After months of sagging poll numbers, President George W. Bush’s approval rating improved last month as Americans grew more positive about the economy amid lingering doubts about the war in Iraq, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday.
The Pentagon has tentative plans to halt the scheduled deployment of two brigades to Iraq and instead send in smaller teams to support and train Iraqi forces in what could be an early step toward an eventual drawdown of U.S. forces, defense officials said Wednesday.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The ACLU is in courthouses all across the country guarding against the risk of revealing the reason for the season. Cities and towns are surrounding their traditional displays of creches and menorahs with large plastic figures of Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus.
Before Abu Ghraib, Americans were more likely to associate torture with the Inquisition than with Iraq. Nevertheless, while President Bush has denied that we participate in torture, at all, others in the administration and elsewhere have advocated new, more realistic tactics against a new kind of enemy. Is it time to reconsider the natural aversion to torture that most Americans have?
Retired Gen. Hugh Shelton, who was the military’s top commander during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, confirmed that four years before the tragedy he authorized a secret computer data-mining initiative to track down Osama bin Laden and operatives in the fugitive terrorist’s al Qaeda network.