Morning Brief, Monday, September 25
Iraq and the war on terror Dems and Republicans toe party lines in response to a report over the weekend that the classified National Intelligence Estimate compiled by 16 different U.S. intelligence agencies concludes that the American invasion of Iraq has fueled Islamic radicalism worldwide. A veteran of the Iraq war argues that the last ...
Iraq and the war on terror
Iraq and the war on terror
Dems and Republicans toe party lines in response to a report over the weekend that the classified National Intelligence Estimate compiled by 16 different U.S. intelligence agencies concludes that the American invasion of Iraq has fueled Islamic radicalism worldwide.
A veteran of the Iraq war argues that the last thing America can afford is to leave the Geneva Conventions open to interpretation:
It is not hard to imagine that one of our Special Forces soldiers might one day be captured by Iranian forces while investigating a potential nuclear weapons program. What is to stop that soldier from being water-boarded, locked in a cold room for days without sleep as Iranian pop music blares all around him — and finally sentenced to die without a fair trial or the right to see the evidence against him?
The Iraqi parliament postpones a debate on the country's federalism, though the issue remains far from resolution.
Musharraf's new book, serialized in the Times of London today, explains how the CIA has secretly paid his government millions for handing over al Qaeda suspects, apparently in violation of U.S. law. Power outages across much of Pakistan yesterday spurred widespread rumors of a coup attempt.
Israel is stepping up construction on settlements in the West Bank, a political no-no earlier this year, but the war with Hezbollah altered the settlers' political fortunes. PM Olmert held secret talks with the Saudis recently.
Scandal just seems to slide right off Lula ahead of Brazil's polling day, though his advantage over his rivals is narrowing.
Thailand's military council continues to crack down on freedoms, banning all political activity at the local level. The top party official in Shanghai is fired for graft. Switzerland votes to tighten asylum and immigration rules. A leading advocate for women's rights in Afghanistan is shot dead outside her home. And reports over the weekend that bin Laden died recently of typhoid are dismissed for lack of evidence.
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