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George H.W. Bush Slams ‘Iron-Ass’ Cheney, ‘Arrogant’ Rumsfeld In New Biography. Also Faults Bush 43.

It’s long been a mystery what President George H.W. Bush thought of President George W. Bush’s response to the Sept. 11 attacks and the subsequent invasion of Iraq. Bush 41, of course, had stopped short of ousting Saddam Hussein; Bush 43 had gone ahead and done just that. But what was said behind closed doors in Crawford or Kennebunkport?

Read Here – Washington Post

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Afghanistan And The Next US President

It now appears that — barring some truly exceptional circumstances — Barack Obama has made his last decision regarding Afghanistan as president of the United States. The current force of about 10,000 U.S. service members will remain through the end of 2016, when it will quickly draw down to a force of about 5,500. The next president will take office with a force in Kabul and relatively small detachments on the airfields at Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

Iraq: Sovereign Partner Of The United States

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of Saddam Hussain. But the debate about the direction of the US-Iraqi relationship is influenced by a pessimistic view that the US has lost Iraq. Not true. Despite all the problems of the past decade, the overwhelming majority of Iraqis agree that we are better off today than under Saddam’s brutal dictatorship. Iraqis will remain grateful for the US role and for the losses sustained by military and civilian personnel that contributed in ending Saddam’s rule. These losses pale by comparison, of course, to those sustained by the Iraqi people, writes Nouri Al Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq.

Read Here – Gulf News

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