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PBC News & Comment: Obama Shows Initial Resistance as Hawks Want US Troops Back in Iraq

Obama pledges support--but rules out ground troops--for Iraq's Shiite government, aligning us with Iran; attack on Syria considered....Click here for free audiobook download from Audible, and earn $15 for the PBC Podcast!

--Groundhog Day in Iraq, as Maliki government loses control and hawks imagine that the US can stand it back up

--US and Iran are strongest supporters of Maliki; US media portrays ISIS as equivalent to al Qaeda, but ISIS is in dispute with al Qaeda;  I think they use the al Qaeda brand just to tweak Americans

--US may use air strikes in Iraq and Syria….but defeating Sunni insurgents won’t restore the Shiite government’s credibility—partitioning of Iraq is likely

--in nuke talks, Iran releases its own predictions of “breakout time” as Gareth Porter scores interview with Iran’s negotiator

--second US drone strike on Pakistan

--Bergdahl is back in US, hatestorm will likely escalate

--Greece in turmoil as fired workers win lawsuits against government

--WIRED’s story about Stingray cellphone surveillance hits mainstream media, with addition of blame for secrecy pinned on White House

--Methodist pension board votes to divest of Israeli stocks