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  • Obama effectively restarts Afghanistan combat operations a year after officially ending them

    06/14/2016 7:30:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | Carlo Munoz
    More than a year since the Obama administration officially ended American combat operations in Afghanistan, the White House’s newly minted battle plan for the country effectively restarts the combat mission for the 9,800 U.S. service members still in the country. White House officials have given the administration’s tacit approval to allow U.S. commanders in Afghanistan to conduct offensive airstrikes against the Taliban and other insurgent groups and to let American troops restart joint ground operations with Afghan forces. The changes were based on the findings of a three-month review of the situation in Afghanistan, which was overseen by Gen. John...
  • Obama to Announce Halt of U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

    10/15/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by EBH · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/15/2015 | Michael Rosenberg
    The United States will halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and instead keep thousands of troops in the country through the end of President Obama’s term in 2017, Mr. Obama will announce on Thursday, prolonging the American role in a war that has now stretched on for 14 years. The current American force in Afghanistan of 9,800 troops will remain in place through most of 2016 under the Obama administration’s revised plans, before dropping to about 5,500 at the end of next year or in early 2017, senior administration officials said. Some of the troops will continue to train and...
  • Flashback: What’s Happened Since President Obama Released the Head of ISIS 5 Years Ago

    08/24/2014 7:36:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | August 23, 2014 | Jennifer Van Laar
    In June, we learned that the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, had been in US custody but was released in 2009 when President Obama closed down Camp Bucca in preparation for the US withdrawal of troops (yes, the withdrawal he repeatedly denies having anything to do with) from Iraq. ... Abu Duaa was connected to the intimidation, torture and murder of local civilians in Qaim,’ according to a 2005 U.S. intelligence report. He would kidnap individuals or entire families, accuse them, pronounce sentence and then publicly execute them ... ISIS’ acts of unmatched evil include burying women and...
  • US starts to pull Patriot missiles from Turkey at critical time

    10/09/2015 9:47:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 66 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Friday,October 9 2015 | HATAY - Doğan News Agency
    The U.S. has started to pull its Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey, despite a recent appeal from Ankara to its NATO allies to keep the air and missile defense units at a delicate time on the border with Syria. Patriot missiles were initially deployed at the Gaziantep 5th Armored Brigade Command in southeastern Turkey after the country appealed to its NATO allies to guard against rockets from Syria.
  • INSIGHT-US, allies short on options as Russia,Iran flex muscle in Syria

    10/04/2015 8:34:02 AM PDT · by EBH · 24 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation ^ | 10/3/2015 | Samia Nakhoul
    The question on everyone's mind is: will the United States and its European and regional Sunni allies intervene to stop President Vladimir Putin from reversing the gains made by mainstream Syrian rebels after more than four years of war? Few are holding their breath. Many say, often with vehemence, that the current drama is the consequence of ongoing Western inaction and U.S. retreat at critical moments in an ever more uncontrollable conflict, whose regional dimensions are fast becoming global. Nobody in the Middle East is counting on U.S. President Barack Obama. The gloomy prediction of most is that a war...
  • 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...
  • 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,”...
  • When US Troops Left Too Soon

    05/11/2015 4:42:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, a moment vividly encapsulated by the frenzied scene of South Vietnamese desperately trying to reach the last helicopter on the roof of the American embassy. April was also the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, when Robert E. Lee capitulated to Ulysses S. Grant, bringing the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War to an end.The two episodes seemingly have little to do with each other. But each, in its way, illustrates one of the bleakly recurring themes of US military history: When America's armed forces prematurely abandon the...
  • Emergency announcement of the Head of the DPR in regard to the withdrawal of heavy armaments

    02/26/2015 11:55:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Novorossiya Today ^ | 2-27-2015 | DPR
    Head of the DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko made an emergency announcement in Donetsk on February 26 in regard to the withdrawal of heavy armaments from the line of contact. He recited to the journalists the text of the document submitted to the Head of the OSCE mission in the DPR. “In pursuance of the Declaration of 12.02.2015 and the “Package of measures concerning implementation of the Minsk Agreement” the Donetsk People’s Republic has withdrawn heavy armament to the agreed upon and registered by the given document distance”, the document claims. Aleksandr Zakharchenko remarked that the DPR has withdrawn 90% of artillery,...
  • (Smirkin') Joe Biden VP Debate (10/11/12): Out of Afghanistan "in 2014 . Period."

