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  • 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...
  • Iraqi Forces Capture Late Saddam Hussein's Senior Aide

    07/09/2015 1:07:11 AM PDT · by piasa · 5 replies
    PMNNews Nigeria ^ | June 27, 2015
    Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, on Saturday said that the Iraqi security forces captured a leading figure in Saddam Hussein’s Baath party in an operation based on intelligence reports. Al-Abadi said this in his address to a ceremony in Baghdad for the 146th anniversary of the Iraqi press. “The security forces managed to arrest the terrorist Abdul Karim al-Sadoun by the efforts of the Iraqi intelligence,” Abadi said. Abadi did not give further details about how or where the arrest took place, saying he preferred an official statement to declare the details later as interrogation was still underway. Al-Sadoun was...
  • Trumpus Interruptus -- Will Trump Pullout of Presidential Run, Again?

    07/07/2015 12:39:28 AM PDT · by STE=Q · 37 replies
    07-07-2015 | STE=Q
    Is "The Donald" in for the long hall, or is he going to "Pull Out" at the last minute -- like he has done so many times before? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/may/16/donald-trump-us-presidential-race I don't think he has demonstrated that he is in for the long haul. Therefore I have taken the liberty to give him the handle of Trumpus Interruptus! I confess that I was excited (as was his collective base) when he announced in 2012 that he was considering a run for the republican nomination for President of the United States. I was thus willing to overlook the fact that he was...
  • You want hypotheticals? Here’s one. (Krauthammer Opines)

    05/21/2015 8:53:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 2, 2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall. It gets worse. The Gulf states’ top leaders, betrayed and bitter, ostentatiously boycott President Obama’s failed Camp David summit. “We were America’s best friend in the Arab world for 50 years,” laments Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief.Note: “were,”...
  • Sen. Corker: White House Meeting...‘One Of The Most Bizarre I’ve Attended’

    05/24/2014 7:59:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | 5-23-14
    White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers’ concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. But the White House outreach appeared to be having little effect on some lawmakers’ concerns. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, described Tuesday night’s White House meeting with chief of staff Denis McDonough and national security adviser Susan Rice as...
  • Flashback: George W. Bush Predicted Iraqi Meltdown If US Troops Were Withdrawn from Region

    06/16/2014 3:07:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    President George W. Bush predicted the current meltdown in Iraq – back in 2007. Bush vetoed a Democratic bill to withdraw troops from Iraq. Via Truth Revolt: I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven...
  • How Low Can the President Stoop?

    05/28/2014 8:16:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5-27-14 | Gary Schmitt
    Today in the Rose Garden, President Obama announced that he’s going to keep a little under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2014, half that number by the end of 2015, and will have all those forces out by the end of 2016. Putting aside the fact that this is the lowest number military advisors estimated was necessary to maintain training and some counterterrorism capability in country over not just one year but several, the decision to halve and then zero out those forces by 2016 is a reminder not only of how seriously unserious this president on strategic matters can...
  • Syria Condemns Arab League Pullout

    01/29/2012 8:25:20 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    The Syrian government has condemned a decision by the Arab League to pull its monitors from the raging civil war zone. The Arab League said Saturday it had decided to "immediately" suspend its mission to monitor the situation in Syria due to the growing violence, the BBC reported. The decision came less than a week after a vote to extend the mission another month. Fierce fighting near Damascus centered on several eastern suburbs that had been seized by opposition forces, and which government troops fought to recapture. At least 12 people were killed and 30 others were wounded in the...
  • US flag ceremony to mark end of Iraq war role

    12/14/2011 9:39:05 PM PST · by americanophile · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/15/2011 | BBC
    The US flag is to be lowered in Baghdad, formally marking the end of US military operations in Iraq after nearly nine years of war. Most of the 5,500 remaining soldiers have now left Iraq, with security in the hands of the Iraqi authorities. President Barack Obama, who came to office pledging to bring troops home, said the US left behind a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq". Some 4,500 US soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqis have died in the war. It has cost the US some $1tr. Republicans have criticised the pullout citing concerns over Iraq's stability, but most...
  • Obama Might Pull Out

