White House announces deployment of 100 troops to Niger, to set up drone base to monitor French war in MaliUS military footprint expands, PBC asks "why?"
--excerpt from our interview with author Miko Peled, as he flips the question to "how can you support Israel?"
--Iran nuke report that alarms Israel actually says a possible nuclear weapon is farther in the future
--lots of irony in report about Gen. Allen's farewell speech
--Florida's Rick Scott is latest GOP governor to contradict himself and accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion
--case collapses against 5 former Blackwater employees for illegal weapons, they say it was OK'd by CIA
--still seeking paternity for the Beltway's bastard, sequestration, NY Times op-ed twins Brooks and Krugman each have amusing takes
--John Kiriakou gets ritzy send-off to prison at hotel near White House