who argue that widening the scope of the drone attacks would be risky and unwise.
“Obama is concerned that firing missiles into urban areas like Quetta, where intelligence reports suggest that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and other high-level militants have sometimes taken shelter, would greatly increase the risk of civilian casualties. It would also draw protests from Pakistani politicians and military leaders, who have been largely quiet about the drone attacks as long as they’ve been confined to the country’s out-of-sight border region.”
science is done in the real world.” Democrats are having fun highlighting the ‘civil war’ within the Republican Party, but their schadenfreude may be shortlived. Conservative and moderate Democrats are failing one liberal litmus test after another, stoking not just frustration on the left, but also potential primary challenges,” Jill Lawrence writes at www.politicsdaily.com.
“The list of those tests starts with the public option, a proposed government-sponsored health insurance plan that appears to be losing ground on Capitol Hill despite continued popularity in opinion polls. And that’s just the beginning. As filing deadlines approach, particularly for later primaries, restive liberals could expand their scrutiny to votes on abortion, global warming, Afghanistan, gay rights and labor issues,” the columnist said.
“ ‘Democrats are generally discouraged across the board because they don’t feel that anything’s getting accomplished,’ says Ben Tribbett, executive director of the Accountability Now Political Action Committee. Already there’s the real possibility that Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter will challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who has voted against a public option and is sagging in state polls.”