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Calls grow for shift in Afghan policy

January 31, 2008

By David R. Sands
The Washington Times
January 31, 2008

The Bush administration faces increasing pressure to make a major policy course correction on Afghanistan, shifting the focus from Iraq to fight a resurgent terrorist threat and build up the faltering government in Kabul.
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A Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today is set to take up a string of new reports warning that the political and economic situations in Afghanistan are deteriorating amid growing strains between the United States and its NATO allies over the military mission there.
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“Make no mistake, NATO is not winning in Afghanistan,” warns a new study by the Atlantic Council of the U.S. “Unless this reality is understood, and action is taken promptly, the future of Afghanistan is bleak, with regional and global impact.”

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LOST: Senate Committee Approves Treaty

November 1, 2007

By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
November 1, 2007

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee easily approved the Law of the Sea convention yesterday, brushing back conservatives’ objections and setting up a bruising ratification fight on the Senate floor, where Republicans say they can defeat it.

Ratification of treaties takes a two-thirds vote. Republican leaders are trying to secure 34 signatures on a letter to show they have the support to block it and hope this will persuade President Bush and Senate Democrats to put off a vote until at least next year.

“Our leadership is united. This is something we shouldn’t go forward with right now,” said Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican. “I think we’ve got a good shot of getting 34 on it.”

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U.S. diplomat sees some progress in Iraq

July 19, 2007

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The top U.S. diplomat in Iraq said Thursday that Baghdad is making some political progress but faces considerable difficulty in the months to come to try to heal a nation long gripped by violence.

“If there is one word, I would use to sum up the atmosphere in Iraq — on the streets, in the countryside, in the neighborhoods and at the national level — that word would be fear,” Ryan Crocker told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“For Iraq to move forward at any level, that fear is going to have to be replaced with some level of trust, confidence and that is what the effort at the national level is about,” he added, speaking by video link from Baghdad.

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