Is the War in Iraq Really Over?
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In last night's speech from the Oval Office. President Obama said it’s time to "turn the page" from Iraq to Afghanistan and the economy. We look at impact of seven years and almost trillion dollars on Iraq, America’s reputation and the upcoming elections. Also, Middle East peace talks get underway in Washington, and airlines are charging more for providing less.
Members of the military listen as President Barack Obama talks with soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, August 31, 2010. Official White House photos: Pete Souza
Mideast Peace Talks Get Underway in Washington ()
With Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders in Washington to resume peace talks, the military wing of Hamas took credit for the killing of four Israelis last night on the West Bank. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were quick with condemnations. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was meeting with Hillary Clinton when the attack occurred, and issued a statement condemning the killings. Massimo Calabresi is White House correspondent for Time magazine.
- Massimo Calabresi: White House Correspondent, Time magazine
Is the War in Iraq Really Over? ()
In last night's speech from the Oval Office, President Obama said it's time to "turn the page" from Iraq to Afghanistan…and the economy, but 50,000 American troops remain in Iraq. Sectarian violence could break out again. The President did not say "mission accomplished," so what comes next? After seven years, at a cost of almost a trillion dollars, what has the US achieved? What do Iraqis think, and how does the US look now in the eyes of the rest of the world? Will President Obama be remembered for ending the war in Iraq or for sinking the country deeper into Afghanistan?
Airlines Divine New Ways to Get New Fees ()
Want to sit where it's easier to get overhead bin space and be first off the plane? On American Airlines, it's going to cost you. US airlines are "relentlessly… unbundling," which means they're charging for services that used to come with the price of the ticket. That's according to Michael Hiltzik, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
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