    09/22/2011 7:00:00 AM PDT · by no dems · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2011 | Dick Morris
    As bad news piles up for the Democrats, I asked a top Democratic strategist if it were possible that President Obama might "pull a Lyndon Johnson" and soberly face the cameras, telling America that he has decided that the demands of partisan politics are interfering with his efforts to right our economy and that he has decided to withdraw to devote full time to our recovery. His answer: "Yes. It's possible. If things continue as they are and have not turned around by January, it is certainly possible." Just looking at Michelle Obama's unsmiling face during her husband's recent speech...
  • Iraq's VP: U.S. Troops to Pull out of Iraq as Scheduled

    09/21/2011 11:02:51 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 7 replies
    CRI English/Xinhua ^ | September 21st 2011 | Zhangjin
    The Iraqi Vice President Khudair al-Khuzaie said Wednesday U.S. forces will withdraw from Iraq as scheduled by the end of 2011. Khuzaie made his remarks after meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad James Jeffrey, in which the two discussed issues of common interest, including the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of this year and the training of Iraqi forces, Khuzaie' s office said in a statement. The vice president called on the U.S. government to focus, in the upcoming stage, on "cooperation and partnership with Iraq in the fields of investments and reconstruction," according to...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox. Afghan pullout too fast, about right, too slow?)

    06/23/2011 7:14:46 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6-23-11 | Fox News
    Is Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Fast Enough? Too fast. The Taliban could easily regain momentum. Not fast enough. The troop withdrawal is long overdue. Just right. We need to balance the needs on the ground with the desire to bring troops home. Other (leave a comment)
  • War in Iraq: worst moment in UK history - British MP

    05/23/2011 7:05:19 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    RT News ^ | May 22 nd 2011 | RT interview
    As the last group of British Royal Navy training staff pulls out of Iraq on Sunday marking the end of the UK military operation in the country, British MP Paul Flynn told RT the war in Iraq was not really worth it. ­“With 179 British lives lost and ten billion pounds spent, there will be no celebrations, no parades or marches or flags out to mark the end of the war. And all we seem to have achieved is we have replaced one rotten government with another rotten government,” stated Flynn. According to the MP, the whole country understood it...
  • How this suicide bomber opened a new front in Al-Qaeda’s war

    01/09/2010 7:17:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 893+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | January 10, 2010 | Christina Lamb and Miles Amoore
    New details have emerged of the failures that led to the deaths of seven CIA agents in Afghanistan. Christina Lamb and Miles Amoore reportIt was the week after Christmas and there was a line of paper Santas hanging in the small chow house at Forward Operating Base Chapman, sent to Afghanistan by loved ones back home. Among the CIA agents waiting in the morning chill, amid the exercise bicycles and weights, were a mother of three and a father of three who had had to tell their children they would not be home for Christmas. This was not the first...
  • Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center (Disputed)

    08/16/2010 1:11:51 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 189 replies · 3+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 8/16/10 | Shlomo Shamir
    After weeks of heated debate over plans for an Islamic community center near Ground Zero - the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York - it seems Muslim leaders will soon back down, agreeing to move to a new site. ...
  • Asset movements on par with pullout plans

    02/15/2010 12:57:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 165+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Spc. Jason Adolphson, USA
    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The U.S. military is moving mass amounts of equipment out of Iraq in accordance with President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw the majority of U.S. assets out of theater by Aug. 31. The 1st Theater Sustainment Command’s Distribution Management Center here is playing a key role in the move, the largest U.S. military logistics movement since World War II. Warrant Officer Brian Gaines, 1st TSC, DMC, said the 1st TSC and its supporting units are working to meet the president’s deadline to pull an estimated 1.5 million pieces of equipment out of Iraq. "We're having units...
  • 'Netanyahu agreed to Golan pullout'

    09/09/2009 11:29:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 466+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/9/09 | staff
    Danny Yatom, who was head of Mossad during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's first term, said Thursday that the premier then agreed to withdraw from the entire Golan Heights in a future peace deal with Syria. President Shimon Peres and... Yatom told Israel Radio that although Netanyahu's agreement didn't bind him now, "he has to admit" that he did agree to withdraw from the territory. Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) told the radio station that the prime minister had said numerous times that he would not agree to such a pullout, and that anyway, there
  • Analysis: Memo raises questions about Iraq pullout