    11/23/2014 10:00:37 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | October 11, 2012
    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Martha, let's keep our eye on the ball. The reason I've been in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq 20 times — I've been up in the Kunar — I've been throughout that whole country, mostly in a helicopter and sometimes in a vehicle. The fact is we went there for one reason: to get those people who killed Americans, al-Qaida. We've decimated al-Qaida central. We have eliminated Osama bin Laden. That was our purpose. And in fact, in the meantime, what we said we would do, we would help train the Afghan military. It's their responsibility...
  • Obama's Biggest Flip-Flop on Iraq

    09/16/2014 8:18:11 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 16, 2014 | Allan J. Favish
    In a speech on the floor of the United States Senate on June 21, 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama warned against a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq that would endanger Iraq and the United States. Here is the complete text of that speech. You can hear an audio excerpt here. The more important parts of the speech are highlighted with italics by the author.
  • Chuck Norris smokes marijuana debate

    01/26/2014 9:10:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 110 replies ^ | January 24, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Mr. Norris, with Washington and Colorado recently legalizing pot smoking and their football teams (Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos) being in the Super Bowl, some have asked whether there is going to be added marijuana use during this year’s Super Bowl. And President Barack Obama recently said that he doesn’t think marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol. What do you think, Chuck? Is it? – “Trying to Make Sense of Sensimilla” in Seattle I understand the arguments for the legalization of marijuana: It can generate tax revenue. It can reduce illegal supply and demand. It can strip power from cartels...
  • JPMorgan's Gold Vault Has Biggest One-Day Withdrawal Ever

    01/24/2014 1:09:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1/24/14 | Tyler Durden
    Curious why over the past few months JPM has quietly been accumulating a substantial amount of eligible physical gold (even as its registered gold inventory is the lowest it has ever been at just 87K ounces since December 13, 2013 when 147K ounces of gold was withdrawn - keep that date in mind for a few minutes)? This may have something to do with it: moments ago the daily Comex gold vault report confirmed what many expected, namely that the JPM accumulation was merely in advance anticipation of major withdrawals. How major? Well, on January 23, JPM saw 321,500...
  • British soldiers at risk after US Pave Hawk helicopters are withdrawn from Afghanistan

    BRITISH troops have been put at risk in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of vital American helicopter rescue teams. US Pave Hawk choppers have been an important ­element of the air medical ­response in Helmand due to their winch capabilities. In the past six years the aircraft, which operate out of ­Camp Bastion, Britain’s main military base in the country, have saved more than 2,400 lives. But they have been pulled out of the war zone a year earlier than expected and a ­senior military source says they have not been adequately replaced. The insider said loss of the Pave Hawks...
  • U.S. officials concede American lives were sacrificed in rush to implement Obama's Afghan strategy

    09/03/2012 2:49:29 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 12 replies
    U.S. and NATO officials have acknowledged that, in the rush to implement the President's politically calculated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Afghan troops were not properly vetted, which resulted in the deaths of 45 coalition members - most of them Americans - at the hands of their supposed Afghan allies. Hence, in an extremely belated response, the senior commander of U.S. special forces in Afghanistan has finally decided to suspend training for all new Afghan recruits until they can be re-vetted... The spike in green-on-blue attacks has forced NATO officials to concede the 'painful truth': Many of the attacks might have...
  • Captive US soldier safe, says Haqqani commander

    09/08/2012 10:09:30 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 08 2012 | KATHY GANNON
    A U.S. soldier held by Afghan militants will not be harmed despite the Obama administration's decision to declare his alleged captors a terrorist group, a senior member of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network told The Associated Press on Saturday. However, the United States and NATO can expect stepped up attacks, he said. The commander, who spoke by telephone from an undisclosed location, denied that the Haqqanis held the only American prisoner of war of the Afghan conflict, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, as the U.S. believes. He did however say that Bergdahl was a captive of another branch of the Taliban, and...
  • MISSOURI ELECTION LAW - 115.359. Withdrawal of candidacy, deadline for, how made

