FROM Bobby Ghosh
American Embassies Become Targets of Muslim Mobs The scene turned violent after Friday prayers today and angry protesters attacked US outposts from the Middle East and Africa to Afghanistan and Pakistan, apparently inflamed by the crude insults to their religion in the video, The Innocence of Muslims. In Yemen, the American embassy was breached by an unarmed mob reportedly allowed in by local security forces; US Marines have been sent to the scene. Do the attacks result from the "Arab Spring?" Are US facilities adequately protected against a new wave of anti-Americanism?
Iran Offers to Ship Uranium to Turkey - What Does It Mean for Sanctions Talks? Iran, Brazil and Turkey have reached an agreement they claim will make it unnecessary for the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions for Iranian enrichment of nuclear materials. Western nations are expected to be highly skeptical
A 'Collective Failure' Led To Harsh Interrogations At the first congressional hearing into allegations of torture, Ali Soufan repeated what he has told reporters about the interrogation of al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, who was subjected to harsher and harsher methods. Calling waterboarding "actionable intelligence," the retired FBI special agent said better results were obtained more quickly with "intelligent interrogation." Bobby Ghosh, senior editor at Time magazine who has interviewed Soufan, watched today's hearing.
The Battle for Basra and the Race for the White House Militias in Basra are not responding to Nouri al-Maliki's three-day ultimatum, and bitter fighting threatens civilian supplies of food and water. In Baghdad, protesters against the crackdown have crowded the streets, and rocket fire has American civilians taking to bunkers inside the Green Zone. At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, President Bush said the Prime Minister's effort to crack down shows the progress of Iraqi security forces during the surge. What if it backfires? Maliki's political life could be at stake, along with the prospects for stability. What about American troop withdrawals? What are the implications for the Presidential campaign?
Suicide Bombers Attack US Base North of Baghdad In Baghdad yesterday, two suicide bombers killed at least 62 people in the first major violence since a security crackdown Iraqi leaders claimed was working. Today, 11 were killed in a Shiite neighborhood. North of the city, three suicide bombers struck an American combat post, killing two Americans and wounding 17. Bobby Ghosh is Baghdad Bureau Chief for Time magazine.
New Stumbling Blocks for Crisis Diplomacy Just hours before his meeting with President Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was hit by two challenges to his leadership of Iraq. The first was a leaked memo from National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley saying al-Maliki is either unwilling or unable to control sectarian violence; the second, withdrawal from al-Maliki's government by a key bloc of supporters led by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. How damaged is al-Maliki's leadership of his own divided country? Would more American troops make a difference?
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."