Iraqi Amnesty, Troop Withdrawal and the November Elections

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Today's New York Times reports that Sunni insurgent groups have approached the Iraqi government about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's offer of amnesty. It's is not clear if the amnesty will extend to rebels who've killed American soldiers or to former members of Saddam Husssein's Baath Party regime. Neither is it clear how the terms will play in the US where Iraq is becoming the major issue in this year's elections. Will a "stable" Iraq require Americans to hold their noses as rebels who killed US soldiers get a free pass? Meantime, as the US Commander was talking troop withdrawal at the White House, Republicans were accusing Democrats of wanting to "cut and run." What's the difference? Can Republicans turn their biggest political liability into an asset?
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Israel holds Palestinian Authority responsible for terrorist attack, kidnapping of soldier

MSNBC article on Hamas-Fatah deal on recognizing Israel

Hukbalahap Insurrection (Philippines)

Taif Accord (Lebanon)

Pew Poll on Iraq, President Bush

Levin-Reed amendment on US policy in Iraq

Wong's article on Iraq's Sunni insurgents requesting amnesty negotiations

Alter's article on Karl Rove's 'cut-and-run' strategy for beating Democrats on Iraq



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