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2:55 AM ET, December 11, 2006


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Washington Post:
An Unlikely Offensive  —  THE IRAQ Study Group's recommendations for shifting U.S. military tactics in the war are specific, focused and aimed at incremental improvement over the next few months; they are also close to what the Pentagon and Iraqi government already were hoping to achieve.
Discussion: Power Line
David Rothkopf / Washington Post:
Even If We Leave Now, We'll Be Back  —  Strategic redeployment.  Phased drawdown.  Exit strategy.  However one phrases it, Washington seems to be turning a page in the story of Iraq.  The midterm elections, the subsequent resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the release …
Discussion: INDCJournal and MaxSpeak
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqi President Denounces U.S. Strategy on Security  —  President Jalal Talabani said Sunday that the American program to train Iraq's security forces had been a repeated failure and he denounced a plan to increase the number of American advisers working with the Iraqi Army, saying it would subvert the country's sovereignty.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Nancy Trejos / Washington Post:
U.S. Report Rejected By Iraqi President  —  Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Sunday strongly rejected a bipartisan U.S. panel's report on U.S. war strategy in Iraq, calling some of its recommendations "dangerous" and a threat to his country's sovereignty.  —  "The report does not respect …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Rumsfeld, in Iraq, Bids Farewell to U.S. Troops  —  The outgoing secretary of defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, paid a surprise visit to Iraq this weekend and said American troops should stay in the country until the insurgents were defeated.  —  "We feel great urgency to protect the American people …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Leadership defined, Bush stays course
Discussion: Ray Robison and Bill's Bites
Associated Press:
Talks under way to replace Iraq PM  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Major partners in Iraq's governing coalition are in behind-the-scenes talks to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki amid discontent over his failure to quell raging violence, according to lawmakers involved.
Qais Al-Bashir / Associated Press:
17 people slain in Baghdad clashes  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen attacked two Shiite homes in western Baghdad, killing 10 people, police said Sunday, while seven others died in clashes elsewhere in the capital.  —  No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred at about 11 p.m. Saturday …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Maliki Out?  —  It appears that events have begun to pick up pace in Iraq.
Dan / Riehl World View:
It's What Isn't There That's Interesting
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Robin Boyd /   AP Admits to Using Unauthorized Sources
Washington Post:
Ex-Dictator Of Chile Dies at 91  —  Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 91, the former Chilean dictator whose government murdered and tortured thousands during his repressive 17-year rule, died yesterday at a Santiago military hospital of complications from a heart attack, leaving incomplete numerous court cases …
Chile's Gen Pinochet dies at 91  —  Chile's former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died, the Santiago hospital treating him after an earlier heart attack has announced.  —  The hospital said the condition of the 91-year-old general had suddenly worsened, AP news agency said.
Chile's Gen Pinochet dies at 91
Discussion: Harry's Place
Associated Press:
Augusto Pinochet, Who Ruled Chile, Dies at 91
Discussion: All Spin Zone and TalkLeft
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Suspicion about imams grows as terror links pile up  —  The grounded imams incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been a public relations coup for the imams, their supporters and their claims that the group's only suspicious activity was saying evening prayers.
Discussion: Riehl World View
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
WHAT WOULD JIMMY DO?  PART 2  —  This morning Newsweek publicist Natalia Labenskyj emailed us the political stories in Newsweek's new issue.  One of the items in Labeskyj's email is Eleanor Clift's softball interview with Jimmy Carter, which I happened to read.  Here is one question and answer that caught my attention:
Lebanon deal in works after mass Beirut rally  —  Arab League envoy due in Beirut Monday after announcing he received positive response from Hizbullah-led pro-Syrian opposition to proposals aimed at ending political crisis which paralyzed government and raised fears of return to civil strife
Michael Slackman / New York Times:   As Crowd Demands Change, Lebanese Premier Is Puzzled
Associated Press:
Arab states study shared nuclear program  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The oil-rich Arab states on the Persian Gulf said Sunday that they will consider starting a joint nuclear program for peaceful purposes.  —  The announcement comes as the U.S. and its allies allege Iran is developing atomic weapons …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
New Radiation Traces Linked to Associate of Ex-Spy  —  German authorities said today that they had found traces of the radioactive substance polonium in a car and two homes in Hamburg used by a Russian business associate of the murdered ex-K.G.B. agent Alexander V. Litvinenko a few days before the men met in London.
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