Fresh evidence from this New York Times report, “Midlevel Taliban Admit to a Rift with Top Leaders”, that adding more troops to battles helps win wars. During internal discussions of the “Afghan surge” in late 2009, President Obama was given a choice of adding 80,000 or 40,000 troops for conducting a counterinsurgency. He chose 30,000. Let’s hope it’s enough.
POLITICO has a piece out today, describing “How a Government Shutdown Could Happen” when the government runs out of money March 4 and another “continuing resolution” must be passed. There’s not going to be a government shutdown, believe me, but this piece gives a good state of play on where the two sides are at.
Former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is going to be mayor of Chicago, the only question is when, according to the Times.
And an unreleased new book by a former aide to Sarah Palin, a copy of which was obtained by the Anchorage Daily News, portrays Palin as petty and obsessed with her image, and charges she broke election law during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign. The Palin camp is saying it’s the typical work of a disgruntled employee, but it relies on thousands of Palin emails.