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Battered by scandals surrounding security failures in Benghazi and allegations of criminal activity by diplomats, the State Department is taking over the sensitive process by which background checks are given to locals hired to work at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the largest and most expensive diplomatic post in the world.
The nominee for U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Wednesday chided Baghdad's government for allowing Iran to ship weapons to Syria via Iraqi airspace, calling the situation "unacceptable."
America's mission in Iraq may have ended but the Iraq War is far from over for President Obama. During his brief tenure in the Senate, Mr. Obama called for a precipitous with-drawal of our forces by the end of 2007.
Delivering a broad defense of tax increases on the wealthy to help pay America's bills and finance new investments, President Obama used his final pre-election State of the Union address Tuesday to urge Congress to act, warning that he was prepared to leave them behind if they fail.
On Sept. 1, the U.S. mission in Iraq will shift its focus from security operations to diplomacy and economics. The subsequent period will define a new Strategic Framework Agreement, laying the foundation for a possible long-term strategic partnership.
Iraq war veteran 1st Lt. Pete Hegseth served in 2005-06 with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. Now serving with the New York Army National Guard, Lt. Hegseth is executive director of Vets For Freedom, a nonpartisan group established by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to "educate Americans about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts."
MANILA, Philippines. -- There was a time when American military leaders worried whether wobbly allies would rally to us when it came time to stand up to the Soviets. Now it's our allies who worry about us.