US, NATO Agree to Stay in Afghanistan until 2014
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Forget the start of withdrawal from Afghanistan in July of next year. The US and NATO have now extended major combat until 2014, even though President Karzai wants forces reduced. We look at the aftermath of the summit in Lisbon. Also, the TSA responds to traveler outcry over scanners and pat-downs, and Pope Benedict XVI appears to relax doctrine on the use of condoms.
Banner image: US President Barack Obama (R) holds a bi-lateral meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai (L) during the NATO meetings on November 20, 2010 at Feira Internacional de Lisboa, as part of a NATO Summit of Heads of States and Government held on 19-20 November 2010. Photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images
TSA Responds to Traveler Outcry Over Scanners and Pat-Downs ()
Airport body-scanners can see through clothing alright and pat-downs involving groin- and body-checks can be "demeaning,” but don't look for changes any time soon. That's according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who overseas the Transportation Security Administration. Keith Johnson covers homeland security for the Wall Street Journal.
- Keith Johnson: Staff Reporter, Wall Street Journal
US, NATO Agree to Stay in Afghanistan until 2014 ()
President Hamid Karzai wants US and NATO forces reduced, but he'll have to settle for increased drone strikes and nighttime raids whether he likes it or not. That's according to President Obama after he and other NATO leaders set 2014 as a firm date for ending major combat in Afghanistan. However, behind the scenes, US and European officials doubt General David Petraeus' claim that he has "broken the Taliban's momentum." Is Karzai getting mixed signals? What about the civilian population in Afghanistan, the nations in Europe and the United States?
- Steven Erlanger: Correspondent, New York Times, @StevenErlanger
- Ahmed Rashid: Lahore-based Paskistani journalist
- Thomas Johnson: Director, Naval Postgraduate School's Program for Culture and Conflict Studies
- Lisa Curtis: Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation
- David Wood: National Security Correspondent, PoliticsDaily.com
Pope Says Condom Use Is Acceptable in 'Single Justified Cases' ()
Upon this week's publication of a book-length interview with Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican has moved to clarify what the Pontiff said about condom use, insisting that he has "not reformed or changed the Church's teaching." But that's not how it sounds to millions of the faithful. The Roman Catholic leader has been widely quoted that the one instance a condom might be used is when a male prostitute tries to protect his client. Daniel Maguire is Professor of Moral Theological Ethics at Marquette University, and author of Sacred Rights: The Case for Contraception and Abortion in World Religions.
- Daniel Maguire: Professor of Ethics, Marquette University
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