As Americans enjoy Thanksgiving, our soldiers in Afghanistan continue to meet fierce resistance under harsh conditions. The New York Times reports from the war that soldiers move from adrenaline rushes during fighting to monotony and boredom waiting for the next encounter.
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According to The New York Times, the Obama White House learned from reporters that Senator Jon Kyl, the Republican leader on New Start, opposed consideration of the treaty during the lame-duck session. With Vice President Joe Biden in the lead, the administration believed it had won Kyl’s support after it committed to spending $80 [...]
For the nuclear power industry, long allies of nuclear weapons proponents, the worry over global climate change could not have come at a better time. The big environmental organizations have been focused on greenhouse gas emissions while the “nuclear renaissance” moves forward unabated. Republicans have long supported nuclear weapons and power. The Obama administration supports fewer nuclear weapons, but more nuclear energy. David Axelrod played a major role in selling nuclear power as a bridge to Obama’s energy future when he was in private life and that became Obama policy.
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Increased night raids by Special Operations forces are putting pressure on the Taliban, but the increase in civilian casualties is causing problems for the Karzai government. Afghan President Karzai has asked NATO to stop the raids, but U.S. General David Petraeus believes these military actions are successful. At a NATO meeting in Lisbon this week, the United States is presenting a plan to withdraw combat troops by 2014.
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