    08/22/2012 8:40:08 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 42 replies
    115.359. Withdrawal of candidacy, deadline for, how made.—1. Any person who has filed a declaration of candidacy for nomination and who wishes to withdraw as a candidate shall, not later than the eleventh Tuesday prior to the primary election, file a written, sworn statement of withdrawal in the office of the official who accepted such candidate’s declaration of candidacy. Any person nominated for an office who wishes to withdraw as a candidate shall, not later than the eleventh Tuesday prior to the general election, file a written, sworn statement of withdrawal in the office of the official who accepted such...
  • Taliban Death Threats: The West's Afghan Workers Fear NATO Withdrawal

    05/19/2012 12:17:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Matthias Gebauer and Shoib Najafizada in Berlin and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
    … By the end of 2014, at the latest, almost all international troops are to be withdrawn from the country in the Hindu Kush mountains, at least according to plans by nations present in the country going into the NATO summit in Chicago that begins on May 20. NATO leaders are hoping that the Afghan security forces can take over full responsibility for their country by then. The German government likes to call this plan the "responsible handover." But if that happens, then (Muhammad) Shah* and his colleagues will have to fear for their lives. "The Taliban knows exactly who...
  • U.S.-Japan deal withdraws 9,000 Marines from Okinawa

    04/27/2012 2:27:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | April 27, 2012 — Updated 0819 GMT (1619 HKT) | Bob Kovach and Chelsea J. Carter
    Roughly half the U.S. Marines on Okinawa will be transferred under an agreement announced Thursday that will reduce the military footprint in Japan, easing local resentments over the amount of land being used by American forces. Some 9,000 Marines along with their family members will be transferred under the agreement, with about 5,000 being sent to Guam as part of a military buildup on the U.S. territory in the Pacific, according to a joint statement released by the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee. "I am very pleased that, after many years, we have reached this important agreement and plan of action,"...
  • After Rick Perry’s withdrawal, his team worked hard for New Gingrich

    01/22/2012 4:15:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 1/22/12 | Dave Montgomery
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — After Texas Gov. Rick Perry bowed out of the presidential race last week, his senior campaign leaders in South Carolina set to work closing down the three campaign offices, collecting yard signs and dismantling staff. But their most important assignment from Perry, said state campaign chairman Katon Dawson, was to go to work immediately to help former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in his battle to upset former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the state’s critical first-in-the South primary.
  • Fake Withdrawal? 'US won't leave Iraq oil to Iran'

    12/18/2011 9:14:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/18/11 | Russia Today
    Despite the US's declared withdrawal of its military personnel and contractors out of Iraq, Washington has prepared to control the country's rich oil reserves in any case, shared Ranjit Singh Kalha, former India's ambassador to Iraq in the 1990s. ­Having spent $3 trillion in Iraq, a country with harsh weather conditions (+50 C most of the time) and absolutely nothing valuable but oil reserves, the Americans simply cannot give up the plentiful and very high quality oil they went there for. "It takes $1.50 to take out this oil that's just below the surface. Anybody who has access to this...
  • Panetta bluffs on Iraq, Iran ties - Senate Armed Services Committee hearing

    11/15/2011 2:14:47 PM PST · by Frankusa
    Despite the fact that Iranian and Iraqi military leaders met on Sunday to discuss the expansion of military ties between the two countries, and despite the fact that Iran has been steadily exerting its influence in Iraq, Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, assumed a superb poker face and insisted that the Iraqi government was rejecting Iran [Iranian influence]. VIDEO below. Mr. Panetta was clearly attempting to defend President Obama's failure to negotiate a deal that would leave a residual US force in Iraq beyond the scheduled date for the US troop withdrawal. But...
  • Iraq prime minister: Immunity issue scuttled U.S. troop deal

