Friday, January 26, 2007

Emboldening The Enemy?

Gates: Iraq resolution 'emboldens' enemy - 26 Jan 2007 at 2:46pm - WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a congressional resolution declaring that President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq is against the national interest "emboldens the enemy."

"I think it's hard to measure that with any precision, but it seems pretty straightforward that any indication of flagging will in the United States gives encouragement to those folks," Gates said, referring to the anti-government forces in Baghdad. He added that he was certain this was not the intent of those who support the congressional resolution.

"But that's the effect," he said.
Does Gates' preoccupation with what might "embolden the enemy" place too much importance on what "the enemy" thinks, and not enough importance on the national security interests of the U.S.?

Report: US Can Kill Iran's Agents In Iraq - 26 Jan 2007 at 8:46am - The U.S. military has the White House's approval to kill or capture Iranian agents in Iraq, according to a newspaper report. The effort hopes to reduce Tehran's power within Iraq. Also, another report says Iran will launch a missile into space soon.

Harper apologizes, offers $12.5M to Maher Arar - 26 Jan 2007 at 12:40pm - Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a formal apology Friday to Maher Arar and his family for their suffering after Arar was detained in the U.S. and deported to Syria, where he was jailed and tortured.

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