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Rumsfeld feuds with Al Jazeera reporter: It’s your nature to be pejorative

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had a less than cordial interview with Al Jazeera reporter Abderrahim Foukara this week. “Do you think the numbers of US troops that you went into Iraq with did absolve you from the responsibility of tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis killed…

Israel ‘increasingly isolated’ in Middle East: U.S.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Arab spring has left Israel “increasingly isolated” in the Middle East and that its military might could not make up for a weakened diplomatic position. Speaking to reporters aboard his plane bound for Israel as part of a Middle East tour, Panetta said…

Geithner: Book bears ‘no resemblance’ to reality

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Monday that claims made in a new books “bear no resemblance” to what actually happened in the Obama administration. In “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President,” by Pulitzer-winning journalist Ron Suskind, a picture of tension is painted between the president…

Clinton urges more aid for Africa drought

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged global donors on Wednesday to commit extra funds to help more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa hit by the worst drought in 60 years. “The United States cannot solve the crisis in the Horn alone,” Clinton said, announcing an…

U.S. sponsors global meet on religious tolerance

International experts will be invited to attend a conference in the United States this year on the free expression of religious beliefs, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday. “Later this year, the United States intends to invite relevant experts from around the world to the first of what we hope will be…

Obama blasts Syria’s Assad after embassy attacks

President Barack Obama said Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad had lost legitimacy, as ties with Damascus nosedived after pro-regime protesters attacked the US and French embassies. US rhetoric against Assad mounted after the attacks, also condemned by the UN Security Council and UN chief Ban Ki-moon, and a senior US official…

White House denies report claiming Geithner to resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has not told President Barack Obama he would like to leave after a debt ceiling deal is reached, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday. Sources familiar with Geithner’s thinking said last week he was considering stepping down once the country’s $14.3 trillion debt limit is raised. That must…

Panetta to formally end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

WASHINGTON — A formal end to the ban on gays serving openly in the US military will likely come by late July or early August, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates told AFP on Thursday. Gates, revising his earlier forecasts, said in an interview that final approval to end the prohibition…

No opting out of enlistment for opponents of gays in military: Sec. of Defense Gates

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DWYER, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates bluntly told Marines on Sunday that they won’t be able to opt out of their enlistment just because they disagree with a government decision to end a ban on gays serving openly in the military. Gates, who is on…

WATCH LIVE: Obama announces new positions for Leon Panetta and General Petraeus

Watch the live video of President Obama’s press conference, at which he is expected to officially announce that current CIA Director Leon Panetta will become the next Secretary of Defense and General David Petraeus will become director of the CIA. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about…

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