    11/28/2010 6:20:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/26/2010 | AFP
    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published Sunday by daily newspapers. According to a leaked US cable, published by the New York Times, King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz made the call during an April 2008 meeting with US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and US General David Petraeus. "He told you to 'cut off the head of the snake'," Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, told the US embassy in Riyadh two days after the high-level talks, according to the...
  • Explosion from Pakistan: On watching SNL and coming to terms with being an inbred redneck.

    10/01/2008 11:23:10 PM PDT · by seastay · 3 replies · 793+ views
    thiskindofwar ^ | September 22, 2008. | September 20, 2008
    You might not think that incest and Pakistan have much in common, but I think I may be on to something here. First, calm down and take a deep breath. Unlike SNL, I am not trying to argue that people I have political disagreements with are incestuous. The connection has nothing to do with Islam or the people of Pakistan. With that in mind, let’s walk through the thought process. The recent bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan has again turned our attention to that troubled country. Most Americans have no idea of what it must be like...
  • ANSWER Cancels Their March 15,2008 Anti-Troop, Anti-American Protest

    01/06/2008 4:48:13 AM PST · by trooprally · 79 replies · 1,102+ views
    Gathering of Eagles web site has announced that ANSWER and their ilk have cancelled their planned March 15,2008 protest. They are instead planning to protest during General Petraeus’ April testimony on Capitol Hill. At least it will be warmer in April!