News Roundup – Iraq, Tony Gwynn, Benghazi

Yes, the US beat Ghana. Kinda cool.

I don’t think that we should mobilize tens of thousands of troops because Iraq is falling apart. I think that this was predictable. Many of us thought Iraq was falling apart in 2007 and the only thing that was holding it together was… us. We are seeing more killing. Who knows what al-Maliki’s plans are?

The great Tony Gwynn has died.


The US has captured a possible suspect in the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack. This man is thought to be the ringleader. More from Steve Benen
Henry told the president, “You said on September 12th, ‘Make no mistake, we’ll bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.’ Eleven months later, where are they, sir?” Obama replied, “Well, I also said that we’d get bin Laden, and I didn’t get him in 11 months…. [W]e are intent on capturing those who carried out this attack, and we’re going to stay on it until we get them.”

It appears the president meant it.

United States commandos have captured the suspected ringleader of the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
Apprehension of the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is the major breakthrough in the two-and-a-half-year-old investigation into the attack, which also killed three other Americans. President Obama vowed swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Washington Post report added some important details, explaining that this secret mission required months of planning and involved coordination between U.S. troops in Libya and the FBI.

A “jubilant” U.S. official described Abu Khattala’s capture as “a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.”

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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