By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi officials say the kingdom has no intention of getting involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the Taliban severs ties with extremists and expels Saudi terror leader Osama bin Laden.
A Foreign Ministry official announced the condition as Afghan leader Hamid Karzai arrived in the kingdom Tuesday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
Karzai is expected to discuss a Saudi role in his plan to reintegrate Taliban militants. At the conference on Afghanistan in London last week, Saudi pledged an additional $150 million in aid to the war-ravaged country.
But the Saudi foreign minister also said in London at the time his country wouldn’t mediate with Taliban unless the group expels bin Laden.
Officials: Suspected US drones kill 6 in Pakistan
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Intelligence officials say suspected U.S. drones have fired eight missiles at two compounds in Pakistan’s northwest near the Afghan border, killing at least six suspected militants…officials say privately the missile strikes have killed several senior Taliban and al-Qaida leaders.
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From what we hear from Fox “News,” reporters in the mainstream media and from numerous cable TV pundits, one would think the Democratic Party is solely responsible for racking up monumental deficits since Ronald Reagan.
As we have learned over the years since the W. Administration, when Republicans and their partisan go to hacks in the media scream, rant, rave and throw tantrums about something, it means:
1. They’ve already done it themselves.
2. They are in the act of doing it.
3. They intend to do it in the near future.
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Who would have thought? St. Ronnie is the one who is responsible for a deficit of epic proportions.
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Americans voicing their anger at the healthcare proposals at a town hall meeting
The Republicans’ shock victory in the election for the US Senate seat in Massachusetts meant the Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate. This makes it even harder for the Obama administration to get healthcare reform passed in the US.
Political scientist Dr David Runciman looks at why is there often such deep opposition to reforms that appear to be of obvious benefit to voters.
Last year, in a series of “town-hall meetings” across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama’s proposed healthcare reforms.
What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence.
Polling evidence suggests that the numbers who think the reforms go too far are nearly matched by those who think they do not go far enough.
But it is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform – the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the road to a police state – are often the ones it seems designed to help.
In Texas, where barely two-thirds of the population have full health insurance and over a fifth of all children have no cover at all, opposition to the legislation is currently running at 87%.
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Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes insisted on Sunday that his network was no longer at war with the Obama White House and defended Fox’s Glenn Beck over some of his more inflammatory statements.
Appearing for the first time on ABC’s “This Week,” Ailes said that Beck’s often over-the-top rhetoric was politically legitimate, even if it ruffled a few feathers. Read more…
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