As we approach the fifth anniversary of the occupation of Iraq, the situation in neighboring Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. With the majority of our military bogged down policing an Iraqi civil war that we created, the very group that sponsored, housed and trained the actual perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks is alive and thriving. According to a report in the British newspaper The Independent, more than half of the country is now under Taliban control. The story comes on the heels of similar reports that the fundamentalist group has been slowly gaining power throughout large areas of the country.
Hillary playing from behind in Iowa; Huckabee surges
For the first time this campaign season, New York Senator Hillary Clinton is facing a real test to her top-dog status in the democratic presidential race. Recent polling in Iowa suggests a dead heat between Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama, with former North Carolina Senator John Edwards only a few points back. At the same time, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee continues to gain support in the Republican race. Despite enormous spending by better funded candidates like Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani, Huckabee has moved into second place in most polls and continues to grow in popularity among core GOP constituents.
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Sunday, November 25, 2007