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1:00 PM ET, October 4, 2009

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Peter W. Galbraith / Washington Post:
What I Saw at the Afghan Election  —  Before firing me last week from my post as his deputy special representative in Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon conveyed one last instruction: Do not talk to the press.  In effect, I was being told to remain a team player after being thrown off the team.
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New York Times:
10 Steps to Victory in Afghanistan  —  Reform or Go Home  —  COUNTERINSURGENCY is only as good as the government it supports.  NATO could do everything right — it isn't — but will still fail unless Afghans trust their government.  Without essential reform, merely making the government …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and SWJ Blog
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Taliban Fighters Attack Outposts, U.S. Troops Killed in Battle  —  Firing rockets and rifles, Taliban militiamen attacked American and Afghan military outposts in a daylong siege on Saturday that killed eight U.S. soldiers and two Afghan security forces in one of the deadliest battles in months, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.
Sean Rayment / Telegraph:
Army chief warns of ‘terrifying prospect’ of failure in Afghanistan  —  The head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, has issued a wake-up call to the public by warning of the “terrifying prospect” of a defeat in Afghanistan.  —  In an unprecedented intervention …
Discussion: Commentary and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Eight U.S. Soldiers Dead in Bold Attack in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Report Says Iran Has Data to Make a Nuclear Bomb  —  Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb.  —  The report by experts …
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Uzi Mahanimi / Times of London:
Israel names Russians helping Iran build nuclear bomb
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Rabbit Ragu Democrats  —  IN the annals of American excess, there often arrives a moment when those with too much money, too much clout and too much hubris just can't stop themselves from tempting the fates.  They throw an over-the-top party in public, or parade their wealth and power before the press …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
‘I take exception’ to McCain's remark, Jones says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A top military adviser to President Barack Obama said Sunday that politics does not play any role in the advice he gives to the president.  —  Last week, Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, the former Republican presidential hopeful …
Chicago Tribune:
Health care reform: Privately, Barack Obama strongly backs public option  —  White House discreetly labors to weave coalition on health care  —  WASHINGTON - — Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched …
Dennis Hartley / Hullabaloo:
Saturday Night At The Movies  —  Let fiefdom ring  —  By Dennis Hartley … -Billy Bragg  —  So it's not just me.  A few months ago, in my review of Public Enemies, I wrote: … For the opening credits of his latest sock-it-to-mentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore runs …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obamas' night out: First WH anniversary  —  Barack and Michelle Obama are, among other things, husband and wife.  And tonight, they celebrated their 17th anniversary, their first in the White House.  —  The president and first lady went out.  —  At 7:40 pm EDT, the presidential motorcade stopped …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Althouse
Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
A Smarter (and Cost-Efficient) Way to Fight Crime  —  LAW enforcement policy in the United States rests implicitly on the “rational actor” model of traditional economics, which holds that people take only those actions whose benefits exceed their costs.  —  This model says that crime …
 
 
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Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Détente and the Bunker  —  How to oppose a president's disastrous foreign policy.
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