    10/23/2011 2:19:42 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, October 22, 2011 | Lara Jakes and Rebecca Santana
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday that U.S. troops are leaving Iraq after nearly nine years of war because Baghdad rejected American demands that any U.S. military forces to stay would have to be shielded from prosecution or lawsuits. The comments by Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, made clear that it was Iraq who refused to let the U.S. military remain under the Americans’ terms. A day earlier, President Barack Obama had hailed the troops’ withdrawal as the result of his commitment — promised shortly after taking office in 2009 — to end the war that he once described...
  • BREAKING — President Obama Will Announce Today Complete Drawdown of US Troops/Iraq/By Year End

    10/21/2011 9:33:36 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 176 replies · 3+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    Sources tell ABC News that the president will announce today that US troops in Iraq will draw down to zero by the end of the year. A White House official says that at approximately 11:30am today, President Obama convened a secure video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to talk with him about this news.
  • BART admits halting cell service to stop protesters

    08/12/2011 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 80 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/12/11 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    BART officials acknowledged this afternoon that they shut down cell phone and wireless data service in its downtown San Francisco stations to disrupt a planned protest. Their announcement sparked denunciations from civil libertarians and the apparent threat of a cyber-attack on the BART website. A statement posted on the transit agency's website said the communications blackout was ordered in the interest of public safety: "Organizers planning to disrupt BART service on August 11, 2011 stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART Police," the statement reads. "A civil...
  • Operation Lie-to-America Exposed by Military

    06/30/2011 7:58:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies ^ | June 30, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday John Allen, the Marine nominated by President Obama to lead the war effort in Afghanistan, disclosed that the White House lied when they claimed that the announced troop withdrawal plan was "in the range of options" the military leadership had given the president to consider for a troop draw-down.  During questioning by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lt. Gen. John Allen said the plan Obama announced on June 22 to withdraw 33,000 troops before the 2012 election was "a more aggressive option than that which was presented" for consideration by the military...
  • General: Obama Afghan withdrawal plan not among options presented by Petraeus

    06/29/2011 7:11:03 AM PDT · by jda · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 28 June 2011 | Jamie Weinstein
    President Obama’s troop withdrawal plan was not among the options presented to him by General David Petraeus, according to testimony given under oath by Marine Lt. General John Allen, seemingly contradicting statements made previously by a White House official. When asked by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday whether the president’s withdrawal plan was “one of the options presented to the president by General Petraeus,” Allen responded, “It was not.” But The Weekly Standard points out that in a background conference call with senior administration officials on the president’s withdrawal...
  • Obama’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Jeopardizes Hard-Won Gains

    06/22/2011 7:24:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Heritage ^ | 6/22/11 | Lisa Curtis
    President Obama’s plan for a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan risks squandering the hard-won gains made on the battlefield in southern Afghanistan over the last ten months. U.S. military commanders on the ground in Afghanistan had reportedly requested a slower pace of withdrawal to afford them the opportunity to consolidate recent gains against Taliban insurgents. President Obama has denied his military commanders flexibility to determine the pace and scope of withdrawal based on conditions on the ground, and instead appears to have based his decision largely around the U.S. domestic political calendar. The plans for rapidly withdrawing U.S....
  • Al-Qaida warns of new, deadlier attacks (AP)

    06/20/2010 6:05:36 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 12 replies
    J Post ^ | 20 June 2010 | AP
    Terror organization taunts Obama, threatens to "not show restraint." Al-Qaida's US-born spokesman warned President Barack Obama Sunday that the militant group may launch new attacks that would kill more Americans than previous ones. In a taunting, 24 minute message that dwelled on Obama's setbacks, including the loss of Massachusetts Senate seat to the Republicans, Adam Gadahn set out al-Qaida's conditions for peace with the US, including cutting support for Israel and withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
  • Untold Outrage: Obama's Servile Negotiations With the Taliban Over Afghanistan

    06/05/2011 6:10:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 5, 2011 | Tara Servatius
    Most Americans don’t realize how far President Obama has bowed down to the Taliban–and how he is potentially setting them up to rule Afghanistan. While the fact that we are negotiating with the Taliban has been fleetingly covered here in America, a search using LexisNexis shows that the rest of the story about the concessions we have offered them has been virtually blacked out by the mainstream media in the U.S. Things are so bad that we now aren’t even requiring that they renounce their ties to al-Qaeda before we negotiate with them. You’d have to read British newspapers to...
  • Why Is There a C in CPAC?

