U.S. still unprepared for threats, 9-11 panel chiefs say , # Alaska lawmaker’s Sharia law proposal called divisive, # Who Are the Libyan Rebels?, # This Is Leadership?
2 Are the Libyan rebels democrats? Tribal leaders? Islamists? Or all of the above? Michael Totten has questions, Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof has answers.
Chuck Kennedy / MCT
Can we prevent another attack?
By William Douglas | McClatchy Newspapers
Major recommendations by a bipartisan commission that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks remain unfulfilled nearly 10 years after the attacks, the commission chairmen told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. » read more
The bottom line is that Israel can hardly count on Germany as a friend. It’s been behaving recently more like an enemy.
With this year’s federal deficit at $1.65 trillion and Congressional leaders proposing a paltry $61 billion in spending cuts, the Cato Institute has placed an ad in major newspapers that spells out immediate cuts that can be made to restore our country’s fiscal sanity and economic stability. Running in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, and Examiner, the ad is the culmination of Cato’s item by item review of the federal budget, provided online at DownsizingGovernment.org.
Gene Healy in the DC Examiner
No clear plan guides the foreign military intervention in Libya. There is instead a coalition in service of a hazy United Nations authorization of a tactic: a no-fly zone and air strikes on military targets. The goal is vague. And as Christopher A. Preble points out, “President Obama’s decision to launch a series of military strikes against Libya raises a host of questions, many more than can be answered in his much-belated address… At a minimum, the President must clarify the purpose and scope of the mission.”
- 1 Five Rules for Going to War, Video from Christopher A. Preble
- 2 “Six Bad Arguments for Bombing Libya,” by Benjamin H. Friedman
- 3 “The Folly of Succeeding in Libya,” by Malou Innocent
- 4 “President Obama Must Outline an Exit Strategy in Libya,” by Christopher A. Preble
- 5 “Why the Libyan War Is Unconstitutional,” by John Samples
Now that Obama has proclaimed himself open to arming the rebels, the equation on the ground may change.
by Ryan Mauro
The West has an opportunity to cause Assad enormous stress, or even to topple him. (Also see today’s Tatler coverage on Syria.)
In Kentucky, where coal mining has been the lifeblood of many rural communities, miners and the lawmakers who represent them say the Obama administration’s push for regulations that cap greenhouse gases and toughen mine permitting requirements feels like an assault. » read more
Palmer Republican Rep. Carl Gatto has set off a political firestorm with a bill aimed at stopping what he deems as the potential of Islamic religious law — Sharia — trumping the U.S. Constitution in Alaska courts. Gatto doesn’t have examples of Alaska courts imposing Islamic Sharia law but said his bill is determined to make sure that it doesn’t happen. » read more
By Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Newspapers
The United States is scaling back its role in the international military operation against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and will not be sending U.S. troops into the war-stricken North African nation “as long as I’m in this job,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates asserted Thursday. » read more
A U.S. senator has called for an independent investigation of the military’s premier crime lab to ensure that innocent people weren’t wrongfully convicted based on work by a discredited analyst. » read more