What Is Our End-game?
A year ago the word “HOPE” caught the eye of the American voters who had felt left out of American values by a corrupt government that acted more like an Empire than a Republic. The Government seemed obsessed by the gay marriages, abortions and a pain-free and dignified death. Americans were told to breed more children and the obvious results were to make more soldiers and payers into Social Security. It became the mantra for the Republican Party aka the Religious Right to not accept anything less than moral legislation for the government to tell us what not to do.
What Is Our End-game?
Nearly a year before Maj. Nidal Hasan allegedly went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, terrorism investigators conducted an “assessment” of him before deciding he did not pose a threat.
After the shooting, the FBI is doing a new assessment — of its own conduct.
The Army psychiatrist is believed to have acted alone despite repeated communications — intercepted by authorities — with a radical imam overseas, U.S. officials said Monday. The FBI will conduct an internal review to see whether it mishandled early information about the man accused in the bloody rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 29.
Presidents get elected to run the nation. Some days that means knowing how to heal it.
For the first time since winning the White House, President Barack Obama faces such a moment Tuesday at Fort Hood. After a shooting that left 13 people dead and 29 wounded on the bustling Texas Army post, it is Obama’s job to offer some comfort, if not answers.
Obama will do so privately with the families of those killed, and then publicly at a memorial service sure to be watched by American troops around the world.
It is his time to take on the healer-in-chief role that can help shape a presidency at a time of national tragedy.
Former President Bill Clinton knows just how high the political stakes are in the fight to overhaul America’s health care system.
His failed attempt to revamp the delivery of medical care contributed to the Republican takeover of the House and Senate in 1994.
Fast forward to 2009, where health care’s white-hot spotlight now shines on the Senate. Clinton is still in the picture, and he’s expected to speak to Senate Democrats about health care legislation during their weekly caucus Tuesday, officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his schedule.
President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to add tens of thousands more forces to Afghanistan, though probably not quite the 40,000 sought by his top general there.
The White House emphasized that the president hasn’t made a decision yet about troop levels or other aspects of the revised U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
Administration officials told The Associated Press on Monday the deployment would most probably begin in January with a mission to stiffen the defense of 10 key cities and towns. An Army brigade that had been training for deployment to Iraq that month may be the vanguard. The brigade, based at Fort Drum in upstate New York, has been told it will not go to Iraq as planned but has been given no new mission yet.
Washington sniper John Allen Muhammad, who killed 10 people in a 2002 shooting spree around the US capital, was due to be put to death Tuesday after the nation’s top court denied a stay of execution.
Muhammad’s lawyers had appealed for the US Supreme Court to delay the execution while it examines a plea on whether his sentence was constitutional.
“The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to the chief justice and by him referred to the court is denied,” Monday’s Supreme Court ruling obtained by AFP said.
Muhammad is now due to be put to death by lethal injection at 9:00 pm (0200 GMT) Tuesday in Virginia.