    01/31/2011 12:53:02 PM PST · by AustralianConservative · 23 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | January 31, 2010 | B.P. Terpstra
    Move over Desperate Housewives. "With leading conservative organizations not participating this year, Senator DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year," DeMint's spokesman explained. No surprise there. However, B. Daniel Blatt of Gay Patriot responded with this unpersuasive comeback: "Leading conservative organizations? Well, Heritage isn't participating. That's about the only leading conservative organization I can think of that's passing on the event." For those of you who don't know, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is an annual political event for conservatives, and yet it attracts adults-first libertarians and chardonnay socialist RINOs, for some...
  • Petraeus: Military Was NEVER Consulted on Afghan Withdrawal

    09/04/2010 6:12:59 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 4, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Flashback to July Senate hearing: Barack Obama NEVER consulted ANYone in the US military prior to announcing our planned withdrawal (surrender): _______________________________________________________ Judging from what General Petraeus' confirmation hearing revealed in early July, Obama made the decision to surrender to the 7th-century savages of the Taliban and Al Qaida without consulting with military commanders whatsoever. In his questioning, John McCain drew him out on that disturbing fact- which was stated clearly and unequivocally by the good General. [clip] So, like so many of our country's most grievous recent errors, the plan basically amounted to a diktat from a detached and...
  • A Commander-in-Chief Not Worthy Of His Troops

    09/03/2010 6:10:05 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 8 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-03-10 | J.D. Longstreet
    America did not win the war in Iraq. That’s a fact. America did not win the first Iraq war. That, too, is a fact. Iraq is set up, as we write these few comments, for its next dictator — with at least a couple of Iraqis preening themselves in the shadows just waiting for the moment, which will not be long in coming. Look, the plain truth is – you cannot win a war while attempting to win the hearts and minds of those you are warring against! Until America understands this we will NEVER win another war! To be...
  • Obama was against the Surge before he was taking credit for it.

    09/01/2010 8:19:33 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 4 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-01-10 | Southernman
    Well what a difference the prospect of success makes. Back when, then Senator, Obama seemed convinced that the “surge” in Iraq would spell disaster and stated that he would actively oppose it. Now that Iraq seems well on the road to stability President Obama is singing a different tune. For those out there with a short memory (sycophants, acolytes and liberal progressives) here is a little reminder…
  • Øbama to Take Credit For Withdrawing Troops Despite Fact That Agreement Was Signed Under Bush

    08/31/2010 9:52:55 AM PDT · by curth · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 31, 2010, 8:48 AM | Jim Hoft
    Barack Øbama will take credit tonight for withdrawing US combat troops from Iraq. This is despite the fact that he opposed the successful Bush surge and he even commented that genocide would be better than keeping troops in Iraq. It will also be interesting to see if President Øbama mentions that the agreement to withdraw combat troops was signed under Bush. The Sunday Times reported this news on November 17, 2008. All US troops will leave Iraq within three years, and soldiers will withdraw from major towns and cities by next summer, under a landmark deal approved by the Iraqi...
  • (From Nov 2008) All US forces will leave by 2011, (George Bush) and Baghdad cabinet agree

    08/31/2010 7:02:44 AM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 17 November 2008 | Martin Chulov in Baghdad and Richard Norton-Taylor
    The US and Iraq will formally commit to a pact that withdraws all American forces from the country within three years, ... President George Bush had opposed setting a timetable for a troop withdrawal, saying combat forces would leave only when Iraq was stable enough for them to go. However, the US embassy in Baghdad yesterday hailed the decision as a "positive step".
  • SPIEGEL Interview with Iraq's Ayad Allawi 'Every Corner in the Region Is Frightened

