Wednesday, March 12, 2008

12 March: the US loses a leader

Top U.S. Officer in Mideast Resigns
via - World by Thomas E. Ricks on 3/11/08

The top U.S. commander in the Middle East, whose views on strategy in the region have put him at odds with the Bush administration, abruptly announced his resignation yesterday, calling reports of such disagreements an untenable "distraction."

Mideast Commander Retires After Irking Bosses
via NYT > International by THOM SHANKER on 3/12/08
Adm. William J. Fallon’s public statements on Iran seemed to put him at odds with the Bush administration.

Citing Faith, Bush Defends War Actions
via NYT > International
President Bush told a group of Christian broadcasters that his policies in Iraq and Afghanistan are predicated on the beliefs that freedom is a God-given right.

Khatami: Hard-liners undermine democracy (AP)

AP - Former President Mohammad Khatami has sharply criticized Iran's hard-liners for barring many reformists from running in parliament elections, saying they were misusing Islam.

via NYT > International by JAMES GLANZ and ERIC SCHMITT on 3/11/08
Newly declassified statistics suggest that after security gains in the wake of an American troop increase the conflict has drifted into at least a temporary stalemate.

via NYT > International by ERICA GOODE and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. on 3/11/08
The attacks underscored how fragile security in Iraq remains despite a recent drop in violence.

BAGHDAD — Bombers unleashed a wave of explosions in Baghdad and north of the capital Monday, including two attacks that killed eight U.S. service members in the deadliest day for the military this year, American and Iraqi authorities said.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Clinton claims that her experience in dealing with foreign affairs qualifies her to handle a crisis call at 3 a.m. and be commander in chief.

via World news by Declan Walsh on 3/11/08
Suicide attacks are latest in string of attacks against military and police targets in Lahore

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