This evening, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both broke extraordinary news. Months ago, American intelligence officials concluded that during peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan, a Russian military intelligence group offered to Taliban-linked fighters bounties for killing American troops. They paid up, too, although it is unclear which of the twenty US deaths happened under the deal. But this wasn't breaking news for the National Security Council.
- November 24, 2013The Obama administration signed a deal with Iran to halt uranium enrichment, in defiance of American hawks, neocons and hardliners, the Israel lobby and anti-Iran partisans in Congress.