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    Morning Bell: Ready to Honor Veterans' Sacrifice

    Americans would do well to ponder the unrelieved strains on the nation’s military readiness on this Veterans Day, one short week after the election of a new president and Congress. The Army’s readiness is particularly low. Seven years of combat overseas have exacted a grinding toll on all our military … More

    Video: Gen. David Petraeus' Speech at Heritage

    Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq and soon-to-be commander of U.S. Central Command, spoke at Heritage this morning. The full video of his presentation is available below. Live Videos by Ustream UPDATE — Oct. 9, 2:25 p.m. For those of you who had a hard time reading the … More

    Morning Bell: Bring Honesty Back to War Funding

    When Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson first announced his $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promised: “We will not Christmas-tree this bill. The times are too urgent. Everyone has their own desires and needs. It’s going to have to wait.” So how did Congress live up to … More

    Americans Beginning to Acknowledge Success in Iraq

    Yesterday the Pentagon released a mandated report to Congress titles: “Measuring Security And Stability In Iraq.” According to the report: “Security incidents are now at the lowest levels in over four-and-a-half years, instilling in the Iraqi people a sense of normalcy that permits them to engage in personal, religious, and … More

    An Inconvenient Truth: Senator Lieberman’s Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill

    The Senate today is slated to consider the 2009 Defense Authorization bill, S-3001, a $612.5 billion measure that would authorize spending for national security programs in the Defense and Energy departments. The legislation authorizes the Pentagon to spend $70 billion to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the … More

    Morning Bell: Is Afghanistan Next?

    DENVER — Tonight former President Bill Clinton is supposed to deliver a speech on the official Democratic National Convention theme, “Securing America’s Future.” It is still unclear whether Clinton will stick to his assigned topic, or if he will go off message and defend his presidential legacy. Part of that … More

    Another Iraq Invasion Myth Exposed

    Remember all those stories from 2003 about all the destruction and looting of Iraqi archaeological sites after Saddam Hussein’s government fell? Turns out they were greatly exaggerated. From the Wall Street Journal: A recent mission to Iraq headed by top archaeologists from the U.S. and U.K. who specialize in Mesopotamia … More

    Al Qaeda Defeat Supported in Afghanistan, So Why Not in Iraq?

    The verdict is in: Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is on the ropes. Apparently this extraordinary news has not reached everyone though. A New York Times opinion article today points to the desperate need for increased focus on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, while discounting the same efforts in Iraq. The … More

    Morning Bell: Costs and Benefits in Iraq

    Yesterday the Associated Press reported that the last major remnants of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program had been dismantled in Iraq. This Saturday marked the end of a top secret two-week airlift of 550 metric tons of yellowcake uranium from Baghdad to a Canadian uranium producer. Also removed earlier this year … More

    Morning Bell: The Emerging Consensus for Victory

    Noting the U.S. military’s return of Anbar Province to Iraqi control, the Christian Science Monitor’s Sam Dagher reports from Fallujah: This is a city literally rising from the ashes. While reminders of two major US assaults here in April and November 2004 are inescapable, signs of rebirth are plenty. Men … More