As some of you may know, the president tonight is expected to declare the end of United States combat operations in Iraq. As the senator from a state that has carried a very heavy burden in this war, I think we can all say this is very welcome news. This is a time to be grateful for the incredible sacrifices the men and women in the armed forces have made, are making, and will continue to make on our behalf in the struggle against terrorism.
The nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest questions burning up the blogosphere today.
Will President Obama meet the July 2011 deadline to remove troops from Afghanistan?
Amid much fanfare last week, the last supposed “combat” troops left Iraq as the administration touted the beginning of the end of the Iraq War and a change in the role of the United States in that country.
Throughout the 111th Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been obsessed with U.S. policy towards Cuba. Unfortunately, their obsession is not with the freedom of the Cuban people nor the heroic struggle and sacrifice of Cuba's pro-democracy movement. Instead, it's focused on conducting business with that island's totalitarian, repressive regime.
This week, Cuba announced the release of six more political prisoners bringing the total released in the last six weeks to 32. This move follows reports that the Obama administration will announce plans to expand the scope of legal travel to Cuba. Combined with legislation in Congress to lift the travel ban and ease agricultural exports and policy briefs supporting all these moves, these latest developments indicate we are on the brink of changing our strategy toward Cuba.
With reports this week that the Obama administration will announce plans to expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba, the embargo between the U.S. and Cuba has once again become a major topic of discussion.
As reported, the administration's plan would loosen restrictions on travel by academic, religious, and cultural groups that were imposed by President George W. Bush's administration and return to the "people-to-people policies" followed under President Bill Clinton's administration.
MR. CROWLEY: Good morning and welcome to the Department of State. We have Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here along with our Special Envoy George Mitchell to tell you about the most recent developments in our pursuit of Middle East peace. The Secretary will begin with a brief statement. George Mitchell will stay behind to answer your questions. And we are joined today by your colleagues in the White House Press Corps up in Martha’s Vineyard and we’ll be sharing the – they’ll be sharing the Q&A duties with you.