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  • U.S.-backed rebels lose a key town to Russian airstrikes in Syria

    01/27/2016 3:12:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    washington post ^ | january 26, 2016 | liz sly
    Western-backed Syrian rebels on Tuesday suffered one of their most significant defeats since Russia's military intervention in Syria turned the tide of the war in favor of President Bashar al-Assad, further complicating prospects for a negotiated settlement at peace talks scheduled later this week in Geneva. After a month-long offensive backed by Russian warplanes, government forces and allied ­militias reclaimed control of the town of Sheikh Miskeen, strategically located at a crossroads commanding a southern supply route between the Jordanian border and the Syrian capital, Damascus. It was the latest in a string of defeats inflicted on rebel fighters in...
  • Report: White House Aides Accusing Bergdahl’s Unit Comrades Of ‘Swift Boating’ Him

    06/04/2014 9:07:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 70 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6/4/2014 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — White House aides are accusing soldiers who served with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are “swift boating” him following his release over the weekend after five years in captivity. NBC News’ Chuck Todd reported Monday that the White House did not expect this sort of vitriolic backlash exchanging five high-level Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl, who left his Army post in 2009 in Afghanistan and was subsequently taken captive. “They did not expect this backlash on Bergdahl himself,” Todd reported on NBC’s “Today.” I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as we didn’t...
  • The Miscreant Dynasty (Bush generations have enriched themselves- Howell Raines Bitterness Alert)

    12/18/2005 12:00:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 1,313+ views
    The Age ^ | December 19, 2005 | Howell Raines
    The Bush generations have enriched themselves while impoverishing the presidency.AT THIS point, the policy legacy of George Bush seems pretty well defined by three disparate disasters: Iraq in foreign affairs, Katrina in social welfare, corporate influence over tax, budget and regulatory decisions. As a short-term political consequence, we may avoid another dim-witted Bush in the White House. But what the Bush dynasty has done to presidential campaign science — the protocols by which Americans elect presidents in the modern era — amounts to a political legacy that can haunt the Republic for years to come. We are now enduring the...