Marine Throws Puppy Off Cliff in Iraq

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CNN– The military is investigating a “shocking and deplorable” YouTube video that seems to show a Marine throwing a puppy off a rocky cliff. YouTube.com removed the video for violating the Web site’s terms of use. The black-and-white puppy makes a yelping sound as it flies through the air. “That’s mean, that was mean,” one companion says off-camera, addressing the … Read More

Former Marine Gets Probation for Squeezing Puppy to Death

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WASHINGTON EXAMINER– A former Marine arrested for killing a puppy by squeezing it, throwing it against a wall and kicking it has pleaded guilty and will serve five years probation, court records show. Jordan Darbyshire, 22, was sentenced in Montgomery County Circuit Court to three years of supervised probation and two years unsupervised for two counts of animal abuse. Two … Read More

Brother of Afghan Leader on CIA Payroll

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NY TIMES– Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials. The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit … Read More

Afghan War Remains ‘Absolutely Essential,’ Obama Says

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CNN– President Obama rallied U.S. troops and pledged continued partnership with Afghanistan during a previously unannounced trip to the country Sunday. Speaking to about 2,000 U.S. and allied troops at the major U.S. base in Afghanistan, Obama said, “Those folks back home are relying on you.” “I know it’s not easy,” he said. “You’re far away from home. You miss … Read More

What ‘Progress’ in Iraq Really Means

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NATION– Someday, we will undoubtedly discover that, in the term “surge” – as in the President’s “surge” plan (or “new way forward”) announced to the nation in January – was the urge to avoid the language (and experience) of the Vietnam era. As there were to be no “body bags” (or cameras to film them as the dead came home), … Read More

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