An unidentified U.S. soldier at the scene of a suicide attack in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province in Afghanistan on Wednesday. Rumors have arose that the White House will begin reducing troops in July, a prediction met with criticism.
Gary Schmitt is resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
When you are in a fight and have your opponent down on the pavement with your boot on his neck, the last thing you want to do is step off. You keep the boot firmly planted, pressing even harder, until he yields. Otherwise it's a certainty that he'll get back up, start throwing punches again, and drag out a fight that should have been settled sooner.
FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker testifies at a hearing in March in Washington, DC. Baker announced last week that she would leave her FCC position to become the chief lobbyist for Comcast/NBCUniversal, a merger she voted for.
James Downie is a reporter-researcher at The New Republic.
Last week, FCC commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker announced that she was leaving the commission to become the chief lobbyist for the newly merged Comcast/NBCUniversal. Only months before, Baker had voted to allow the historic and controversial merger between the cable company and the broadcast network, and though the 4-1 tally meant her vote had not provided the crucial margin, she was also on record complaining on multiple occasions that the FCC took too long to approve the deal.
It's bound to be a tense meeting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama at the White House Friday, just hours after rejecting the central tenet of Obama's latest peace plan proposal.
In his speech about Middle East issues Thursday, Obama reiterated U.S. support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem, suggesting that Israel revert to the territory it held prior to its gains in the Six-Day War of 1967, while allowing for swaps of land between the two future states.