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Sunni Extremists in Iraq Occupy Saddam Hussein's Chemical Weapons Facility - WSJ - 0 views

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    "Sunni Extremists in Iraq Occupy Hussein's Chemical Weapons Facility
    Officials Don't Believe the Militants Will Be Able to Create a Functional Weapon From the Material"
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Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say -... - 0 views

  • “The other side gets to generate the narrative, whether it’s fact or fiction,” he said. “Not having the ability to coordinate from the ground makes it very hard.”
  • For targets in populated areas, the United States would have to rely to a large extent on intelligence provided by the Iraqi military.
  • The Pentagon, for instance, has major air bases in Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The rulers of those countries are Sunni Muslims and are generally leery of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite whom the White House has criticized for exacerbating sectarian tensions.
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    ""Militarily, we can do just about anything we want," said David Deptula, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who helped lead previous air campaigns over Iraq and Afghanistan. "The question is, to what end?""
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Obama Pushes Iraqis to Mend Sectarian Rifts - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "As Mr. Obama pursues a political solution, officials said Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State John Kerry would both play higher-profile roles. Mr. Biden, who held the Iraq portfolio during the administration's first term, called Mr. Maliki last week. The president has not yet spoken to the Iraqi prime minister during this crisis."
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Impeachment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 0 views

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    "At the federal level, the impeachment process is a two-step procedure. The House of Representatives must first pass, by a simple majority of those present and voting, articles of impeachment, which constitute the formal allegation or allegations. Upon passage, the defendant has been "impeached". Next, the Senate tries the accused. In the case of the impeachment of a president, the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the proceedings. For the impeachment of any other official, the Constitution is silent on who shall preside, suggesting that this role falls to the Senate's usual presiding officer. This may include the impeachment of the vice president, although legal theories suggest that allowing a defendant to be the judge in his own case would be a blatant conflict of interest. If the Vice President did not preside over an impeachment (of anyone besides the President), the duties would fall to the President pro tempore of the Senate."
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Bowe Bergdahl: a darker story behind the release of America's last prisoner of war - Te... - 0 views

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    "The Taliban's demands were high: they would exchange one low-ranking US soldier for five senior Afghan fighters being held at Guantánamo Bay.

    This week, Mr Obama agreed."
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Korean War memorial reamed for historical inaccuracies, missing names | The Chillicothe... - 0 views

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    "As for the images on the monument that aren't from the Korean War era, he said he "(doesn't) see what the big deal is.""
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Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, "My Twisted World" manifesto - 0 views

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