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Newsweek editor asks: ‘Why are we fighting a major war in Afghanistan?’

International editor questions war in country with ‘fewer than 100 al Qaeda fighters’ Since the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal as the commander of US forces in Afghanistan and CIA Director Leon Panetta’s admission a week ago that there may be no more than fifty to a hundred al-Qaeda members…

Obama: Oil spill ‘echoes 9/11,’ will change America’s course

President Barack Obama says that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster “echoes 9/11″ in its power to change the course of American history. “In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to…

Van Susteren runs opinion poll on her intelligence — and loses

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren was so upset by a recent viewer email calling her stupid that she put up an opinion poll asking followers to rate who’s smarter — Van Susteren or her detractor, “Brian.” “Who is dumber?” the poll asks. “Greta? Or Brian for spending his time…

Jon Stewart mocks leaders’ ‘swift action’ on sex scandals

The Daily Show dug into its archives Monday night to find examples of leaders on both sides of the aisle that demurred from sexual harassment investigations when their own party’s reputation was at stake. House Minority Leader John Boehner has called for an investigation into Democratic leaders that knew about…

NATO assault force to Afghan villagers: ‘Keep heads down’

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan villagers should stay inside and “keep their heads down” when thousands of U.S. Marines launch a massive assault on a densely-populated district in coming days, NATO’s civilian representative to Afghanistan said Tuesday. U.S.-led NATO forces are planning one of the 8-year-old war’s biggest offensives to seize…

Fearing Cheney’s wrath, Bush officials quietly hail Obama

Half a dozen former Bush administration anti-terrorism officials have told the New York Times that they support President Barack Obama’s approach to fighting terrorists, but won’t go on the record for political reasons. According to an article by Peter Baker, published at the New York Times Magazine Monday, some of…

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