Conflicting reports indicate that the Obama administration may have suspended military aid to Egypt.
President Obama is pushing for continuation of the U.S. cooperation with Egyptian authorities, while Senator Rand Paul aims to end the funneling of funds to radicals in Egypt that are murdering opponents.
On August 8 the U.S. State Department warned U.S. citizens “to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan,” stating that “The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan.”
The warning added, “On August 8, 2013, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan. The Department of State ordered this drawdown due to specific threats concerning the U.S. Consulate in Lahore.”
At least 30 people were killed in Yemen by U.S. drone strikes over the past 12 days. Among the dead was an eight-year-old girl who died in her father's arms.
Retiring U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Policy William K. Lietzau dropped a bombshell on the Obama administration in an interview with the London Daily Mail, calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison and an end to both the unconstitutional military commission trials of detainees and the so-called “war on terror” itself.