Pakistan: US missile strike kills seven

Watertown Public Opinion

08/20/09

A suspected missile attack early Friday destroyed a militant hideout in northwest Pakistan, killing at least seven people, two intelligence officials said. The officials said some people also were wounded when the two missiles hit a compound in the village of Dande Darpa Khel, near Miran Shah in troubled tribal region of North Waziristan. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media, said authorities stepped up security in the region following the attack and that efforts were under way to get details about the slain and injured people...

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War? What war?

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

08/21/09

‘Many observers,’ avers York, ‘have remarked that Obama’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, and also to escalate the campaign of targeted assassinations using drone aircraft, both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, will cause him trouble on the political left. … But if the Netroots Nation results are any indication, Obama may have more room than previously thought on the war. Not too long ago, with a different president in the White House, the left was obsessed with America’s wars. Now, they’re not even watching.’ York is giving the Netrootsters too much credit: to whatever degree they opposed Bush’s foreign policy, they heard Obama pledge to escalate the Afghan war during the campaign, and still they supported him. Indeed, they thought it was awfully clever of him to out-hawk the Republicans on the Afghanistan question: they believe it inoculated him against criticism from the right. Aside from that, they agreed with him. Most of them are very far from having any firm principles when it comes to foreign policy. They know they support health care ‘reform’ — but they aren’t so sure when it comes to the question of whether or not to kill large numbers of dark-skinned foreigners...

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