President Obama has increased the number of CIA-drone strikes in Pakistan. Insiders claim they’ve taken out hundreds of militants dangerous to the US. But has that apparent success created a new threat—on American soil? Was Faisal Shahzad’s failed bombing in Times Square attempted revenge? Supporters of the drone program concede there’s a toll on innocent Pakistanis. Nobody really knows how much collateral damage there is. What do American Muslims—Pakistanis and others—think about that? Is short-term alienation worth it if the strikes produce long-term gains?
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As predicted, British voters have created a so-called “hung Parliament,” where no party has the 326 members needed to form a government on its own. The Conservatives won 305 seats, yesterday, Labour 255 and the Liberal Democrats 61. In a bid to stay on as Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown says he’ll negotiate with anybody. Conservative leader David Cameron says, no way…
Why would a naturalized American citizen try to set off a bomb in Times Square? One theory is that Faizal Shahzad was radicalized by CIA-drone strikes in his native Pakistan--strikes that have killed not just the militants actually targeted but innocent civilians as well. Robert Baer was a Middle East field officer for the CIA. His latest book is, “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower…”
Robert Baer, former CIA field officer and author
Dr. Rao Khalid, Doctor and President, Pakistan Association of America
Roger Cressey, former Director for Counterterrorism, National Security Council
Scott Shane, New York Times (@ScottShaneNYT)
Nihad Awad, Council on American-Islamic Relations (@NihadAwad)
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged almost 1000 points yesterday—then closed down 350—all in the last hour and a half of trading. Almost a trillion dollars of value were on the line. Was it “fat fingers,” Greek debt or computerized trading?
Are computers subject to panic? That’s one of the questions raised by yesterday’s wild fluctuations in the Down Jones Industrial Average.
Jeff Cox, Staff Writer, CNBC.com
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