- John McCain’s Iraq strategy took a blow this weekend; first on Friday George Bush agreed to a “general time horizon” for American troop withdrawal (NOT A TIMETABLE PEOPLE IT’S TOTALLY DIFFERENT) and then on Saturday Der Spiegel ran an interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that seemed to back up Obama’s 16 months-ish withdrawal schedule. The McCain people said, “Yeah well an interview with a magazine is not official policy.” [Politico]
- Barack Obama visited Afghanistan this weekend, and today he’s in Basra and Baghdad. [New York Times]
- Guess who didn’t get a seat on Barack Obama’s plane of international transcendence? Ryan Lizza, the New Yorker writer whose profile was in the infamous “satirical cover” issue. [Los Angeles Times]
- The surge worked. But will it hold? [Washington Post]
- Some people are sad that their neighborhood Starbucks is closing. [Wall Street Journal]
- South Africa, with the help of the UN, the African Union, and 14 southern African nations, is trying to broker a power-sharing agreement between rival factions in Zimbabwe. [New York Times]
May 21, 2013
Barack Obama’s International Peace And Basketball Tour
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