    08/29/2010 11:35:57 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 8/29/10
    In a SPIEGEL interview, Ayad Allawi, Iraq's former and possibly future prime minister, discusses the withdrawal of US troops, the power struggle in Baghdad and the "very high possibility" of a new war in the Middle East. Three bodyguards are sitting in front of his hotel suite in Kuwait, their guns bulging from beneath their suits. It's Ramadan and the men are fasting. But Ayad Allawi isn't, and he asks for an espresso. Allawi doesn't even create the impression that he lives according to religious rites. And that's also one reason why, nearly six months after the Iraqi election, he...
  • U.S. ending combat operations in Iraq

    08/18/2010 3:53:28 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 38 replies ^ | August 18, 2010 | msnbc
    NEAR THE IRAQ-KUWAIT BORDER — The last U.S. combat troops were crossing the border into Kuwait on Thursday morning, bringing to a close the active combat phase of a 7½-year war that overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 American service members and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead. The final convoy of the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., were about to enter Kuwait shortly after 1:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday ET), carrying the last of the 14,000 U.S. combat forces...
  • Iraqis fear renewed violence as U.S. disengages

    08/03/2010 5:48:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 35+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/03/2010 | Muhanad Mohammed and Waleed Ibrahim
    President Barack Obama says Washington will fulfill its pledge to halt combat operations in Iraq by the end of this month, but many Iraqis fear that U.S. disengagement could portend surge in violence. Violence has plunged since the peak of the conflict in 2006-07, but bombings and other attacks occur still daily and Iraqi officials say the civilian death toll rose last month. Squabbling politicians have been unable to agree on a coalition government since an inconclusive March 7 parliamentary election, raising tensions and opening the way for insurgents. "The U.S. withdrawal will pave the way for the militias and...
  • The Consequences of a 'Conceptual Withdrawal' in Afghanistan

    08/01/2010 1:31:46 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 30th 2010 | Andrew Small
    After the WikiLeaks publication of classified military documents, the pressure on Western countries to withdraw from Afghanistan has become even greater. But unrealistic transition deadlines have damaging repercussions, argues Andrew Small of the German Marshall Fund. "We have moved from a narrative, which lasted for years, that everything was fine when it wasn't, to a narrative that everything is going wrong when it isn't." This lament from a former Western official, who, like others quoted in this piece, did not speak for attribution, summed up the frustrations of many in Kabul about the growing disconnect between the political timetables inside...
  • The consequences of announcing a timeline for withdrawal in Afghanistan

    07/20/2010 6:37:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/20/2010 | Rick Moran
    Not surprisingly, both ally and enemy have taken stock of President Obama's mettle and found it wanting in Afghanistan. President Karzai, realizing the old adage, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," is now negotiating with the Taliban in order to "bring them into the political process." Since there is no way to achieve any kind of permanent "victory" before Obama cuts and runs from Afghanistan next year, the Afghan president has recognized reality and is apparently prepared to share power with those whose goal is to re-establish an Islamic state in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, this development has set off alarm...
  • Petraeus: Military Was NEVER Consulted on Afghan Withdrawal

    07/01/2010 6:54:18 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 7/1/2010 | James Yanke
    Here's a brief video from General Petraeus' confirmation hearing this week. In it, Sen. McCain draws him out on this disturbing fact: military never consulted on Obama's misguided and publicly-stated withdrawal deadline for US forces in Afghanistan... in effect a long, drawn-out surrender...
  • Afghanistan Timeline Not a Withdrawal Date, Officials Say

    06/16/2010 1:02:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 143+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – President Barack Obama’s directive calling for the start of a conditions-based drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 shouldn’t be considered as an exit date, but rather the beginning of the transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghans, the top U.S. military commander in the region told a Senate panel today. Video U.S. Central Command commander Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The hearing was a continuation from yesterday’s meeting, which was postponed after Petraeus had fainted due to...
  • Golfer Tiger Woods' withdrawal blamed on 'bulging d***'

