A.M. Links: No US Troops in Iraq Again, Yet, White House Defends Joe Biden From Bob Gates Criticism, American Military Helicopter Crashes in England

  • smile!General Ray Odierno, the army chief of staff,
    says the U.S. ought to take a “wait
    and see
    ” approach to sending troops into Iraq, though the time
    was “certainly” not now.  The U.S. and Iran both
    cooperating on the fight against Al Qaeda in Iraq.
    Meanwhile in Syria, rebel commanders
    Al Qaed- linked jihadists that they ought to surrender
    or face “massacre,” giving them 48 hours to make a decision, and
    non Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist fighters have reportedly
    an Al Qaeda headquarters in Aleppo.
  • Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ new memoirs call into

    the competence of several members of the Obama
    administration, including the president. The White House has

    to Gates’ characterization of Vice President Joe
    Biden—Gates called him a man of integrity who was nevertheless
    “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security
    issue over the past four decades”—by claiming Biden is, in fact,
    competent, and that Obama relies on his counsel every day.
  • An American military helicopter
    off the coast of North Norfolk in England, killing
  • The FAA
    hobbyists can fly remote controlled aircraft, but when a
    journalist used a drone to capture footage he wanted, the FAA says
    that was commercial activity and therefore illegal.
  • The “polar vortex” sending cold air across North America can be

    as far south as Atlanta. It’s colder than a summer’s day
    on Mars.
  • The mayor of Durham, North Carolina
    a report on the November death of a teenager in
    police custody will be out before Friday. Cops say the teen shot
    himself in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police
  • Sony says it’s sold more than 4.2 million Playstation 4 units
    since the console’s November release,
    than 1 million more units than Microsoft said it’s

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from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2014/01/08/am-links-no-us-troops-in-iraq-again-yet

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