    07/31/2009 1:42:16 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 5 replies · 415+ views
    AP ^ | July 31, 2009 | Robert Burns
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An Army colonel's colorfully worded memo arguing for the U.S. to declare victory in Iraq and leave next summer suggests the possibility of an important shift in the debate about U.S. withdrawal plans. Until now the question has been whether thousands of U.S. troops might need to stay beyond a December 2011 deadline for a complete U.S. pullout, in order to continue training and advising Iraqi forces. The memo written by Col. Timothy R. Reese, a U.S. adviser to the Iraqi military command, turns that question on its head by asking whether it makes more sense to...
  • Gunmen kill 8 in Baghdad bank robbery, police say

    07/29/2009 8:17:51 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 4 replies · 184+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07/28/09 | Kim Gamel
    Gunmen killed eight security guards and made off with nearly $7 million during a brazen bank robbery Tuesday in central Baghdad in the second such assault in a week. While overall violence is down in Iraq, ordinary crime has emerged as an increasing threat to the country's stability. Police said the robberies appeared to be the work of militants seeking money for operations after their funding was severely curtailed in U.S.-Iraqi military crackdowns. The retaliatory sectarian violence that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war has declined dramatically over the past two years. But armed robberies targeting jewelry stores,...
  • U.S. Troops Could Stay in Mosul Past June Deadline

    04/14/2009 5:00:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 550+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – U.S. soldiers could remain in Mosul, Iraq, past June 30, when Iraqi forces are scheduled to assume full security responsibilities for the entire country, a senior U.S. military commander in the area said today. Army Col. Gary Volesky, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, said in a video news conference from Iraq that the Iraqi government will make that determination. “We are conducting an assessment right now with our Iraqi counterparts to determine what the way ahead is for security in Mosul,” Volesky said. “If the Iraqi government believes...
  • Iraq Points to Pullout in 2010

    07/22/2008 12:33:09 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies · 95+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2008 | Sudarsan Raghavan and Dan Eggen
    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama conferred with senior Iraqi leaders, U.S. officials and military commanders Monday, as a spokesman for the Iraqi government declared that it would like U.S. combat forces to complete their withdrawal by the end of 2010. The comments by spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh mark the second time in recent days that a senior Iraqi has endorsed a timetable for U.S. withdrawal that is roughly similar to the one advocated by Obama. Dabbagh suggested that a combat force pullout could be completed by the end of 2010, which would be about seven months longer than Obama's 16-month formulation....
  • Obama Might 'Refine' Iraq Timeline

    07/03/2008 1:46:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies · 115+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 3, 2008 | by TOM BEVAN
    That's the headline over at The Caucus, where Jeff Zeleny reports Barack Obama dropped a not so subtle hint today in North Dakota that his fixed, 16-month timetable for pulling US troops out of Iraq beginning in January 2009 may in fact not be so fixed: "I've always said that the pace of withdrawal would be dictated by the safety and security of our troops and the need to maintain stability. That assessment has not changed," he said. "And when I go to Iraq and have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I'm sure...
  • BBC: Britain to Announce Full Withdrawal of Troops From Iraq

    06/10/2008 6:51:57 AM PDT · by RDTF · 23 replies · 127+ views
    Fox ^ | June 10, 2008 | AP
    LONDON — Britain's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that no final decision is imminent on withdrawing all remaining British troops from Iraq, as the BBC reported that the government would outline pullout plans by the end of the year. The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that Cabinet ministers plan to announce within months a final pullout of troops, provided a lull in violence holds. Britain has 4,000 troops remaining in Iraq at a base on the outskirts of the southern city of Basra. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office said he will discuss the U.K.'s role in Iraq with U.S. President George W....
  • Iraq FM: American pullout would bring disaster

