President Barack Obama's focus on an exit strategy for the Afghanistan war is an indication he is" out of Afghanistan psychologically "according to author Bob Woodward, whose recently released book "Obama's Wars" offers an inside look at the often contentious decision-making process behind the president's wartime strategy.
"The president's committed to 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan but in these secret meetings in the Situation Room in the White House, he repeatedly says, 'We need a plan to get out. There can be no wiggle room. I'm not going to do 10 years.' He is out of Afghanistan psychologically and the question is, for a commander-in-chief, don't you have to be kind of the guy who's up there, 'Yes, we can, we're going to win?" Woodward said during an appearance on CBS' "The Early Show" Wednesday.
The book describes friction between the president's military and civilian advisors, with the military pushing for a 40,000 troop increase to combat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and other administration officials, particularly Vice President Joe Biden, skeptical of a troop surge's effectiveness. In the end, Mr. Obama largely charted his own middle-ground course, adding 30,000 troops and setting a target date of July 2011 to begin the process of drawing down military forces.
and at that link (here) there is also the video option. reporters can do that in this country. in other countries?
c.i. slid a thing from reporters without borders over to me:
Reporters Without Borders deplores a targeted attack on Alaa Mohsen, the host of the programme “Liqa Sakhen” on state-run Al-Iraqiya television, who was badly injured by a bomb placed underneath his car as he was about to leave his home in the Baghdad suburb of Saydiya on the morning of 27 September to go to work. Rushed to the Yarmouk district hospital, he was reported to be in a critical condition yesterday.
It was the third targeted attack on a TV presenter since the United States announced the withdrawal of its last combat troops on 31 August (http://en.rsf.org/irak-second-targeted-killing-of-a-tv-08-09-2010,38320.html). Safaa Al-Dine Abdul Hameed of Al-Mosuliyah was shot dead in Mosul, in the northern province of Ninawa, on 8 September while Riad Al-Saray, another Al-Iraqiya presenter, was gunned down in Baghdad on 7 September.
The current climate of terror and impunity has also seen an increase in violence against journalists by members of the Iraqi security forces.
as c.i. noted in yesterday's snapshot, alsumaria tv is celebrating its 6th anniversary and:
Congratulations to Alsumaria and all the Iraqi media, forever under the threat of attack from the government, forever under the threat of bombings or shootings (you don't even have to be a journalist to be targeted, you can just answer the phones for a news outlet or be one of their security guards and that's enough to get you targeted), but trying each day to inform their readers, viewers and listeners.
the reality for journalists in iraq is very, very scary. and you don't hear a great deal about that because so many are vested in the big lie that the iraq war is a success.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'