    05/10/2010 10:17:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies · 3,231+ views
    the australian ^ | 5/10/10 | staff
    AN anchor on America's Golf Channel made an embarrassing slip when referring to Tiger Woods' withdrawal from The Players Championship in Florida yesterday. Woods, who was playing in his third tournament since returning from his self-imposed sex scandal exile that lasted nearly five months, blamed a bulging disk in his upper back for his decision to pull out of the $9.5 million tournament. But while reporting on the withdrawal of Woods, the female anchor instead blamed a "bulging d**k."
  • Top general says US withdrawal from Iraq on track

    04/18/2010 7:14:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 383+ views
    breitbart ^ | 4/18/10 | ap
    clear pixel WASHINGTON (AP) - The planned withdrawal of nearly 45,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of August is on track in spite of a recent increase in attacks by militant forces, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said Sunday. Army Gen. Ray Odierno said that al-Qaida's strength in Iraq is steadily degrading. Unless there's a dramatic and unforeseen change in the security situation, the U.S. troop drawdown will go ahead as scheduled, he said. clear pixel WASHINGTON (AP) - The planned withdrawal of nearly 45,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of August is on...
  • Obama's Speech On His Decision to Send 30,000 Additional Troops and Withdraw in 18 Months - Video

    12/01/2009 6:08:14 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 478+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 01, 2009 | Michael
    Here is the full video of President Obama's speech on his decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and his plan for withdrawal in eighteen months.... (Video)
  • Chocolate Cake: The New Heroin?

    11/15/2009 6:45:13 AM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 1,528+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 9 November 2009 | Cassandra Willyard
    Enlarge ImageHigh anxiety. Rats "addicted" to sugary food spent less time on the open parts of this maze. Credit: Pietro Cottone If you're constantly starting new diets, then breaking them, you may have more in common with a drug addict than you know. A new study suggests that yo-yo dieters experience the same stressful pangs of withdrawal when they go on a diet that addicts experience when they go cold turkey. The idea that bad food can be addictive is not new. But previous studies have tended to focus on the positive reinforcement side of the equation--for example, the...
  • Afghanistan: A good war goes bad

    09/22/2009 3:56:52 PM PDT · by Saije · 4 replies · 359+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/2009 | Mark Mellman
    Like wine turned to vinegar, the “good war” in Afghanistan has gone bad, creating a political minefield through which candidates will need to navigate carefully. Not long ago, the war in Afghanistan, unlike its companion in Iraq, enjoyed wide public support, enabling Democrats to demonstrate toughness in response to terrorism. For reasons substantive and political, many complained that President George W. Bush, and the press, ignored the more important conflict there to focus on an unnecessary war in Iraq. In the “be careful what you wish for” category, as American involvement in Iraq has begun to wind down, the war...
  • Coming triumph of the Taliban and Pakistan?

    09/19/2009 9:45:40 PM PDT · by Saije · 12 replies · 825+ views
    Economic Times ^ | 9/20/2009 | Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar
    Even as US military commanders seek a troop increase in Afghanistan to check a resurgent Taliban, US voter support is fast eroding. A CNN poll in September showed that 58% of Americans oppose the war while only 39% support it... Obama initially called the war in Afghanistan one of necessity, and proposed a big US troop increase. But with voter support slipping, Obama now says he will not rush the decision. Democratic Congressmen say in private that US withdrawal is a matter of time... not be surprised if the coming year witnesses contacts between the US and Taliban to...
  • [Flashback]Obama: 'I Screwed Up' Daschle Withdrawal 'There Aren’t Two Sets Of rules' [Healthcare?]

    07/23/2009 3:19:30 AM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies · 760+ views ^ | Feb. 3, 2009 |
    "I’ve got to own up to my mistake. Ultimately, it's important for this administration to send a message that there aren't two sets of rules — you know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes," Obama said on NBC’s "Nightly News with Brian Williams." "I'm frustrated with myself, with our team. ... I'm here on television saying I screwed up," Obama said on NBC. He repeated virtually the same words in interviews with other TV anchors. Worried about 'a distraction' Daschle said in a brief letter to Obama that he refused to...