    03/18/2008 2:02:21 PM PDT · by jdm · 2 replies · 221+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 18, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    How badly would an American pullout affect Iraq?  According to the nation’s foreign minister, all of the security gains would evaporate and bring the country back to the brink of civil war.  Hoshyar Zebari spoke to the Associated Press to make sure Americans know exactly what is at stake: Iraq’s foreign minister said Tuesday that he believes his country has averted a civil war after five years of “tears and blood,” and warned that an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal would be disastrous.Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told The Associated Press that mistakes had been made by all sides but Iraq has...
  • No retreat from the War on Terror

    02/04/2008 4:32:07 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 44+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/05/08 | David Aaronovitch
    No retreat from the War on Terror If the West backs out of Afghanistan the consequences would be plainly catastrophic David Aaronovitch In recent days, and unsurprisingly, it has become common to hear the mournless rites being read for liberal interventionism. If anyone has opined publicly about Afghanistan in the last week - and plenty did - it was to regret our presence there and to wish us away. If ever an argument was being won by default this was it, especially since those making the case for quitting were far too exuberant to want to slow up and allow...
  • Bush Speech Calls for Pull-Out from U.S. Economy

    01/28/2008 10:49:11 AM PST · by xtinct · 5 replies · 132+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 1/28/08 | Scott Ott
    In his final State of the Union address tonight, President George Bush plans to announce that the U.S. economy has become such a quagmire that the federal government will begin a phased withdrawal. The nation’s chief executive will reportedly tell the American people that the government got involved in the U.S. economy under false pretenses, has mismanaged the effort from the beginning, and the president believes now that “the only way forward is backward.” The president will propose immediate reductions in taxes, regulation, government spending and federal bureaucracies.
  • Democrats snub Republican Iraq pullout timeline (extends past 2008 elections)

    09/30/2007 6:59:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 120+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/28/07 | Susan Cornwell, Richard Cowan
    Democrats snub Republican Iraq pullout timelineFri Sep 28, 2007 10:37pm ET By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Senate Republicans proposed drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq over 15 months, but Democrats rejected the plan because it stretched to after the November 2008 election, both sides said on Friday. It was the latest manifestation of a Senate stalemated over how to end the unpopular Iraq war launched by President George W. Bush in 2003. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sounding frustrated with the Senate, said her chamber would take up several Iraq bills next week, although none dictate...
  • California Assembly votes to put Iraq pullout measure on ballot

    08/27/2007 6:18:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 415+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/27/07 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    Putting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tight political position, the state Assembly voted Monday to place a measure on California's Feb. 5 ballot urging President Bush to immediately withdraw American troops from Iraq. The 43-32 roll call left the proposal one step from Schwarzenegger's desk. It was sent back to the Senate, which approved a slightly different version of the bill in June. Final approval by the Senate would send the bill to the Republican governor, who could risk angering members of his own party by signing it and putting it on the presidential primary ballot or veto the bill...
  • Iraq pullout would face many unknowns

    07/22/2007 3:44:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 290+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/21/07 | Charles J. Hanley - ap
    From crating up the bombs and bullets, to shrink-wrapping the helicopters, to counting up the endless tiers of port-a-potties, the pullout of U.S. combat forces from Iraq, when it inevitably comes, will rank as the longest-planned withdrawal ever. Despite the years of preparation, the Pentagon's painstaking planners just as inevitably will be challenged by the unknowables of a country at war, the vagaries of politics, the harshness of terrain and climate. "Coming out of any theater of operations is tough," says retired Lt. Gen. Gus Pagonis. But packing to go home from that distant desert presents special problems, as simple...
  • Follow the Yellow Streak Road

    07/13/2007 6:05:03 AM PDT · by HoosierGirl25 · 6 replies · 609+ views
    Human Events ^ | 7/13/2007 | Jed Babbin
    Betty Williams, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for helping start peace talks in Northern Ireland, said the other day, “"Right now, I could kill George Bush." Though the New York Times isn’t suffering that bad a case of Bush Derangement Syndrome, its July 8 editorial said: “President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have used demagoguery and fear to quell Americans’ demands for an end to this war. They say withdrawing will create bloodshed and chaos and encourage terrorists. Actually, all of that has already happened -- the result of this unnecessary invasion and the incompetent management of this...
  • Early Troop Pullout Would Leave Iraq ‘a Mess,’ General Says

