Monday, June 28, 2010


With the dismissal of General McChrystal last week, there has been a renewal of interest in Afghanistan - America's longest war. The deadline for removing troops was discussed on most of the Sunday talk shows. The President did get some support for his choice of General Petraeus to assume responsibility for Afghanistan from Republicans and from the Weekly Standard (of all places?). Here's the latest...

1. Obama: Afghanistan deadline an 'obsession' for some. [The Huffington Post]
2. The 'bleeding ulcer' of Marjah (Text & Video). [CNN]
3. Pakistan’s plan on Afghan peace leaves U.S. wary. [The New York Times]
4. CIA's Panetta: No new leads on Bin Laden, tough road ahead in Afghanistan. [Politics Daily]

5. Islamist websites: McChrystal fired because war is lost. [CNN]
6. Senator Diane Feinstein (Democrat-CA):If Petraeus wants Afghanistan troop draw-down scrapped, 'Give it to him, absolutely'. [The Huffington Post]
7. Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-SC): Get deadline off Petraeus' back. [The Hill]
8. Senator Carl Levin (Democrat-MI): Petraeus agrees with setting withdrawal date. [The Hill]

9. U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite. [The Washington Post]
10. Poll: Afghanistan war hurting Obama's support at home. [Newsweek]
11. Obama's choice: He did the right thing, picking Petraeus and committing to success. [The Weekly Standard]
12. Bin Laden hunter: I wanted to haul him to US alive. [Salon]

Bonus: June deadliest month of Afghan war for coalition troops. [CNN]