Obama in CairoPresident Barack Obama tried to strike a conciliatory tone with his June 4 speech at Cairo University. The president referred to such developments as algebra and the magnetic compass as being part of “civilization's debt to Islam.” He included verses from the Koran and the traditional Muslim greeting meaning “peace be upon you” (“Assalaamu alaykum”). He said: “I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.  Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Robert GatesThe “international community” needs to do more to help Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the eighth Asia Security Summit this weekend. The meeting with Asian defense ministers in Singapore concluded Sunday with the 27 countries represented there calling for “peaceful and cooperative” solutions to security challenges in the region.

Abu Ghraib abuseThe New American reported last Friday that the Obama administration and Pentagon were engaging in "non-denial denial" when they supposedly denied British newspaper accounts that they were suppressing photos of female rape and homosexual rape of teenage boys at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Abu GhraibThe Obama administration has often promised a more open and less secretive presidency, but on May 28 Obama was again on both sides of the issue by trying to suppress in court Abu Ghraib pictures depicting abuse and rape of detainees in the war on terror. It doesn’t matter that the genie is already out of the bottle, as British newspapers have already published descriptions of the photos depicting female and homosexual rape.

George CaseyU.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey told reporters earlier this week that a “reality scenario" for Iraq means “we're going to have 10 Army and Marine units deployed for a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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