    07/06/2007 5:40:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 109 replies · 1,029+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2007 – A premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would leave the country at the mercy of its enemies, a senior U.S. military officer said today. Thanks to surge-provided reinforcements, U.S. and Iraqi security forces participating in Operation Marne Torch are now making “significant progress” in knocking out insurgent sanctuaries located within his battle space, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Multinational Division Center and the 3rd Infantry Division, said today during a satellite-carried teleconference with Pentagon reporters. However, “it would be a mess,” Lynch emphasized, if the surge forces were withdrawn as part of...
  • Iraq minister lobbies D.C. to keep troops

    05/09/2007 8:13:54 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 6 replies · 343+ views
    UPI ^ | May 9,2007
    WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie is lobbying U.S. politicians in Washington to keep U.S. troops in Iraq to avoid anarchy. Monday and Tuesday, Rubaie visited two Democrats leading the Congressional charge to reduce troop numbers by fixed dates -- Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan and Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the New York Times reported. "I know that they are running out of patience, and I understand this very well," Rubaie told the Times in an interview. "And we have to play the political game. But I feel we are on the last mile...
  • Progress in Iraq’s Anbar “breathtaking”: US general

    04/26/2007 2:06:51 PM PDT · by noname247 · 42 replies · 1,694+ views
    AFP ^ | April 26 2007
    The US commander of multinational forces in Iraq, General David Petraeus, said Wednesday that efforts to quell unrest in the western Sunni province of Anbar have made almost “breathtaking” progress. Speaking to reporters about the new US strategy to curb sectarian violence in Iraq launched two months ago, based on a US troop increase, Petraeus said: “We are ahead, I think, with respect ... to the reduction of sectarian murders in Baghdad. “Progress in Anbar is almost something that’s breathtaking,” he added. The general illustrated his positive evaluation by citing the killing Friday of an Al Qaeda kingpin, identified by...
  • Dem war votes target GOP lawmakers

    04/26/2007 12:55:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 25, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
    As Democrats push to withdraw troops, they seek to undermine Republicans by creating repeated chances to side with an unpopular president. WASHINGTON — As congressional Democrats move to force President Bush to veto a war spending bill that would start a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, they are simultaneously pursuing a carefully crafted offensive aimed at another target: Republican lawmakers. In the charged debate over the war, the strategy aims to achieve Democratic objectives on both policy and political fronts, according to party leaders and aides. Convinced that Bush will never listen to their calls to bring troops home,...
  • Democrats hope to get their way on Iraq

    04/24/2007 9:31:42 AM PDT · by PAUL REVERE TODAY · 38 replies · 1,009+ views
    Senior Democrats are calculating that if they keep the pressure on, eventually more Republicans will jump ship and challenge the president — or lose their seats to Democratic contenders. "It's at least my belief that they are going to have to break because they're going to look extinction, some of them, in the eye," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of his Republican colleagues. Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war." "It has been a way that we have moved forward," Reid said. "Not with a large number...
  • al-Sadr and Peloser demand Iraq pullout - Bush Malki stand their ground

    04/17/2007 9:23:18 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 6 replies · 843+ views
    CNN.com and www.arabmonitor.info ^ | April 17, 2007 | Do the Dhue
    Here are a couple headlines about a Iraqi timeline for US withdraw Moqtada al-Sadr defies Iraqi government by pulling out 6 ministers (because Iraqi Government will not set a timeline for US withdraw) check the story at ArabMonitor.info and Anti-war House Dems demand 'clear timeline' for pullout check the above story at CNN Can someone tell me why there is no headline that reads something like?: Al Sadr and Demorats demand time line. or Bush Maliki stand their ground against al Sadr Peloser time line Come on!! What is wrong with the media and the stinkin' demorats. This is the...
  • Iran to pull out of nuclear treaty 'if further pressure'(Iran emulates NK)

