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Tour length isn't the problem

04/12/07 02:00PM

extending the combat tour length for active duty U.S. Army soldiers from the standard 12 months to 15 months, with the commitment that the period between combat rotations will be 12 months.  This announcement does not affect the reserve components of the Army – the Reserves and National Guard – nor does it affect the length of deployment for the U.S. read more

Questions abound after British sailors released

04/04/07 05:18PM

The Iranians have decided to release the 15 British sailors and Marines they have held hostage for over 12 days.  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he had “pardoned” the British during the celebration of the birth of the prophet, which this year almost coincides with Easter.  To the world, he appears to have made a magnanimous gesture.  Good news, of course, but now comes the post mortem.  There are many questions to be answered, not the least of which are what did the British give to secure the release of their service members, and will Iran pay a price for their action?Mos read more

Memo to Tehran: Give it up

03/30/07 03:54PM

letters written by the sole woman among the detainees, as well as her appearances in a chador.  Again, do you really think that anyone believes this charade is how members of the Royal Navy would comport themselves in captivity?Of course, one only needs to look back on the glorious history of the Islamic Republic to answer that question. read more

You never know who you'll meet at the Correspondents Dinner

03/28/07 07:29PM

Kathleen and I are bringing as our guest tonight Darrell Hammond of Saturday Night Live.   Darrell is an uncanny mimic.  He can do the very soul of Bill Clinton.  He brings Cheney onto the stage better than Cheney does.  And he does me.  If he’s as good at doing me as he is at doing those other guys, then he’s great!!!  I can’t tell because I can’t imagine what I’m like.  Can you imagine what you’re like? read more

Withdrawal date for Iraq aids the enemy

03/23/07 06:37PM

requiring that all American forces be withdrawn from Iraq by a specified date.  This plays right into not only Shia militia leaders like Muqtada al-Sadr, but the Sunni insurgents as well, be they Iraqi Baathists, Islamists or the al-Qaeda in Iraq group.  Once they know when American forces will be gone, they will use that as a planning date for their operations.  Their goal will be to survive until that date, knowing that afterwards they will only be confronting Iraqi forces.  When the Americans mount offensives between now and then, the insurgents will melt away, waiting out the mandated and read more

Senator Pryor: Gonzales lied to me

03/20/07 09:14PM

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said that U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation would be "the best thing for the Justice Department and the best thing for the administration."Pryor's said Gonzales lied to him during a telphone conversation."There's no real polite way to say it other than he lied to me." WATCH VIDEO:Pryor also said that Karl Rove should testify under oath, and that the 3,00 e-mails released by the White House wasn't enough.  To read some of those emails, click here.   read more

The Iraq War: It was all predictable

03/19/07 08:06PM

The lazy story of the Iraq War is that nobody expected it.Nobody thought it would be so unpopular.  Nobody thought it would cause so much division in this country.  Nobody thought it would cause so much of the world to condemn us. But leaders are not supposed to be nobodies.  They’re supposed to know things. read more

Gulf Arabs draw a red line against Iran

03/19/07 01:07PM

has complemented that effort with rhetoric that a military strike on his country’s nuclear facilities will lead to dire consequences.The Arab countries across the Gulf from Iran are watching this unfolding situation with great concern.  An expected consequence of a military strike on Iran is an Iranian attempt to the close the Straits of Hormuz, a narrow waterway between Oman and Iran.  About 25 percent of the world’s oil supply moves through the straits – most of it from the Gulf Arabs.  For years, Iran has been developing military capabilities that will allow it to close the strategic waterw read more

Suicide: Thousands Of Vets Fight The War Within

03/14/07 01:18PM

By Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)According to a new study by the American Medical Association's Archive of Internal Medicine, almost one in three Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have sought care at through the VA have been diagnosed with a mental health problem. read more

To err is human....correcting the record

03/13/07 05:04PM

 By Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC NewsYesterday on Hardball, I was slated to talk about what I'd learned about several developments in both the Republican and Democratic campaigns: Fred Thompson's "exploration" of a possible candidacy, Chuck Hagel's decision to punt - for now, and the fuss over Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire remarks about JFK. read more

The Damascus Option

03/09/07 04:14PM

On March 10th, representatives of the United States will meet in Baghdad with representatives of numerous other countries, including Iran and Syria, in an attempt to resolve the violence in Iraq.  I continue to maintain that these two countries are part of the problem in Iraq and unlikely to become part of the solution, especially Iran.  Iran and the United States are currently involved in a proxy war in Iraq – the victor will emerge as the pre-eminent power in the Persian Gulf region.  I don’t envision them helping us.It is an interesting turn of events – much of the current violence in Iraq read more