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May 13, 2009

NSN Daily Update 5/13/2009
Posted by The National Security Network

See today's complete daily update here.

What We’re Reading

A bomb exploded at the gates of a U.S. base in Khost, Afghanistan, killing 7 Afghan civilians, a day after militants attacked Afghan government buildings in the city.  NATO supply trucks bound for Afghanistan were burned in north-west Pakistan.  The U.S. will once again use an airbase in Uzbekistan to supply troops in Afghanistan, however the base will officially be run by South Korea.

The U.S. launches a new drone attack program that gives the Pakistani military significant control over targets and firing decisions.

In Bethlehem, Pope Benedict XVI called for a Palestinian homeland, for lifting the embargo on Gaza, and urged Palestinians to refrain from terrorism.  The New York Times looks at the declining influence of Mideast Christians.

The United States joined the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Commentary of the Day

Maureen Dowd points out hypocrisy in the Republican Party over former Vice President Dick Cheney’s public criticism of the Obama administration.  Michael Duffy asks, “Dick Cheney: Why So Chatty all of a Sudden?”

Vicki Divol explores the failures of the rules on how the White House keeps Congress informed of covert actions.

Aravind Adiga lays out four “emergencies” for the next prime minister of India to contend with.


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