    04/09/2007 7:23:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies · 1,730+ views
    AFP ^ | 04/09/07
    Iran to pull out of nuclear treaty 'if further pressure' 13 minutes ago Iran will be obliged to pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if it is subjected to further international pressure over its atomic programme, chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani warned on Monday. "If they pressure us further we will have no choice but to reconsider our membership of the NPT as parliament has ruled," Larijani said, referring to a law agreed by parliament last year allowing the government to reduce cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.
  • Iraq Pull-Out Bill Dumps Dems’ Image of Weakness

    03/29/2007 8:20:42 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 2 replies · 133+ views
    www.scrappleface.com ^ | March 29, 2007 | by Scott Ott
    (2007-03-29) — Democrats this week finally shed the image that they are weak on national defense when they aggressively rejected the president’s efforts to achieve so-called “victory” over Islamic terrorists in Iraq, according to a news release from NYT-PAC, a political action committee run by journalists at a leading New York newspaper. The not-for-profit organization formed to help elect Democrats, said the party “flexed its muscles and stood strong in the battle to get U.S. troops out of harm’s way.” “Gone is old reputation of retreat and defeat that has so plagued the Democrat party,” the NYT-PAC statement said. “The...
  • ZOT! Something in me snapped today

    03/28/2007 4:12:20 PM PDT · by CaptKirk34 · 206 replies · 1,204+ views
    n/a | 3/28/06 | Capt
    Stick a fork in me
  • Pelosi Amends Pull-Out Bill to Win Democrat Approval

    03/23/2007 8:26:17 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 14 replies · 298+ views
    www.scrappleface.com ^ | March 23, 2007 | by Scott Ott
    (2007-03-23) ? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an 11th-hour effort to get enough Democrat votes to pass the omnibus Iraq war pull-out bill, last night amended the measure to include funding for the following? ?More comprehensive sex education, complimentary condoms and discount abortion clinics in public middle schools ?A government-run universal health care system that includes prescription drugs for household pets and a new mandatory euthanasia benefit for the aged, comatose, crippled, diseased, depressed and mentally retarded ?A ready supply of government-issued affordable, combustible American flags for anti-war protesters ?A nationwide chain of government-run homosexual marriage chapels and adoption centers...
  • Cheney: Early Iraq Pullout Would Imperil U.S., Anti-Terror War

    03/12/2007 5:58:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 431+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 – An early withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would endanger the United States and imperil the global war against terrorism, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told members of a pro-Israel advocacy group here today. The United States and Israel “are the prime targets of a terror movement that is global in nature and, yes, global in its ambitions,” Cheney told American-Israel Public Affairs Committee members at a group conference meeting. “The leaders of this movement speak openly and specifically of building a totalitarian empire covering the Middle East, extending into Europe and reaching across...
  • Time to Re-evaluate U.S. Involvement

    02/19/2007 3:54:49 PM PST · by Squidpup · 2 replies · 264+ views
    email ^ | recent | email
    Recently recvd this message - (chuckle): Time to re-evaluate U.S. involvement Every day there are news reports of more deaths. Why are we still there? We see images of death and destruction on TV every night. Why are we still there? We took this land by force. We occupied it. It causes us nothing but trouble. Why are we still there? Many of our children go there but never come back. Why are we still there? Murderers, Rapists, Pedophiles and Thugs enjoy celebrity status. Why are we still there? Their government is unstable. Why are we still there? Many of...
  • Britain At Odds With US Over Iraq Troop Pullout

    01/24/2007 5:25:22 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 260+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-25-2007 | Patrick Wintour
    Britain at odds with US over Iraq troop pullout Patrick Wintour Thursday January 25, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Signs of tension between the US and Britain over London's plans to pull back and withdraw some of the 7,000 UK troops in southern Iraq from this spring emerged yesterday. Speaking on the day that the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, said she remained confident that British troops would start to be withdrawn from Basra in the spring, the US ambassador in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he wanted Britain to keep its troops at its current level. He said: "We would like to...
  • Rice: U.S. won't 'pull the plug' on Iraq

