- The future of drone strikes may mean taking human operators out of kill decisions. And do you'd have a covert system without direct human oversight and human culpability if something went wrong.
- A bomb has gone off in Ankara, Turkey today wounding 15. At this time, no group has claimed responsibility.
- In Yemen, fierce fighting continues in and around Sanaa as pro and anti Saleh forces continue to battle each other. There is growing concern that the country is descending into a civil war.
- Some Iranian analysts think Ahmadinejad's gambit regarding the release of two American hikers is a wily political move to try and win some support from the middle class of Iran. Your editor is skeptical that Ahmadinejad is that strategic in his thinking and that the middle class will so easily lend their allegiance.
- Ben had an article published this week that makes the case that in a post-Libyan intervention world, Western reluctance to recognize a country like Somaliland seems ever more hypocritical.
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell will officially be repealed today in what could be the one of the greatest v-days for civil rights in the last decade.
- Politico asks if Obama can beat the "class warfare" wrap. Your editor thinks this is a time when populism is a key to victory, not something to "beat" or run from.
- In Gov. Perry's state of Texas, home of the "Texas Miracle," more then 25% of the state's population has no health insurance at all, and Perry has cut funding to emergency rooms and clinics that have become the front line care providers for this vast population of uninsured.
- Romney panders on Israel, and ignores the advice of DCExile. Not that we think he or is staff are regular readers.