    01/13/2007 6:20:26 AM PST · by do the dhue · 9 replies · 308+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 1/12/7 | ANNE GEARAN
    SHANNON, Ireland - Americans' skeptical view of the Iraq war won't change until they see progress there, but the United States won't "pull the plug" on the conflict, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. ADVERTISEMENT Rice would not detail any backup strategy if President Bush's new plan to turn around the war comes up short, or if the Iraq government fails to hold up its end. "We're going to get an opportunity to see whether or not this is working, whether or not the Iraqis are living up to their obligations," Rice said Friday. She decried what she called "the...
  • Israel completes pullout from Lebanon

    09/30/2006 6:04:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 351+ views
    AP ^ | 10/01/06
    Israel completes pullout from Lebanon 17 minutes ago Israel withdrew the last of its troops from Lebanon early Sunday, the army said, fulfilling a key condition of the U.N. cease-fire that ended a monthlong war with Hezbollah guerrillas. Military officials said the last soldier exited Lebanon just after 2:30 a.m. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
  • Bush: Premature Iraq Pullout Would Place America at Peri

    09/04/2006 2:46:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 317+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sep. 3, 2006 -- An early withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would give victory to the terrorists and put the American people in danger, President Bush said here yesterday. “If America were to pull out before Iraq can defend itself, the consequences would be disastrous,” Bush said during his weekly radio address to the nation. “We would be handing Iraq over to the terrorists, giving them a base of operations and huge oil riches to fund their ambitions.” Bush said violent terrorist groups such as al Qaeda want to overthrow western-style democracies in the Middle East -- and...
  • Premature Iraq Pullout ‘Would Be A Huge Mistake,’ Bush Says

    08/21/2006 5:47:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 472+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2006 – Amid national debate about whether or not to stay the course in Iraq, President Bush today firmly placed himself in the “stay” category. It’s imperative America continues to support the new Iraqi government in its struggle against an insurgency that seeks to divide and topple it, Bush told White House reporters here. “A failed Iraq would make America less secure,” Bush declared. The end of democracy in Iraq, he said, would provide a haven for terrorists and extremists in the heart of the Middle East. Bush acknowledged that some Americans are saying it’s time...
  • Hezbollah: No cease-fire without pullout

    08/03/2006 6:42:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 925+ views
    AP onYahoo ^ | 8/3/06 | Hamza Hendawi - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah's chief spokesman said Thursday that his group will not agree to a cease-fire until all Israeli troops leave Lebanon. "Declaring a cease-fire is not the concern of the people of Lebanon as long as there is one Israeli soldier on Lebanese soil — even one meter (into Lebanon)," Hezbollah spokesman Hussein Rahal said in a live interview with Al-Jazeera television. "We will not accept any (Israeli) soldier staying on Lebanese territory, and it is the right of every Lebanese to fight until liberation," he said. Meanwhile, Israel renewed airstrikes on Beirut's southern suburbs, and an Israeli...
  • Ehud Barak defends pullout from Lebanon

    07/13/2006 7:34:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 585+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/14/6 | SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL and GIL HOFFMAN
    While most Knesset members continued to stand united behind Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz, the first voices of criticism were sounded by the Meretz Party on Thursday over the operation the government has undertaken in Lebanon. Former prime minister Ehud Barak, meanwhile, told Channel 2 that he had been right to order the IDF out of Lebanon in 2000. Many Knesset members have blamed the violence in the North on Barak's decision to withdraw overnight from southern Lebanon six years ago. "Before we left Lebanon, rockets were fired that could reach Haifa," Barak said. "This is...
  • IN MURTHA'S OWN WORDS ( We can defend Iraq from Okinawa )

    06/19/2006 11:54:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 104 replies · 2,518+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | June 18, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Ian's got the video of Murtha on Meet The Press. Transcript here. After criticizing Karl Rove's "fat backside," Murtha put forth his fat-headed Okinawa plan: MR. RUSSERT: You say redeploy. Again, Mr. Rove challenges that comment. Let’s listen and give you again a chance to respond to the White House. (Videotape, Monday): MR. ROVE: Congressman Murtha said, “Let’s redeploy them immediately to another country in the Middle East. Let’s get out of Iraq and go to another country.” My question is, what country would take us? What country would say after the United States cut and run from Iraq, what...